Celestron - Advanced VX 6" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (12079)
The 6" SCT by Celestron excels at intermediate astrophotography because of the numerous optical coatings and optical accessories compatible with it. The StarBright XLT coatings is excellent for light transmission, outperforming most other standard aluminum coatings. The natural slow focal ratio of Schmidt-Cassegrain designs makes it compatible with many focal reducers (NOT INCLUDED, purchased separately) that can be used for faster imaging, meaning it can be used for both planetary and deep sky imaging with the use of focal reducers.
Celestron's Advanced VX has most of the same features found in the most advanced Celestron mounts but at a smaller price! Astrophotographers will certainly find this mount useful because it has it is capable of mounting smaller end optical tubes such as most of the Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tubes while still using the powerful alignment and slewing tools found in larger mounts like the CGE Pro and CGEM. The All-Star Polar Alignment is probably one of the best features since it strives to give the best alignment possible to the celestial pole so imaging can go more smoothly. The Periodic Error Correction built into the mount also assists in longer exposures since it counteracts constant errors in the mount's drive gears which minimize shifts during exposures. Much like the higher-end mounts, the meridian can also be imaged without flipping the mount around, a major plus for astrophotography! The Celestron Advanced VX Mount can be used between 7-77 degress latitude and utilizes the NexStar hand controller for slewing and finding objects.
Engineered from the ground up with astroimaging in mind, the new Advanced VX series from Celestron sets a new standard in mid-level telescopes. Advanced VX provides you with many of the features found on Celestron’s most sophisticated German equatorial mounts, at an extremely affordable price.
The new Advanced VX mount was specifically designed to provide optimum imaging performance for smaller telescopes. Now your smaller telescope (30 lbs. and under) can take advantage of all the features of our larger telescope mounts. You’ll be able to track through long exposures using permanently programmable periodic error correction. Image across the meridian without doing a meridian flip, so you can seamlessly image the best part of night sky. Advanced VX features a significantly larger base than our previous design, improving stability under heavy loads. Improved motors offer more torque and can hande slight load imbalances with ease.
Experienced imagers will love taking this portable mount to a dark sky site, with all the performance of their larger observatory mount. Or, if you’re new to imaging, this mount will help you get started with the hobby and keep up with your needs for years to come.
|Name||Celestron - Advanced VX 6" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope *|
|Custom Stock Status||In Stock|
|Alignment Procedures||2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align|
|Aperture||150 mm (5.91 in)|
|Communication Ports||2x AUX ports, Autoguider port, RS-232 port (on hand control)|
|Counterweight Bar||12" Length, 0.75" Diameter lbs (5.44 kg)|
|Counterweights||1 x 11 lbs|
|Database||40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects|
|EQ Mount Weight||17 lbs (7.71 kg)|
|Eyepiece 1||20 mm (0.79 in)|
|Focal Length||1500 mm (59 in)|
|GPS||Optional SkySync GPS Accessory|
|Height||Max: 64" in (1626 mm) Min:44" in (1118 mm)|
|Highest Useful Magnification||354 x|
|Latitude Range||7-77 deg|
|Light Gathering Power||459 x|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||13.4|
|Lowest Useful Magnification||21 x|
|Magnification 1||75 x|
|Motor Drive||Low cog DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes|
|Optical Tube Length||16" in (406 mm)|
|Optical Tube Weight||10 lbs (4.54 kg)|
|Payload Capacity||30 lbs (14 kg)|
|Power Requirements||12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)|
|Power Supply||Car battery adapter|
|Resolution (Dawes)||0.77 arc seconds|
|Resolution (Rayleigh)||0.93 arc seconds|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter|
|Slew Speeds||Nine slew speeds, 4 deg/sec maximum|
|Tracking Modes||EQ North and EQ South|
|Tracking Rates||Sidereal, Solar and Lunar|
|Tripod||Adjustable, Stainless Steel|