Celestron EdgeHD 9.25" Aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Optical Tube Assembly
Introducing the EdgeHD Telescope Series, Celestron’s new flagship telescope line...
Celestron has taken another bold step as the market leader in telescopes with the introduction of our latest series of high-end telescopes. Since the moment Celestron first started producing Schmidt Cassegrain optical systems, they have continued to design high-quality optics with pride. After years of research and development, Celestron has now taken one giant step!
The Edge HD is Celestron’s latest innovation that will surely be the system of choice for the serious astro-imagers. The new Edge High Definition telescope series features an Aplanatic Schmidt optical system that produces pinpoint star images all the way to the edge of the field. Some optical systems currently on the market may produce coma free images. But there is a difference.... the optical difference. Not only is the Celestron HD coma free, but it also has a built in field flattener to ensure sharp focus all the way to the edge of the field, producing true Astrograph quality images. This results in pinpoint, High Definition star images throughout your astro photograph.
These superior features make the new Celestron EdgeHD series the new gold standard in Astro Imaging. The Edge is an aplanatic Schmidt telescope designed to produce aberration-free images across a wide visual and photographic field of view. The optical system was designed to reduce more than just off-axis star coma, but also to give an astrograph quality flat focal plane all the way to the edge of the field of view.
Many optical designs that advertise themselves as “astrograph” quality actually only produce pinpoint stars across a curved focal plane. While this may be acceptable for visual observing, stars will appear out of focus at the edge when used with a flat chip sensor of a digital camera. HD optics produce a focal plane more than three-times flatter than a standard Schmidt Cassegrain telescope and dramatically flatter than other competing coma-free designs. This guarantees you visibly sharp stars across some of the largest CCD chips available today.
Now let's talk about Celestron quality... Superior edge performance not only creates rounder, more pleasing stars but actually improves the resolution and limiting magnitude when compared to telescopes of equal aperture. When it comes to the Celestron EdgeHD series coupled with Celestron’s StarBright XLT coating group on every surface, Edge HD optics gives you maximum light throughput across the widest visual and photographic spectrum... It's a vision you'll never forget.
Celestron EdgeHD 925 OTA Features...
- 9.25 EdgeHD Optical Tube Assembly
- Aluminum Optical Tube
- Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings
- 2350mm focal length (f/10)
- 23mm Axiom 2" eyepiece included (102x)
- 9x50 finderscope to help accurately find objects
- 2" diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky
- Mirror Support Knobs hold the mirror in place and reduces image shift during imaging.
- Tube vents with integrated 60 micron mesh filter allowing hot air to be released from behind the primary mirror.
- Fastar Compatible optical tubes are equipped with a removable secondary mirror for fast f/2 ccd imaging
- Includes dovetail rail compatible with CGE mount
Celestron Product Number: 91040-XLT
- Additional Information
SKU CE-91040-XLT Manufacturer Celestron Telescope Series Celestron Optical Tubes Optical Design Corrected Schmidt-Cassegrain Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only Warranty 2 Year Warranty Telescope Aperture 9.25" Telescope Focal Ratio f/10 Telescope Focal Length 2350mm Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14.4 Highest Useful Magnification 555x Optical Coatings Celestron XLT Tube Color or Finish Celestron Oyster Pearl Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not provided by manufacturer Length of Optical Tube 22" Optical Tube Weight 21 lbs. Mount Weight N/A Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately Diagonal Included? Yes - 2" Star Diagonal Finder Included 9 x 50 Optical Finder Eyepiece(s) Included 23mm Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power CD ROMs Included None Counterweights Included N/A Alignment Procedure N/A Tracking Modes N/A Objects in Database N/A OTA Mount Type CGE Dovetail Tripod Type Included None, Sold Separately Total Telescope Weight N/A
Customer Reviews 2 item(s)
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I've owned my edge for 1 1/2 years now. The focus has too much movement for an ota at this price but it is smooth to operate. The focal reducers for Edge ota's aren't cheap and they still don't have one for the 9.25 Edge. The mirror lock has little effect on mirror flop and I have to refocus often. The stars are pinpoint out to the Edge of the field of view just like they advertise. I did expect the Edge to be sharper at higher powers but it's better if used at lower power. I'm not sure if the extra $1,000. for the Edge was worth it.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- Excellent long focal length instrument
Having used SCTs for imaging for many years, I was always a bit disappointed with several factors in their performance. Although many performed exceptionally well and provided excellent images, the short comings always seemed to be a limitation in producing optimal or perfect images.
