Celestron Advanced (AVX) 8" SCT

Product code: 12026-CGL
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Product information

  • 8 (203.2mm) f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain includes StarBright XLT coatings for better light transmission
  • The most compact and portable of Celestrons German equatorial mounts offers the same rigidity as our larger mounts with minimal flexure and an improved industrial design
  • Holds a maximum instrument capacity of 30 lb
  • Every feature an astroimager wants: PEC, an autoguider port, the ability to image across the meridian, and more
  • Dual saddle plate is compatible with narrow CG-5 dovetails and wider CGE dovetail. Also compatible with Vixen format dovetails longer than 100mm, but not compatible with Losmandy D format plates.
  • Latitude range allows the mount to perform between 7° and 77° latitude
  • Accessories include a 25mm eyepiece, 1.25 star diagonal and 6x30 finderscope

The Advanced VX (AVX) sets a standard in mid-level telescopes, providing many of the features found on Celestrons most sophisticated German equatorial mounts at an extremely affordable price. The Advanced VX 8 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope is ideal for imagers and visual observers looking for a telescope that is much more portable than the reflector or refractor. The 8 optical tube offers 84% more light gathering ability than a 6 telescope. The Schmidt-Cassegrain design also eliminates chromatic aberration, making it a good choice for astroimaging. The Advanced VX mount is designed to provide superior performance while taking advantage of Celestrons most advanced technologies: All-Star Polar Alignment, Celestron PWI telescope control software, SkyAlign, and permanently programmable periodic error correction (PPEC).

If youre an experienced imager, youll love taking this portable mount to a dark sky site and enjoying all the conveniences of a larger observatory mount. Or, if youre new to imaging,  Advanced VX will help you get started with the hobby and keep up with your needs for years to come.

Computerized German equatorial mount

The Advanced VX is the smallest of Celestrons German equatorial mounts. The computerized GoTo capability automatically tracks objects as they move across the night sky. The Advanced VX mount includes ports for a hand control, an autoguider, and 2 AUX ports for optional accessories.  The NexStar+ hand control gives you instant access to all the functions your mount has to offer. With automatic slewing and menu descriptions, any level of astronomer can master this mount in just a few observing sessions. The Advanced VX also has an impressive tripod for its class with a 2 diameter steel tripod legs providing an extra-wide stance for improved stability.

Payload capacity
The payload capacity for the Advanced VX is 30 lb. It offers a sturdy platform for any of the Advanced VX optical tubes, even when paired with optional accessories like StarSense AutoAlignFocus Motor, a finderscope, and a camera. Celestron's payload capacity does not include the weight of the counterweights. 

Dual saddle plate
As of early 2019, Advanced VX mounts include a dual saddle plate that accommodates both CG-5 and CGE-style dovetail. Switching between the two saddle plates is as simple as moving the hand knobs into a separate set of holes. You can use an Advanced VX mount with virtually any optical tube within its weight limit. Compatible with Vixen format dovetails 100mm or longer, not compatible with Losmandy D format plates (regardless of plate manufacturer).

 

Software

Celestron PWI Telescope Control Software
Your Ultimate Astronomy Software Suite

All current Celestron computerized telescopes include Celestron PWI (CPWI), the most advanced astronomy software suite provided with any consumer-grade telescope. Celestrons experts co-developed CPWI with the engineers at PlaneWave Instruments. The result is an all-in-one solution offering you many of the same features used on PlaneWaves observatory-class telescopes.

  • Graphical planetarium interface with PointXP advanced mount modelling allows you to add 100+ points to your alignment model for the most accurate pointing and tracking possible
  • Ideal for remote observatory setups: save and re-load your alignment and park your scope
  • Provides a complete ASCOM telescope interface to allow control of the telescope from third party software applications

For more information on CPWI and to see the user interface, click here.

Starry Night Software
Included with your purchase is a free download of Celestrons Starry Night Special Edition Software. This advanced software by Simulation Curriculum offers detailed information about celestial objects and helps you plan your next observing or imaging session. The Special Edition software also allows you to control your telescope via computer.

OPTICAL TUBE INFO:
Optical DesignSchmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture203.2mm (8")
Focal Length2032mm (80")
Focal Ratiof/10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 125mm (.98")
Magnification of Eyepiece 1102x
Finderscope6x30
Star Diagonal1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical TubeAluminum
Highest Useful Magnification480x
Lowest Useful Magnification29x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude14
Resolution (Rayleigh).69 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes).57 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)843x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction64mm (2.5")
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter31%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area9.77%
Optical CoatingsStarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length432mm (17")
Optical Tube Diameter238mm (9.37")
Optical Tube Weight12.5 lbs (5.9 kg)
DovetailCG-5 Dovetail bar
MOUNT INFO:
Mount TypeComputerized Equatorial
Instrument load capacity30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod)1118mm - 1626mm (44" 64")
Tripod Leg Diameter50.8mm (2") Stainless Steel
Latitude adjustment range7° - 77°
Mount Head Weight17 lbs (7.71 kg)
Accessory TrayYes
Tripod Weight18 lbs (8.16 kg)
Weight of Counterweights1 x 12 lbs
Slew Speeds9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second
Tracking RatesSidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking ModesEQ North & EQ South
GPSN/A
Dovetail CompatibilityDual saddle plates (CG-5 and CGE saddle)
Number of Auxiliary ports3 Aux ports (1 hand control and 2 AUX ports for optional accessories
Autoguide portYes
USB PortYes, input on Hand Control
Power Requirements12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)
Motor DriveDC servo motors
Alignment Procedures2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align
Periodic Error CorrectionYes
Computerized Hand Control2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection
NexStar+ Database40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
SoftwareCelestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight59.5 lbs (27 kg)
Included ItemsAdvanced VX Equatorial Head | Tripod | Accessory Tray | 1 x 12 lbs counterweight | NexStar+ Hand Control | DC Power Cable (item# 18769) | Hand Control Holster

Product Info

GTIN 050234202619
MPN 050234202619
MPN 050234202619
Brand Celestron
Product Code 12026-CGL
Delivery Weight Package
27kg