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Celestron Advanced VX 700 7" Maksutov Cassegrain TelescopeSKU: CNAVX7Mfr. Part: 12035

Item Includes

VX 700 7" Maksutov Cassegrain Optical Tube - 2" Visual Back - 2" Star Diagonal with 1.25" adapter - 28 mm wide-field 2" eyepiece - Large 8x50 straight-through finderscope - Advanced VX Equatorial Head - Tripo Tray - 1 x 12 lbs counterweight- NexStar+ Hand Control - DC Power Cable (plugs into cigarette lighter socket)

Description

The 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Advanced VX telescope (Advanced VX 700 Mak) is a specialized instrument designed for detailed, high contrast views that 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.

Astronomers located in urban areas will especially appreciate the Mak's ability to bring out more contrast in celestial objects. But since the entire kit disassembles into separate, lightweight, and manageable pieces, it's also a great choice for transporting to dark sky sites.

Maksutov-Cassegrain Optical Design
The Mak is a catadioptric telescope, which means the optical design includes both a lens and a mirror. The light coming through a Mak passes through the corrector lens to the primary mirror and back to a spherical secondary mirror before it hits the eyepiece. Images are bright, sharp, and virtually free of chromatic aberration.

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. Because of this, the telescope does not require frequent collimation like a Schmidt-Cassegrain. Also, the secondary spot is significantly smaller than a traditional Schmidt-Cassegrain secondary mirror, giving the Mak its signature high-contrast views.

One important thing to note about Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes is that the larger, heavier Maksutov corrector plate takes longer to cool down and adjust to ambient air temperature compared to a Schmidt-Cassegrain of the same aperture.

Advanced VX & Tripod
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).

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, astronomers of all skill levels can master this mount in just a few observing sessions. The Advanced VX also has an impressive tripod for its class with 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 the 7" Maksutov-Cassegrain optical tube, even when paired with optional accessories like StarSense AutoAlign, Focus Motor, a finderscope, and a camera. Celestron's payload capacity does not include the weight of the counterweights.

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
Also 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 includes telescope control via your PC.

Features

700 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with f/15 focal ratio provides high contrast views of the planets and lunar landscapes, perfect for serious planetary imagers and visual observers.Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings ensure maximum light transmission.Advanced VX, the most compact and portable of Celestron's German equatorial mounts, offers a maximum instrument capacity of 30 lb with the same rigidity as our larger mounts and minimal flexure.Every feature an astroimager wants: PEC, an autoguider port, the ability to image across the meridian, and more.NEW dual saddle plate accommodates both the narrow CG-5 and larger CGE dovetail.

Specifications

Optical TubeOptical TubeOptical DesignMaksutov-CassegrainAperture (mm)180mm (7.08")Focal Length2700mm (106.3")Focal Ratiof/15Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm)28mm (1.1") 2" eyepieceMagnification of Eyepiece96XFinderscope8x50 Straight ThroughStar Diagonal2" Star Diagonal with 1.25" adapterOptical TubeAluminumHighest Useful Magnification420xLowest Useful Magnification67xTripodAdjustable, Stainless SteelLimiting Stellar Magnitude13.9Resolution (Rayleigh)0.64 arc secondsResolution (Dawes)0.52 arc secondsLight Gathering Power661 xCentral Obstruction Diameter42mm (1.65") (5.45% of aperture area; 23.3% by diameter)Optical CoatingsStarBright XLTOptical Tube Length571.5mm (22.5")Optical Tube Weight19 lbs (8.6 kg)Optical Tube Diameter222.25mm (8.75")Optical Tube Weight19 lbs (8.6 kg)DovetailCGE Dovetail BarMount TypeComputerized EquatorialInstrument load capacity30 lbs (13.6 kg)Height adjustment rangeincludes mount and tripod)
1118mm - 1626mm (44" 64")Tripod Leg Diameter50.8mm (2") Stainless SteelLatitude adjustment range7° - 77°Mount Head Weight17 lbs (7.71 kg)Accessory TrayYesTripod Weight18 lbs (8.16 kg)Weight of Counterweights1 x 12 lbsSlew Speeds9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/secondTracking RatesSidereal, Solar and LunarTracking ModesEQ North & EQ SouthGPSN/ADovetail CompatibilityDual saddle plate (CG-5 and CGE saddle)Number of Auxiliary ports3 Aux ports (1 hand control and 2 AUX ports for optional accessories)Autoguide portYesUSB PortYes, input on Hand ControlPower Requirements12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)Motor DriveDC servo motorsAlignment Procedures2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick AlignPeriodic Error CorrectionYesComputerized Hand ControlNexStar+ hand control with LCD display, 19 fiber-optic backlit LED buttonsNexStar+ Database40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced in formation on over 200 objectsSoftwareCelestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal AppTotal Kit Weight47 lbs (21.31 kg)Warranty2-year Telescope Warranty  

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