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Celestron CGX-L 1400 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Bundle - CE-12072

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  • To properly power this product, you will need the AC adapter listed in the recommended items below.
  • 14-inch Aperture Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope!
  • Heavy Duty CGX-L Mount.
  • f/11, FASTAR Compatible to f/2.
  • Programmable Hand Controller.
  • Carrying Handles for Easy Transport.
  • 9x50 Optical Finder.

Product Details

  • The Celestron CGX-L 1400 SCTis a powerful system that offers a 0.33 arc seconds of resolution spread out over a 0.53 degrees angular field of view. Observe remarkable planetary and lunar views with its limiting magnitude factor of 15.3 and a practical magnification limit of 840X.


    • Increased 75 lb load capacity. Exceptional load capacity to weight ratio.
    • Additional Aux accessory ports and autoguider port on the Dec axis for better cable management.
    • Larger 144 mm diameter worm wheels to better and more accurately drive heavier loads.
    • Longer 270 mm dovetail saddle to better support larger optical tubes.
    • Massive 70 mm stainless steel tripod legs with a wider stance for improved stability under heavy loads.
    • New accessory tray holds three 1.25-inch and two 2-inch eyepieces with an upright stand for your smartphone or tablet.
    • Heavy-duty, 31.5 mm stainless steel counterweight shaft to support additional counterweights.
    • Fastar compatibility will help you image your favorite wide field objects in a fraction of time!
    • Optional add-on polar axis finderscope custom designed for CGX and CGX-L.
    • Supports WiFi and wireless operation accessories such as StarSense AutoAlign and SkyPortal WiFi Module (sold separately).
    • Integrated handles for easy transport and portability.
    • All-new ergonomically designed dovetail clamping knobs.
    • Innovative and improved polar alignment adjustment system.
    • Easy to read latitude scale.


    The German Equatorial mount is a time-honored choice for its stability and portability - more stable because the center of gravity is directly over the center of the base and more portable because it can be broken down into smaller components for easy storage and transportation.

    For astrophotography, the German Equatorial mount offers easier balancing, unlimited space at the rear of the telescope tube to mount a camera, and whole sky access. Now you can enjoy all of the most sought-after Celestron NexStar software and database features combined with the high standards and unflinching tradition of the German Equatorial mount. 


    • Compact, lower profile equatorial head provides improved stability and portability. Sturdier and more rigid with quicker dampening time.
    • Improved motors provide more torque, better slewing and tracking under heavy loads.
    • Heavy-duty belt-drive system minimizes backlash while providing smooth motor operation at full capacity.
    • Clear windows built into motor covers so pulleys and belts can be monitored.
    • Spring-loaded brass worm wheel and stainless steel worm gear reduce friction and provide optimum gear mesh.
    • Internal cabling for worry-free remote operation. Power input and lower accessory ports remain stationary while the mount slews to avoid snags.
    • Internal hard stops for both axes prevent cable tension and tripod strike.
    • Internal optical sensors on both axes for simple and safe remote operation.
    • Home sensors allow the mount to always start in the index position regardless of orientation before a power reset.
    • Limit sensors automatically shut off slewing or tracking before reaching the hard stop fail-safe.
    • Includes Celestron's new PWI telescope control software, co-developed by PlaneWave Instruments. Software features multi-point mount modeling for extremely precise pointing accuracy.
    • Software Polar Align: “All-Star Polar Alignment” allows quick and very precise polar alignment. Align on any bright named star without extra polar alignment accessories, apps, or other assistance.
    • Adjustable EQ head position to optimize center of gravity over the tripod and fully utilize the increased 3 degrees to 65 degrees latitude range.
    • Dual-fit Vixen/CG-5 and Losmandy/CGE dovetail saddle.
    • Plus 20 degrees of additional tracking past the meridian on either side.
    • Redesigned tripod has a widened stance for added stability. The minimum tripod height has also been lowered per user feedback.
    • Tripod legs can be collapsed with accessory tray installed for faster setup and transport. 


