Celestron Advanced VX 8 200mm f/5 Go-To Reflector Telescope

Celestron Advanced VX 8 200mm f/5 Go-To Reflector Telescope

Celestron Advanced VX 8 200mm f/5 Go-To Reflector Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 200mm Newtonian Reflector Optical Tube
  • 1000mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Anti-Reflection Fully Coated Optics
  • 2" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • 1.25" Reducer and 20mm Eyepiece
  • Motorized Advanced VX Equatorial Mount
  • PPEC and Backlash Compensation
  • Multiple Alignment Procedures
  • 40,000-Object NexStar+ GoTo Controller
  • Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod
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Aperture: 200mm (8"), f/5

150mm (6"), f/5 200mm (8"), f/5
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Celestron Advanced VX overview

  • 1Description

Celestron paired a Go-To mount with a large-aperture OTA to produce this Advanced VX 8 200mm f/5 Go-To Reflector Telescope. Pairing the fully motorized and computer-controlled mount with a large Newtonian reflector scope produces an observation platform optimized for deep-space viewing and astroimaging. Its optical tube features an 8" (200mm) parabolic mirror to draw in copious amounts of light - even light from distant deep space objects like binary stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Its fast f/5 focal ratio allows for short exposure times, which means more images can be captured for later stacking in post. A large-drawtube 2" focuser allows the use of larger wide-field eyepieces or large imaging sensor cameras to be used without vignetting, and an included reducer adapter lets user install smaller 1.25" accessories like the included eyepiece.

The OTA attaches to the motorized equatorial mount via a Vixen-style dovetail plate and saddle for fast assembly and breakdown. Outfitted with dual-axis low-cog DC servo motors and digital encoders, the mount head moves and tracks objects with high-precision and almost no vibrations to ensure clear views. Its wide 7-77° latitude range and head design allows it to track below the meridian line to allow you to start observing earlier if its set up on a hill or deck, and will clear the motors to avoid having to perform a meridian flip when it's tracking low in the sky. Guiding the mount is the NexStar+ computer hand controller. Packed with more than 40,000 objects, it has multiple alignment procedures to get users observing faster, with multiple automatic tracking rates to accurately follow fast-moving close objects like the Moon and planets and slower deep space celestial bodies. With features such as user-defined objects, customizable guided tours, and expanded info on over 500 objects in its database even novice users can quickly learn about the Universe.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • 200mm (8") aperture
  • Fast f/5 focal ratio
  • 1000mm focal length
  • Newtonian reflector optical configuration
  • Fully coated optics increases light transmission, and improves contrast and color rendition
  • Resolution: Rayleigh: 0.7 arcsec; Dawes Limit: 0.58 arcsec
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 28"; 30° by diameter; 7.81° by area
  • Sturdy rack-and-pinion focuser
  • 2" focuser drawtube helps to eliminate vignetting when using wide-field eyepieces for visual observations, or large imaging sensor cameras for astrophotography
  • Dovetail plate for easy attachment to mount head
NexStar+ Hand Controller
  • 4-line, 18-character LCD display
  • Pre-loaded 40,000 object database
  • Intuitive menu-driven user interface
  • Nine selectable slew speeds: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 0.3°/sec, 1.0°/sec, 2°/sec, 4°/sec
  • Multiple alignment procedures: 2-Star All-Star Polar Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align
  • Precise All-Star Polar Alignment with 2-Star alignment mode eliminates the need for conventional and time-consuming Polar Alignment
  • Sky Tour mode: Identifies the best objects in the sky based on the current date, time, and location, and automatically slews to those objects
  • Multiple tracking rates: Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar
  • Permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) allows users to program out tracking errors for more accurate tracking over time
  • Backlash compensation trains out play in drive gears for more accurate tracking
  • Use in the Northern or Southern hemispheres
  • LED-backlit interface buttons
  • RS-232 serial communication port for remote PC control
  • Dedicated Autoguider communication port
  • Selectable languages: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
  • Flash updateable operating system and database via the Internet
    Database:
  • Solar system: Includes the Moon, sun, and planets
  • Star catalogs: Lists of all the brightest stars, binary stars, variable stars, constellations and selected asterism
  • Deep sky: Galaxies, Nebulae and Clusters, the complete Messier and select NGC objects, alphabetical list of all deep sky objects by their common name
  • 100 user-defined objects for customization
  • Enhanced information on more 200 objects including coordinates, history, and mythology
Mount and Tripod
    Advanced VX German Equatorial Mount:
  • 30 lb payload capacity
  • Dovetail saddle for easy attachment of OTA
  • Dual-axis low cog DC servo motors with encoders provide smooth, low-vibration movement
  • 7-77° latitude range for tracking passed meridian without requiring a meridian flip to avoid hitting counterweights or motors
  • Includes 12" counterweight bar with two 12 lb counterweights
  • Runs on 12 VDC car/vehicle power supply
    Tripod:
  • Stainless steel legs
  • 2" diameter upper legs
  • 44-64" height adjustment range
Included Accessories
    Reducer Adapter:
  • 2"-to-1.25" enables the use of smaller eyepieces and accessories in the drawtube
    Eyepiece:
  • 20mm focal length produces 37.5x magnification
  • 1.25" barrel diameter
  • Accepts most astronomical eyepiece filters
  • Fold-down rubber eyecup prevents peripheral light interference
    6x30 Finderscope:
  • Relatively low magnification provides a wide field of view for fast manual acquisition of subjects, and easy star-hopping navigation
UPC: 050234320627
In the Box
Celestron Advanced VX 8 200mm f/5 Go-To Reflector Telescope
  • Advanced VX GoTo German Equatorial Mount
  • 9x30 Finderscope
  • 2"-to-1.25" Reducer Adapter
  • 20mm Eyepiece
  • 12 lb Counterweight
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Celestron Advanced VX specs

