Celestron Advanced VX 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Celestron Advanced VX 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Celestron Advanced VX 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 6" Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1500mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • StarBright XLT Optical Coatings
  • 20mm Eyepiece, 9x50 Finderscope
  • Advanced VX German Equatorial GoTo Mount
  • 40,000+ Object Database
  • All-Star Polar Alignment Technology
  • Programmable Periodic Error Correction
  • 12-pound Counterweight and Bar
  • Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod
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  • 1Description

Celestron put together the Advanced VX 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope to provide a complete observational platform that includes a mid-sized aperture optical tube assembly (OTA) to provide a balance of power and portability, the NexStar+ GoTo computer hand controller that guides its motorized equatorial mount, a tripod, plus an array of accessories to get you observing the Moon, planets, and deep-sky subjects like nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters right out of the box.

  • C6-A-XLT CG-5 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)

    Striking a comfortable balance between power and portability, the Celestron C6-A-XLT CG-5 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope is an ideal choice for observing objects within or beyond our solar system. It features a Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system consisting of a corrector plate, spherical primary mirror, and secondary mirror that work together to reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations for crisp and clear high-resolution images with accurate color representation without distortion, especially at the edges. Complementing the optical system is the proprietary StarBright XLT optical coating system, which improves light transmission and reflectivity across the entire visual spectrum.

    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 25mm eyepiece that yields 60x magnification. The C6-A-XLT 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
    • 6" (150mm) aperture
    • f/10 focal ratio
    • 1500mm effective focal length
    • Schmidt-Cassegrain catadioptric optical design
    • StarBright XLT optical coatings
    • Resolution: 0.93 arcsec (Rayleigh); 0.77 arcsec (Dawes)
    • Secondary mirror obstruction: 2.2" (69mm); 37% by diameter; 14% 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
    • Optical tube assembly (OTA) only, mount and tripod required for proper use
    • Standard CG-5 (Vixen-style) dovetail plate for compatible saddles
    • OTA weight: 10 pounds
    Included Accessories
    • Visual back:
    • Standard Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope threads
    • 1.25" eyepiece/accessory holder
    • Use for prime focus or projection astrophotography with optional adapters
    • Eyepiece:
    • 1.25"-diameter barrel
    • Accepts most 1.25" eyepiece filters
    • 25mm focal length yields 60x power
    • 0.83° apparent angle of view
    • 44' field of view at 1000 yards
    • Diagonal:
    • 90° angle puts head in comfortable viewing position
    • Threaded for direct connection to OTA without the need for the visual back
    • 1.25" snout and eyepiece/accessory holder
    • Star diagonal corrects image horizontally, but not vertically
    • Finderscope:
    • Low 6x magnification preserves wide field of view to more easily find alignment or guide stars
    • 30mm aperture helps to see dimmer objects and stars for easier alignment and star-hopping navigation
    UPC: 050234101097
  • 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
  • 6x30 Finderscope
  • 1.25" 90° Star Diagonal
  • 1.25" 25mm 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
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  • 1Description
  • C6-A-XLT CG-5 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (OTA Only)
    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Aperture 6" / 152.4mm
    Focal Length 1500mm
    Focal Ratio f/10
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 90° star
    1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
    Finderscope 6x30 mm
    Tripod None
    Mount Type CG-5 dovetail plate
    Compatible with Vixen-style saddles
    Power Source None
    Optical Tube Length 16.0" / 40.6 cm
    Weight 10.0 lb / 4.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.5 x 16.0 x 12.0"
  • 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"
Advanced VX 6" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great mount, but...... I would have scored this higher, but the first unit I received was completely dead - no lights, no response, totally DOA. B&H took care of me and I had a (working) replacement in less than a week. The gods of astronomy favored me with clear skies the day the replacement came and I, a total novice, was easily able to align the scope and find several nice objects to observe that evening. Tracking seemed ok and ease of use was impressive, but as luck would have it there hasn't been a clear night since, so the jury is still out. So far, so good!
Date published: 2016-03-07
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