Celestron Advanced VX 8" Newtonian with 94286 12lb Counterweight - 32062

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Radomir Krickovic
Celestron Advanced VX 8" Newtonian – 32062 telescope.

After many years of observational astronomy using 6” Shmidth Cassegrain with A-Z mount , I wanted to step-in into astrophotography. Carefully considering the requirements for a successful deep space photography as well as my budgetary constraints, I have opted for equatorial Celestron Advanced VX 8" Newtonian – 32062 telescope.
This package consists of fast, f5 Newtonian optical tube with 2” rack and pinion focuser, and the advanced series GT computerized Go-To mount with very sturdy, well-built tripod. This mount line has been for many years a “workhorse” of many amateur and professional astronomers. It is well documented in a number of reviews and videos on the web. Being relatively light, the mount is easily transportable to observation sites of interest. For that purpose, I would strongly recommend the optional polar scope accessory, it cuts significantly the preparation time. Regarding the installation of optical tube to the mount, I wish for locking screw tips to have soft pivoting caps to prevent scratch marks on the dove tail railing when readjusting the telescope balance. Also, I noticed the proximity of steel optical tube substantially affects the compass magnetic needle and probably would affect the GPS as well.
I was impressed with clearly written and illustrated manual, over 70 large format pages printed on a quality paper. It covers the topics such as assembly, computerized controller, maintenance, and basics of astronomy, observations and astrophotography.
Unlike the A-Z mount, an equatorial mount is counterintuitive and requires some time to get used to it. Due to consistently unfavourable skies in past few weeks, I did not have opportunity to put all capabilities of computerized mount through its paces, nor to test the optical aspects of Newtonian tube. Perhaps in near future I will include these topics in my review.
So far, I am very happy with this telescope. I am certain it will last until I run out of observational targets :). My thanks to support team in Telescopes Canada, they have been very responsive to my inquiries.

Description

Highlights

  • 8 (200mm) f/5 optical design provides excellent wide field views
  • Parabolic primary mirror minimizes spherical aberration to produce a better image
  • The most compact and portable of Celestron's German equatorial mounts offers the same rigidity as our larger mounts with minimal flexure and an improved industrial design
  • Holds a maximum instrument capacity of 30 lb
  • Every feature an astroimager wants: PEC, an autoguider port, the ability to image across the meridian, and more
  • 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
  • Accessories include a 20mm eyepiece and 9x50 finderscope

The Advanced VX (AVX) sets a 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 8 Newtonian telescope is an excellent entry- to mid-level setup that can grow with you. The Newtonian optical design is excellent for visual observing and offers you the largest aperture for the price. The parabolic primary mirror minimizes spherical aberration to produce a sharper image near the edge of the field of view. The 8 Newtonian optical tube offers 78% more light gathering ability than the 6 Newtonian optical tube. The Advanced VX mount is designed to provide superior performance for smaller telescopes while taking advantage of Celestron's most advanced technologies: All-Star Polar Alignment, Celestron PWI telescope control software, SkyAlign, and permanently programmable periodic error correction (PPEC).

If you're an experienced imager, you'll love taking this portable mount to a dark sky site and enjoying all the conveniences of a larger observatory mount. Or, if you're new to imaging, Advanced VX will help you get started with the hobby and keep up with your needs for years to come.

Computerized German equatorial mount

The Advanced VX is the smallest of Celestron's German equatorial mounts. The computerized GoTo capability automatically tracks objects as they move across the night sky. The Advanced VX 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 functions 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 30 lb. It offers a sturdy platform for any of the Advanced VX optical tubes, even when paired with optional accessories like StarSense AutoAlign, Focus Motor, a finderscope, and a camera. Celestron's payload capacity does not include the weight of the counterweights.

Dual saddle plate
As of early 2019, Advanced VX mounts include a 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 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

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

For more information on CPWI and to see the user interface, click here.

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.




Q:

I have an optical tube equipped with a Losmandy D dovetail mounting plate. Will this work with the improved Advanced VX (AVX) mount?

A:

No, the Losmandy D dovetail plate will not fit the improved AVX mount. The improvement to the AVX mount allows it to be used with CGE format dovetail plates, but not Losmandy D format plates. The CGE and Losmandy D formats are similar, but not exactly the same. Losmandy plates are a millimeter or so wider, but CGE plates allow more surface area contact with the dovetail clamp.

