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Model: 12050Brand: Celestron
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The CGX 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope features Celestron’s premium StarBright XLT coated optics and the all-new state of the art CGX computerized equatorial mount. It is the most lightweight and portable of the three size models. This telescope is especially at home as a solid platform for long exposure photography with optional CCD cameras or photographic equipment. At 8 inches of aperture with our premium StarBright XLT coatings, the CGX 800 gives you over 800 times the light gathering power than the unaided eye.
Celestron’s workhorse CGEM mount lineup has been the German Equatorial backbone for telescopes ranging from 6 to 11 inches of aperture. Since that time, many more astro-imagers and planetarium controlled setups have emerged as backyard telescope technology has evolved. Celestron’s engineering team applied their years of experience designing German Equatorial mounts to the all-new CGX EQ, a culmination of all the advancements made to our technologies, value, and ease-of-use.
The new CGX was designed to better support your telescope for both visual and astro-imaging pursuits. Key design goals included a lower profile EQ head, which provides a more compact and therefore more stable setup; a better drive system; remote operation-friendly with home and limit optical sensors; easier polar alignment adjustments; and better cable management. In addition to that, we’ve made mechanical and ergonomic improvements throughout to make the mount sturdier, easier to use, and transport. The CGX is our new Equatorial backbone to support a wide range of telescopes.
8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube AssemblyAluminum Optical TubeCelestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings2032 mm focal length (f/10)25 mm eyepiece included (81x)Visual back allows for use with 1.25" accessories6x30 finderscope to help accurately find objectsStar diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the skyIncludes dovetail rail compatible with CGE mountComputerized Mount Features:
All-new design. Sturdier and more rigid with quicker dampening timeIncreased load capacity to 55 lbs.Improved motors provide more torque, better slewing and tracking under heavy loadsHeavy Duty belt-drive system minimizes backlash while providing smooth motor operation under heavy loadsSpring-loaded brass worm wheel and stainless steel worm gear reduce friction and provide optimum gear meshInternal cabling for worry-free remote operation. Power input and accessory ports remain stationary while the mount slews to avoid snagsInternal hard stops for both axes prevents cable tension and tripod strikeInternal optical sensors on both axes for simple and safe remote operationHome sensors allow the mount to always start in the index position regardless of orientation before a power resetLimit sensors automatically shut off slewing or tracking before reaching the hard stop fail safeBrand new control software developed in conjunction with PlaneWave Instruments for professional level control operation and imagingSoftware includes multi-point mount modeling for extremely precise pointing accuracy and many more additional features for remote astroimagingWider tripod stance for improved stabilityAdjustable EQ head position to optimize center of gravity over the tripod and fully utilize the increased 3º-65º latitude rangeDual-fit CG-5/Vixen and CGE/Losmandy dovetail saddleImproved tripod includes:
2" steel legs with height index marks for quick leveling"Jack of all trays" can hold three 1.25" eyepieces, two 2" eyepieces, your smartphone, or other accessories+20º of additional tracking past the meridian on either sideTripod legs can be collapsed with accessory tray installed for faster setup and transportImproved ergonomics:
Two handles for easy pickup and transportAll-new ergonomically designed dovetail clamping knobsInnovative and improved polar alignment adjustment systemAll-new ergonomic latitude adjuster for smooth and easy adjustment under full loadsOptional add-on polar axis finderscope - coming soonElectronics:
All-new NexStar+ hand control with USB portTwo AUX accessory ports to support wireless/WiFi alignment and operation with StarSense AutoAlign and SkyPortal WiFi Module accessories (sold separately)USB 2.0 port, used to connect directly to PC with included softwareAutoguider portPPEC readyThreaded 12VDC power input barrel connectorInternal Real Time Clock (keeps time and site information saved)SPECIFICATIONS:
Optical TubeOptical Design: Schmidt-CassegrainAperture (mm): 203.2 mm (8 in)Focal Length: 2032 mm (80 in)Focal Ratio: 10Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm): 25 mm (0.98 in)Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 81xFinderscope: 6x30Star Diagonal: 1.25Optical Tube: AluminumHighest Useful Magnification: 480xLowest Useful Magnification: 29xLimiting Stellar Magnitude: 14Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.69 arc secondsResolution (Dawes): 0.57 arc secondsLight Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 843xSecondary Mirror Obstruction: 2.5 in (64 mm)Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 31%Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 9.77%Optical Coatings: StarBright XLTOptical Tube Length: 17 in (432 mm)Optical Tube Weight: 12.5 lbs (5.67 kg)Dovetail Compatibility: CGE MountMountMount: German Equatorial MountInstrument load capacity: 55 lbs.Tripod height adjustment range: 47.25” to 77.5” including EQ headATripod leg diameter: 2"Latitude adjustment range: 3º-65ºTripod Weight: 19.2 lbs.EQ Head Weight: 44 lbs.Max Slew Speed: 5º/second (4º/second is default)Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and LunarNumber of Auxiliary ports (for hand control and accessories): 2Autoguide Port: YesUSB Port: YesSoftware: New telescope control PC softwareIncluded Items:CGX Equatorial HeadCGX TripodAccessory TrayOne 17 lbs counterweightNexStar+ Hand ControlDC Power Cable (plugs into cigarette lighter socket)
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