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Celestron - Advanced VX 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

Model#: 12026

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Celestron's 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain is a catadioptric optical tube that serves as a great instrument for intermediate astro-imagers due to its high light transmission with the StarBright XLT coatings, 841x light gathering power, elimination of chromatic aberration normally suffered from regular refractors, and slow focal ratio for more accommodations to visual and imaging accessories. There is a 6x30 optical finderscope included with purchase to aid in alignment.

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 degrees latitude and utilizes the NexStar hand controller for slewing and finding objects.

  • 8" Aperture
  • f/10 focal ratio
  • 6x30 finderscope
  • Permanently programeable Periodic Error Correction
  • Autoguider port
  • Motors for improved tracking performance
  • Meridian tracking
  • 7-77 degrees latitude
  • NexStar Hand Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Product Series

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.

Additional Information

Name Celestron - Advanced VX 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
Manufacturer Celestron
Model 12026
Custom Stock Status In Stock
Alignment Procedures 2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align
Aperture 203 mm (7.99 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)
Fastar Compatible Yes
Finderscope 6x30
Focal Length 2032 mm (80 in)
Focal Ratio 10
GPS Optional SkySync GPS Accessory
Height Max: 64" in (1626 mm) Min:44" in (1118 mm)
Highest Useful Magnification 480 x
Internal Clock Yes
Latitude Range 7-77 deg
Light Gathering Power 841 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Lowest Useful Magnification 29 x
Magnification 1 102 x
Motor Drive Low cog DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Optical Tube Aluminum
Optical Tube Length 17" in (432 mm)
Optical Tube Weight 13 lbs (5.9 kg)
Payload Capacity 30 lbs (14 kg)
Power Requirements 12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)
Power Supply Car battery adapter
Resolution (Dawes) 0.57 arc seconds
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.69 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
Tripod Legs 2"