Celestron Advanced VX 8" f/10 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo EQ Telescope

Celestron Advanced VX 8" f/10 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo EQ Telescope

Celestron Advanced VX 8" f/10 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo EQ Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 8" (203mm) Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
  • 2032mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • EdgeHD Aplanatic Field-Flattener Design
  • StarBright XLT Optical Coating System
  • Motorized Computer-Controlled EQ Mount
  • NexStar+ GoTo Hand Controller
  • 40,000+ Database, User-Defined Objects
  • Multiple Alignment Procedures
  • 40mm Eyepiece and 90° Star Diagonal
  • 2" Steel Adjustable Tripod with Tray
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Mount Options: Advanced VX GoTo EQ Mount and Tripod

Advanced VX GoTo EQ Mount and Tripod CGEM II EQ Mount and Tripod CGX GoTo EQ Mount and Tripod

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CGX-L GoTo EQ Mount and 2.75" Tripod

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Aperture: 8" f/10

11" f/10

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14" f/11

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8" f/10 8" f/10 (CG-5)

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9.25 f/10

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9.25" f/10

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Celestron Advanced VX overview

  • 1Description

Powerful yet portable, the Celestron Advanced VX 8" f/10 EdgeHD GoTo EQ Telescope provides users with a complete astronomical observation platform for the Moon, planets, galaxies, nebulae, and thousands of other near- and deep-sky objects. Included here is a large-aperture EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube assembly (OTA), the iconic NexStar+ GoTo computer hand controller with a 40,000+ object database and alignment assistance, the solid Advanced VX motorized mount, plus an assortment of accessories to get you set up and observing right out of the box.

  • EdgeHD CG-5 8" f/10 Aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

    Engineered to deliver sharp and clear distortion-free views, the Celestron EdgeHD CG-5 8" f/10 Aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope is an ideal choice for observation, astrophotography, and imaging objects within or beyond our solar system. It features an aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system consisting of a corrector plate, a spherical primary mirror, and a secondary mirror along with a set of field-flattening lenses integrated into the baffle tube. Complementing the EdgeHD system is the proprietary StarBright XLT optical coating system, which improves light transmission and reflectivity across the entire visual spectrum. The combination of EdgeHD and StarBright XLT produces bright and clear high-resolution images with true color rendition across the entire field of view without distortion, aberrations, or off-axis comas.

    Optimized for imaging, the internal focusing system features mirror support clutches to ensure proper alignment and mirror locks to avoid accidental defocusing during long-exposure astrophotography. The optical tube is outfitted with a standard 1.25" visual back to make it easier to find eyepieces, accessories, and imaging gear. For visual observations, a 1.25" star diagonal is included along with a 40mm Plössl eyepiece that yields 51x magnification. The EdgeHD 8" is offered here without a mount or tripod for users who already have a reliable support system and are looking to upgrade or add to their existing gear, but comes with a standard-sized CG-5 dovetail plate that is compatible with Vixen-style saddles.

    Optical Tube
    • 8" (203.2mm) aperture
    • f/10 focal ratio
    • 2032mm effective focal length
    • Aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain optical design
    • EdgeHD field-flattener aplanatic design eliminates spherical aberration, field curvature, and off-axis star coma to improve resolution, sharpness, and clarity across the entire field of view, especially at the edges
    • Diffraction-limited SCHOTT glass reduces internal light loss to improve color, clarity, and sharpness
    • StarBright XLT optical coatings
    • Flexible tension clutches hold the primary mirror in place to reduce image shift without putting any force or pressure on the mirror assembly, keeping subjects centered
    • Internal mirror locks prevent accidental adjustment to focusimportant during long-exposure astrophotography
    • Integrated 95-micron mesh filter allows hot air to be released from behind the primary mirror without dust getting in, to prevent mirror distortion due to uneven surface temperatures
    • Resolution: 0.69 arcsec (Rayleigh); 0.57 arcsec (Dawes)
    • Secondary mirror obstruction: 2.7" (69mm); 34% by diameter; 11% by area
    StarBright XLT System
    • Maximizes light transmission through optical path
    • Improves color rendition, contrast, sharpness, resolution, and brightness
    • Broadband system provides flat wavelength transmission across the entire visual spectrum
    • Multi-layer mirror coatings with layers of aluminum, SiO2 (quartz), and TiO2 (titanium dioxide)
    • Multi-layer anti-reflective corrector plate coatings with layers of MgF2 (magnesium fluoride) and HfO2 (hafnium dioxide); hafnium has a wider band-pass than the commonly used titanium
    • High-transmission water white glass corrector plate limits light loss due to internal absorption
    Mounting
    • OTA only; mount and tripod required for proper use
    • Standard CG-5 (Vixen-style) dovetail plate
    Included Accessories
    Visual Back:

