Celestron - CGX 11" SCT Telescope and CGX EQ Mount

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The Celestron 12052 pairs an 11" SC telescope optical tube with the Celestron CGX EQ mount. The Celestron optical tube features XLT precision coated mirrors and more than ample aperture for astrophotography. You'll be able to capture deep sky objects with ease with the light the 11" optical tube will gather. The CGX mount weighs just 40 pounds with a modest estimated instrument capacity of 55 pounds, upgraded worm gears on both axes, AllStar alignment procedure, optical stop sensors, through mount wiring and available home position - this mount was built to outperform. Versatile mount is easy to transport thanks to two carry handles and has a dual saddle plate to accept both V and D series dovetails. Includes incredible full-featured control software for remote mount control.
SKU: CEL-12052
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Celestron
 

Product Description

Celestron CGX 1100 SCT Telescope and EQ Mount

About the Celestron 11" SC Telescope Optical Tube

Weighing only 27.5 lbs., this telescope is still portable enough to be taken to dark skies, but it has 89% more light gathering power than an 8” telescope. Using an (optional) f/6.3 Focal Reducer makes it usable with a wide variety of CCD cameras. As a visual instrument you can search for all of the Messier Catalog (like beautiful M13), NGC, IC and Caldwell objects. Turn this scope to the planets and see amazing detail on the surface of Jupiter, see Cassini’s Division in the rings of Saturn, and resolve details on the surface of Mars. Even the distant Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are within your reach. 

Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assemblies (OTA) are available individually to be used with your favorite mount. Each OTA is made to the same exacting standards as those used on all their high quality telescopes. All optical surfaces are coated with StarBright XLT coatings. These tube assemblies are equipped with the same dovetail mounting bar as used on the CGE Pro or CGEM series for easy attachment to the dual saddle plate of the CGX.

 

About the Celestron CGX Equatorial Mount

The Celestron CGX equatorial mount is the next evolution of EQ mounts. Designed for the future of astro-imaging and the high standards of today's hobbyists, the CGX mount features a sleek industrial design, smart engineering and improved electronics for a mount that rivals mounts costing two to three time as much.

A Lightweight Head Design with A High Load Capacity

Trimming down the body while increasing the load capacity allows the CGX to carry an instrument weight of 55 pounds, which Celestron states is a modest estimate of the mount's ultimate abilities. The mount itself weighs just 40 pounds and with the newly designed built-in carrying handles, it is remarkably easy to transport. Two, simple to assemble pieces, travel well making the CGX a great choice for the astronomer that plans to travel to a dark sky spot. The mount head attaches to the tripod top plate with hex bolts and a handy hex wrench is stored in the lower handle of the mount. Why not tool free? Because a hex wrench gives the right torque to properly attach the mount head to the tripod with a firm connection.  The mount includes a dual saddle plate that will hold either V or D dovetails. 

Auto Alignment - More Time Imaging and Less Time Prepping

Simple, yet crucial design improvements have made the CGX mount exceptionally easy to setup and polar align.  Celestron's AllStar polar alignment procedure was specially designed for the remote user and will allow you to align the mount quickly and accurately using any bright night sky objects.  Paired with a video polar alignment scope (available as an optional accessory), you will be able to polar align your CGX mount no matter where you're controlling it from. 

Outstanding Tracking Accuracy

The Celestron CGX includes two worm gears for both mount axes rather than traditional gears that have a tendency to catch and bind.  Slight catching eventually puts strain on the motors and can cause increase error over time.  Celestron's worm gears turn belt-driven motors so not only is accuracy improved and maintained, the mount's movements are exceptionally fluid and smooth with minimal vibration caused by the turning of the mount head.  

Smart On-Board Electronics and Design Features

Celestron's goal was to create an intelligent mount without complicating the user's experience. Borrowing from earlier Celestron technologies and improving upon them, the CGX features a wide array of alignment procedures including AllStar alignment. Simply find a series of bright night sky objects with your smartphone and the mount will polar align itself. The CGX will be the only Celestron mount to include all new software designed in partnership with PlaneWave, allowing you to seamlessly pair to your camera control software and completely remote control your entire setup through a wireless connection. Similar software sells for several hundred dollars.

Tracking accuracy and slewing speed have been greatly improved with precision worm gears on both axes of the CGX. Built in optical sensors, prevent the mount from striking the legs of the tripod and allow the mount to return to a home position in the event of an electrical surge or if you were to ever lose control of the mount from a remote location. An additional hard stop has been built-in as an additional fail-safe.

Celestron USB Hand Controller

While you can control the mount entirely from your wirelessly connected device such as a smartphone or laptop, a USB connected hand controller is included with the Celestron CGX mount, leaving behind the aging technology of RS232 connections. When connected, this is the only cord that will be on the exterior of your mount. All other wiring is run through the mount to eliminate any tangles, cord-wrapping and create a streamlined mount exterior maintaining the sleek industrial design that makes the CGX as beautiful as it is powerful.

Specifications

Name Celestron - CGX 11" SCT Telescope and CGX EQ Mount
Manufacturer Celestron
Model CEL-12052
UPC 050234110990
In The Box Celestron 11" SCT Optical Tube 1.25" Star Diagonal 25mm Eyepiece CGX Dovetail Celestron CGX Mount Head Adjustable Tripod with Height Marked Legs USB Hand Control & Cable Universal Control Software Drivers
Telescope Aperture 10.1" - 12"
Accessory Tray Yes
Alignment Procedures AllStar
Aperture 11 in.
Case None
Eyepiece 1 25mm Plossl
Focal Length 2800 mm (110 in)
Focal Ratio f/10
Focuser Crayford
GPS Yes
Highest Useful Magnification 660x
Housing Aluminum
Light Gathering Power 1593x
Mount German Equatorial - GoTo
Optical Coatings XLT
Optical Tube 11" Schmidt Cassegrain
Star Diagonal Yes 1.25"
Warranty 2 Year

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In the Box

Celestron 11" SCT Optical Tube
1.25" Star Diagonal
25mm Eyepiece
CGX Dovetail
Celestron CGX Mount Head
Adjustable Tripod with Height Marked Legs
USB Hand Control & Cable
Universal Control Software Drivers