Celestron CGX Computerized German Equatorial Telescope Mount
The Celestron CGX Computerized German Equatorial Telescope Mount was designed to better support your telescope for both visual observing and astro-imaging. It's made to be compact, studier, easier to setup/polar align, remote operation-friendly, and overall easier to use than other equatorial mounts.
The CGX Is perfect for anyone who wants their mount to be versatile enough for portable setups and observatory use. This mount can accurately track with astrophotography systems up to 55 lbs, making it perfect for anyone wanting to upgrade to a larger OTA.
Heavy Duty Belt Transfer
A lot of mounts today use spur gears to transfer rotational motion from the motors to the worm wheels. The problem with spur gears is that there is an interment amount play between the teeth of the gears. This play introduces mechanical backlash and thus hinders tracking performance, especially when autoguiding. By using a belt transfer the backlash mentioned above virtually disappears and tracking accuracy is greatly improved.
Cable management can get messy. Where some telescope mounts can get caught on their own cables and ruin a night of observing, the CGX avoids this entirely. The cables that connect the RA and Declination motor to the motor control are all wired inside of the mount.
In fact, if you wish to directly connect to the mount to a computer you no longer have to go through the hand controller. This mount has a USB 2.0 B type connector in the rear.
Mechanical Hard Stops
the mechanical hard stop will prevent injury to you and/or your telescope. You will never have to worry about having your optical tube running into your tripod legs or swinging into the mount because of a loose clutch.
Homing sensors in a mount is an awesome feature to have in an observatory setting. If power is lost throughout the night, you can "home" the mount and resync on the home position rather than creating an entirely new pointing model.
It also makes a great position to park the telescope after a night of imaging. The next night you want to observe turn the mount on and sync.
Dual Dovetail Saddle
Swapping telescopes is now a breeze. Smaller telescopes often use the lighter less expensive Vixen style dovetail bar and Larger telescope often are equiped this the wider Losmandy style dovetail bar for it's sturdyness. The new Saddle on this mount clamps down on both types of dovetails.
The knobs also on this saddle have been improved to allow you really torque down on a dovetail bar without the use of special tools.
The Celestron tripod was completely redesigned. It has a wider stance that keeps a lower center of gravity to reduce vibrations. Each Leg has line-height markings which makes it quick and easy to set your tripod to the right height.
The Accessory tray has been redesigned as well. It was reshaped so it can now remain attached when the tripod is folded up. The tray now holds three 1.25" eyepieces, one 2" eyepiece, and one smartphone.
Ergonomic Carry Handles
Just look at that picture! Why can't every mount be that easy to carry? These handles really speed up the setup and breakdown times for an astronomer who is on the go. No longer will you have to awkwardly lug around the mount head or have trouble centering it over the top the tripod.
All New Altitude Adjuster
Other EQ mounts, including the CGX's predecessor, the CGEM, are difficult and uncomfortable to polar align when a mounted telescope is mounted to it. Taking the telescope off the mount would be easier, but would give you a very inaccurate polar alignment once you put an OTA. Celestron addressed this by using an armature that rides on ACME threaded rod. This allows you to easily adjust the mount with one hand under load!
Celestron PWI Telescope Control Software
Celestron and Planewave Instruments have teamed up to develop a complete planetarium/mount control software. This program unleashes the full pointing accuracy potential of the CGX.
PWI employs PointXP mount modeling, which accepts numerous star alignment points for the best possible accuracy. PointXP (also used in StarSense AutoAlign accessory) goes beyond the pointing capability of a traditional hand control. By adding multiple star alignment points, PWI accounts for various types of alignment errors, including instrument flexure.
With a direct USB connection from your PC to the USB port on the mount, PWI’s Sky Viewer display makes for easy target selection or find your favorite deep sky object in PWI’s extensive object database.
All-Star Polar Alignment
Get ready for a night of astroimaging with your mount faster than previously thought possible with All-Star Polar Alignment. This innovative software solves the time-consuming problem of trying to pinpoint the North Celestial Pole.
The new Lithium Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery chemistry has significant advantages over other battery chemistries, great for those Astronomers on the go.
Celestron’s patented StarSense Technology makes it easier than ever to locate objects in the night sky, even if you’ve never used a telescope before. Turn it on and push ‘Align.’ In about three minutes, you’re ready to observe!
WiFi technology encircles the globe in a web of connectivity, knowledge, and information. Now, Celestron is using that same technology to allow stargazers to connect to the night sky and enhance their experience of the cosmos in fun and unique ways.
|Head Design||German Equatorial|
|Instrument Capacity||55 lbs|
|Latitude Range||3 to 65 Degrees|
|Mount Head Weight||44lbs|
|Power Consumption||12V 5A max|
|Slew Speed||5 Degrees Per Second|
|Telescope Connection||Dual Vixen & Losmandy|
|Tracking Modes||EQ North|
|Tracking Modes||EQ South|
|Warranty||2 Year Warranty|
- CGX Equatorial Head
- CGX Tripod|Accessory Tray
- 2 x 11 lbs counterweights
- NexStar+ Hand Controler
- DC Power Cable (plugs into cigarette lighter socket)
I had several questions about the equipment that were answered rapidly. All my issues were dealt with. It's a great mount. lot's to learn.
Haven't used it yet. Waiting on clear skies.
Better than expected. Wonderful. Strongly recommend
Great place to shop!
The staff is very knowledgeable. They will give you alternatives and offer advise on different options. I began using the CGX mount the same day I bought it. It doesn’t compare to the CGEM II, which is the previous generation. They fixed all the issues and added badly needed updates. For a few more dollars you can buy something that will last you many years to come.
Great mount works much better and sturdier than cgem