Michael Swanson’s online discussions with literally thousands of NexStar owners made it clear that there was a desperate need for a book such as this – one that provides a complete, detailed guide to buying, using and maintaining NexStar telescopes. Although this book is highly comprehensive, it is suitable for beginners – there is a chapter on “Astronomy Basics” – and experts alike.

Celestron’s NexStar telescopes were introduced in 1999, beginning with their first computer controlled “go to” model, a 5-inch. More models appeared in quick succession, and Celestron’s new range made it one of the two dominant manufacturers of affordable “go to” telescopes.

3 Thoughts on “The NexStar User’s Guide

  1. Robert Fields "robertfields4" on September 27, 2013 at 9:56 am said:

    celestron 9.25 user I recently purchased a Celestron 9.25″ Nexstar telescope. The scope is great but the owner’s manual that came with it leaves a lot to be desired. After just a quick scan of Swanson’s book, I discovered several useful tips that I have already put to use (e.g., how to position the index marking decal that had come off; the Nexstar Resource site; and the availability of a template from Starizona for making it easier to put the scope on the tripod). Anyone thinking about buying a Celeston Nexstar scope should consider purchasing this book.

  2. Comprehensive. Concise. Practical. This is excellent. This text provides all the information you will need to troubleshoot your nexstar system. I have recommended that it be shipped with each nexstar telescope sold.Celestron could save a lot of time answering questions if they would do so.

  3. Anonymous on September 27, 2013 at 10:35 am said:

    Must Have for all Nexstar Users This is a must have for all Celestron Nexstar owners. The book is very well written, including plain English descriptions of many astronomy terms and concepts. The book covers a lot, and includes information for all models. Its an excellent reference guide and provides a very complete set of instructions for many of the difficulties that a user is likely to encounter while using their scope. It looks like a lot of research went into writing it, and has the potential of saving the reader hours and hours of time researching how to get the most out of their telescope.

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