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Announced in January 2024 to go on sale in May 2024, the Celestron Origin is a game-changer. However, while rival boutique brands Unistellar, Vaonis, and ZWO must have been dreading the entrance into the smart telescope market of a giant brand like Celestron, its debut product is likely only to have a niche appeal. 

Twice as heavy as any other smart telescope, the Celestron Origin is aimed at astrophotographers working in a backyard rather than observers, promising highly detailed images, scheduled images, and the ability to ‘cast’ its real-time views to screens around a home. 

As well as the Origin, Celestron makes eight StarSense Explorer telescopes that use a smartphone app to navigate to objects. They are all manual telescopes and can’t be described as pure smart telescopes because they do not take night sky images. However, since they are a hybrid product—and they extensively use a smartphone app—we do include reviews on this website, mainly because these constitute a cost-effective alternative to a ‘proper’ smart telescope.

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Celestron Origin (available March/Apr 2024)

Celestron StarSense Explorer smart telescopes

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ Newtonian reflector

Celestron StarSense

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ Newtonian reflector

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Here are the other StarSense Explorer telescopes manufactured by Celestron:

Celestron StarSense Explorer 8-inch/203mm Dobsonian (2022)

Celestron StarSense Explorer 10-inch/254mm Dobsonian (2022)

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ 4-inch/102mm refractor

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80AZ 3.1-inch/80mm refractor

Popular Science by Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 100AZ 4-inch/100mm refractor 

Popular Science by Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 5-inch/127mm Schmidt Cassegrain

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