Brand: Celestron

Celestron CGX Equatorial 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT) (12050)

12050

Brand: Celestron

Celestron CGX Equatorial 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT) (12050)

12050

The CGX 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope features Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coated optics and the CGX computerized equatorial mount. It is the most lightweight and portable of the three size models.
  • 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly
  • Aluminum Optical Tube
  • Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings
  • 2032mm focal length (f/10)
  • 25mm eyepiece included (81x)
  • Visual back allows for use with 1.25" accessories
  • 6x30 finderscope to help accurately find objects
  • Star diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky
  • Includes dovetail rail compatible with CGE mount
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Product Description

The CGX 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope features Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coated optics and the CGX computerized equatorial mount. It is the most lightweight and portable of the three size models. This telescope is especially at home as a solid platform for long exposure photography with optional CCD cameras or photographic equipment. At 8 inches of aperture with our premium StarBright XLT coatings, the CGX 800 gives you over 800 times the light gathering power than the unaided eye.

CGX Mount

Celestron's workhorse CGEM mount lineup has been the German Equatorial backbone for telescopes ranging from 6 to 11 inches of aperture. Since that time, many more astro-imagers and planetarium controlled setups have emerged as backyard telescope technology has evolved. Celestron's engineering team applied their years of experience designing German Equatorial mounts to the CGX EQ, a culmination of all the advancements made to our technologies, value, and ease-of-use.

The CGX was designed to better support your telescope for both visual and astro-imaging pursuits. Key design goals included a lower profile EQ head, which provides a more compact and therefore more stable setup; a better drive system; remote operation-friendly with home and limit optical sensors; easier polar alignment adjustments; and better cable management. In addition to that, we've made mechanical and ergonomic improvements throughout to make the mount sturdier, easier to use, and transport. The CGX is our Equatorial backbone to support a wide range of telescopes.

CGX Mount and Tripod Features

  • Sturdier and more rigid with quicker dampening time
  • Increased load capacity to 55 lbs.
  • Motors provide more torque, better slewing and tracking under heavy loads
  • Heavy Duty belt-drive system minimizes backlash while providing smooth motor operation under heavy loads
  • Spring-loaded brass worm wheel and stainless steel worm gear reduce friction and provide optimum gear mesh
  • Internal cabling for worry-free remote operation. Power input and accessory ports remain stationary while the mount slews to avoid snags
  • Internal hard stops for both axes prevents cable tension and tripod strike
  • Internal optical sensors on both axes for simple and safe remote operation
  • Home sensors allow the mount to always start in the index position regardless of orientation before a power reset
  • Limit sensors automatically shut off slewing or tracking before reaching the hard stop fail safe
  • Control software developed in conjunction with PlaneWave Instruments for professional level control operation and imaging
  • Software includes multi-point mount modeling for extremely precise pointing accuracy and many more additional features for remote astroimaging
  • Wider tripod stance for improved stability
  • Adjustable EQ head position to optimize center of gravity over the tripod and fully utilize the increased 3°-65° latitude range
  • Dual-fit CG-5/Vixen and CGE/Losmandy dovetail saddle

Tripod includes

  • 2" steel legs with height index marks for quick levelling
  • "Jack of all trays" can hold three 1.25" eyepieces, two 2" eyepieces, your smartphone, or other accessories
  • +20° of additional tracking past the meridian on either side
  • Tripod legs can be collapsed with accessory tray installed for faster setup and transport

Ergonomics

  • Two handles for easy pickup and transport
  • Ergonomic Carry Handles
  • Ergonomically designed dovetail clamping knobs
  • Innovative and improved polar alignment adjustment system
  • Ergonomic latitude adjuster for smooth and easy adjustment under full loads
  • Optional add-on polar axis finderscope

Electronics

  • NexStar+ hand control with USB port
  • Two AUX accessory ports to support wireless/WiFi alignment and operation with StarSense AutoAlign and SkyPortal WiFi Module accessories (sold separately)
  • USB 2.0 port, used to connect directly to PC with included software
  • Autoguider port
  • PPEC ready
  • Threaded 12VDC power input barrel connector
  • Internal Real Time Clock (keeps time and site information saved

What can I see with a Celestron CGX Equatorial 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT) (12050)?

Here are some simulated views of common objects. Results with your telescope will vary with viewing conditions, obrits, equipment and more.

Jupiter with

25mm Eyepiece - 81x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Jupiter with

10mm Eyepiece - 203x Magnification

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Jupiter with

5mm Eyepiece - 406x Magnification

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Moon with 25mm Eyepiece

81x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Moon with 10mm Eyepiece

203x Magnification

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Moon with 5mm Eyepiece

406x Magnification

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Andromeda with 36mm Eyepiece

56x Magnification

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Andromeda with 25mm Eyepiece

81x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Andromeda with 10mm Eyepiece

203x Magnification

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What's in the Box

  • CGX Equatorial Head
  • CGX Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • 2 x 11 lbs counterweights
  • NexStar+ Hand Control
  • 8mm Allen Wrench
  • 12V DC Power Cable
  • Hand Control Holster

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Specifications

OPTICAL TUBE INFO:
Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture: 203.2mm (8")
Focal Length: 2032mm (80")
Focal Ratio: f/10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 25mm (.98")
Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 81x
Finderscope: 6x30
Star Diagonal: 1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical Tube: Aluminum
Highest Useful Magnification: 480x
Lowest Useful Magnification: 29x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14
Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.69 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes): 0.57 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 843x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 64mm (2.5")
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 31%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 9.77%
Optical Coatings: StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length: 432mm (17")
Optical Tube Diameter: 238mm (9.37")
Optical Tube Weight: 12.5 lbs (5.67 kg)
Dovetail: CGE Dovetail Bar
MOUNT INFO:
Mount Type: Computerized Equatorial
Instrument load capacity: 55 lbs (25 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod): 1200.15mm - 1968.5mm (47.25" - 77.5")
Tripod Leg Diameter: 50.8mm (2") Steel tripod with graduated markings on lower section
Latitude adjustment range: 3° - 65°
Mount Head Weight: 44 lbs (20 kg)
Accessory Tray: Yes
Tripod Weight: 19.2 lbs (8.7 kg)
Weight of Counterweights: 2 x 11 lbs
Slew Speeds: 9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes: EQ North and EQ South
GPS: N/A
Dovetail Compatibility: Dual saddle plates (CG-5 and CGE saddle)
Number of Auxiliary Ports: 2 AUX Ports (Hand Control can use either AUX Port)
Autoguide Port: Yes
USB Port: Yes, input for Mount and Hand Control
Power Requirements: 12V DC, 4 amps
Motor Drive: DC servo motors
Alignment Procedures: 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align
Periodic Error Correction: Yes
Computerized Hand Control: 2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit buttons, USB 2.0 Port for PC connection
NexStar+ Database: 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Software: CPWI Telescope Control Software, Celestron Starry Night Special Edition Software, and SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight: 97.7 lbs (44.31 kg)

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