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.
- 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 Mount Specifications…
- Tripod: Adjustable, Stainless Steel
- Tripod Legs: 2"
- Power supply: Car battery adapter
- EQ Mount Weight: 17 lbs (7.71 kg)
- Total Weight (lbs): 46 lbs (21 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
- Payload Capacity: 30 lbs (14 kg)
- 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-91519 UPC Code 050234915199 Head Design Equatorial Tripod or Pier Included? Yes GPS Included? No Electronics Included Computerized - GoTo Manufacturer Celestron Warranty 2 Year Warranty Hand Controller Included Celestron CG Computerized # of Counterweights Included 1 Weight of Counterweights 11 lbs Tracking Rates Lunar, Sidereal, Solar Objects in Database 40,000 Weight Capacity 30 lbs Leg Length 44" - 64" Accessory Tray Included? Yes Material Steel Power Supply Included DC Battery Adapter Tracking Modes EQ North, EQ South Latitude Range 7 - 77º Weight of Tripod/Monopod 18 lb. Weight of Head 17 lb.
Customer Reviews 4 item(s)
- Did not work right out of the box
I bought this mount two months ago, taking another chance on Celestron. I already had two bad experiences with the service of their products. The mount immediately gave me error messages. Some research showed several others who bought hte product had the same problem. I was instructed to send the mount back, and to their credit said they would replace it at no charge. I said, "thanks, but no thanks" I would prefer to simply be reimbursed, which they did.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- Celestron AVX Mount
I have had this for over a year now and it tracks very well out of the box even with out messing with the advanced settings. The motors run smoothly and to me are not loud. OPT is very good to work with and ship promptly. Box arrived with everything intact and undamaged even though UPS GND tried to ruin my day(box was kind of beat up and gotten wet).
I would like to see Celestron ship this in two boxes( maybe head in one, the tripod and the rest in a seperate box).
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- A little GEM, litterally!
I have had this mount for 18 months now. You can carry this mount just about anywhere. Setting it up is easy and requires little time. Just make sure that your tripod is leveled and that you take the time to adjust your star finder with the view in your telescopes (eyepiece). Follow the procedure for the polar alignment very carefully. Not only will you be rewarded by the capacity of this mount to put the celestial object you are seeking in the center of your typical 50 degre plossl but it will also track beautifully as well. Do not neglect the importance of time site and location inputs. If this is your first mount and you are, like me, a newbie in this wonderfull hobby, open the box, reach for the instruction manual, close the box right away and study the manual carefully. Learn everything about the navigation of the handheld control box. If you put your mind into it, you will find it intuitive and easy to use. It will enhance your viewing experience. Basically, when you turn the mount on, it works. So take your time, relax, figure out in advance how things work, and above all, enjoy and share your experience with anyone close to you.
- Excellent mount
I am going to end the frustration of this item not having many reviews online. I took a chance and ordered it. I have paired it with an Explore Scientific 80mm refractor and use that set up for wide-field visual and photography. So the most I've put on the mount is the refractor, a flip mirror diagonal, and a 35mm Canon (I guess about 12 pound max).
With this set-up, the mount is a champion. I always to 2-star align and add a calibration star. Any object I am interested in photographing is always dead center and always tracks beautifully for 30-60 second unguided shots depending on polar alignment. Speaking of that, the mount has all-star polar alignment which you can do after a 2-star align. I tried this once and it works fine. However, you will have to repeat your alignment in order for goto to be accurate. I find that for the kind of photography I've done so far, just spotting Polaris through the polar axis and doing the 2-star alignment with a calibration star gives me excellent goto and nice tracking.
I recently took the mount to a star party. For visual use the tracking will never fail you. I left it on the Lagoon Nebula for a long time as a lengthy number of visitors enjoyed the view. The image never left dead center.
For remote use, I've added the Celestron power tank (7 amp hour version) and it works beautifully. It will power an imaging session all night and at the star party with tons of slewing around, it stayed fully charged for 4 hours.
I highly recommend this mount for visual and for photography. Keep in mind my set-up is about 1/3 the maximum weight for the mount. I can't speak for the results if you push the 30 pound rating.
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- Included Items
- VX Advanced Mount
- Car Battery Adapter
- 1 - 11lb Counterweight
- Hand Controller
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsQuestion by: WILLIAM BERGMAN on Aug 19, 2015 2:21:00 PMYou will need ADM VC8 seen here:
http://www.optcorp.com/aa-vc8-v-series-dovetail-bars-8inch-celestron.htmlAnswer by: Todd R (Admin) on Aug 19, 2015 5:04:00 PMI have an old orange fork/wedge mounted C8. What would I need to mount this OTA to this AVX mount ???Question by: IAIS603 on May 22, 2014 3:55:33 PMWhat you need to get in order to attach this optical tube to your Advanced VX is the ADM V series dovetail for the Celestron C8.
This dovetail will not only allow your Celestron C8 to be attached to the Advanced VX mount but any mount that has a Vixen sized saddle as well.Answer by: Roderick (Admin) on May 26, 2014 6:52:29 AMWhat means 7-77 latitude? Can I use it in Duitama Colombia, ubicated in Latitud: 5.817, Longitud: -73.033 ?Question by: deeb on Feb 24, 2014 2:10:00 PM7-77 degrees latitude means that with the tripod level, the mount can be adjusted from 7 degrees north or south to 77 degrees north or south. To get to 5.8 degrees latitude, you will need to raise the back leg of the tripod 2-3 degrees and then adjust the mount down to where the mark is at 7 degrees and the counterweight shaft as almost between the other two legs. This slight tilt of the tripod should not throw the telescope off balance.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Feb 25, 2014 10:49:18 AMI'm thinking of putting my Orion 10" f/3.9 Astrograph Newtonian Reflector Optical Tube Assembly on the Celestron Advanced VX Computerized Go-To Mount. What equipment will I need, if any?Question by: astronomyaddict1234 on Feb 20, 2015 12:24:00 AMA good scale.