    Optical Design Refractor
    Aperture 200 mm
    Focal Length 1000mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 2", or 1.25" with included adapter
    Diagonal None
    Finderscope 9x50
    Mount Type Motorized German equatorial
    Dual-axis low-cog DC servo motors with encoders
    GoTo System NexStar+ computer hand controller
    Tripod Stainless steel legs
    2" leg diameter
    Adjustable height: 44.0 - 64.0" / 111.8 - 162.6 cm
    Counterweight 2 x 12.0 lb / 5.4 kg
    Power Source 12 VDC, 3.5 A power supply
    Optical Tube Length 36.0" / 91.4 cm
    Weight OTA: 14.0 lb / 6.4 kg
    Tripod: 18.0 lb / 8.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 80.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.0"

    Celestron Advanced VX reviews

    Advanced VX 8 200mm f/5 Go-To Reflector Telescope is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from intermediate level astophotography rig I use this product as an astrophotography rig. The mount is sturdy enough to work with a nikon D200 hanging off the side. The OTA provideds a slightly narrow feild of view for stuff like the orion nebula or andromida galexy. Smaller galexies and nebulas are still visible in photos but take up a smaller portion of the frame. I modified the OTA with a Orion 2 Low-Profile Dual-Speed Hybrid Reflector Focuser and use a Baadar MPCC Mark 3 with great results.The mount is compatible with auto guiding but you probably should not have a heavy camera and guiding setup at the same time. Try to keep the total weight to less then 80% max payload.For visual astronomy it should work fine out of box with a bassic set of lens pieces.
    Date published: 2014-12-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliantly Simple and Powerful A GREAT telescope, easy and intuitive to set up and use well worth every penny a tremendous value for the money and much easier to troubleshoot and focus that one may initially expect for a newtonian.
    Date published: 2014-09-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Might get a GEM or a lemon ;) I bought this as a starter setup for astrophotography. I did my homework and felt like this was the best mount for the money and purpose. I thought the Newt would be a good visual setup and I might add refractor later for photography. When it arrived I was completely surprised at how large it was. Both the tripod and the OTA (telescope) are big. This was a pleasant surprise for the tripod/mount. You want sturdy and this is sturdy. Make sure you have room for the telescope as the 8 Newt is big. There are more compact options available if room is a factor for you.As far as the mount goes, there are quality control issues with the controller. The good news is you are buying from B&H so if you get a lemon, just return it. I did not get a lemon, but many others have. I think it is worth minimal risk of getting a lemon.With that said, setting up and alignment is not easy if you are new to this. Unless you are experienced, don't expect to take it out Christmas night and be ready to view in 15 minutes. You need to assemble it and balance it. This takes time and is easier with two people. Mine only came with one 11 pound weight. You need at least 18 pounds for this 8 Newt. Yours might come with two 11 pounders. Mark the positions of the weights and tube because you might have to disassemble to move it to your viewing area. Moving it with the weights and OTA on the mount is not easy and probably not a good idea.For your first alignment, unless you are familiar with the star names/numbers, you might need an app or a laptop with the provided software to get your bearings. I used Star Walk on my iPad and it was very helpful. Make sure it is level, pointed to Polaris on the index marks, and then follow the instructions. You need a clear view to the west. Be patient. If you feel like you know what you are doing and it is not getting anywhere close, assume you have a lemon and quit wasting your time. Just point the scope manually and make the best of it until you get a new one.The included eyepiece is not that great, but does have a wide field of view which can be helpful for finding objects. Keep in mind everything is upside down. You can see the Orion Nebula, although it is pretty small with that eyepiece.I recommend the mount and would buy it again. The 8 Newt might not have been my best choice just due to it's size and design.
    Date published: 2014-12-17
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still evaluating The VX mount seems excellent. The 8 reflector mirror optics may not be as good as I'd hope, at least testing astrophotography stars don't keep a constant focus across the field, and bright star flares are not symmetric, despite apparently good collination, so I'm unsure what this means, whether some mirrors are better than others, since I only have one to evalulate.
    Date published: 2016-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great telescope for astrophotography beginer Had this telescope for 10 months and cannot be more satisfied with it. pros: 1. The tripod and VX mount is very sturdy. I replaced the focuser with heavier crayford focuser and my camera weighs more than one pound. Together with the C8 Newtonian reflector, the total weight is close to 22 pounds and can be handled very nicely by the VX mount. 2. With standard ST4 autoguider adapter on the mount and RS-232 jack on the handset, you can easily control this telescope by computer. 3. Celestron's All-Star polar alignment feature makes polar alignment a magic experience. 4. The intermediate focal ratio of F/5 and aperture of 8 inches is a great combination which means you can take decent photos with some dim deep space objects whereas you still have a reasonably wide field view of some big objects. cons: 1. The focuser is only good for observation, an upgrade is a necessary if you want to do astrophotography. 2. The original finderscope is not well sealed and easily get condensation. I called the customer service and replaced with a good one for free. 3. Not sure about the design of dovetail rail for other telescope, but the CG-5 dovetail bar seems could wear fast by screw tightening and need to be replaced in couple of years.
    Date published: 2017-02-27
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