Celestron CGX-L GoTo EQ Mount with Tripod

Celestron CGX-L GoTo EQ Mount with Tripod

Celestron CGX-L GoTo EQ Mount with Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Motorized EQ Mount, 75 lb Payload
  • High-Torque Servo Motors with Belt-Drive
  • NexStar+ Computer Hand Controller
  • Dual Vixen/Losmandy Dovetail Saddle
  • 40,000-Object Database
  • Multiple Alignment Processes
  • 9 Slew and 3 Tracking Rates
  • Guided Tours and Custom Object Filters
  • Backlash Compensation and PPEC
  • 2.75" Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod
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  • 1Description

With an upgraded payload capacity, tripod, and internal gears, the Celestron CGX-L GoTo EQ Mount improves on their venerable CGX platform to provide users with a heavy-duty research-quality mount for larger OTAs, accessories, and imaging rigs. Engineered to carry a 75 lb payload, and outfitted with high-torque motors, and a heavy-duty belt drive system to improve tracking stability and reduce backlash, it is able to smoothly and accurately track near and deep-sky objects for extended periods of time.

The Vixen/Losmandy dual dovetail saddle has also been lengthened to 10.6" to improve stability and offer greater security for larger OTAs. To provide a solid platform for the mount and your OTA, a heavy-duty stainless steel tripod is included, sporting massive 2.75" diameter legs, an accessory tray that doubles as a stabilizer, and an adjustment range from 35.75" to 52.75". The minimum height has been lowered almost a foot versus the earlier CGX model to accommodate a wider range of users and different observation positions.

The brains of the CGX-L is the venerable NexStar+ computer controller. Equipped with a database of 40,000 objects, including the planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the complete Messier catalog, it can also be programmed with up 200 custom user-defined objects and filters added for custom object lists. Its intuitive menu-driven user interface gives you the power to observe the heavens with nine slew speeds, three tracking rates, anti-backlash compensation, and Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) for smoother movements in the motors and improved tracking over time. Features such as guided tours, extended information on 200 popular objects, and multiple alignment options, make the NexStar+ controller easy to use and invaluable to both new users and experienced star-gazers.

Mount Head
  • German equatorial mount
  • Lower profile head design provides improved stability and portability
  • Head can be set on the tripod in three different positions to optimize the center of balance over the tripod, or to provide more clearance when needed at lower latitude
  • 75 lb payload capacity, excluding counterweights
  • 3-65° latitude adjustment range
  • 20° of additional tracking past the meridian allows for longer observation time when viewing from a rise or hill
  • Two autoguider ports provide greater cable-management to avoid wire-wrap
  • 10.6" (27cm) Vixen/Losmandy dovetail saddle, compatible with CG-5 and CGE bars
  • Long clutch levers make tightening and loosening of clutches easier for manual movement
  • Strong 1.25" (31.5mm) stainless steel counterweight shaft to handle additional counterweight load
  • Includes one 22 lb counterweight
  • Home sensors allow the mount to always start in the index position regardless of orientation before a power reset
  • Internal cabling reduces snags and other hazards
  • Stationary latitude knob and linkage system which reduces the amount of friction during polar alignment
  • Power input and lower accessory ports remain stationary while the mount slews to avoid snags
  • Integrated handles for easy transport and set-up/break-down
  • "Real Time Clock" keeps time and site information saved when power is disconnected
  • On/Off rocker switch with red LED
Motors and Drives
  • Dual-axis servo motors with optical encoders for smooth tracking and quiet operation
  • High-torque motors provide smooth tracking and slewing for heavy OTAs and accessories
  • Internal belt-drive system provides smooth, vibration-free tracking while minimizing backlash
  • Spring-loaded brass worm wheel and stainless steel worm gear reduce friction and improve gear meshing
  • Limit sensors automatically shut off slewing or tracking before reaching the hard stop fail safe
  • Internal hard stops for both axes prevent cable tension and tripod strike
  • Autoguider-capable for making corrections while astroimaging
  • Large 144 mm diameter worm wheels to better and more accurately drive heavier loads
  • Low-friction Teflon bearings on azimuth adjustment to make adjustments easy under full load
  • USB 2.0 port to connect directly to PC with PWI Software
  • Threaded power input barrel connector eliminates accidental disconnection
  • Runs on included 12 VDC, 4A car/vehicle power supply
NexStar+ Hand Controller
    Features:
  • Intuitive menu-driven user interface
  • PWI telescope control software features multi-point mount modeling for extremely precise pointing accuracy
  • Nine slew speeds: 1/2x, 1x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 64x (0.3°/sec), 1.0°/sec, 2°/sec, 3°/sec
  • Multiple tracking rates: Sidereal, Lunar, and Solar
  • Anti-backlash correction trains-out intrinsic play in gears for smoother movement and tracking
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC): Improves tracking precision for long-exposure astrophotography and imaging
    Database:
  • 40,000-object database
  • 200 user-defined objects for customization
  • Filters for creating custom object lists
  • Solar System: All 7 planets plus the Moon, Sun, and Pluto
  • Custom lists of all the brightest stars, double stars, variable stars, and asterisms
  • Custom lists of all the best galaxies, nebulae, and clusters
  • Complete Messier catalog
  • Select NGC objects
    Functions
  • "All-Star Polar Alignment" software allows quick and precise polar alignment without extra polar alignment accessories, apps, or other assistance
  • Additional alignment options: One or two-star, Solar system, Quick, and Last
  • Sky Tour: Based on location, date, and time, the system shows the best objects in the sky and automatically slews to them
  • Object info: Provides useful information about the selected object such as magnitude and constellation. Includes extended information about 200 popular objects
    Physical characteristics:
  • 2-line, 18-character LCD window with red backlighting for comfortable viewing without affecting night-adjusted vision
  • 19 function keys, backlit in red
  • Mini USB port: Connect to a computer, for use with software programs for point-and-click slewing capability and updating firmware via PC
Tripod
  • Stainless steel legs
  • Adjustable-height from 35.75" to 52.75"
  • Large 2.75" diameter leg sections provide stability and vibration reduction
  • Legs can be collapsed with accessory tray installed for faster setup and transport
  • Hand controller holster attaches with a hook-and-loop strap so it can be moved from leg to leg and avoid wire-wrap
  • Accessory tray holds 1.25 and 2" eyepieces with a smartphone stand
  • Tray doubles as upper leg spreader/lock
  • Lower leg spreader provides additional stability
  • Weight: 46.2 lbs
UPC: 050234915311
In the Box
Celestron CGX-L GoTo EQ Mount with Tripod
  • NexStar+ Hand Control (EQ)
  • CGE PRO Counterweight - 22 lb
  • CGX-L Equatorial Head
  • Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • 8mm Allen Wrench
  • 3 x 8mm Hex-Head Screw
  • Hand Control Holster
  • 12 VDC Car/Vehicle Power Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Mount Type Equatorial
    Load Capacity 75.0 lb / 34.0 kg, excluding counterweights
    Motor Dual-axis servo motors
    Heavy-duty belt-drive system
    Digital optical encoders
    GO-TO Capability Yes, NexStar+ hand controller
    Latitude Adjustment Range 3 - 65°
    Polar Axis Scope None
    Tripod Adjustable height from 35.75 - 52.75" / 90.8 - 134.0 cm
    Stainless steel
    Leg diameter: 2.75" / 7.0 cm
    Power Source 12 VDC, 3 A
    Weight Mount head: 52.6 lb / 23.9 kg
    Tripod: 46.2 lb / 21.0 kg
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