With respect sir...
The OTA is quoted on Orion's site as 25.5 lbs. Add your eyepieces and other essentials into the equation as well.
The Advanced VX mount has a stated visual capacity of 30 lbs (at absolute most). Do note: Celestron rates payload capacities as rather..."Overly optimistic." I venture to state that most astronomy observers would agree for visual, but especially imaging, below 20 lbs in essential for a stable experience.Answer by: spork on Jun 20, 2015 9:58:34 PMI have a older style Celestron 8 SCT on a old German Equatorial Mount with clock drive and Sky Sensor. Would this tripod be a good replacement? I am getting into astrophotography.
DaveQuestion by: Dave on Mar 20, 2016 1:53:00 PMHi Dave,
I think the VX would be a good mount to get started in image with your 8" Celestron. A lot depends on what kind of imaging you do. It would work great for lunar and planetary, especially using a webcam type of camera. It has a bit of a long focal length for deep sky, so you would want to get a focal reducer to make it a f/6.3 system and use a auto-guider like the Orion Awesome autoguider package. If you need in other information, please contact me through my email or call us at 800-483-6287. ThanksAnswer by: Steve Thornton (Admin) on Mar 22, 2016 5:01:00 PMIs the AVX's housing made of metal or is it still plastic like its predecessor, the CG5 mount? Thank you!Question by: MNizinski on Apr 14, 2015 8:38:00 PMThe mount head is made of metal, but the motor housings and power panel are made of plastic. They are lower profile and much better placed than on the CG5 (DEC motor housing no longer rotates and cannot hit the mount in any position). The quality of the mount head casting and motor housings are much higher than the CG5 as well with tighter tolerances.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Apr 15, 2015 11:03:00 AMDear Seller, how are you? I'm thinking to use this mount with my Celestron 8 SE OTA - what do you tell me about the capacity of this mount to astrophotography with my OTA? Is it compatible wiht Celestron StarSense? Best regards, MarcioQuestion by: Marcio on Mar 8, 2014 7:20:10 AMThe Advanced VX mount has a stated visual capacity of 30 lbs, though I would caution a user to keep the load for imaging below 20 lbs for stability. An 8" SE optical tube weighs 13 lbs, so you have a little bit of leeway for the camera and guiding hardware. The VX mount is fully compatible with the StarSense.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Mar 10, 2014 9:57:50 AMQuestion by: Chris on Mar 31, 2015 7:32:00 PMHi, this Steve. Here is the link for tripod case which would work for you. http://www.optcorp.com/orion-soft-carry-case-for-meade-lxd55-75-mount.html
If you have any other questions, please call me at 800-483-6287. ThanksAnswer by: Steve Thornton (Admin) on Apr 1, 2015 5:54:00 PMI have a Levenhuk 90 mm Pro (41" long & about 11 lbs) refractometer with 'rings' & which produces really good images, but I want a contempory Go-To Eq and I am wondering how I could connect it to the Advanced VX.Question by: Elsie Lucas on Dec 24, 2016 10:19:00 PMIf your rings can accept either 1/4"-20 or 6mm screws from below, the answer is to get the Celestron universal CG-5 rail CE-94213 (https://www.optcorp.com/celestron-universal-mounting-plate-cg-5-94213.html).Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Dec 27, 2016 11:42:00 AMQuestion by: DavidB50 on Jun 14, 2014 12:25:49 PMQuestion by: Lannding on Aug 30, 2014 10:26:06 AMThe Advanced VX does not include a polar scope. It is fully compatible with the CE-94224 polar scope for the CG5/CGEM mounts: http://www.optcorp.com/celestron-polar-finder-for-advanced-series-cg-5-mount.html.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Sep 1, 2014 6:29:33 AMI want to purchase a Orion 8" F/3.9 Astrograph Reflector with this Mount, What would I need to mount it?Question by: AstroGH4 on Feb 8, 2016 5:58:00 PMTo mount the Orion f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph to an AVX mount you will need to purchase a Vixen dovetail bar.
However, We do sell the AVX with a TPO 8" f/4 Imaging Newtonian that would compete with all the hardware that you need. Here is a link to the product page.
https://www.optcorp.com/tpo-8inch-f4-imaging-newtonian-steel-91519-package.htmlAnswer by: Jonathan Cheek (Admin) on Feb 9, 2016 5:32:00 PMYou would need to verify that you had a suitably long V-style dovetail (long enough to connect to both rings), and then you would need to purchase at least one additional AVX counterweight to balance the weight of the telescope you are looking to mount. Here is the link to the appropriate counterweight: https://www.optcorp.com/celestron-advanced-vx-11-counterweight.html.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Feb 9, 2016 5:33:00 PMHello. I have a Orion ED80T Telescope and was thinking of using the Celestron VX Mount. could you tell me what I would need to attach the scope to the mount. Thank youQuestion by: Tony1961 on Apr 14, 2014 1:34:41 PMThe Orion ED80T has a Vixen-style dovetail foot on the bottom that will connect directly to the Vixen-style saddle on the Advanced VX mount. No accessories are needed unless you choose to remove the foot and replace it with 90mm rings and a Vixen-style dovetail - which would be necessary if you wanted to piggyback a guidescope for imaging in the future.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Apr 17, 2014 4:37:12 AM
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