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Celestron Advanced VX 6" f/5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope

B&H # CEAVX6N Mfr # 32054
You Pay: $899.00
Product Highlights
  • 6" / 150mm Aperture, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • 750mm Focal Length, 354x Magnification
  • Parabolic Primary Mirror
  • 20mm Eyepiece, 6x30 Finderscope
  • Advanced VX German Equatorial GoTo Mount
  • All-Star Polar Alignment Technology
  • Programmable Periodic Error Correction
  • NexStar Hand Controller
  • Pre-Loaded 40,000 Object Database
  • Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod

The Advanced VX 6" f/5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope from Celestron is a complete astroimaging platform including a 6" Newtonian Reflector optical tube, 20mm eyepiece, Advanced VX computerized German Equatorial mount, adjustable stainless steel tripod, and NexStar hand controller. By pairing the reflector tube with their redesigned Advanced VX mount, Celestron has created an optical instrument ready for deep sky observation and image capture. The fusion of lightweight materials, compact design, and astroimaging technology equip this telescope with the portability and functionality to satisfy amateur stargazers and novice astrophotographers.

The reflector optical design, like other catadioptrics, utilizes a system of lenses and mirrors to produce long focal lengths with a more compact tube length than refractors. This 6" reflecting optical tube features a 750mm focal length using a tube less than 2.5 ft long. In addition to the relatively compact design, reflector optical tubes are also lightweight for their size. An aluminum optical housing not only minimizes flexure and helps equalize the temperature inside the tube, it also reduces excess weight, making this 6" tube only 10 lbs.  EXEB

Celestron's Newtonian Reflector corrects some of the optical distortions common to all catadioptrics, including chromatic and spherical aberrations that become more pronounced at higher magnification. By using a parabolic primary mirror, this optical tube can transmit sharper and more color faithful images than standard reflector telescopes, improving image quality for both observation and astrophotography. The resulting images are sharper along the edge of the transmitted field of view and have reduced color fringing artifacts.

Celestron's Advanced VX German-Equatorial mount is an integrated telescope support, alignment and guiding system optimized for astrophotography. Celestron engineered the Advanced VX mount from the ground up to deliver the functionality and affordability required by astroimagers on a budget. This telescope mount delivers some of the features found on more sophisticated German Equatorial mounts but without the added bulk or cost associated with more robust options. The Advanced VX mount is designed to accommodate an optical tube weighting up to 30 lb, enough payload capacity for most Schmidt-Cassegrain OTAs with up to an 8" aperture.

The core technology driving the Advanced VX mount is Celestron's All-Star Polar Alignment. This alignment system features a 2-Star alignment mode that uses multiple guide stars to assist tracking across the night sky while keeping the optical tube parallel to the Earth's axis of rotation. Maintaining alignment with either celestial pole while following the path of guide stars provides a high degree of pointing and tracking accuracy. Digitally-encoded low-cog DC servo motors drive telescope movements on both axes in fine increments that keep the observed (or photographed) object centered in the field of view. This level of precision reduces optical aberrations and minimizes star trails, which translates into improved image quality and sharper photographs.

Complementing the Advanced VX's alignment and tracking capability is the mount's permanently programmable periodic error correction that eliminates recurring track errors inherent to all worm drives. Additionally, a 7-77° latitude range enables extended observations and photo exposures by allowing the telescope to track passed the meridian without the meridian flip common with German Equatorial mounts.

Included with the Advanced VX mount is the NexStar hand controller that will slew the telescope to any planetary, stellar, or nebulous object in its pre-loaded database at the touch of a button. The NexStar controller software is flash upgradeable, which allows operating system updates and even refinements to telescope-specific functions. This computerized mount is also compatible with Celestron's proprietary NexRemote telescope control software, which enables the observer to control the telescope using their personal computer.

This fully-integrated telescope mounting system also includes an adjustable stainless steel tripod that has two-inch diameter legs, locking spreader, and a caddy for the NexStar hand controller. The combination of digitally encoded servo motors, broad tracking latitude, and an array of sophisticated alignment and tracking technology equip the Advanced VX with the mechanical precision needed to observe and photograph any nearby or deep sky object.

