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Celestron CGEM 925 HD Computerized Telescope

B&H # CECGEM925HD Mfr # 11081
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Product Highlights
  • 235mm / 9.25" Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Focal Length: 2350mm, f/10
  • Edge HD Optics
  • CGEM Computerized Equatorial Mount
  • 23mm Eyepiece
  • 2.0" Diagonal
  • 9x50 Finderscope

The CGEM 925 HD Computerized Telescope from Celestron features a Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system. This compound, or catadioptric, light-path employs a combination of mirrors and lenses that offer a large high-resolution aperture, a shorter tube length, and enhanced portability. This telescope has a 9.25" aperture, a focal length of 2350mm, and a focal ratio of f/10.

EdgeHD optics are designed to produce aberration-free images across a wide visual and photographic field of view. With a significant reduction in off-axis star coma and a flat astrograph quality image plane to the edges of the field of view, the EdgeHD system is capable of imaging diffraction limited stars of 1 arcsec at the edges of a full-frame sensor.

The optical path consists of a zero power corrector plate, a spherical primary mirror, and a secondary mirror along with a set of field flattening lenses integrated into the baffle tube. The resulting imaging plane is 3 times flatter than the field produced by a standard SCT telescope. EdgeHD telescopes feature StarBright XLT multi-layer coatings on the primary and secondary mirrors for increased reflectivity. The corrector is also fully coated to ensure enhanced anti-reflection characteristics.

EdgeHD optics optimize an image circle with a 42mm diameter around the center of the field of view. This circle completely covers the diagonal of a full-frame DSLR camera or a standard 35mm film frame. As such, it extends significantly beyond the diagonal of APS-C sensors and the smaller chips used in specialized astrophotography CCD cameras. Further refinement of the system's imaging capabilities is managed via mirror tension clutches that help support the primary mirror and minimize its lateral movement. This enhancement is particularly important to astrophotographers as it significantly improves the system's stability and imaging clarity.

The OTA comes with a very useful 9x50 finderscope fitted to its exterior. Due to its wider field of view, this ancillary optic can offer assistance in locating objects to view with the main scope.

Normal image orientation for the EdgeHD design is upside-down and reversed. The 2.0" diagonal inverts this image so it is right-side-up, but reversed. This diagonal directly accepts 2.0" eyepieces, and a 1.25" eyepiece adapter is included. This kit comes packaged with Celestron's Axiom LX 23mm eyepiece. This ocular is ideal for deep-space viewing - its wide field of view produces a feeling of being surrounded by the viewing experience.

The CGEM Mount is fully computerized with a database of over 40,000 celestial objects, and it offers numerous design advantages. While not quite as robust or refined at the CGE PRO, the CGEM is a sturdy and reliable mount with an excellent feature set that fills the niche between the advanced and pro series mounts. The software-assisted all-star polar alignment feature allows the viewer to choose any bright star for alignment of the mount's polar axis, even if the North Star isn't visible. Large hand-knobs offer easy altitude and azimuth adjustments. With just a standard hand-control alignment, the CGE PRO is capable of centering a star to within 5 arc minutes. The NexStar program's advanced pointing feature further improves the pointing accuracy to as low as 1 arc minute. Additionally, extended meridian tracking, fast slew speeds, and a precision tracking system all combine to provide outstanding tracking and viewing performance.

