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Celestron CGEM II 800 EdgeHD Computerized Telescope 12017



  • Model: 12017
  • Manufactured by: Celestron


At first glance, one can see that the Celestron CGEM II equatorial mount is more ergonomic than its predecessor, with longer lock levers to make it easier to make adjustments to your mount. Also, the new heavy duty dual-style saddle plate is designed to accept either CG-5 (Vixen) or CGEM (Losmandy) mounting dovetails so that virtually any optical tube assembly can be mounted in minutes without the need for an adapter.


  • 8” EdgeHD optics
  • CGEM II computerized equatorial mount
  • Celestron’s premium StarBright XLT coatings provide maximum light transmission
  • A 9x50 finderscope, 1.25” mirror diagonal for more comfortable viewing, and 1.25” 40 mm Plössl eyepiece are all included


  • EdgeHD aplanatic, flat field SCT optics for pinpoint stars to the edge of the largest imaging sensors and widest eyepieces.  Lightweight and portable
  • Aluminum optical tube with tube vents featuring an integrated 95-micron mesh filter allows hot air to be released from behind the primary mirror. Mirror support knobs hold the mirror in place and reduce image shift during imaging
  • Versatile design accommodates 3 focal ratios: native f/10, f/7 with the addition of a focal reducer, or ultra-fast f/2 imaging with a removable secondary mirror and third-party accessories



  • 40 lbs payload capacity
  • Dual-fit Vixen/CG-5 and Losmandy/CGE dovetail saddle
  • 2" steel legs with height index marks for quick leveling
  • USB 2.0 port on hand control for direct links to a PC via ASCOM supported software.
  • 40,000 object database with over 100 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
  • Internal cabling throughout for worry-free remote operation
  • Low cog DC Servo motor with integrated optical encoders offer smooth, quiet operation
  • Able to track past the meridian allowing seamless imaging
  • Permanent periodic error corrections allow users to train out the worm gears periodic errors once, while the mount retains the PEC recordings.
  • Software Features include: Mount Calibration, Database Filter Limits, Hibernate, five Alignment Procedures, and user-defined slew limits
  • Built-in polar alignment program to polar align on any star in the sky
  • Longer clutch levers to make tightening and loosening of clutches easier
  • Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number
  • Solar System alignment method allows to view the moon and planets during the day
  • Permanent Programmable Periodic Error Correction (PEC) corrects periodic tracking errors inherent to all worm drives
  • Custom Rate 9 feature allows to set maximum slew rate
  • Tandem mode allows to star align the mount even when positioned for tandem scope use
  • RS-232 communication port on hand control to control the telescope via a personal computer
  • Includes NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced control of telescope via computer
  • Precision machined 40 mm diameter steel Polar shafts supported by multiple tapered roller bearings and ball bearings
  • GPS-compatible with optional SkySync GPS Accessory

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