In addition to the 6" optical tube, NexStar hand controller, Advanced VX German-Equatorial mount and tripod, this telescope includes a 6x30 finderscope for easy object acquisition and a 20mm eyepiece equaling 38x magnification when mounted. This collection of components makes the Advanced VX 6" Newtonian Reflector a full-featured telescope for a wide range of stargazing and astroimaging applications.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • Newtonian Reflector optical design, aluminum construction
  • Parabolic primary mirror minimizes spherical aberration
  • 6" (150mm) aperture, f/5 light gathering
  • 750mm focal length, 354x maximum magnification
  • 20mm eyepiece with 38x magnification
  • 10 lb (4.5kg) OTA weight
Advanced VX German Equatorial Mount
  • Computerized go-to capability
  • 30 lb (13.6kg) payload capacity
  • 7-77° latitude range for tracking passed meridian
  • Permanently programmable periodic error correction
  • All-Star Polar Alignment with 2-Star alignment mode
  • Eq North / Eq South tracking modes, Sidereal / Solar / Lunar tracking rates
  • Digitally-encoded low-cog DC servo motors on both axes
  • Dedicated Autoguider communication port
  • Two AUX communication ports
  • 17 lb (7.7kg) mount weight
  • Includes 12" counterweight bar with one 11 lb weight
NexStar+ Hand Controller
  • Pre-loaded 40,000 object database
  • Flash upgradeable operating system
  • LED-backlit interface buttons
  • RS-232 serial communication port
  • Selectable language programming (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish)
Tripod
  • Stainless steel construction
  • 2" diameter upper leg
  • 44-64" (112.8-162.6 cm) height adjustment
  • 18 lb (8.2kg) tripod weight
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
Aperture 6" (150 mm)
Focal Length 750 mm
Focal Ratio f/5
Highest Useful Magnification 354.0x
Resolution 0.93 arc sec (Rayleigh), 0.77 arc sec (Dawes)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 30%
Finderscope 6 x 30
Eyepiece 20mm (38x)
Optical Tube Length 27" (68.6 cm)
Optical Tube Weight 10 lb (4.5 kg)
Tripod Yes
Mount Type German Equatorial
Power Supply 12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)
GO-TO Capability Yes
Altitude / Latitude Adjustment 7 - 77°
Motor DC servo motor, digitally encoded low-cog drive
Load Capacity 30 lb (13.6 kg)
Counterweight (1) 11 lb (5 kg)
Tracking Method EQ North, EQ South
Tracking Rates Sidereal, solar, and lunar
Slew Speed 9 speeds, 4° per sec (maximum)
Alignment Solar System align, Quick align, Last align, 2-star align, 1-star align
Hand Controller NexStar
Communication Port (2) AUX ports, Autoguider
Onboard Celestial Object Database 40,000 objects (upgradeable)
Total Weight 56 lb (25 kg)
Celestron Advanced VX 6" f/5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope
  • Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount
  • 20mm Eyepiece
  • Tripod
  • NexStar+ Hand Control (EQ)
  • Two Year Limited Warranty
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    5.0

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    5.0

    An amazing value for a GoTo telescope

    By jstanley0

    from Lehi, UT

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction
    • T-ring Compatible
    • Value

    Cons

    • Difficult To Focus
    • Heavy
    • No Power Supply Included

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Astrophotography

    Comments about Celestron Advanced VX 6" f/5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope:

    I haven't had much experience with this thing yet, since it's been cloudy for weeks (like always happens when you buy a telescope). But last night I finally got to put it through its paces, and I was impressed. You can't rush through the alignment phase, but once you've got it set up, it delivers sight after sight right in the center of the eyepiece (well, the full moon was centered on the lunar limb; perhaps this was intentional?). Control is smooth, and the Sky Tour mode picks is a good "short list" of stuff to see.

    Just for fun I tried some unguided prime-focus astrophotography, and results were encouraging. Most of the 30-second subs had perfect stars, and this was with the scope terribly out of balance, as I discovered when I was taking it down. Certainly an improvement over my old SVP.

    The mount seems heavy and rock-solid to me. In fact, the included counterweight is too heavy for my 80mm APO. Fortunately, the smaller counterweight that came with that scope fits on the counterweight shaft. The VX also compatible with the SkyView Pro polar alignment scope.

    The 6" Newtonian OTA is quite good, considering it's almost free with the purchase of the mount. Its one weak spot is a lousy focuser that rocks back and forth in the drawtube when you adjust focus, making precise collimation impossible. A neat feature of the focuser, however, is that you can attach a T-ring to it, and shoot at prime focus with a DSLR. Not many Newts have enough backfocus, but this one does.

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    5.0

    Quite a deal!

    By OttoMann

    from Mars Hill, NC

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Newt Not Ap Friendly

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron Advanced VX 6" f/5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope:

    I was planning on buying an Advanced VX mount to replace my 5SE ALT-AZ mount. When I saw I could get a 6" Newt for just a bit more than buying the mount alone it was a no brainer! I put my 5SE on the VX Mount and the Newt on my old mount. Both work perfectly. The VX mount has blown me away. Easy to polar align and my goto's have been spot on! The Newt is a great visual scope. Astrophotography won't work with it unless you're doing afocal AP. Not enough back focus for a DSLR but that's very common with a Newt and I knew that before I bought it. Only had 4 nights to play so far but I'm super happy. I have my 5SE on the VX snapping pics while I observe with the Newt. Quite a deal!

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