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Celestron Advanced VX (AVX) 8" Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope

SKU: CLS-12026

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  • 8" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain includes StarBright XLT coatings for better light transmission

  • Improved industrial mount design as one of Celestron's most compact and portable German EQ mounts - Offers the same rigidity as larger mounts with minimal flexure 

  • Holds a maximum instrument capacity of 13.6kg

  • Ideal for astroimaging with features - PEC, an autoguider port, the ability to image across the meridian

  • NEW dual saddle plate is compatible with narrow CG-5 dovetails and wider CGE dovetail. Also compatible with Vixen format dovetails longer than 100mm but NOT compatible with Losmandy D format plates.

  • Latitude range allows the mount to perform between 7° and 77° latitude

  • Includes accessories - 25mm Eyepiece, 1.25” Star Diagonal and 6x30 Finderscope

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The Advanced VX (AVX) sets a new standard in mid-level telescopes, providing many of the features found on Celestron’s most sophisticated German equatorial mounts at an extremely affordable price. The Advanced VX (AVX) 8” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope is one of the most affordable and portable 11” telescopes; perfect for astrophotographers and visual observers alike.  The 8” optical tube offers 84% more light gathering ability than a 6” telescope, and its Schmidt-Cassegrain design eliminates chromatic aberration, thus making it a great choice for entry-level astroimaging!

The AVX mount is designed to provide solid superior performance while featuring Celestron’s array of innovative technologies: All-Star Polar Alignment, Celestron PWI telescope control software, SkyAlign, and permanently programmable periodic error correction (PPEC).

If you’re an experienced astronomer, you’ll love taking this portable mount to dark sky sites for your adventures. If you're new to imaging, this AVX telescope has much potential to be your long term buddy (for years to come) in this hobby! 


Computerised German Equatorial Mount:

The Advanced VX is the smallest of Celestron’s German EQ mounts. The computerized GoTo capability automatically tracks objects as they move across the night sky. The functional mount includes ports for a hand control, an autoguider, and 2 AUX ports for optional accessories.  The NexStar+ hand control gives you instant access to all the features your mount has to offer. With automatic slewing and menu descriptions, any level of astronomer can master this mount in just a few observing sessions. The Advanced VX also has an impressive tripod for its class with a 2” diameter steel tripod legs providing an extra-wide stance for improved stability.

Payload capacity: 

The payload capacity for the Advanced VX is 13.6kg (not including the counterweights). It offers a sturdy platform for any of the Advanced VX optical tubes, even when paired with optional accessories like the StarSense AutoAlignfocus motorastroimaging cameras, or finderscopes.  

Dual saddle plate:

Revised early this year, AVX mounts now include a new dual saddle plate that accommodates both CG-5 and CGE-style dovetail. Switching between the two saddle plates is as simple as moving the hand knobs into a separate set of holes. You can now use an Advanced VX mount with virtually any optical tube within its weight limit. 

  • Compatible with Vixen format dovetails 100mm or longer
  • NOT compatible with Losmandy D format plates (regardless of plate manufacturer)

Software: 

1. Celestron PWI Telescope Control Software | Your Ultimate Astronomy Software Suite:

All current Celestron computerized telescopes include Celestron PWI (CPWI), the most advanced astronomy software suite provided with any consumer-grade telescope. Celestron’s experts co-developed CPWI with the engineers at PlaneWave Instruments. The result is an all-in-one solution offering you many of the same features used on PlaneWave’s observatory-class telescopes.

  • Graphical planetarium interface with PointXP advanced mount modelling allows you to add 100+ points to your alignment model for the most accurate pointing and tracking possible
  • Ideal for remote observatory setups: save and re-load your alignment and park your scope
  • Provides a complete ASCOM telescope interface to allow control of the telescope from third party software applications

2. Starry Night Software:
Included with your purchase is a free download of Celestron’s Starry Night Special Edition Software. This advanced software by Simulation Curriculum offers detailed information about celestial objects and helps you plan your next observing or imaging session. The Special Edition software also allows you to control your telescope via computer.


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Optical Tube Info: 

Optical Design

Schmidt-Cassegrain

Aperture 

203.2mm (8")

Focal Length

2032mm (80")

Focal Ratio

f/10

Focal Length of Eyepiece 1

25mm (.98")

Magnification of Eyepiece 1

102x

Finderscope

6x30

Star Diagonal

1.25"

Optical Tube

Aluminium

Highest Useful Magnification

480x

Lowest Useful Magnification

29x

Limiting Stellar Magnitude

14

Resolution (Rayleigh)

0.69 arc seconds

Resolution (Dawes)

0.57 arc seconds

Secondary Mirror Obstruction

64mm (2.5")

Optical Coatings

StarBright XLT

Optical Tube Length

432mm (17")

Optical Tube Diameter

238mm (9.37")

Optical Tube Weight

5.67kg

Dovetail

CG-5 Dovetail Bar

Mount Info:

Mount Type

Computerised Equatorial

Instrument Load Capacity

13.6kg

Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod)

1118mm - 1626mm

Tripod Leg Diameter

50.8mm 

Latitude adjustment range

7° - 77°

Mount Head Weight

7.71kg

Accessory Tray

Yes

Tripod Weight

8.16kg

Weight of Counterweights

1 x 12lbs (5.5kg)

Slew Speeds

9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second

Tracking Rates

Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar

Tracking Modes

EQ North & EQ South

GPS

N/A

Dovetail Compatibility

Dual saddle plates (CG-5 and CGE saddle)

Auxiliary ports

3 Aux ports (1 Hand Control and 2 Aux ports for optional accessories)

Autoguide port

Yes

USB Port

Yes, input on Hand Control

Power Requirements

12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)

Motor Drive

DC servo motors

Alignment Procedures

  • 2-Star Align
  • 1-Star Align
  • Solar System Align
  • Last Alignment
  • Quick Align

Periodic Error Correction

Yes

Computerized Hand Control

  • Double line, 18 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection

NexStar+ Database

  • 40,000+ objects
  • 100 user defined programmable objects 
  • Enhanced information on over 200 objects

Software

  • Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software
  • SkyPortal App

Included Items

  • AVX Equatorial Head
  • Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • 1 x 12 lbs (5.5kg) counterweights 
  • NexStar+ Hand Control
  • 12V DC Power Cable
  • Hand Control Holster

About Celestron
Celestron was founded by Tom Johnson whose first telescope design was a simple 6-inch reflector, built for his young son. He gradually progressed to making larger scopes in more sophisticated designs. Today, the Celestron company is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing optical equipment including telescopes (computerised and non-computerised), binoculars, spotting scopes and its accompanying accessories. Celestron's legacy spans 50 years, and has grown to enjoy recognition from amateurs to serious astronomers globally. The company seeks to remain innovative by growing its product offerings, while supporting science education around the world.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Eyepiece 1 25mm
Eyepiece 2 No
Finderscope Make 6x30
Electronic Hand Control Yes
Motor Drive Yes
Focal Ratio f/10
Focal Length 2032mm (80")
Mount Type German Equatorial
Aperture 203.2mm (8")
Tube Length 432mm (17")
Highest Magnification 480x
Warranty Information 2 Years Warranty
Additional Specifications of Product No

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