Celestron Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount

Celestron Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount

Celestron Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount

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Product Highlights

  • 7-77° Latitude Range
  • 30 lb Payload Capacity
  • Programmable Periodic Error Correction
  • All-Star Polar Alignment Technology
  • Dedicated Autoguider Communication Port
  • NexStar+ Hand Controller
  • Pre-Loaded 40,000 Object Database
  • Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod
  • 12" Counterweight Bar with 12 lb Weight
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Overview
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The Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount from Celestron includes is an integrated telescope support, alignment and guiding system optimized for astrophotography. Celestron engineered the Advanced VX mount from the ground up to deliver the functionality and affordability required by astroimagers on a budget. This telescope mount delivers some of the features found on more sophisticated German Equatorial mounts but without the added bulk or cost associated with more robust options. The Advanced VX mount is designed for an optical tube weighting up to 30 lb, enough payload capacity to accommodate most 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain OTAs.

The core technology driving the Advanced VX mount is All-Star Polar Alignment. Celestron's All-Star Polar Alignment technology features a Two-Star alignment mode that draws upon a vast database of stellar bodies to choose multiple guide stars that assist tracking across the night sky while keeping the optical tube parallel to the Earth's axis of rotation. Maintaining alignment with either celestial pole while following the path of guide stars provides a high degree of pointing and tracking accuracy. Digitally-encoded low-cog DC servo motors drive telescope movements on both axes in fine increments that keep the observed (or photographed) object centered in the field of view. This level of precision reduces optical aberrations and minimizes star trails, translating into improved image quality and sharper photographs.

Complementing the Advanced VX's alignment and tracking capability is the mount's permanently programmable periodic error correction that eliminates recurring track errors inherent to all worm drives. Additionally, a 7-77° latitude range enables extended observations and photo exposures by allowing the telescope to track past the meridian without the meridian flip common with German Equatorial mounts.

Included with the Advanced VX mount is the NexStar hand controller that will slew the telescope to any planetary, stellar, or nebulous object in its pre-loaded database at the touch of a button. The NexStar controller software is flash upgradeable, which allows operating system upgrades and even refinements to telescope-specific functions. This computerized mount is also compatible with Celestron's proprietary NexRemote telescope control software, which enables the observer to control telescope using their personal computer.

This fully-integrated telescope mounting system also includes an adjustable stainless steel tripod that has two-inch diameter legs, locking spreader, and caddy for the NexStar hand controller. The combination of digitally encoded servo motors, broad tracking latitude, and an array of sophisticated alignment and tracking technology equip the Advanced VX with the mechanical precision needed to observe and photograph nearby and deep sky objects using almost any entry or intermediate-level optical tube assembly.

Advanced VX Mount
  • 30 lb payload capacity
  • Digital DC servo motor drive
  • All-Star Polar Alignment technology
  • 2-Star / 1-Star / Solar System / Last / Quick alignment modes
  • 7-77° latitude range, uninterrupted tracking past meridian
  • Sidereal / Solar / Lunar tracking rates
  • EQ North / EQ South tracking modes
  • 4° per second maximum slew speed
  • Autoguider dedicated communication port
  • Two auxiliary communication ports
  • Integrated 12" counterweight bar with 12 lb weight
NexStar Hand Controller
  • 40,000 celestial object database
  • Flash upgradeable operating software
  • RS-232 serial communication port
  • 16 character, 2-line LCD display
  • 19 backlit interface buttons
  • Language options: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tripod
  • 2" leg diameter
  • 44-64" height adjustment range
  • Stainless steel construction
UPC: 050234915199
In the Box
Celestron Advanced VX Computerized German Equatorial Mount
  • Tripod
  • Counterweight Bar
  • 12 lb Counterweight
  • NexStar Hand Controller
  • Two Year Limited Warranty
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    Specifications
    Mount Type German Equatorial
    Load Capacity 30 lb (13.6 kg)
    Motor DC servo motor
    Alignment Solar System align, Quick align, Last align, 2-star align, 1-star align
    Slew Speed 4° per sec (maximum)
    Tracking Rates Sidereal, solar, and lunar
    Tracking Method EQ North, EQ South
    Communication Port (2) AUX ports, Autoguider
    Hand Controller NexStar+
    Counterweight (1) 12 lb (5.4 kg)
    GO-TO Capability Yes
    Altitude / Latitude Adjustment 7 - 77°
    Power Supply 12 VDC 3.5 A (tip positive)
    Total Weight 46 lb (21 kg)
    Tripod
    Upper Leg Diameter 2" (5.1 cm)
    Height 44 - 64" (112 - 163 cm)
    Weight 18 lb (8.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 60.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 38.0 x 26.0 x 12.0"

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