Celestron Advanced VX 6" f/8 Refractor Telescope
Product #26347
SKU 22020
Special Order Usually ships in 14 - 21 working days


Celestron Advanced VX 6" f/8 Refractor Telescope

Product #26347 | SKU 22020
Special Order Usually ships in 14 - 21 working days

6" / 150mm Aperture, f/8 Focal Ratio, 2" Focus Tube, 20mm Eyepiece
Our Price $3,849.00


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The Advanced VX 6" f/8 Refractor Telescope from Celestron is a complete astroimaging platform including a 6" refractor optical tube, 20mm eyepiece, Advanced VX computerised German Equatorial mount, adjustable stainless steel tripod, and NexStar hand controller. By pairing the refractor tube with their redesigned Advanced VX mount, Celestron has created an optical instrument built to satisfy stargazers and astrophotographers.

Celestron's 6" refractor boasts a flatter field of view and brighter deep sky objects than comparably-sized catadioptrics. Unlike Schmidt-Cassegrain and Newtonian optical designs, refractors have an all-glass optical path without a secondary mirror obstructing incoming light. When it comes to lunar, planetary, and wide field imaging, refracting optics transmit faint detail like no other. This configuration of the Advanced VX telescope has a 2" focus tube that enables use of both 2" and 1.25" accessories.

To accommodate the added weight common with refractor optical tubes, the Advanced VX mount includes two eleven-pound counterweights to centre the OTA and mount over the tripod. Maintaining the OTA's centre of gravity over the tripod prevents excessive strain on the servo motors and helps deliver smooth and precise telescope tracking. The 6" refractor's 1200mm focal length combined with a counterbalanced OTA-mount system translates into crisp long exposure photographs of planetary and deep space objects alike.

Celestron's Advanced VX German-Equatorial mount is an integrated telescope support, alignment and guiding system optimised for astrophotography. Celestron engineered the Advanced VX mount from the ground up to deliver the functionality and affordability required by astroimagers on a budget. This telescope mount delivers some of the features found on more sophisticated German Equatorial mounts but without the added bulk or cost associated with more robust options. The Advanced VX mount is designed to accommodate an optical tube weighting up to 30 lb.

The core technology driving the Advanced VX mount is Celestron's All-Star Polar Alignment. This alignment system features a 2-Star alignment mode that uses multiple guide stars to assist tracking across the night sky while keeping the optical tube parallel to the Earth's axis of rotation. Maintaining alignment with either celestial pole while following the path of guide stars provides a high degree of pointing and tracking accuracy. Digitally-encoded low-cog DC servo motors drive telescope movements on both axes in fine increments that keep the observed (or photographed) object centred in the field of view. This level of precision reduces optical aberrations and minimises star trails, which translates into improved image quality and sharper photographs.

Complementing the Advanced VX's alignment and tracking capability is the mount's permanently programmable periodic error correction that eliminates recurring track errors inherent to all worm drives. Additionally, a 7-77° latitude range enables extended observations and photo exposures by allowing the telescope to track passed the meridian without the meridian flip common with German Equatorial mounts.

Included with the Advanced VX mount is the NexStar hand controller that will slew the telescope to any planetary, stellar, or nebulous object in its pre-loaded database at the touch of a button. The NexStar controller software is flash upgradeable, which allows operating system updates and even refinements to telescope-specific functions. This computerised mount is also compatible with Celestron's proprietary NexRemote telescope control software, which enables the observer to control the telescope using their personal computer.

This fully-integrated telescope mounting system also includes an adjustable stainless steel tripod that has two-inch diameter legs, locking spreader, and a caddy for the NexStar hand controller. The combination of digitally encoded servo motors, broad tracking latitude, and an array of sophisticated alignment and tracking technology equip the Advanced VX with the mechanical precision needed to observe and photograph any nearby or deep sky object.

In addition to the 6" optical tube, NexStar hand controller, Advanced VX German-Equatorial mount and tripod, this telescope includes a 9x50 finderscope for easy object acquisition and a 20mm eyepiece equalling 60x magnification when mounted. This collection of components makes the Advanced VX 6" Refractor a full-featured telescope for a wide range of stargazing and astroimaging applications.

Key Features

Optical Tube Assembly

  • Refractor optical design, aluminium construction
  • 2" focuser also accommodates 1.25" accessories
  • 6" (150mm) aperture, f/8 light gathering
  • 1200mm focal length, 354x maximum magnification
  • 20mm eyepiece with 60x magnification
  • 19 lb (8.6kg) OTA weight

Advanced VX German Equatorial Mount

  • Computerised go-to capability
  • 30 lb (13.6kg) payload capacity
  • 7-77° latitude range for tracking passed meridian
  • Permanently programmable periodic error correction
  • All-Star Polar Alignment with 2-Star alignment mode
  • Aeq North / Aeq South tracking modes, Sidereal / Solar / Lunar tracking rates
  • Digitally-encoded low-cog DC servo motors on both axes
  • Dedicated Autoguider communication port
  • Two AUX communication ports
  • 17 lb (7.7kg) mount weight
  • Includes 12" counterweight bar with two 11 lb weights

NexStar+ Hand Controller

  • Pre-loaded 40,000 object database
  • Flash upgradeable operating system
  • LED-backlit interface buttons
  • RS-232 serial communication port
  • Selectable language programming (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish)

Tripod

  • Stainless steel construction
  • 2" diameter upper leg
  • 44-64" (112.8-162.6 cm) height adjustment
  • 18 lb (8.2kg) tripod weight

Specifications

Optical Design
Refractor
Aperture
6" (150 mm)
Focal Length
1200 mm
Focal Ratio
f/8
Highest Useful Magnification
354.0x
Resolution
0.93 arc sec (Rayleigh), 0.77 arc sec (Dawes)
Finderscope
9 x 50
Eyepiece
20mm (60x)
Optical Tube Length
51" (1.3 m)
Optical Tube Weight
19 lb (8.6 kg)
Tripod
Yes
Mount Type
German Equatorial
Power Supply
12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)
GO-TO Capability
Yes
Altitude / Latitude Adjustment
7 - 77°
Motor
DC servo motor, digitally encoded low-cog drive
Load Capacity
30 lb (13.6 kg)
Counterweight
(2) 11 lb (5 kg)
Tracking Method
AEQ North, AEQ South
Tracking Rates
Sidereal, solar, and lunar
Slew Speed
9 speeds, 4° per sec (maximum)
Alignment
Solar System align, Quick align, Last align, 2-star align, 1-star align
Hand Controller
NexStar
Communication Port
(2) AUX ports, Autoguider
Onboard Celestial Object Database
40,000 objects (upgradeable)
Total Weight
71 lb (32 kg)

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Product:
Celestron Advanced VX 6" f/8 Refractor Telescope
Manufacturer:
Celestron
Model:
22020
SKU:
22020
RM Product #:
26347