Celestron 8" SCT Advanced VX Telescope

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Celestron 8" SCT Advanced VX Telescope
$1,699.00
Item # CE-12026
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  • Did you know that the 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain is one of the best selling telescopes in the world? At only 13 pounds, this Celestron SCT has the best balance of light-gathering vs size, bar none. The rear cell on the 8" SCT accepts hundreds of accessories, so pick your pleasure! Daytime, nighttime, half way around the world or in your backyard, the 8" SCT Advanced VX will serve you well for years to come.
  • The Celestron Advanced VX mount was designed with imaging in mind, and is packed with high-end features normally found only on more expensive mounts.
  • Enjoy permanently programmable periodic error correction, all star polar alignment, autoguider support, and the ability to image across the meridian without doing a pesky meridian flip.
  • The tripod of the Celestron VX mount has 2" stainless steel legs for stability, and the base of the mount is larger than normal to reduce vibrations.
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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 Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube assembly, also known as the "OTA", is one of the best selling telescopes in the world. The f/10 focal ratio is classic when it comes to visual observations and planetary photography, and when it comes time to do some deep-space imaging, an optional focal reducer will effectively widen the field of view. The Celestron 8" SCT Advanced VX Telescope is a great all around telescope choice, whether you are new to the hobby or are upgrading to a better instrument.

Highlights…

  • Celestron's 8" Schmidt Cassegrain optical tube assembly collects 84% more light than a 6" telescope.
  • The 8" SCT's optics include Celestron StarBright XLT coatings for better light transmission.
  • 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" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Specifications…

  • Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Aperture (mm): 203 mm (7.99 in)
  • Focal Length (mm): 2032 mm (80 in)
  • Focal Ratio: 10
  • Eyepiece 1 (mm): 20 mm (0.79 in)
  • Magnification 1: 102 x
  • Finderscope: 6x30
  • 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

Additional Information

SKU CE-12026
UPC Code 050234202619
Manufacturer Celestron
Telescope Series Celestron Advanced VX
Optical Design 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 Gloss Black
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 6 x 30 Optical Finder
Eyepiece(s) Included 20mm
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.
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Included Items

Included Items

  • 8" SCT OTA
  • 20mm Eyepiece
  • 6x30 Finderscope
  • Tripod
  • Car battery adapter
  • 1 - 11lb counterweights
  • VX Advanced mount
  • Hand controller
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Does this accept 1.25" eyepieces?
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