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The NexStar User's Guide II


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction.- Chapter 2 - Astronomy Basics.- Chapter 3 - Overview of Celestron's Alt-Az Computerized Telescopes.- Chapter 4 - Alignment.- Chapter 5 - NexStar and StarSense Hand Control Operation.- Chapter 6 - SkyPortal Operation.- Chapter 7 - Connecting a PC, Mac, Tablet, or Smartphone to Your 'Scope.- Chapter 8- Expanding Your Horizons - Choosing Objects to View.- Chapter 9 - accessories for Your Telescope.- Chapter 10 - Firmware Updates.- Chapter 11.- Collimation, Maintenance, Care, and Cleaning.- Chapter 12 - Tips, Solutions, and Troubleshooting Common problems.- Appendix A - Internet Resources.- Appendix B - Glossary.- Index.

About the Author

Michael Swanson is a veteran IT manager for the United States Navy with a lifelong interest in astronomy, technology, and computer programming. Shortly after purchasing his first NexStar telescope in the year 2000, he established what would quickly become the definitive Internet resource for NexStar telescopes - the NexStar Resource Site ( Since 2001, he has worked with Celestron in reviewing and testing their latest technologies, contributing numerous suggestions during the design process.


From the reviews of the first edition:

"Swanson includes thorough, model-specific descriptions of the all the telescope functions, care and maintenance, accessories, and numerous advanced topics. You'll find advice on how to fine-tune your alignment so that a new target will fall within the eyepiece's field of view every time you slew. I used to be pleased if that happened two or three times in a night. ... I was surprised by the difference these small improvements made in the pleasure of my observing experience. ... true advantage comes from its friendly approach and sound advice based on the personal experiences of the author and other avid NexStar users." (Sky & Telescope, December, 2004)

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