About the Celestron Advanced VX Mount…
The Advanced VX equatorial mount from Celestron was engineered from the ground up with astro-imaging in mind, and sets a new standard in mid-level telescopes on the market today. The Celestron Advanced VX provides you with many of the features found on sophisticated German equatorial mounts, at an extremely affordable price.
The Celestron Advanced VX equatorial mount is specifically designed to provide optimum imaging performance for telescopes that weigh thirty (30) pounds or less. With the Advanced VX, you’ll be able to track through long exposures using permanently programmable periodic error correction, or image across the meridian without doing a meridian flip, so you can seamlessly image the best part of night sky. You can also enjoy features like All-Star Polar Alignment and auto guider support. The Advanced VX has a significantly larger base than Celestron's CG5 mount, improving stability under heavy loads. The motors have also been improved. They now offer more torque and can more easily handle slight load imbalances.
Experienced imagers will love taking this portable mount to a dark sky site, knowing that they can experience much of the performance of their larger stationary mount. New amateur astronomers will also benefit greatly from the advanced features of the Celestron VX mount. They can rest easy knowing the mount they have chosen will serve them for a long time to come, whether they wish to do visual or imaging work…or a combination of the two.
About the Optical Tube Assembly…
The 8" f/10 EdgeHD optical tube assembly is an aplanatic telescope designed to reduce off-axis coma, be abberation-free, and provide a flat focal plane all the way across the edge of the field of view for stunning results whether being used visually or photographically. This Fastar-compatible telescope has enhanced mechanical features like mirror clutches and tube vents. The mirror clutches help reduce image shift as the tube is rotated around the mount, and tube vents allow hot air to be released from around the primary mirror to speed up cooling time without introducing dust into the system.
The f/10 focal ratio of the Celestron 8" EdgeHD telescope is great for visual work and higher powered planetary photography. Add an optional focal reducer or Fastar lens to the system and voila, your telescope is now optimized for imaging wide field objects with a CCD or DSLR camera!
- The Celestron 8" EdgeHD optics are designed to correct for coma and field curvature, producing a truly flat field that astro-imagers love!
- The 8" EdgeHD includes Celestron StarBright XLT coatings for better light transmission.
- Built-in tube vents assist in cool-down while keeping dust out with 60 micron mesh filtering.
- EdgeHD optics are Fastar-compatible. The secondary mirror is removable for super-fast f/2.8 imaging.
- Integer gear ratios and permanently programmable Periodic Error Correction on the Celestron Advanced VX mount eliminates recurring track errors from the worm gear.
- The motors of the VX mount offer improved tracking performance & provide more power to overcome load imbalances.
- The updated industrial design of the Advanced VX offers more rigidity, less flexure and improved aesthetics.
- The Celestron VX design allows viewing or imaging across the meridian without interference from the motors housings.
- The Advanced VX mount can be used between 7 – 77 degrees latitude, incorporating a much larger latitudinal range than normally seen on equatorial mounts.
- The improved electronics on the Advanced VX contain increased memory for future expansion.
- A Celestron NexStar+ hand control offers multiple language programming (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish)
Celestron Advanced VX 8" EdgeHD Telescope Specifications…
- Optical Design: EdgeHD
- Aperture (mm): 203 mm (7.99 in)
- Focal Length (mm): 2032 mm (80 in)
- Focal Ratio: 10
- Eyepiece 1 (mm): 40 mm (1.57 in)
- Magnification 1: 51 x
- Finderscope: 9x50
- Optical Tube: Aluminum
- Fastar Compatible?: Yes
- Tripod: Adjustable, Stainless Steel
- Tripod Legs: 2"
- Power Supply: Car battery adapter
- Highest Useful Magnification: 480 x
- Lowest Useful Magnification: 29 x
- Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14
- Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.69 arc seconds
- Resolution (Dawes): 0.57 arc seconds
- Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 841 x
- Optical Tube Length: 17 in (432 mm)
- Optical Tube Weight: 13 lbs (5.9 kg)
- EQ Mount Weight: 17 lbs (7.71 kg)
- Total Weight (lbs): 59 lbs (27 kg)
- Tripod Height (Max): 64" in (1626 mm)
- Tripod Height (Min): 44" in (1118 mm)
- Tripod Weight: 18 lbs (8.16 kg)
- Counterweight Bar: 12" Length, 0.75" Diameter lbs (5.44 kg)
- Counterweights: 1 x 11 lbs
- Latitude Range: 7-77º
- Motor Drive: Low cog DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
- Slew Speeds: Nine slew speeds, 4 deg/sec maximum
- Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
- Tracking Modes: EQ North and EQ South
- Alignment Procedures: 2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align
- Communication Ports: 2x AUX ports, Autoguider port, RS-232 port (on hand control)
- Computer Hand Control: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
- Database: 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
- Power Requirements: 12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)
- Internal Clock?: Yes
- GPS?: Optional SkySync GPS Accessory
- Additional Information
SKU CE-12031 UPC Code 050234120319 Manufacturer Celestron Telescope Series Celestron Advanced VX Optical Design Corrected Schmidt-Cassegrain Mount Type Equatorial - GoTo Warranty 2 Year Warranty Telescope Aperture 8" Telescope Focal Ratio f/10 Telescope Focal Length 2032mm Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14 Highest Useful Magnification 480x Optical Coatings Celestron XLT Tube Color or Finish Celestron Oyster Pearl Length of Optical Tube 17" Optical Tube Weight 13 lb. Mount Weight 17 lb. Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal Finder Included 9 x 50 Optical Finder Eyepiece(s) Included 40mm Hand Controller Included? Yes Power Adapter Included DC Cigarette Lighter Adapter Counterweights Included 1 @ 11 lb. Alignment Procedure 1-Star Alignment, 2-Star Alignment, Last Alignment Used, Quick Align, Solar System Align Tracking Modes EQ North, EQ South Objects in Database 40,000+ OTA Mount Type Vixen-Style Dovetail Tripod Type Included Adjustable with Steel Legs Total Telescope Weight 59 lb.
- Included Items
- 8" EdgeHD OTA
- 40mm Eyepiece
- 9x50 Finderscope
- Car battery adapter
- 1 - 11lb counterweights
- VX Advanced mount
- Hand controller
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsQuestion by: Michael R Flinn on Jan 20, 2017 9:31:00 AMIdeally, an off-axis guider setup like the CE-93648 will give you the most consistent guiding and keep the weight down on the mount. If you would rather use a guide scope, the Celestron 80mm kit CE-52309 plus a CGE style dovetail CE-94216 (and extra counterweight for the bottom) will work with most guide cameras. For the camera, please contact us so that we can discuss all of your options.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Jan 23, 2017 3:40:00 PM
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