Celestron - CGX-L Equatorial 1400 14" Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope - 12072

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Celestron has paired a 14" Schmidt Cassegrain optical tube with their premium high capacity equatorial mount, the CGX-L for major light gathering power. Capable of carrying up to 75 pounds and with improved worm gears and a belt driven system, the Celestron CGX-L offers improved tracking accuracy, minimized backlash and consistent performance. Smart design features like a shorter mount head, built in handles, an ultra heavy duty 2.75" tripod with lower stance, adjustable dual saddle plate and expanded latitude range make this a versatile mount with professional level performance.
SKU: CEL-12072
Manufactured by:
Celestron
 

Product Description

Celestron CGX-L Equatorial Mount with 14" Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope

Celestron has paired their CGX-L equatorial mount with their large 14" SC optical tube.   The perfect combination of professional level equatorial mount with a manageable optical tube allows you to take advantage of a premium mount's tracking abilities, with ample aperture to capture gorgeous deep sky astrophotography.   With a 75 pound load capacity, the Celestron CGX-L easily handles the 14" SC optical tube meaning you can add the guide scope, cameras and accessories you want without worrying about load capacity.  

About the 14" Schmidt Cassegrain Optical Tube

This 14” Schmidt Cassegrain telescope features a precision optical system with 3910mm focal length, a focal ratio of f/11 and comes standard with Celestron’s StarBright XLT coatings at no extra cost. Celestron has designed a completely new multi-layer, anti-reflective coating and introduced a new low-absorption, high-transmission glass for the corrector lens. This unequaled combination is standard with every StarBright XLT system. The StarBright XLT coatings help improve light transmission to ensure that the highest quality images are delivered through the eyepiece or onto an imaging chip. The light gathering power is 2581x more than the human eye meaning planets and other dark-sky wonders are easily resolved.  Using a Celestron Focal Reducer, the focal ratio becomes a faster f/7, meaning professional quality deep sky imaging is enhanced since exposure times can be reduced, larger pixel sizes used and unwanted pixel blooming less likely.

Still not fast enough?  The C14-AF XLT model is Fastar compatible. This means that the secondary mirror can be removed and replaced by a corrected camera for extreme wide-field photography at f/2.1! The C14 is the only SCT in current world production that offers this unique ability.  

OPTICAL ELEMENTS OF THE SCHMIDT-CASSEGRAIN TELESCOPE:


A telescope is a group of optical elements that collects light and focuses it for observation through an eyepiece or similar imaging device. There are two types of optical elements: mirrors and lenses. Mirrors reflect light, and Lenses refract (bend) light. The Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope uses both mirrors and lenses. In this telescope, light passes through the corrector lens, reflects off the primary mirror, reflects off the secondary mirror, and finally comes to a focus at the focal plane.                          

 FEATURES:

  • 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
  • StarBright XLT coatings
  • 2581x light gathering power
  • 3910mm focal length
  • f/11 focal ratio
  • 2" Star Diagonal
  • 40mm eyepiece 98x
  • 9x50 finderscope
  • CGE dovetail slide bar for mounting
  • Unique enhanced multi-layer mirror coatings made from precise layers of aluminum, SiO2 (quartz), TiO2 (titanium dioxide), and Si02 (silicon dioxide). Reflectivity iS flat across the spectrum, optimizing it for both imaging and visual observing.
  • Multi-layer anti-reflective coatings made from precise layers of MgF2 (magnesium fluoride) and HfO2 (hafnium dioxide).
  • High-transmission water white glass is used instead of soda lime glass for the corrector lens. Water white glass transmits about 90.5% without anti-reflective coatings; that’s 3.5% better transmission than uncoated soda lime glass. When water white glass is used in conjunction with StarBright XLT’s anti-reflective coatings, the average transmission reaches 97.4%: an 8% improvement.*

About the CGX-L Equatorial Mount

Part of the next generation of equatorial mounts from Celestron, the CGX-L Schmidt Cassegrain telescope features a robust load capacity of 75 pounds with an excellent load to weight ratio.  Designed with imaging in mind, you will find additional auxiliary ports and an autoguiding port on the dec for improved cable management.   Worm gears have been upgraded to a larger (compared to previous models) 144mm gear for excellent tracking and slewing with heavy loads and smart design improvements like a longer saddle plate and 2.75" provide a highly stable and secure platform for your large aperture telescope.  

