Advanced VX 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (AVX)

Manufactured by: Celestron
Model: 12026

$1,599.00



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Advanced VX 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

The iconic 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain has been known for decades as Celestron’s most beloved telescope. Now beginner to intermediate astroimagers can have their own “C-8” at an extremely affordable price. This classic design has been upgraded with our StarBright XLT coatings for maximum light transmission. Combined with our fully featured Advanced VX mount, you have a setup that is ready for both imaging and visual observing.

Quick Overview

    • 8” (203mm) f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain includes StarBright XLT coatings for better light transmission
    • 84% more light gathering than a 6” telescope.
    • 6x30 optical finderscope for locating alignment stars
    • Integer gear ratios and permanently programmable Periodic Error Correction eliminates recurring track errors from the worm gear.
    • Autoguider port for long exposure imaging
    • New motors offer improved tracking performance & provide more power to overcome load imbalances
    • Updated industrial design offers more rigidity, less flexure and improved aesthetics
    • New design allows viewing or imaging across the meridian without interference from the motors housings
    • Improved latitude range.  Can be used between 7 – 77 degrees latitude.
    • NexStar+ hand control offers multiple language programming (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish)

    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Aperture (mm)203 mm (7.99 in)
    Focal Length (mm)2032 mm (80 in)
    Focal Ratio10
    Eyepiece 1 (mm)20 mm (0.79 in)
    Magnification 1102 x
    Finderscope6x30
    Optical TubeAluminum
    Fastar CompatibleYes
    TripodAdjustable, Stainless Steel
    Tripod Legs2"
    Weight (lbs)59 lbs (27 kg)
    Power SupplyCar battery adapter
    Highest Useful Magnification480 x
    Lowest Useful Magnification29 x
    Limiting Stellar Magnitude14
    Resolution (Rayleigh)0.69 arc seconds
    Resolution (Dawes)0.57 arc seconds
    Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)841 x
    Optical Tube Length17" in (432 mm)
    Optical Tube Weight13 lbs (5.9 kg)
    EQ Mount Weight17 lbs (7.71 kg)
    Tripod Height (Max)64" in (1626 mm)
    Tripod Height (Min)44" in (1118 mm)
    Tripod Weight18 lbs (8.16 kg)
    Counterweight Bar12" Length, 0.75" Diameter lbs (5.44 kg)
    Counterweights1 x 11 lbs
    Latitude Range7-77 deg
    Motor DriveLow cog DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
    Slew SpeedsNine slew speeds, 4 deg/sec maximum
    Tracking RatesSidereal, Solar and Lunar
    Tracking ModesEQ North and EQ South
    Alignment Procedures2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align
    Communication Ports2x AUX ports, Autoguider port, RS-232 port (on hand control)
    Computer Hand ControlDouble line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
    Database40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
    Power Requirements12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)
    Internal ClockYes
    GPSOptional SkySync GPS Accessory

    About the Mount
    The new Advanced VX mount was specifically designed to provide optimum imaging performance for smaller telescopes. Now your smaller telescope can take advantage of All-Star Polar Alignment and autoguider support. You’ll be able to track through long exposures using permanently programmable periodic error correction. Image across the meridian without doing a meridian flip, so you can seamlessly image the best part of night sky. Advanced VX features significantly larger base castings than our previous design, improving stability under heavier loads. Improved motors offer more torque and can handle slight load imbalances with ease.


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