Q:

What prevents the Losmandy D plates from working with the improved AVX?

A:

The improved AVX can accept a dovetail with a maximum width of 74.5mm. The Losmandy D plate is a bit wider than that. Also, the improved AVX requires the height of the dovetail undercut to be at least 10.2mm, and the Losmandy D has a dovetail undercut which shorter than that.

Q:

So, how do I mount my optical tube with a Losmandy D dovetail plate onto the improved AVX?

A:

You'll need to replace the Losmandy D dovetail plate with a compatible dovetail plate, such as the Celestron #94214 CGE Universal Mounting Plate.

Q:

I have a Losmandy D format dovetail plate, but it is not manufactured by Losmandy. Will it work with the improved AVX?

A:

No, if the dovetail plate uses the Losmandy D format, then it is not compatible with the improved AVX, regardless of the manufacturer of the plate.

Q:

I have an optical tube equipped with a Vixen dovetail mounting plate. Will this work with the improved AVX mount?

A:

Yes, the improved AVX, like the original AVX, is compatible with Vixen format dovetail plates. However, the plate must have a dovetail length of 100mm or greater.

Q:

Why does my Vixen dovetail, or CG-5 dovetail, need to have a dovetail length of at least 100mm?

A:

The knobs on the AVX that hold the dovetail plate in place are spaced 90mm apart. If the dovetail length is less than 100mm, then both knobs cannot come into contact the dovetail simultaneously. See the below engineering drawing.

Q:

My optical tube has a Vixen or CG-5 dovetail plate with a dovetail length of less than 100mm. How do I mount it onto the AVX?

A:

You'll need to replace the dovetail plate with a compatible dovetail plate, such as the Celestron #94213 Universal Mounting Plate, CG-5.

A:

No, the Losmandy D dovetail plate will not fit the improved AVX mount. The improvement to the AVX mount allows it to be used with CGE format dovetail plates, but not Losmandy D format plates. The CGE and Losmandy D formats are similar, but not exactly the same. Losmandy plates are a millimeter or so wider, but CGE plates allow more surface area contact with the dovetail clamp.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Specifications

Optical Tube Info:
Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector
Aperture: 200mm (7.87")
Focal Length: 1000mm (39")
Focal Ratio: f/5
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 20mm (.8")
Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 50x
Finderscope: 9x50
Star Diagonal: N/A
Optical Tube: Aluminum
Highest Useful Magnification: 472x
Lowest Useful Magnification: 29x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14
Resolution (Rayleigh): .7 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes): .58 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 816x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 56mm (2.2")
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 28%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 7.81%
Optical Coatings: Fully Coated
Optical Tube Length: 914mm (36")
Optical Tube Weight: 22 lbs (9.98 kg)
Optical Tube Diameter: 235mm (9.25")
Dovetail: CG-5 Dovetail bar
Mount Info:
Mount Type: Computerized Equatorial
Instrument load capacity: 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod): 1118mm - 1626mm (44" – 64")
Tripod Leg Diameter: 50.8mm (2") Stainless Steel
Latitude adjustment range: 7° - 77°
Mount Head Weight: 17 lbs (7.71 kg)
Accessory Tray: Yes
Tripod Weight: 18 lbs (8.16 kg)
Weight of Counterweights: 2 x 12 lbs
Slew Speeds: 9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes: EQ North and EQ South
GPS: N/A
Dovetail Compatibility: Dual saddle plates (CG-5 and CGE saddle)
Number of 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: 2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit 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 Starry Night Special Edition Software and SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight: 81 lbs (36.74 kg)
Included Items: Advanced VX Equatorial Head and tripod
Accessory Tray
2 x 12 lbs counterweights
NexStar+ Hand Control
DC Power Cable (item# 18769)
Hand Control Holster
Solar Warning
  • Never look directly at the Sun with the naked eye or with an optic (unless you have the proper solar filter). Permanent and irreversible eye damage may result.
  • Never use your optic to project an image of the Sun onto any surface. Internal heat build-up can damage the optic and any accessories attached to it.
  • Never leave your optic unsupervised. Make sure an adult who is familiar with the correct operating procedures is with your optic at all times, especially when children are present.

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