CELESTRON - CGE Pro 1100 HD SCT 11" Computerized Telescope (11093)
Celestron's CGE Pro 1100HD Telescope includes both the 11" EdgeHD Optical Tube Assembly and the CGE Pro Equatorial Mount. The 11" HD OTA has 89% more light gathering than the 8" EdgeHD but still is very mobile. Astro-imaging is a pleasure with the CGE Pro's outstanding balancing, unlimited space on the telescope tube for mounting a camera, and complete access to the night sky. Celestron's EdgeHD optical system is a step up from the ordinary Schmidt-Cassegrain System by improving high definition for wide field which makes these telescopes naturals for astrophotography.
Equatorial mounts are usually recommended for astro-imaging because they're easy to balance and adjust with counterweights. The CGE Pro Equatorial Mount uses the AllStar alignment feature from Celestron which is a polar alignment based system in which the observer will align the mount to the north celestial pole (NCP) by selecting a star to align to from the Hand Controller's database and then Sync the star by selecting "Polar Align" and centering it in the eyepiece. The CGE Pro Equatorial Mount will then slew to the position where the star should be if the mount was aligned properly which will now allow the observer to adjust altitude and azimuth to precisely align the mount with the NCP. Once this alignment is completed, the database of objects to slew to is enormous! The viewer can slew to all the available Messier objects, NGC, IC, and Caldwell objects. With EdgeHD optics astrophotographers can use their CCD or DSLR Camera and get pinpoint sharp images. Even when using a very large CCD sensor, they'll still get sharp images "Edge to Edge".
- Increased Payload Capacity - Up to 90 pounds
- All Star Polar Alignment - Use any star to get the mount aligned with the north celestial pole
- No-Tool Polar Alignment - Large hand knobs adjusting altitude and azimuth
- Meridian Tracking - Maximum tracking of up to 20° past the meridian
- Faster Slew Speed - New improved motors and gears increase slew speed of up to 5° per second
- Accuracy - Excellent tracking and location of celestial objects
- Pointing - With the use of Sync and calibration stars, 1 arc minute of accuracy can be achieved
- Tracking - +/- 5 arc second tracking accuracy
|Name||Celestron - CGE Pro 1100 HD SCT 11" Computerized Telescope - 11093|
|Custom Stock Status||In Stock|
|Telescope Aperture||10.1" - 12"|
|Alignment Procedures||2-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align, 1-Star Align|
|Angular Field of View||0.67 °|
|Aperture||279.4 mm (11 in)|
|Counterweights||3 x 22 lbs|
|Database||40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects|
|Eyepiece 1||23 mm (0.91 in)|
|Focal Length||2800 mm (110 in)|
|GPS||Optional SkySync GPS Accessory|
|Highest Useful Magnification||660 x|
|Light Gathering Power||1593 x|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||14.7|
|Linear Field of View (@1000 m)||28 ft (8.53 m)|
|Lowest Useful Magnification||40 x|
|Mount||CGE Pro Computerized Equatorial|
|Optical Coatings||Starbright XLT Coating|
|Optical Tube Length||24 in (610 mm)|
|Optical Tube Weight||27.5 lbs (12 kg)|
|Power Supply||Car battery adapter|
|Resolution (Dawes)||0.42 arc seconds|
|Resolution (Rayleigh)||0.5 arc seconds|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction||3.75 in (95 mm)|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area||12 %|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter||34 %|
|Tracking Modes||EQ North and EQ South|
|Tracking Rates||Sidereal, Solar and Lunar|
|Tripod||Adjustable, 2.75" Stainless Steel legs|
But this is all different now. The Hd pro has gone way past great.
Although it is very heavy until you break it down; it is worth all the trouble and price.
I got this scope last week. Due to weather I wasn’t able to try it out till last night. I used a two star align and the first star was about 10 degrees off (but in the telrad). The second star was about 5 degrees off; the first calibration star was about 3 degrees off and second was dead on in the telrad and eyepiece. I was impressed
Next I went to Caldwell 14 and it dead centered it. All stars were bright and round with nothing but star; clear and sharp to the edge of the eyepiece, which was a 26 Nagler.
Next I took a tour. The scope slewed to every object quickly and without delay. The scope put all the first 20 objects at a level I didn’t need a step latter or stool and no bending over. (The scope even knew I was old) Ha Ha!
To make a long story short, This could be my last scope. The mount will handle anything you put on top of it. I might go to the 14 later on and I might buy a big refractor but this is my mount. You will never need another.
I have the hyperstar setup coming, and have already both an ATIX 490 color one shot. I have llrady ordered a EV1 focuser and a tele-view diagonal to enhance the scope.
If there is anything I would change it would be the clutch bolts which would be better if they were shorter and had more leverage and the cord on the handset is about a foot too short. Other than that it might very well be the perfect scope. Carl Segan would be ecstatic in my opinion.
(Posted on 11/27/2013)