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Celestron Advanced VX 6" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

Celestron Advanced VX 6" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
AUD $2,595.00

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  • 6” (150mm) f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain includes StarBright XLT coatings for better light transmission

  • The most compact and portable of Celestron’s German equatorial mounts offers the same rigidity as our larger mounts with minimal flexure and an improved industrial design

  • Holds a maximum instrument capacity of 30 lb

  • Every feature an astroimager wants: PEC, an autoguider port, the ability to image across the meridian, and more

  • Dual saddle plate is compatible with narrow CG-5 dovetails and wider CGE dovetail. Also compatible with Vixen format dovetails longer than 100mm, but not compatible with Losmandy D format plates.

  • Latitude range allows the mount to perform between 7° and 77° latitude

  • Accessories include a 25mm eyepiece, 1.25” star diagonal and 6x30 finderscope

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The Advanced VX (AVX) sets a new standard in mid-level telescopes, providing many of the features found on Celestron’s most sophisticated German equatorial mounts at an extremely affordable price. The Advanced VX 6” Schmidt Cassegrain telescope is ideal for astroimagers and visual observers looking for a telescope that is much more portable than the reflector or refractor. The 6” Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube offers 40% more light gathering ability than a 5” telescope. The Schmidt-Cassegrain design also eliminates chromatic aberration, making it a good choice for entry-level astroimaging. The Advanced VX mount is designed to provide superior performance while taking advantage of Celestron’s most advanced technologies: All-Star Polar Alignment, Celestron PWI telescope control software, SkyAlign, and permanently programmable periodic error correction (PPEC).

If you’re an experienced imager, you’ll love taking this portable mount to a dark sky site and enjoying all the conveniences of a larger observatory mount. Or, if you’re new to imaging,  Advanced VX will help you get started with the hobby and keep up with your needs for years to come.

Computerized German equatorial mount

The Advanced VX is the smallest of Celestron’s German equatorial mounts. The computerized GoTo capability automatically tracks objects as they move across the night sky. The Advanced VX mount includes ports for a hand control, an autoguider, and 2 AUX ports for optional accessories.  The NexStar+ hand control gives you instant access to all the functions your mount has to offer. With automatic slewing and menu descriptions, any level of astronomer can master this mount in just a few observing sessions. The Advanced VX also has an impressive tripod for its class with a 2” diameter steel tripod legs providing an extra-wide stance for improved stability.

Payload capacity
The payload capacity for the Advanced VX is 30 lb. It offers a sturdy platform for any of the Advanced VX optical tubes, even when paired with optional accessories like StarSense AutoAlignFocus Motor, a finderscope, and a camera. Celestron's payload capacity does not include the weight of the counterweights. 

Dual saddle plate
As of early 2019, Advanced VX mounts now include a new dual saddle plate that accommodates both CG-5 and CGE-style dovetail. Switching between the two saddle plates is as simple as moving the hand knobs into a separate set of holes. Now you can use an Advanced VX mount with virtually any optical tube within its weight limit. Compatible with Vixen format dovetails 100mm or longer, not compatible with Losmandy D format plates (regardless of plate manufacturer).

Celestron PWI Telescope Control Software - Your Ultimate Astronomy Software Suite

All current Celestron computerized telescopes include Celestron PWI (CPWI), the most advanced astronomy software suite provided with any consumer-grade telescope. Celestron’s experts co-developed CPWI with the engineers at PlaneWave Instruments. The result is an all-in-one solution offering you many of the same features used on PlaneWave’s observatory-class telescopes.

  • Graphical planetarium interface with PointXP advanced mount modelling allows you to add 100+ points to your alignment model for the most accurate pointing and tracking possible
  • Ideal for remote observatory setups: save and re-load your alignment and park your scope
  • Provides a complete ASCOM telescope interface to allow control of the telescope from third party software applications

Starry Night Software

Included with your purchase is a free download of Celestron’s Starry Night Special Edition Software. This advanced software by Simulation Curriculum offers detailed information about celestial objects and helps you plan your next observing or imaging session. The Special Edition software also allows you to control your telescope via computer.

Additional Information

Specifications
OPTICAL TUBE INFO: 
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture 150mm (6")
Focal Length 1500mm (59")
Focal Ratio f/10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 25mm (.98")
Magnification of Eyepiece 1 60x
Finderscope 6x30
Star Diagonal 1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical Tube Aluminum
Highest Useful Magnification 354x
Lowest Useful Magnification 21x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13.4
Resolution (Rayleigh) .93 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes) .77 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 459x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 56mm (2.2")
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 37%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 14%
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length 406mm (16")
Optical Tube Diameter 184.15mm (7.25")
Optical Tube Weight 10 lbs (4.54 kg)
Dovetail CG-5 Dovetail bar
MOUNT INFO: 
Mount Type Computerized Equatorial
Instrument load capacity 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod) 1118mm - 1626mm (44" – 64")
Tripod Leg Diameter 50.8mm (2") Stainless Steel
Latitude adjustment range 7° - 77°
Mount Head Weight 17 lbs (7.71 kg)
Accessory Tray Yes
Tripod Weight 18 lbs (8.16 kg)
Weight of Counterweights 1 x 12 lbs
Slew Speeds 9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes EQ North & EQ South
GPS N/A
Dovetail Compatibility Dual saddle plates (CG-5 and CGE saddle)
Number of Auxiliary ports 3 Aux ports (1 hand control and 2 AUX ports for optional accessories
Autoguide port Yes
USB Port Yes, input on Hand Control
Power Requirements 12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)
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 Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight 57 lbs (25.85 kg)
Included Items Advanced VX Equatorial Head | Tripod | Accessory Tray | 1 x 12 lbs counterweight | NexStar+ Hand Control | DC Power Cable (item# 18769) | Hand Control Holster

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