Optical Performance
  • Aperture: 9.25"
  • EFL: 2350 mm, f/10
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain system for aberration-free imaging
  • Premium StarBright XLT coatings for enhanced light transmission
  • EdgeHD optics deliver crisp aberration-free images. They are designed to produce an extremely flat focal plane to match the strict tolerances of the largest commercial CCD detectors. They are capable of imaging a diffraction limited star of 1 arcsec at the very edge of a full frame camera chip.
Construction Details
  • Aluminum tube
  • Mirror support knobs reduce image shift
  • Filtered tube vents release hot air from behind the primary mirror
  • Dovetail rail: included in package - compatible with Celestron's CGE mount
  • Fastar compatible: equipped with a removable secondary mirror for CCD imaging
9x50 finderscope
  • Angle of view: 5.8°
  • Assists in locating objects
  • All mounting hardware is included in kit
Axiom LX 23mm Wide Angle Eyepiece
  • AFOV: 82°
  • Eye Relief: 17 mm
  • Magnification: 102x with 9.25" EdgeHD
  • Accepts Celestron's 2.0" thread-in filters
  • Parfocal design allows for fast switching of eyepieces
  • Delivers pinpoint images when used with a flat field telescope
  • Retractable eyecup provides ultra-low profile for eyeglass wearers
90° Diagonal
  • Accepts 2.0" eyepieces
  • 1.25" eyepiece adapter included
  • Image orientation: right-side-up, laterally reversed
  • StarBright XLT multi-layer coatings enhance light transmission
  • Improved brass clamping ring provides a secure no-mar connection
CGEM Computerized Equatorial Mount
  • Counterweights: one 11 lb, one 17 lb
  • Stainless steel tripod: 2.0" legs, accessory tray
  • NexStar technology: 40,000 object database, expanded information on 200+ objects, 100+ user-definable objects. Custom database lists famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number.
  • All-star" polar alignment uses any bright star for a quick and accurate Polar alignment, even if the North Star is not visible.
  • Software features: mount calibration, database filter limits, hibernate, five alignment procedures.
  • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet.
  • Programmable periodic error correction (PEC) corrects tracking errors.
  • Low cog DC servo motors with integrated optical encoders offer smooth and quiet operation and long-term reliability. The motor armatures are skewed to minimize cogging which is required for low speed tracking.
  • Designated six-pin RJ-12 modular jack, ST-4 compatible guide port, Autoguide port, and auxiliary ports located on the electronic plate for long exposure astrophotography.
  • Double line, LED backlit 16-character LCD hand control simplifies 'Go-To' operation. NexRemote software for computerized telescope control via RS-232 port. Designated six-pin RJ-12 modular jack, ST-4 compatible guide port, Autoguide port, and auxiliary ports located on the electronic plate for long exposure astrophotography. Flash upgradeable hand control, software, and motor control units. Product updates available over the Internet. Internal cable wiring for trouble-free setup and transportation.
  • Precision machined 40 mm diameter steel Polar shafts supported by multiple tapered roller bearings and ball bearings
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture 9.25" / 235 mm
Focal Length 2350 mm / 92.52"
Focal Ratio f/10.0
Resolving Power Rayleigh: 0.59 arc/sec
Dawes: 0.49 arc/sec
Theoretical Minimum and Maximum Magnification Min: 34x
Max: 555x
Dovetail Plate Included, compatible with CGE mount
Visual Back Included
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2.0" diagonal w/1.25" adapter
Finderscope 9x50
Optical Tube Dimensions Length: 22.0" / 55.8 cm
Weight OTA: 21.0 lb / 9.53 kg
With tripod/mount: 113 lb / 51 kg
Celestron CGEM 925 HD Computerized Telescope
  • Axiom LX 23mm Wide Angle Eyepiece (2")
  • 9x50 Finderscope
  • 90-Degree Mirror Diagonal (2") for SCT Scopes
  • CGEM Computerized Equatorial Mount
  • 2.0" Stainless Steel Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • Car Battery Adapter
  • 11 lb Counterweight
  • 17 lb Counterweight
  • NexRemote Telescope Control Software
  • Limited 2 Year Warranty
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    5.0

    Seems well-made

    By covbridges

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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    Pros

    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Not Intended For Beginner

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Astrophotography

    Comments about Celestron CGEM 925 HD Computerized Telescope:

    I have no previous experience with telescopes but decided to jump in rather than wade. Photographer for 35 years and end goal is to be able to conduct astrophotography, so a long way to go.

    This is a very large and heavy system, primarily due to the mount. It is heavy castings, has several high tech motors. It is a major chore to set up, but on the first night I used, it I was able to look at jupiter, with the provided Luminos 23mm optic and clearly make out the cloud bands. It was very small, so the 23mm optic with the 2350 mm telescope (~102X magnification) is not ideal for Jupiter, but from what I have read, one will need at least two optics, maybe 3 and a barlow for additional magnification.

    Too early to tell how well I will do, but this is surely a well-made and capable system with lots of flexibility and forethought built in.

    Also, from what I have read, this type of system helps with long exposure astrophotography, since this type of system has a greater capacity to track stars smoothly over a long period. The equatorial mount is a significant part of that, but the beefiness of the mount is also intended to match the weight of this mid-range of SCT telescope also.

    I would not hessitate to recommend it - and B&H is an excellent place to buy from.

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