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CGX Equatorial 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes

CGX Equatorial 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes
CGX Equatorial 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes
CGX Equatorial 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes
CGX Equatorial 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes
Item #: 12050
Your Price: $2,899.00 In Stock
Warranty: 2 Years
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  • 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly
  • Aluminum Optical Tube
  • Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings
  • 2032 mm focal length (f/10)
  • 25 mm eyepiece included (81x)
  • Visual back allows for use with 1.25" accessories
  • 6x30 finderscope to help accurately find objects
  • Star diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky
  • Includes dovetail rail compatible with CGE mount

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Description

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.

CGX Mount

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.

Technology

Computerized Mount Features

  • All-new design. Sturdier and more rigid with quicker dampening time
  • Increased load capacity to 55 lbs.
  • Improved motors provide more torque, better slewing and tracking under heavy loads
  • Heavy Duty belt-drive system minimizes backlash while providing smooth motor operation under heavy loads
  • Spring-loaded brass worm wheel and stainless steel worm gear reduce friction and provide optimum gear mesh
  • Internal cabling for worry-free remote operation. Power input and accessory ports remain stationary while the mount slews to avoid snags
  • Internal hard stops for both axes prevents cable tension and tripod strike
  • Internal optical sensors on both axes for simple and safe remote operation
  • Home sensors allow the mount to always start in the index position regardless of orientation before a power reset
  • Limit sensors automatically shut off slewing or tracking before reaching the hard stop fail safe
  • Brand new control software developed in conjunction with PlaneWave Instruments for professional level control operation and imaging
  • Software includes multi-point mount modeling for extremely precise pointing accuracy and many more additional features for remote astroimaging
  • Wider tripod stance for improved stability
  • Adjustable EQ head position to optimize center of gravity over the tripod and fully utilize the increased 3°-65° latitude range
  • Dual-fit CG-5/Vixen and CGE/Losmandy dovetail saddle

Improved 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
  • +20° of additional tracking past the meridian on either side
  • Tripod legs can be collapsed with accessory tray installed for faster setup and transport

Improved ergonomics:

  • Two handles for easy pickup and transport
  • All-new ergonomically designed dovetail clamping knobs
  • Innovative and improved polar alignment adjustment system
  • All-new ergonomic latitude adjuster for smooth and easy adjustment under full loads
  • Optional add-on polar axis finderscope - coming soon

Electronics:

  • All-new NexStar+ hand control with USB port
  • Two 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 software
  • Autoguider port
  • PPEC ready
  • Threaded 12VDC power input barrel connector
  • Internal Real Time Clock (keeps time and site information saved)

Specifications

Aperture (mm) 203.2 mm (8 in)
Autoguide Port Yes
Dovetail Compatibility CGE Mount
EQ Head Weight 44 lbs.
Finderscope 6x30
Focal Length 2032 mm (80 in)
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 ... 25 mm (0.98 in)
Focal Ratio 10
Highest Useful Magnification 480x
Included Items N.A.
Instrument load capacity 55 lbs.
Latitude adjustment range 3"-65"
Light Gathering Power (Comp... 843x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Lowest Useful Magnification 29x
Magnification of Eyepiece 1 81x
Max Slew Speed 5"/second (4"/second is default)
Mount German Equatorial Mount
Mount Info: N.A.
Number of Auxiliary ports (... 2
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Optical Tube Aluminum
Optical Tube Info: N.A.
Optical Tube Length 17 in (432 mm)
Optical Tube Weight 12.5 lbs (5.67 kg)
Resolution (Dawes) 0.57 arc seconds
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.69 arc seconds
Secondary Mirror Obstructio... 9.77%
Software New telescope control PC software
Star Diagonal 1.25
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tripod height adjustment range 47.25" to 77.5" including EQ headA
Tripod leg diameter 2"
Tripod Weight 19.2 lbs.
USB Port Yes
_1... CGX Tripod
_2... Accessory Tray
_3... 2 x 11 lbs counterweight
_4... NexStar+ Hand Control
_5... DC Power Cable (plugs into cigarette lighter socket)

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Reviews

Hot Product Sky & Telescope Award 2017

Sky at Night Magazine Award 2017

“Celestron has gone to town in engineering the CGX with improved latitude and azimuth controls and a low-profile mount head.”

Sky & Telescope – CGX Review

“Slewing is smooth and very quiet, and the mount responded precisely and without backlash when I pressed the direction keys on the hand control.”