    • Mount Type: Computerized Equatorial.
    • Instrument load capacity: 75 lb (34 kg).
    • Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod): 908.05 mm - 1339.85 mm (35.75 inches to 52.75 inches).
    • Tripod Leg Diameter: 69.85 mm (2.75 inches) Steel tripod with graduated markings on lower section.
    • Latitude adjustment range: 3 degrees to 65 degrees.
    • Accessory Tray: Yes.
    • Tripod Weight: 46.2 lb (21 kg).
    • Weight of Counterweights: 3 x 22 lb.
    • Slew Speeds: 9 slew speeds - max speed 3 degrees per second.
    • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar.
    • Tracking Modes: EQ North & EQ South.
    • GPS: N/A.
    • Dovetail Compatibility: Dual saddle plates (CG-5 and CGE saddle).
    • Number of Auxiliary Ports: 4 Aux ports (Hand Control can use any Aux port, 2 are located near dovetail saddle).
    • Autoguide Port: Yes, 2 ports (one is located near the dovetail saddle).
    • USB Port: Yes, input for Mount and Hand Control.
    • Power Requirements:12V DC, 3 amps.
    • Motor Drive: DC servo motors.
    • Alignment Procedures: 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align.
    • Periodic Error Correction: Yes.
    • Computerized Hand Control: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection.
    • NexStar+ Database: 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects.
    • Software: PWI Telescope Control Software, Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App.
    • Total Kit Weight: 210.8 lb (95.61 kg).


    • Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain.
    • Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 40 mm (1.57 inches).
    • Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 98x.
    • Finderscope: 9x50.
    • Star Diagonal: 2-inch with 1.25-inch adapter
    • Optical Tube: Aluminum.
    • Lowest Useful Magnification: 51x.
    • Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.39 arc seconds.
    • Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 114mm (4.5 inches).
    • Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 32%.
    • Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area:10%.
    • Optical Coatings: StarBright XLT.
    • Optical Tube Length:787 mm (31 inches).
    • Optical Tube Diameter: 400.5 mm (15.77 inches).
    • Optical Tube Weight: 46 lb (21 kg).
    • Dovetail: CGE Dovetail Bar.
  • specifications

    Aperture355.6 mm (14")
    Camera/Eyepiece Connection3.29”x16 tpi
    Dawes Limit0.33 arcseconds
    Focal Length3910 mm
    Focal Ratiof/11
    Free ShippingYes
    Head DesignEquatorial
    Highest Magnification711.2x
    Instrument Capacity75 lbs
    Latitude Range3 to 56 Degrees
    Light Gathering Power2581x
    Limiting Magnitude16.5
    Mount Head Weight52.6lbs
    Optical DesignSCT
    PortsAutoguide Port
    PortsHand Controller
    PortsUSB 2.0
    Power Consumption12V 2.5A max
    Secondary Obstruction114mm
    Slew Speed4 Degrees Per Second
    Telescope ConnectionDual Vixen & Losmandy
    Tracking RatesLunar
    Tracking RatesSidereal
    Tube Diameter389mm
    Tube Length787mm
    Tube Weight45 lbs
    Warranty2 Year Warranty
    Worm Wheel Diameter114mm
  • included items

    • 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA.
    • CGX-L, Computerized German Equatorial Mount.
    • CGX-L Tripod with 2.75-inch Adjustable Steel Legs.
    • Accessory Tray.
    • NexStar+ Hand Controller.
    • 9x50 Optical Finder.
    • 2-inch Star Diagonal with 1.25-inch Adapter.
    • 40 mm Eyepiece with 98x Magnification.
    • 3 Counterweights, 22 lb each.
    • DC Power Cable, Cigarette Lighter Adapter.
    • 8 mm Allen Wrench in the rear carry handle.
    • NexRemote CD ROM Software.
    • 2 Year Warranty.

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Charles V.
United States United States

Celestron CGX-L Mount

I’ve only had the mount for a short time but so far everything about it is excellent. I only have a light load on it but I needed a very stable mount because I have wind often and I didn’t want that to prohibit astrophotography. I’m impressed that there is nearly no backlash. Dec reversal is nearly instantaneous. There is no slop in the gears so the spring loaded worm gears are working. I looked at periodic error and I estimate that it’s about 10 arcseconds. A smaller number would have been nice but it’s very smooth, no erratic movement, so an autoguider would have no issue guiding it out. I performed drift alignment on the mount and it was a breeze. The az/el movements are smooth and precise. I’ve had a number of mounts and some of them have had issues with reversing the Dec causing movement in RA. No trace of that with mount. I’ve found a bit of a learning curve with the hand controller as the way the functions are implemented are a bit different from other hand controllers. So far I have no reason to think the CGX-L won’t be a great mount for astrophotography.

