Celestron CGX 700 Maksutov
Celestron CGX 700 Maksutov
Celestron CGX 700 Maksutov
Celestron CGX 700 Maksutov
Celestron CGX 700 Maksutov

Celestron CGX 700 Maksutov

Product code: 12049-CGL
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Product information

  • 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with f/15 focal ratio provides high contrast views of the planets and lunar landscapes, perfect for serious planetary imagers and visual observers.
  • Celestron’s premium StarBright XLT coatings ensure maximum light transmission.
  • The CGX, with its 55 lb load capacity, is Celestron’s most innovative, state-of-the art, computerized equatorial mount to date, and provides a very sturdy and rigid platform.
  • The drive system utilizes low cog DC Servo motors with integrated optical encoders, belt and pulley motor connection, spring-loaded steel worm gears supported by precision sealed bearings, and brass worm wheels for smooth, accurate slewing and tracking performance with little backlash.
  • Accessories included: 2” Visual Back, 2” Star Diagonal with 1.25” adapter, 28mm eyepiece (2”), 8x50 finderscope

The 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain CGX telescope (CGX 700 Mak) is a specialized instrument designed for detailed, high contrast views of smaller celestial objects like the planets. With the Maksutov-Cassegrain optical tube and sturdy equatorial mount and tripod, this kit will provide unparalleled views of the planets and up-close views of the lunar surface, including craters and maria, Maks are also well suited to hunting smaller, fainter, deep sky objects such as globular clusters and planetary nebulae.  Astronomers located in urban areas will appreciate the Mak’s ability to bring out more contrast in celestial objects. Transporting the entire system to a dark site is not a problem either. The optical tube, mount head, tripod, counterweight bar, and counterweight all disassemble, with no tools required, into separate manageable pieces.

Maksutov-Cassegrain Optical Design

 

The Mak is a catadioptric telescope, which means the optical design includes both a lens and a mirror. The light coming through a Mak passes through the corrector lens to the primary mirror and back to a spherical secondary mirror before it hits your eyepiece. Images are bright, sharp, and virtually free of chromatic aberration. 

The Maksutov-Cassegrain’s optical design offers several unique benefits. Instead of a secondary mirror, the Mak features a “secondary spot” of reflective coating applied directly to the inside of the corrector plate. Because of this, the telescope does not require frequent collimation like a Schmidt-Cassegrain. Also, the secondary spot is significantly smaller than a traditional Schmidt-Cassegrain secondary mirror, giving the Mak its signature high-contrast views.

One important thing to note about Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes is that the larger, heavier Maksutov corrector plate takes longer to cool down and adjust to ambient air temperature compared to a Schmidt-Cassegrain of the same aperture.

CGX Mount and Tripod Features

Smootherbelt Drivesystem

Mechanical Hard Stops

Home And Limit Sensors

Dual Dovetail Saddle

  • Sturdier and more rigid with quicker dampening time
  • Increased load capacity to 55 lbs.
  • 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
  • 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

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

Tripod

Ergonomics:

Ergonomic Carry Handles

Polar Alignment Adjustment System

  • Two handles for easy pickup and transport
  • Ergonomically designed dovetail clamping knobs
  • Innovative and improved polar alignment adjustment system
  • Ergonomic latitude adjuster for smooth and easy adjustment under full loads
  • Optional add-on polar axis finderscope

Electronics

  • 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
OPTICAL TUBE INFO:
Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
Aperture 180mm (7.08")
Focal Length 2700mm (106.3")
Focal Ratio f/15
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 28mm (1.1") 2" eyepiece
Magnification of Eyepiece 1 96x
Finderscope 8x50 Straight Through
Star Diagonal 2" with 1.25" adapter
Optical Tube Aluminum
Highest Useful Magnification 420x
Lowest Useful Magnification 67x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13.9
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.64 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes) 0.52 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 661x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 40mm (1.57")
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 22%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 5%
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length 571.5mm (22.5")
Optical Tube Diameter 222.25mm (8.75")
Optical Tube Weight 19 lbs (8.6 kg)
Dovetail CGE Dovetail Bar
MOUNT INFO:
Mount Type Computerized Equatorial
Instrument load capacity 55 lbs (25 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod) 1200.15mm - 1968.5mm (47.25" - 77.5")
Tripod Leg Diameter 50.8mm (2") Steel tripod with graduated markings on lower section
Latitude adjustment range 3° - 65°
Mount Head Weight 44 lbs (20 kg)
Accessory Tray Yes
Tripod Weight 19.2 lbs (8.7 kg)
Weight of Counterweights 2 x 11 lbs
Slew Speeds 9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes EQ North & EQ South
GPS N/A
Dovetail Compatibility Dual saddle plates (CG-5 and CGE saddle)
Number of Auxiliary ports 2 Aux ports (Hand Control can use either Aux port)
Autoguide port Yes
USB Port Yes, input for Mount and Hand Control
Power Requirements 12V DC, 4 amps
Motor Drive DC servo motors
Alignment Procedures 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align
Periodic Error Correction Yes
Computerized Hand Control 2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection
NexStar+ Database 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Software CPWI Telescope Control Software, Celestron Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight 104.2 lbs (47.26 kg)
Included Items 700 Maksutov Cassegrain OTA | CGX Equatorial Head | CGX Tripod | Accessory Tray | 2 x 11 lbs counterweights | NexStar+ Hand Control | 8mm Allen Wrench | 12V DC Power Cable | Hand Control Holster

Product Info

GTIN 050234120494
MPN 050234120494
Brand Celestron
Product Code 12049-CGL
Delivery Weight Package
50kg