Celestron CGEM-800 Computerized Telescope 8" Catadioptric Telescope Kit

Celestron CGEM-800 Computerized Telescope 8" Catadioptric Telescope Kit

Celestron CGEM-800 Computerized Telescope 8" Catadioptric Telescope Kit

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Celestron CGEM-800 Computerized Telescope 8" Catadioptric Telescope Kit

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Product Highlights

  • 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • 2032mm, f/10
  • Motorized Equatorial Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity

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  • 1Description

The Celestron CGEM-800 telescope kit is a fully-loaded scope with automatic "GO-TO" observing as well as immediate professional imaging capacity.  Use it simply to observe, and its NexStar controller makes viewing a breeze, even for a beginner.  Its robust CGEM equatorial mount will give a supreme base for imagery, free from annoying jitters which rob even the best of optics, and it also learns over time to correct for the periodic tracking errors inherent in every telescope mount.  The combination of aperture, automation, and price is impressive for anyone with a dual interest in viewing and astrophotography.

The telescope optical tube assembly itself has Celestron's StarBright XLT optics standard, an advancement in multicoatings which allows brightness advantages nearly equivalent to a step-up in aperture.  Celestron's 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain design is well-respected throughout the astronomy community as a respectable entry giving solid results, and can be used to access planets, galaxies, and several enthralling deep space objects.

The CGEM equatorial mount is an evolved step in their equatorial designs, and as an equatorial mount it is designed for those with an interest in imaging.  Its streamlined controls operate intuitively, with the rigidity needed for serious astrophotography results even in a larger scope.

Everything you will need to begin observing immediately is included in this package.  As delivered, the scope operates upon a vehicle's cigarette lighter port-but it can also be powered with the optional AC adapter or the Celestron Power Tank.

Multicoated StarBright XLT optics in powerful 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain design
Heavy-duty German equatorial CGEM mount well-suited to astrophotography
NexStar computerized hand controller gives automatic locating to an enormous object database
Remote slewing at up to 5° per second
Supremely-easy photo adaptation with complete collection of dedicated accessories
NexStar's RS-232 serial port, linked to a personal computer's 4-pin telephone jack via optional #93920 cable, allows remote scope control (USB ports will require #18775 converter cable)
Optional GPS accessory kit allows extremely fine alignments
Mount has altazimuth mode for land-based viewing (45° erect image diagonal recommended)
In the Box
Celestron CGEM-800 Computerized Telescope 8" Catadioptric Telescope Kit
  • 25mm (81x) Plossl Eyepiece (1.25")
  • 6x30mm LER Finderscope
  • Finderscope Bracket
  • Visual Back (1.25")
  • 90° Star Diagonal (1.25")
  • Dovetail Slide Bar
  • Objective Lens Cap
  • CGEM Motorized Go-To Equatorial Mount with Tripod
  • Car Battery Adapter (25'/7.7 m)
  • NexStar Remote Hand Controller
  • NexRemote Control Software CD
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • 17 lb Counterweight
  • Tripod
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Optical Lens Diameter 8.0" (203mm)
    Focal Length 2032mm
    Focal Ratio f/10.0
    Maximum Useful Magnification 480x
    Resolving Power 0.69
    Optical Tube Dimensions 9.2 x 17.0" (23.4 x 43.2cm) WxL
    Mount Type Motorized equatorial
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Finderscope 6x30 Straight
    Tripod Full-size steel with 2" diameter legs
    Motor Yes
    GO-TO Capability Yes
    PC Compatible Yes (requires RS-232 cable)
    Power Source Automobile cigarette lighter
    Weight 88.0 lbs (39.95kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 112.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 0.01 x 0.01 x 0.01"

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