Joe F.
United States United States

Polar Alignment is Critical

Great, but it took a while for me to get it going for Astrophotography. I did only visual for about a year using the 14 edge hd and was satisfied with the tracking but I did not have much success getting more than 4 second exposures, as the stars became elongated and the DSO's were blurry. I even ordered another GEM because I thought that I had a lemon mount for astrophotography. Thank goodness the mount I ordered was on back order, so while I was waiting for my new mount to replace the CGX-L, I ordered the Celestron polar alignment scope. WOW!!!!, once I polar aligned my scope I was getting 2 minute exposures and every aspect of the mount improved over 100%!!! I use a live video stacking Mallincam camera and use my system as a travel scope so I was not interested in doing long exposures and the 2 minute exposure is plenty of time to get fantastic videos and live stack images. The bottom line is be SURE to POLAR ALIGN before each imaging session and you will have a mount that WILL meet your needs at the best price available. So I cancelled my order for the new GEM that I do not need and saved $5000, in the process. So the malfunction was not the CGX-L, it was my fault for not following recommendations to Polar Align!!! OPT did refund my order on the GEM I did not need. I can say with joy, that OPT and Celestron are a Great Bunch to purchase from, obtain information from, and maintain a customer/vendor friendship with. Thanks Again OPT and Celestron!!!!!!!!

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United States United States

CGXL the ultimate mount?

I've run a CGE mount for 15 years pushing the load limits, held out as mounts come and go, and then the CGXL came out, heard a lot of good things about it, time to step it up. WOW! Last night I rough aligned towards North and set altitude using the gauge on the mount nothing fancy, performed a two-star alignment, the moon was super bright it was late done for the night. Today I used 'last alignment' to see if I could find any planets during the day. I was stunned to see Mercury, Venus, and Sirius slewed almost directly centered in the eyepiece first time! Amazing! This mount far exceeds expectations ! The feel, the sound, 'Go to' accurate tracking everything about this mount is all business, looking forward to imaging stay tuned for an update. Note: If you have an observatory you will need an adapter plate to attach the mount to the pier, should be mentioned if purchasing w/out the tripod? The 110-volt power supply does not come with it. The manual is a PDF file, would prefer a hard copy. Cheers!

United States United States

Update to original review.

This review is to update my original review. I did not realize there would be an opportunity to post pictures. I have clarify pictures that were taken and posted were not high resolution photos. They were all taken at various magnifications. All photos were taken with my pixel 3, and were hand held with no more than 6 seconds. My previous review showed a very low resolution photo of the Ring nebula. My original photo actually does a huge injustice to what the C14 is capable of. I felt I needed to post higher quality pictures. The hand held photos attached are of M13 and M22 taken with my pixel 3 and 6 second exposures at a magnification of 90.

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Kirsten B.
United States United States

Incredible views

The telescope I have always wanted. I have been in astronomy for 40 years, and the views I have seen renewed my passion for the hobby. The resolving power and light gathering ability of 14 inches aperture are incredible. This is the first telescope I have ever used that averted vision wasn't needed to see all the stars in M13. The size of the telescope makes the 47 pounds awkward to handle if it were not for the carrying handles. The only reason I am giving a 4 star rating and not a 5 is from star tests I have conducted. Visually, stars in focus at low and high power were pinpoint with no visual degradation. However, star tests showed the diffraction patterns to be very close to perfect inside and outside of focus but not exact. I hadn't had a chance to use it on the planets yet. Once I got past the learning curve of setting up the CGXL mount I was able to slew to a few deep sky objects successfully with no backlash. The mount was rock solid stable and, I was able to change out various eyepieces without and residual vibration. My experience dealing with Opt Corp was a pleasant one. The telescope and mount were both back ordered but were shipped when they claimed they would ship. One moment of terror came on when the first telescope that was shipped looked like someone drove a forklift though the box and severely damaged the OT. This was UPS's fault. Not Opt Corp. My heart sank. I immediately called customer service and had no problems getting a RMA to return the OT. I worried that I was going to wait a long time for the replacement to come in,, but it arrived in 30 days. I plan on purchasing more from them again.

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Gordon R.
United States United States

Dead on tracking and pointing.

Easy to use and VERY accurate. Manual, precise polar alignment doesn't really take that long and with a high power reticle eyepiece very accurate. Doing high power solar and lunar I can walk away for half an hour and its still right on feature I was observing. I'm sure it would require little or no adjustment after an hour. Every thing high quality. Well worth the wait the recent wait.. I have two. One for 6" refractor and one for 14" SCT. Strongly recommend GPS unit. Adds significantly to accuracy and makes startup fast. Also dead centers Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn after sunrise and midday.