Celestron Advanced VX 8-inch Computerised Cassegrain Telescope
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.
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 AutoAlign, focus motor, astroimaging 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)
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.
|Optical Tube Assembly (OTA)
|25mm (102x Magnification)
|Optical Tube Construction
|Highest Useful Magnification
|Lowest Useful Magnification
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude
|0.69 Arc Seconds
|0.57 Arc Seconds
|Light Gathering Power (Compared to Human Eye)
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area
|Optical Tube Length
|Optical Tube Diameter
|Optical Tube Weight
|CG-5 Dovetail Bar
|Computerised Equatorial (EQ)
|Height Adjustment Range (Including Mount and Tripod)
|1118 - 1626mm
|Tripod Leg Diameter
|Mount Head Weight
|9 Slew Speds (Max Speed 4° / Second)
|Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
|EQ North, EQ South
|Dual Saddle Plates (CG-5 / CGE)
|3 Aux Ports
|Yes (Hand Controller Input)
|12V DC 3.5A (Tip Positive)
|DC Servo Motors
|2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align
|Periodic Error Correction
|Computerised Hand Controller
|Double Line, 18 Character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 Fiber Optic Backlit LED Buttons and USB 2.0 Port for PC Connection
|40,000+ Objects with 100 User Defined Programmable Objects and Enhanced Information on Over 200 Objects
|Celestron Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App
|Total Kit Weight
|Celestron 2 Year Warranty
Imagine a humble beginning – a 6-inch reflector telescope crafted by Tom Johnson for his young son. This was the spark that ignited a transformative journey. As time passed, his designs evolved into larger, more sophisticated scopes. Today, Celestron shines as an industry trailblazer, renowned for crafting precision optical equipment. From computerised marvels to traditional telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and more, Celestron's portfolio is a universe of possibilities. With a legacy spanning over 50 illustrious years, Celestron has earned admiration from both avid hobbyists and dedicated astronomers worldwide. But they don't rest on their laurels; innovation propels them forward. They constantly broaden their product horizons while illuminating minds through global science education initiatives. Celestron's story is one of innovation, evolution and a passion for the cosmos. Join them on this extraordinary journey of discovery and inspiration.
Product Code: 12026
|Schmidt Cassegrain (XLT)
|Faintest Stellar Magnitude
|German Equatorial Advanced VX
|Celestron CG5 Mount
|432mm x 238mm
|Electronic Hand Control
|Celestron 8" XLT Optical Tube
|Celestron Advanced VX Equatorial Mount and Tripod
|Celestron Accessory Tray
|1 x 12lb Counterweight
|Nexstar+ Hand Controller
|DC Power Cable
|Hand Controller Holster