    • Standard Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT) threads
    • 1.25" eyepiece/accessory holder
    • Use for prime focus or projection astrophotography with optional adapters

    Eyepiece:

    • Plössl lens configuration
    • 1.25"-diameter barrel
    • Accepts most 1.25" eyepiece filters
    • 40mm focal length yields 51x power

    Diagonal:

    • 90° angle puts head in comfortable viewing position
    • Threaded for direct connection to OTA without the need for the visual back
    • 1.25" eyepiece/accessory holder
    • Star diagonal corrects image horizontally, but not vertically

    Finderscope:

    • Low 9x magnification preserves wide field of view to more easily find alignment or guide stars
    • Large 50mm aperture helps to see dimmer objects and stars for easier star-hopping navigation
    UPC: 050234103190
  • Advanced VX GoTo German Equatorial Mount

    Engineered and optimized for astrophotography with mid-sized optical tube assemblies (OTAs), the Celestron Advanced VX GoTo German Equatorial Mount delivers the performance required for clear images through the use of dual-axis low-cog DC servo motors and backlash compensation. Added to this are encoders on the motors and Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC), which help to improve positioning and tracking precision and ensure your target object stays centered for long-exposure photography techniques. Supporting the mount is a large 2" stainless steel tripod that has a wide stance for stability on most terrain and a center tray that holds 1.25" and 2" eyepieces and accessories and acts as a leg lock to further stabilize while helping to minimize vibrations.

    The brain of the system is the NexStar+ computer controller, which is equipped with a database of over 40,000 objects, including the planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the complete Messier catalog; it can also be programmed with up 100 custom user-defined objects with filters to create custom object lists. Its intuitive menu-driven user interface makes observing the heavens fast and easy; features such as guided tours, extended information on 200 popular objects, and multiple alignment options make the NexStar+ controller an invaluable tool to new users and experienced stargazers alike.

