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Celestron Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount

B&H # CEAVXCM MFR # 91519
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Product Highlights
  • 7-77° Latitude Range
  • 30lb Payload Capacity
  • Programmable Periodic Error Correction
  • All-Star Polar Alignment Technology
  • Dedicated Autoguider Communication Port
  • NexStar+ Hand Controller
  • Pre-Loaded 40,000 Object Database
  • Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod
  • 12" Counterweight Bar with 11lb Weight

The Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount from Celestron includes 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 for an optical tube weighting up to 30 lb, enough payload capacity to accommodate most 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain OTAs.

The core technology driving the Advanced VX mount is All-Star Polar Alignment. Celestron's All-Star Polar Alignment technology features a Two-Star alignment mode that draws upon a vast database of stellar bodies to choose multiple guide stars that 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, translating 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 past 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 upgrades 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 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 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 nearby and deep sky objects using almost any entry or intermediate-level optical tube assembly.

Advanced VX Mount
  • 30lb payload capacity
  • Digital DC servo motor drive
  • All-Star Polar Alignment technology
  • 2-Star / 1-Star / Solar System / Last / Quick alignment modes
  • 7-77° latitude range, uninterrupted tracking past meridian
  • Sidereal / Solar / Lunar tracking rates
  • EQ North / EQ South tracking modes
  • 4° per second maximum slew speed
  • Autoguider dedicated communication port
  • Two auxiliary communication ports
  • Integrated 12" counterweight bar with 11 lb weight
NexStar Hand Controller
  • 40,000 celestial object database
  • Flash upgradeable operating software
  • RS-232 serial communication port
  • 16 character, 2-line LCD display
  • 19 backlit interface buttons
  • Language options: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tripod
  • 2" leg diameter
  • 44-64" height adjustment range
  • Stainless steel construction

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Mount Type German Equatorial
Load Capacity 30 lb (13.6 kg)
Motor DC servo motor
Alignment Solar System align, Quick align, Last align, 2-star align, 1-star align
Slew Speed 4° per sec (maximum)
Tracking Rates Sidereal, solar, and lunar
Tracking Method EQ North, EQ South
Communication Port (2) AUX ports, Autoguider
Hand Controller NexStar+
Counterweight (1) 11 lb (5 kg)
GO-TO Capability Yes
Altitude / Latitude Adjustment 7 - 77°
Power Supply 12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)
Total Weight 46 lb (21 kg)
Tripod
Upper Leg Diameter 2" (5.1 cm)
Height 44 - 64" (112 - 163 cm)
Weight 18 lb (8.2 kg)
Celestron Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount
  • Tripod
  • NexStar Hand Controller
  • Two Year Limited Warranty
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    CelestronAdvanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount
     
    4.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Strong construction (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (4)
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      4.0

      Gota Goto

      By Digger

      from Northern, Ohio

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount:

        I didn't rate the mount at a 5 do to fear of jinxing myself on it. Haven't been able to use much yet due to the weather the best cloud bate you could buy. The mount seems very sturdy and well constructed. The mount was better than what I had in visioned being Chinese manufactured. Past mounts owned were Losmandy these are certainly not of that caliber but for the price respectable. As long as the electronics do as they are supposed to I will be very happy with it for the cost.

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        5.0

        Celestron Advanced VX telescope mount.

        By Kim

        from Bend, OR

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • High quality construction
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount:

        I haven't bought the telescope to go with this mount as yet, so . . . what I can do is review what I've discovered so far. The shipping from B&H Photo was fast and flawless. The packaging was extremely heavy duty - double boxed and triple boxed for small items. I also purchased, separately, the Celestron Polar Axis Finderscope which is advertised for the CG-4/CG-5 mount, it fits the AVX also (I plan on astro photo use with this German style equatorial mount). Post installing the Polar Axis scope, I found the need to rotate the telescope holder platform to clear the finder tube of the platform's support member; it's not in the instructions. This is a fairly heavy & well constructed tripod which will be great for my yet to be determined telescope addition as I'm torn between an 8" EdgeHD and a Sky-Watcher 120ED. If this review is updateable, I'll report later after some time in actual use.

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        4.0

        Nice Mount but not perfect

        By Aaron

        from Boulder, CO

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Bootloader Error
        • Heavy
        • Not accurate

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount:

        Was easy to setup and stable. It's a heavy mount but not to heavy that I can't carry it. It's not as accurate as I'd hoped though. I took some 1.5 minute exposures and still have movement across the shot. Looks like I will need an auto guider as well.
        On the downside the very first time out with it I had a bootloader error which required reflashing of the firmware. This can only be done through a serial port connection to a computer. This doesn't make any sense because serial cables are an out dated technology. They don't provide a serial to USB cable with the mount either. They did send me a free one through the mail though after I complained but this meant I couldn't use the scope for another 2 weeks while waiting on it.

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        4.0

        Nice update of Adv. GT but problems

        By Russ

        from Illinois

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Real Time Clock

        Cons

        • No Bubble Level

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount:

        First mount powered up once then went dead and was returned. Replacement works but threaded hole in mount head to attach tripod not tapped deep enough. I had to add washers to allow use. I like real time clock and improved mechanics knobs etc. but miss bubble level. Dec. drive makes odd noises some positions. I have not evaluated tracking ability for astrophotography. Recommend with reservations do reliability concerns.

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