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Celestron Advanced VX 7" Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - 12035

Celestron   ——   SKU: CEL-12035
$2,600.00 CAD
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Celestron Advanced VX 7" Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope

  • 7" (177.8 mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain optical telescope
  • 2700 mm (106.3") Focal Length
  • Focal Ratio = f/15
  • StarBright XLT Optical Coatings
  • Includes Eyepiece, star diagonal, and finder scope
  • Advanced VX German Equatorial Mount
  • Computerized Equatorial Mount
  • Adjustable steel tripod with 2” diameter legs
  • 30 pound payload capacity
  • NexStar Database with 40,000+ objects+ 100 User objects
  • NexStar+ hand control with LCD display, 19 fiber-optic backlit LED buttons
  • DC Servo Motors operation for the Mount
  • DC operation (12 Volts DC, 3.5 A)

The Celestron 700 (7") Maksutov-Cassegrain Advanced VX (AVX) telescope (Advanced VX 700 Mak) is a specialized instrument which can provide detailed, high contrast views. This 7" Mak sets a new standard in mid-level telescopes. With its Maksutov-Cassegrain optical tube and the sturdy Advanced VX equatorial mount and tripod, this kit provides unparalleled views of the planets and up-close views of the lunar surface, including craters and maria, as well as beautiful views of many of the Messier objects. Astronomers located in urban areas will especially appreciate the Mak’s ability to bring out more contrast in celestial objects. The Maksutov-Cass optical design has always been know for its high contrast images. But since this entire kit disassembles into separate, lightweight, and manageable pieces, it’s also a great choice for transporting to your favorite dark sky sites.

The Maksutov-Cassegrain’s optical design offers several unique benefits. Instead of a secondary mirror, the Mak features a “secondary spot” of reflective coating applied directly to the inside of the corrector plate. Therefore the telescope does not require frequent collimation like a Schmidt-Cassegrain which has a mechanical secondary mirror assembly. Also, the secondary spot is significantly smaller than a traditional Schmidt-Cassegrain secondary mirror, giving the Mak its signature high-contrast images of celestial objects. This feature is based on optical physics, which is complicated to explain, but easy to appreciate when you are looking at the objects you most enjoy.

The Advanced VX mount is designed to provide superior performance for smaller telescopes 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). For experienced imagers, they will love taking this portable mount to a dark sky site and enjoying all the conveniences of a larger observatory mount. For newcomers to imaging, Advanced VX will help you get started with the hobby and keep up with your needs for a long time! The Advanced VX is the smallest of Celestron’s German equatorial mounts, but do not let this fool you. 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, along with automatic slewing and menu descriptions. Astronomers of all skill levels will appreciate this easy to use, precision mount and learn to use it in just a few observing sessions.

The payload capacity for the Advanced VX from Celestron is 30 lb. It offers a sturdy platform for the 7” Maksutov-Cassegrain optical tube, even when paired with optional accessories. Advanced VX mounts now include a new dual saddle plate that accommodates both CG-5 and CGE-style dovetails. Switching between the two saddle plates is simple. Just move the hand knobs into a separate set of holes. Now you can use your Advanced VX mount not only with the 7” Mak, but virtually any optical tube within Advanced VX’s weight limit.

What's In the Box: The Celestron Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain 7" Telescope comes complete with a 2” Visual Back, a 2” Star Diagonal with 1.25” adapter, a 28 mm wide-field 2” eyepiece, and a large 8x50 straight-through finderscope. The optical tube accommodates the larger 2” accessories. Also included with your purchase is a free download of Celestron’s Starry Night Special Edition Software.

Specifications:

Optical Deisgn Maksutov-Cassegrain
Aperture 180 mm (7.08")
Focal Length 2700 mm (106.3")
Focal Ratio f/15
Focal Length of Eyepiece Supplied 28 mm (1.1") 2" eyepiece
Magnification of Eyepiece 96x
Finderscope 8x50 Straight Through
Star Diagonal 2" Star Diagonal with 1.25" adapter
Optical Tube Aluminum
Highest Useful Magnification 420x
Lowest Useful Magnification 67x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13.9
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.64 arc second
Resolution (Dawes) 0.52 arc second
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 661x
Central Obstruction Diameter 42 mm (1.65") (5.45% of aperture area; 23.3% by diameter)
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length 571.5 mm (22.5")
Optical Tube Diameter 222.25 mm (8.75")
Optical Tube Weight 19 lb (8.6 kg)
Dovetail CGE Dovetail Bar
Mount Type Computerized Equatorial
Instrument load capacity 30 lb (13.6 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod) 1118 mm - 1626 mm (44" – 64")
Tripod Leg Diameter 50.8 mm (2") Stainless Steel
Latitude adjustment range 7° - 77°
Mount Head Weight 17 lb (7.71 kg)
Accessory Tray Yes
Tripod Weight 18 lb (8.16 kg)
Weight of Counterweights 2 x 12 lb each
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 12 V DC, 3.5 A (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 NexStar+ hand control with LCD display, 19 fiber-optic backlit LED buttons
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 47 lb (21.31 kg)
Included Items Advanced VX Equatorial Head| Tripod| Accessory Tray|2 x 12 lb counterweights| NexStar+ Hand Control| DC Power Cable (plugs into automobile cigarette lighter socket)
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