Celestron CPC 925 XLT Telescope
For over five decades, Celestron has retained the top spot when it comes to manufacturing telescope. In fact, it has solidified its name as the producer of next generation telescopes.
The CPC 925 GPS Computerized Telescope Model #11704 is just one in its long list of high performance imaging devices. This Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope is equipped with the latest technologies in the visualization and optics industry. It features advanced optics system, re-engineered design, revolutionary alignment image technology that are aimed at providing the user with superb accuracy and great crisp picture. All of these exciting features come at a surprisingly low price!
And because of these features, the Celestron 9.25” Series has enjoyed a loyal following since its first release in 1995. In an effort to better improve the capabilities of this Computerized Telescope, the CPC 925 GPS Computerized Telescope series has been coupled with an advanced internal GPS system.
The 9.25 in telescope has been a favorite of many astrophotographers and astro fans because of its intense light gathering capacity which is 33% more than its nearest counterpart the 8” model. This CPC model is especially designed to give you unsurpassed visual capacity when used with 2” eyepiece. It also comes with an optimized baffle system which can help minimize reduction of image quality at the edge of the field of view – making this telescope ideal for astrophotography. Its combination of mirrors and lenses, particularly the longer primary focal lens and lower magnification secondary mirror, results in a flatter field of view at the focal plane and helps minimize unwanted optical distortions.
This high performance 9.25” Diffraction Limited Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope comes with the Celestron-patented StarBright XLT multi-coatings system which is vital in producing picture perfect, crisp photographs. The CPC 925 GPS works well with any of the Celestron visual and photographic accessories.
Like other advanced telescopes from Celestron, the CPC 925 GPS Computerized Telescope is also powered with the revolutionary SkyAlign technology. This feature is can be very helpful for amateur, as well as for professional, astronomers. With this technology, users can easily locate and observe various celestial bodies.
Inside this 9.25” Diffraction Limited Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope is an advanced Global Positioning System that can actually receive data from orbiting satellites. The telescope automatically downloads the exact position of the telescope on Earth as well as automatically configures date and time. You do not need to manually input the time, date, latitude and longitude of the telescope before you start using it.
Another revolutionary technology of Celestron #11704 that astronomers will certainly find beneficial is its SkyAlign Technology. Once the telescope has downloaded and configured its position on Earth, you can easily align the telescope to any celestial object. You simply have to manually point the telescope to any three bright objects that you see. You are not required to name the planet or star. The telescope actually does the ‘thinking’ and determines what object you are currently pointing at. It uses a triangulation method to map out the night sky and determine the exact position of every celestial object. The telescope can actually identify every celestial object in the deep space. Once aligned with the horizon, you can simply use the Celestron Remote Hand Control to directly access any of the celestial catalogs in it is comprehensive database.
The operating system of the CPC 925 GPS Computerized Telescope Model #11704 contains nearly 40,000 celestial objects and is one of the most comprehensive repository of deep space objects. The database is comprised of stars, planets, nebulae and even galaxies. To streamline this expansive database and to ensure quick and easy search of celestial objects, you can adjust the use-definable filter settings. This advanced feature is limits the objects to only those that may be displayed in relation to your location as well as current the date and time.
Like all other advanced telescopes from Celestron, the CPC 925 GPS Computerized Telescope Model #11704 is meticulously hand-figured and matched optical parts that are exclusively produced in Celestron facilities in Torrance, California. Alongside such high performance telescope is a sturdy fork mount which capable of carrying later models of Celestron telescope. Complementing the telescopes ultra-portability, the tripod is also easy to transport and setup. Furthermore, the tripod also comes with an ergonomic design that makes manual searches a lot easier.
In a nutshell, the CPC 925 GPS Computerized Telescope Model #11704 has redefined astrophotography in many ways. Among others, the telescope guarantees quick and easy alignment, superior optics, GPS, ease of use and set-up, portability, and advanced operating system. What makes this telescope even more loved by astronomers is its relatively affordable price. If you are budding astronomer or a professional astronomy enthusiast, you will certainly find this telescope as one of the best that is available in the market today.
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Celestron's new CPC Series with revolutionary SkyAlign Alignment Technology re-defines everything that amateur astronomers are looking for — quick and simple alignment, GPS, unsurpassed optical quality, ease of set-up and use, ergonomics, enhanced computerization, and most important, affordability.
Remote-controlled imaging telescope will play a key role in NASA’s SERVIR mission to further environmental research.
International Space Station (January 18, 2013) – The astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) just got that much closer to Earth with their latest crew member: a Celestron CPC 925. After arriving at the ISS in July 2012 onboard the Japanese HTV-3, the telescope—the latest component of ISERV (ISS SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System)—officially joined Expedition 34 and NASA’s SERVIR mission on Wednesday, January 16.
Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield enthusiastically announced the installation of ISERV on his Twitter account: “Taking the telescope out of the box—like weightless Christmas!” Accompanying the tweets was a photo of the telescope floating next to Col. Hadfield’s beaming visage.
Celestron's 9.25” diffraction limited Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope is positioned within the Destiny module’s Earth-facing window. While remotely controlled from the planet’s surface, ISERV will monitor and assess environmental disasters, climate change, rainforest destruction, and air quality in various locations around the globe. It will also aid in short-term weather prediction.
“Images captured from ISERV on the ISS could provide valuable information back here on Earth,” explained Dan Irwin, SERVIR program director at Marshall Space Flight Center. “We hope it will provide new data and information from space related to natural disasters, environmental crises, and the increased effects of climate variability on human populations."
“ISERV will help advance Earth science research. We are all very excited and proud to see Celestron’s telescope assisting NASA’s quest for knowledge,” explained Corey Lee, Senior Vice President of Product Development at Celestron.
|Accessory Tray||Leg Brace / Eyepiece holder|
|Alignment Procedures||SkyAlign, Auto Two-Star Alignment, Two-star Align, SolarSystem Align, EQ North Align, EQ South Align, One-Star Align|
|Angular Field of View||0.7 °|
|Aperture||235 mm (9.25 in)|
|Bearings||9.8 azimuth bearing|
|CD ROM||NexRemote control software with RS-232 cable|
|Communication Ports||RS-232 communication port on hand control|
|Computer Hand Control||Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons|
|Cord Management||Cord Wrap Software|
|Database||40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects|
|Eyepiece 1||40 mm (1.57 in)|
|Finderscope||8x50 Finderscope with quick release bracket|
|Focal Length||2350 mm (92.52 in)|
|Fork Arm||Dual fork arm, cast Aluminum with detachable HC cradle|
|Gear||5.625 hard anodized gear in both axes, 180 tooth|
|GPS||Internal 16 channel|
|Magnification 1||59 x|
|Mount||Dual Fork Arm|
|Periodic Error Correction||Permanently Programmable|
|Power Supply||Car battery adapter|
|Resolution (Dawes)||0.49 arcsec|
|Resolution (Rayleigh)||0.59 arcsec|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction||3.35 in (85.09 mm)|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area||13.1 %|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter||36.2 %|
|Software Precision||24 bit, 0.08 calculations|
|Tracking Modes||Altazimuth, EQ North and EQ South|
|Tracking Rates||Sidereal, Solar and Lunar|
|Tripod||Heavy Duty Steel Adjustable|