    Advanced VX Mount
    • 30-pound payload capacity
    • Dual-axis low-cog DC servo motors
    • Dual motor encoders improve tracking and location accuracy with reduced vibrations
    • 7-77° latitude range
    • Uninterrupted tracking below meridian to enable observation from a raised location such as a balcony or hilltop
    • Integrated 12" counterweight bar with one 12-pound counterweight
    • Vixen-style CG-5 dovetail saddle
    NexStar+ Hand Controller
    • 40,000+ object database
    • 100 user-defined programmable celestial or terrestrial objects
    • Enhanced information on over 200 objects
    • Nine slew speeds: 4°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, 0.3°/sec, 32x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 2x
    • Three tracking rates: Sidereal, Solar, Lunar
    • Multiple alignment procedures: Two-star, One-star, Solar system, Quick-align, Last-align
    • Sky Tour Mode: System seeks out the best objects for the date and time and automatically slews to them
    • Identify Mode: Use to identify an unknown object in the field of view, or to find other celestial objects that are close to where the user is viewing
    • Anti-backlash compensation: Trains out the intrinsic play between gears for more precise slewing and tracking
    • Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC): System learns its internal tracking errors and improves over time for more precise tracking, requiring fewer corrections
    • Built-in instructions guide you through the alignment procedures
    • 4-line, 18-character LCD display with a 19-button fiber-optic backlit LED keypad
    • RS-232 comm port
    • Supports English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish
    • Database details:
    • Solar system: Seven planets, Moon, Sun, and Pluto
    • Custom lists of all the brightest stars, double stars, variable stars, and asterisms
    • Custom lists of galaxies, nebulae, and clusters, as well as the complete Messier catalog and select NGC objects
    Tripod
    • Tubular stainless steel legs
    • 2" leg diameter
    • 44-64" height-adjustment range
    • Center tray holds 1.25 and 2" eyepieces and locks legs in place for greater stability and vibration reduction
    • Removable hand controller holder can be moved to avoid cord wrap during long observation sessions
    • Weight: 18 pounds
    UPC: 050234915199
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • 9x50 Finderscope
  • 1.25" 90° Star Diagonal
  • 1.25" 40mm Plössl Eyepiece
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Stainless Steel Tripod with Tray
  • Counterweight Bar
  • 12 lb Counterweight
  • Hand Controller Holder
  • NexStar+ Hand Controller
  • 12 VDC Car/Vehicle Power Cord
  • Declination Motor Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • EdgeHD CG-5 8" f/10 Aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)
    Optical Design Aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Aperture 8.0" / 203.2mm
    Focal Length 2032mm
    Focal Ratio f/10
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 90° star
    1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
    Finderscope 9x50
    Tripod None
    Mount Type CG-5 dovetail plate
    Compatible with Vixen-style saddles
    Power Source None
    Optical Tube Length 17.0" / 43.2 cm
    Weight 14.0 lb / 6.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.0 x 15.0 x 14.0"
  • Advanced VX GoTo German Equatorial Mount
    Mount Type German equatorial
    Load Capacity 30 lb / 13.6 kg
    Motor Dual-axis DC servo with encoders
    GoTo Capability NexStar+ hand controller
    Altitude / Latitude Adjustment 7 - 77°
    Polar Axis Scope None
    Mount CG-5, Vixen-style, dovetail saddle
    Includes Tripod/Pier Adjustable-height tripod
    2" tubular stainless steel legs
    Adjustment range: 44.0 - 64.0" / 111.8 - 162.6 cm
    Weight: 18.0 lb / 8.2 kg
    Counterweight 1 x 12.0 lb / 5.4 kg
    Power Source 12 VDC, 3.5 A car/vehicle plug
    Weight Head: 17.0 lb / 7.7 kg
    Tripod: 18.0 lb / 8.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 38.0 x 26.0 x 12.0"

Celestron Advanced VX reviews

Advanced VX 8" f/10 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo EQ Telescope is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable Telescope! This is an amazing telescope. Celestron really went to the extreme here, I bought this telescope and the Orion ShortTube 80 as an AutoGuider (StarShoot as well) to go along with it for some DSO photography and it delivers on every level. I'd recommend this telescope not to a beginner astronomer but an amateur since you do have to know how to properly polar align it and just the level of dificulty involved in setting it up. This is my 3rd telescope, first being the Meade ETX-90, went up to the Meade LS 6 and now onto this, perfect steps!
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Advanced VX 8 I've been an amateur astronomer for many years. I would have killed for a telescope like this when I was in high school. I was impressed with the quality of the telescope and ease of assembly when it showed up. I had it up and running in about 2 hours. The instructions were clear -- except for the alignment procedures -- then when you go the menu on the hand control -- all things become clear. The weather in the Washington, DC area has been somewhat nasty for the last two weeks -- I've had only limted viewing time. The viewing time that I've had has been quite nice. I was able to mount my Nikon D800 and D7000 cameras to the telescope and take some test pictures. Astrophotography will be a challenge -- but I'll fugure it out. This telescope is a great peice of gear worth every penny. The only real negative is that is it heavy but portable.
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great package. Love it. Great first scope, and then some probably. Very adaptable and generally easy to work with. Many options for auto-guiding and astrophotography. The Advanced VX mount has a max capacity of 30lbs, so one must be frugal in adding things to the OTA. Would buy this all over again.
Date published: 2017-03-07
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