With a shorter, more compact mount head and built in handles, the Celestron CGX-L is surprisingly easy to carry and assemble.  As part of it's ergonomic design, the adjustment knobs are designed for reduced friction and a stationary latitude knob with a newly-designed linkage system greatly reduces the amount of friction when polar aligning the mount. Teflon bearings on the azimuth adjustment allow you to adjust even with a full load on the mount and an the latitude scale is large, clear and easy to read. 

Celestron CGX-L Features:

  • 75 pound load capacity
  • A shortened mount profile creates a more compact mount that is easier to carry and assemble but also improves the mounts central gravity boosting load capacity.
  • High torque motors with better slewing and tracking ability.
  • A belt driven motor minimizes backlash but remains smooth even when handling a large telescope.  A clear window allows you to easily monitor the motor.  
  • Spring loaded brass worm wheel and stainless steel worm gear.  By spring loading the motor worm and gear, gear friction is greatly reduced and optimal gear mesh is maintained. 
  • Internal cabling keeps your mount free from cable clutter and reduces the chance of snagging wiring.  The power input port and accessory ports stay in one position at all times.  
  • The CGX-L has built-in physical hard stops and optical hard stops eliminating the chance that the counterweight shaft will strike the leg.   
  • Designed for easy remote control, home sensors allow you to start in the index position no matter what position the mount was in when it was powered off. 
  • Includes a USB 2.0 Nexstar+ hand controller equipped with Celestron's PWI telescope control software designed in partnership with PlaneWave Instruments, featuring multi-point mount modeling for precision pointing accuracy. 
  • Includes Celestron's All Star Polar Alignment for incredibly accurate guided polar alignment allowing you to align with any bright fixed object in the night sky.  There's no need for additional polar finders or accessories.  
  • The head of the Celestron CGX-L is fully adjustable allowing you to slide the telescope perfectly over the center of gravity and take full advantage of the 3º-65º latitude range.
  • Includes a dual saddle plate to accommodate both D and V series dovetail plates. 
  • +20º of additional tracking past the meridian on either side
  • The 2.75" steel tripod has been newly designed for the CGX-L with a wider stance and a lower minimum height than it's predecessors.  
  • 2 autoguider ports for better cable management.  
  • PEC sensor and PPEC ready. 
  • A threaded power connector to ensure your mount never comes disconnected at the base. 
  • A red lit on/ off switch makes it easy to find in the dark. 
  • Internal Real Time Clock. 

Specifications

Name Celestron - CGX-L Equatorial 1400 14" Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope - 12072
Manufacturer Celestron
Model CEL-12072
UPC 050234120722
In The Box Celestron 14" Schmidt Cassegrain Optical Tube 9x50 Finderscope 40mm Eyepiece 2" Diagonal with 1.25" Adapter CGE (D Series) Dovetail CGX-L Mount 2.75" Adjustable Tripod (3) 22 lb. Counterweight Nexstar+ Hand Controller DC Power Cord 8mm Allen Wrench, Housed on Mount Handle
Accessory Tray Yes
Alignment Procedures All Star
Aperture 14"
Approx. Weight 130 lb. without counterweight
Case No
Computer Hand Control Nexstar + USB 2.0 Controller
Counterweights 3 x 22 lb.
Dovetail Compatibility D or V (CGE or AVX)
Eyepiece 1 40mm
Eyepiece 1 Magnification 98x
Finderscope 9x50mm
Focal Length 3910mm
Focal Ratio f/11
GPS Yes
Mount CGX-L
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Optical Design Schmidt Cassegrain Reflector
Optical Tube 14" Schmidt Cassegrain
Power Supply DC included
Star Diagonal 2" Star Diagonal with 1.25" Adapter
Tripod 2.75" Steel Adjustable

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In the Box

Celestron 14" Schmidt Cassegrain Optical Tube
9x50 Finderscope
40mm Eyepiece
2" Diagonal with 1.25" Adapter
CGE (D Series) Dovetail
CGX-L Mount
2.75" Adjustable Tripod
(3) 22 lb. Counterweight
Nexstar+ Hand Controller
DC Power Cord
8mm Allen Wrench, Housed on Mount Handle