The Edge HD series by Celestron introduced solutions to many of these limiting factors. Curvature, coma and mirror flop were the three most obvious limitations. Each of these has been addressed in a unique and effective way in the HD series. Curvature and coma have become increasingly detractors as CCD chip sizes have grown. From my experiences with a ST7 these were seldom issues but when I moved up in chip size the edges and corners of the images began showing the original SCT limitations. This was addressed by the two element corrector permanently enclosed in the focus tube. These corrector elements eliminate coma and produce a flat field with an imaging circle that is 42 mm in diameter. This opens the new HD scopes for use with ST11000 chip sizes and for the many new moderately sized chips that require corrected field to approximately 27 mm. With my scope well collimated the results are stunning and rival those of instruments costing many times more. Yes you have extra elements and yes there is some additional light loss but, with the efficiency of detectors increasing with each generation, the overall benefits far outweigh any losses. The XLT coating on these elements reduces their effect on scattered light so this although not specific to the new HD series is an excellent use of existing technical improvement.
The issue of mirror flop is one that is highly debated. My experience was based on the fact that collimation would change over the course of a night based on the position of the mirror as it moved across the sky. The mirror locks now incorporated in the HD series are both effective and ingenious. They effectively clamp the mirror holder in place at 120 degrees from the focus mechanism. This has the result of providing excellent collimation at any angle. Thus by collimating at any angle, making sure that the telescope is well focused and locking the mirrors collimation is retained and is consistent thru ought the sky. I use an external auto focuser to achieve focus and with some careful manual focus methods I am able to maintain the desired and optimal 146 mm back of scope to imaging surface measurement and still provide autofocus capabilities with only a fraction of a mm off from the optimum 146 mm. This 146 mm spacing is a new concept for old SCT users and although a longer back focus would have been desirable there is plenty of real-estate to use with careful and deliberate imaging equipment choices.
The addition of cool down vents was a needed modification since the scope is effectively closed without the vents.
If I sound very positive about the HD series and in particular my 9.25, it is simply because this scope although evolutionary in its design is a significant improvement from previous SCT developments. Celestron has one again stepped up the deliverables and has raised the bar for low cost performance! I am looking forward to Celestron's introduction of a focal reducer/corrector for these scopes but in the same direction appreciate the extraordinary ability to use the Faststar, hyperstar capabilities that is present now in all of the HD scopes (Starizona has produced the Hyperstar for the 9.25.
If you are searching for a reliable, cost effective and versatile instrument for imaging and visual use, I highly commend this line of Celestron scopes to you. I could not have been more pleased with my selection.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- Included Items
- Celestron 925 EdgeHD Aplanatic SCT Telescope
- 23mm Axiom Eyepiece
- 9X50 Finderscope
- 2" Star Diagonal
- Visual Back
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsI purchased a 925 EdgeHD from OPT this summer. Can you tell me where the serial number (for insurance recording) is located?Question by: Robert Ray on Oct 15, 2015 4:59:00 PMCelestron does not currently have serial numbers for any of their telescopes. They used to put serial numbers on the secondary housing in pre-Fastar SCT telescopes, but they no longer do so with Fastar capable telescopes like the EdgeHD models.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Oct 20, 2015 11:45:00 AMI'm new at this can I mount this scope on a iOptron iEQ45E German Equatorial Mount with Tripod and, if so, what type equipment will I need.Question by: Wes64 on Jan 24, 2015 1:43:46 AMThank you for your question. This telescope is indeed mountable on the IEQ45 with the plate that it comes with. The plate that the telescope has is a Losmandy D style rail & the saddle that the IEQ45 comes with either accepts the narrower V-style rails & the wider D style rails so no other equipment is necessary for mounting this optical tube on the IEQ45.Answer by: Roderick (Admin) on Jan 26, 2015 12:05:05 PMPlease forgive a novice's question, but is this OTA available with a mounting plate usable with the Orion Atlas EQ-G GEM? And do you offer a package price for this combination of scope and mount?Question by: DavidS1966 on May 18, 2014 11:52:47 AMCelestron does not sell a version of this optical tube with the narrower Vixen dovetail, so there are two options: purchase an appropriate narrower dovetail (like the ADM VC9.25) or purchase a wider 3" losmandy style saddle from ADM or Orion.
Celestron offers packages with their CGEM mount, which was an update to the older Synta EQ6/Atlas, but there are no combo packages with this optical tube on non-Celestron mounts at this time. Standard Rewards discounts do hold, though.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on May 19, 2014 4:15:28 AM
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