Review of the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ Refractor Telescope
18 February 2021 | Admin
I picked the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ Refractor Telescope as it fitted best with what I wanted to achieve and do with this telescope. My main goal was to explore the moon and generally learn more about the night sky locally.
The telescope was really easy to set up and within about 30 mins I was ready to go. The tripod has adjustable legs and the whole structure was really solid and sturdy. The information pack also included codes to access the Celestron StarSense app and software access.
The mount (what the telescope sits on) was easy to fix on to the tripod. There was a hidden key in the mount to fix the slow-motion controls. In addition, there was also the StarPointer red dot finder scope and the StarSense dock for the smartphone which was also easy to set up.
After downloading the StarSense app, I followed the app instructions to set up the alignment - it did take some time to set this up but once aligned, it was easy to use. The app gives you an option of what is around your area and can then guide the user to move the telescope in the right direction. I would say that the alignment was fairly accurate.
This is a great beginner's telescope for those wanting to learn more about the night sky, take some amateur photography and all-round just have some fun with it. The views through the lens were fantastic and very clear. On a clear night, you can see the craters of the moon. One thing to note, I didn't realise how big the telescope was!
Review by Jasmine S