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Works on all Celestron Computerized Telescopes! Improve the accuracy of your initial star alignments by plugging in the GPS module into your telescope's drive base port. The SkySync will link up and automatically download the exact time, date, longitude and latitude from one of many global positioning satellites. 16-channel GPS moduleCompatible with all non-GPS Celestron computerized telescopesPlugs into your telescope's Hand Control or Auxiliary port Links up and automatically downloads information from orbiting global positioning satellitesKit includes SkySync GPS Accessory and two mounting straps
Brand Name: : Celestron
Model: : 93969
Product Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 2 inches ; 7.2 ounces
Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
Item model number: 93969
Date first available at Amazon.com: August 23, 2010
How nice when something really works!
I argued with myself for a long time before I bought this; I hated to spend the money just to do something I could do manually in a couple minutes when I set up by NexStar scope. But then I splurged and bought it, and I am happy I did. It works just like it is supposed to, and it saves time fiddling with another separate GPS device and clock, especially when traveling to a new viewing site. I think it may even improve the accuracy of the GoTo function, although I can’t prove that (nor understand how it could if you enter your time and GPS coordinates from an accurate device rather than choosing the nearest city from the telescope list.) It seems a little expensive to me for what it does, but it is a nice gadget and well packaged to go with my scope. Bottom line: I am glad I got it and it works well.
GPS works great with NexStar SE mount and CG-5 computerized mount. It’s a nice time saver, especially when traveling or if you do frequent observing sessions.
Certainly increases alignment efficiency. Great Buy.
I had my NexStar 6SE for about 5 months before I bought the SkySync. Although the price seemed extremelly high (about 20 percent of the cost of the telescope itself), I thought I should give it a try, since I always had to align my telescope two or three times before getting it right (maybe because I live in the center of a huge city with absurd light polution, which leaves very few stars visible). The price is high… but let me make clear that this is the only con of the SkySync and the only reason why it loses one star.
That being said, let`s move on to all the other aspects, in which the Sky Sync is perfect. First of all, there`s no argument against evidence… I never, ever, had to align my scope twice again! Period.
People might say `all you have to do is enter your coordinates right, so this equipment is not necessary at all`, and it does make sense technically, but I have to strongly disagree… for some reason, with the SkySync the scope aligns much better. This one time I decided not to use the SkySynch, for I was observing at the exact same location of the previous use. The coordinates were saved, so I figured I didn`t need the SkySync… well, I found that the alignment failed twice… and plugging the SkySync resolved the issue instantly… so, that made me a big fan… with one of these plugged into the scope, alignment is a breeze… and this was extremelly important for a super-begginer like myself. Remember: the best scope is the one you use the most… and the SkySync definetely made the process of geeting the scope ready for use much simpler, which helps me get off the couch and use it!
Other aspects are average… good: it is very light weight, quite small and looks good! Could be better: Cord could be 4-8inches longer, some sort of cover for the connector could be included and fixing to the tripod could be abit tighter.
Overall, did I like it, would I buy it again? Well, actually, I can`t believe I didn`t buy it when I bought the scope in first place!
omg if you have a telescope you NEED this, it makes life so much easier it just plugs right into the hand held thing that moves the telescope, plus it gets your location right away so you dont need to know what your exact coordinates are!
Be careful which GoTo mount you use this one on.
Last summer (2012) I bought my first telescope, a Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT. As a complete novice, I had little success aligning the mount per the instructions and almost gave up. I bought this GPS unit as a last resort and enabled it in the utility menu following its installation, it worked like a charm. I no longer was required to enter the time, date, location, daylight savings, etc. Immediately following, I was able to better understand how to set the unit up without it but it still proved to be a convenience. If you don’t have one, having your smart phone handy will provide you with most of the information that you need, it’s just that you don’t have to enter it every time that you set the telescope up.
In short, this device is not a necessity but is rather a convenience (though I can’t image why an interface to a smart phone hasn’t been created yet to do the same thing for a lot less). As a postscript to this review, I sold my 127 SLT and upgraded to a Nexstar 8SE and as a separate option bought the CG-5 German equatorial. This device draws too much amperage when connected the CG-5 and throws errors on the remote controller. I troubleshot this with Celestron’s technical support and they were unable to validate its compatibility. So when purchasing, make sure that the device is certified for the goto mount of which you plan to pair it with.
Does what it is supposed to do.
Meade won a law suit against Celestron forcing Celestron to keep their GPS as a separate piece from their mounts. Because of that we are forced to buy this item if we want GPS for our go-to mounts. The item did what it was supposed to do.
Where in the world am I ?I
If you like to “star gaze” like I do.You travel alot and don’t want to spend an exorbinent amount of time “fiddling around” figuring out “where in the world am I” then this is the product for you.I’ve had excellent results from the SkySyc/GPS accessory. Sincerly, R.L.Palmer,cmdr.USNR,Ret.
Tis unit saves you a ton of time when you having to reenter repetitive information into your scope each time you fire it up. Several steps are avoided and this speeds up the time it takes to align your scope. This item should be part of every observers who uses a computerized telescope.
SkySync GPS Rocks
Why is this product an accessory. It should be standard. The GPS system makes Astronomy for us newbies a pleasure. As soon as you turn on your NextSar the GPS turns on and quickly finds your exact coordinates. Its that easy. If you are like me and you’ve just purchased a NexStar I highly recommend this GPS.