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Celestron CGX 800 SCT - 12050

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Telescope
Celestron
12050
$4,000

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Highlights

  • 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly
  • Aluminum Optical Tube
  • Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings
  • 2032mm focal length (f/10)
  • 25mm eyepiece included (81x)
  • Visual back allows for use with 1.25" accessories
  • 6x30 finderscope to help accurately find objects
  • Star diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky
  • Includes dovetail rail compatible with CGE mount

The CGX 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope features Celestron’s premium StarBright XLT coated optics and the CGX computerized equatorial mount. It is the most lightweight and portable of the three size models. This telescope is especially at home as a solid platform for long exposure photography with optional CCD cameras or photographic equipment. At 8 inches of aperture with our premium StarBright XLT coatings, the CGX 800 gives you over 800 times the light gathering power than the unaided eye.

CGX Mount

Celestron’s workhorse CGEM mount lineup has been the German Equatorial backbone for telescopes ranging from 6 to 11 inches of aperture. Since that time, many more astro-imagers and planetarium controlled setups have emerged as backyard telescope technology has evolved. Celestron’s engineering team applied their years of experience designing German Equatorial mounts to the CGX EQ, a culmination of all the advancements made to our technologies, value, and ease-of-use.

The CGX was designed to better support your telescope for both visual and astro-imaging pursuits. Key design goals included a lower profile EQ head, which provides a more compact and therefore more stable setup; a better drive system; remote operation-friendly with home and limit optical sensors; easier polar alignment adjustments; and better cable management. In addition to that, we’ve made mechanical and ergonomic improvements throughout to make the mount sturdier, easier to use, and transport. The CGX is our Equatorial backbone to support a wide range of telescopes.

CGX Mount and Tripod Features

    • Sturdier and more rigid with quicker dampening time
    • Increased load capacity to 55 lbs.
    • Motors provide more torque, better slewing and tracking under heavy loads
    • Heavy Duty belt-drive system minimizes backlash while providing smooth motor operation under heavy loads

Smootherbelt Drivesystem

    • Spring-loaded brass worm wheel and stainless steel worm gear reduce friction and provide optimum gear mesh
    • Internal cabling for worry-free remote operation. Power input and accessory ports remain stationary while the mount slews to avoid snags
    • Internal hard stops for both axes prevents cable tension and tripod strike

Mechanical Hard Stops

    • Internal optical sensors on both axes for simple and safe remote operation

Home And Limit Sensors

    • Home sensors allow the mount to always start in the index position regardless of orientation before a power reset
    • Limit sensors automatically shut off slewing or tracking before reaching the hard stop fail safe
    • Control software developed in conjunction with PlaneWave Instruments for professional level control operation and imaging
    • Software includes multi-point mount modeling for extremely precise pointing accuracy and many more additional features for remote astroimaging
    • Wider tripod stance for improved stability
    • Adjustable EQ head position to optimize center of gravity over the tripod and fully utilize the increased 3°-65° latitude range
    • Dual-fit CG-5/Vixen and CGE/Losmandy dovetail saddle

Dual Dovetail Saddle

 

Tripod includes: 

  • 2" steel legs with height index marks for quick leveling
  • "Jack of all trays" can hold three 1.25" eyepieces, two 2" eyepieces, your smartphone, or other accessories
  • +20° of additional tracking past the meridian on either side
  • Tripod legs can be collapsed with accessory tray installed for faster setup and transport

Tripod

 

Ergonomics: 

    • Two handles for easy pickup and transport

Ergonomic Carry Handles

    • Ergonomically designed dovetail clamping knobs
    • Innovative and improved polar alignment adjustment system

Polar Alignment Adjustment System

  • Ergonomic latitude adjuster for smooth and easy adjustment under full loads
  • Optional add-on polar axis finderscope

 

Electronics 

  • NexStar+ hand control with USB port
  • Two AUX accessory ports to support wireless/WiFi alignment and operation with StarSense AutoAlign and SkyPortal WiFi Module accessories (sold separately)
  • USB 2.0 port, used to connect directly to PC with included software
  • Autoguider port
  • PPEC ready
  • Threaded 12VDC power input barrel connector

FAQ

Q:

What is the heaviest recommend load for mounting a camera in the Fastar / HyperStar configuration?

Returns Policy

You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

Items that have been opened, damaged or are otherwise unsaleable will be subject to a minimum 10% restocking fee, to be assessed by Telescopes Canada upon receipt of the returned goods

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

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Client-initiated order cancellations are accepted prior to delivery of the equipment to the customer, thereafter it is a return.
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: 81x
Finderscope: 6x30
Star Diagonal: 1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical Tube: Aluminum
Highest Useful Magnification: 480x
Lowest Useful Magnification: 29x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14
Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.69 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes): 0.57 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 843x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 64mm (2.5")
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 31%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 9.77%
Optical Coatings: StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length: 432mm (17")
Optical Tube Diameter: 238mm (9.37")
Optical Tube Weight: 12.5 lbs (5.67 kg)
Dovetail: CGE Dovetail Bar
Mount Info:
Mount Type: Computerized Equatorial
Instrument load capacity: 55 lbs (25 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod): 1200.15mm - 1968.5mm (47.25" - 77.5")
Tripod Leg Diameter: 50.8mm (2") Steel tripod with graduated markings on lower section
Latitude adjustment range: 3° - 65°
Mount Head Weight: 44 lbs (20 kg)
Accessory Tray: Yes
Tripod Weight: 19.2 lbs (8.7 kg)
Weight of Counterweights: 2 x 11 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: 2 AUX Ports (Hand Control can use either AUX Port)
Autoguide Port: Yes
USB Port: Yes, input for Mount and Hand Control
Power Requirements: 12V DC, 4 amps
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: CPWI Telescope Control Software, Celestron Starry Night Special Edition Software, and SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight: 97.7 lbs (44.31 kg)
Included Items: CGX Equatorial Head
CGX Tripod
Accessory Tray
2 x 11 lbs counterweights
NexStar+ Hand Control
8mm Allen Wrench
12V DC Power Cable
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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