Celestron CGX-L Equatorial 9.25" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
Celestron CGX-L Equatorial 9.25" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
Some 40 years ago, Celestron founder - Tom Johnson - introduced the first Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes into the amateur astronomy market and began a revolution. Now, Celestron's CGX-925 takes performance to a new level beginning with the extreme optical quality of the 9.25" Schmidt-Cassegrain combined with Starbright XLT coatings mounted on Celestron's newly engineered and innovative CGX mount. This new take on a tried and true design has given the world another Celestron "classic" - one capable of carrying the load securely and vibration free... and taking both astro imaging and visual observing to new heights.
With a telescope capable of gathering 1127X more light than the human eye, the precise f/10 optics of the Celestron C925 SCT offer up an incredible 0.49 arc seconds of resolution spread out over a 0.53 percent angular field of view. With a limiting magnitude factor of 14 and a practical magnification limit of 555X, we're talking about a telescope able to deliver remarkable planetary and lunar views. When sky permits, you can expect to see details like delicate divisions in Saturn's ring structure, details on Mars and follow Jupiter events like shadow transits and Great Red Spot appearances with ease. Star clusters will transform into well-resolved facets, galaxies will take on some structure and difficult double stars will yield their companions. With a low-end magnification limit of 34X, just add a wide field eyepiece, or open both eyes wide with Celestron Stereo Binocular Viewers and enjoy panoramic vistas of extended nebulae and sweep the heavens for every last photon!
What sets the 9.25" Celestron CGX-L 11098 apart from competitor models is simplicity and durability. The 9.25" CGX-L was designed to be ergonomically friendly with large Altitude and Azimuth adjustment knobs for quick and easy procedures and adjustments. The intuitive All-Star system allows users to choose any bright star from the NexStar hand control, while the software calculates and assists with polar alignment. Then, just kick back and enjoy. The CGX-L-925 database will provide over 40,000 objects, 100 user defined programmable objects and enhanced information on over 200 objects for your celestial viewing pleasure.
They spent years redesigning the CGEM to create the CGX, innovating on a brilliant level to create a mount that surpassed previous German Equatorial mounts in almost all fields possible. They produced an impressively efficient mount capable of performing to the highest degree of capacity... and in the time since then, they've only kept working on their designs! Now they are presenting the CGX-L, an up-scaled and improved variant on the CGX designed to be ideal for personal observatories and remote imaging sites. This design heavily improves the weight capacity of the original mount, and utilizes a wide variety of new and improved traits to all around exceed the CGX- a high benchmark to rise above!
The backlash for this amazing mount is absolutely minimal, showing this design for the top of the line quality item that it is. This is aided by the belt-driven worm gears, which have been spring loaded for optimal gear meshing, and then enlarged to a full 144mm in diameter, to more accurately drive the heavier loads this mount was meant to carry. The weight capacity is declared as 75 pounds- and that's a humble declaration, to say the least. This piece of hardware is even tougher than its smaller cousin, the XG- which itself is one of the most solid things on the market, absolutely capable of blowing away anything similar priced in sheer quality. This places the CGX-L in the enviable position of having been designed by the CGX's creators specifically to exceed it.
One of the more impressive features of this mount is the internal cabling in the Go-To system. The way it's designed, almost all the cabling is internal. This means that you don't need to worry about re-positioning your initial wiring setup once you've hooked the mount up, to begin with; because all the cabling is internal, none of it is in the way to get tangled up and cause issues for you while you observe using the (Impressively potent!) Go-To capabilities of this mount. Your power supply and accessories can simply plug into a stationary port on the mount's body, and then never be worried about for the rest of your night!
The motors are another place where the improvement of the CGX base design over other German Equatorial Mounts is self-evident. They are able to provide notably more torque when active, while the design of the mount ensures that everything is controlled to the tightest, smoothest degree. This innovative mount has a lower profile than most other GEM's as well, giving it a great boost to both stability and portability with its lower center of gravity and compact design. And then it goes a step further in the aim of that goal, as the EQ head's position is adjustable, allowing you to optimize it to match your tripod perfectly for an ideal center of gravity. This mount continues to impress with its next notable feature; a dual fit head that permits a Vixen or Losmandy style dovetail, massively increasing the range of scopes that can be mounted atop this beautiful device! The dovetail saddle has been expanded to 270mm, allowing it to support larger optical tubes and broader payloads.
As a quick summary- The CGX-L is simply more responsive, with enlarged spring-loaded worm gears and belt drives that minimize backlash. Internal cabling means power and accessory ports do not move with the mount, and there are also home and limit switches, as well as internal hard stops for both RA and Dec to prevent cable wrap and tripod strike. Ergonomics have also been massively improved overall, ranging from the carry handles to the adjustment knobs, making setup and takedown both infinitely easier. Another fascinating feature is the clear windows built into the motor covers, letting you keep an eye on the pulleys and belts.
And lest we forget- this is most definitely a Go-To mount. Coming with the splendid quality NexStar hand controller and a database of over 40,000 objects, this state of the art mount is definitely ready to take you on the greatest trip of the night sky possible! The Celestron CGX-L Equatorial Mount tracks 20 degrees past the meridian on either side to maximize the best imaging time. Technologies such as SkyPortal WiFi and StarSense AutoAlign are supported, and All Star Polar Alignment technology is built-in, for faster and easier polar alignment. New telescope control software for automation and remote operation has been designed for the Celestron CGX in conjunction with Planewave Instruments. This software features multi-point GoTo modeling, focusing and plate solving. With this innovative software, no third party advanced PC control software is needed! An intuitive hand controller allows you to align and move the CGX-L with ease.
This already top notch mount comes atop a tripod perfect for use with it. The sturdy 2.75-inch thick steel legs come with graduated markings that make leveling quicker and easier all around, and an included spreader bar adds even greater stability to this heavy-duty tripod while also giving you a few more places to store your eyepieces between use! The mount itself weighs in at a solid 52 pounds, and the heavy duty 70mm steel tripod it rests atop at 46 pounds.
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.
|Aperture||234.95 mm (9.25")|
|Camera/Eyepiece Connection||24 tpi|
|Dawes Limit||0.49 arcseconds|
|Focal Length||2350 mm|
|Head Design||German Equatorial|
|Instrument Capacity||75 lbs|
|Latitude Range||3 to 56 Degrees|
|Light Gathering Power||1127x|
|Mount Head Weight||52.6lbs|
|Power Consumption||12V 2.5A max|
|Slew Speed||4 Degrees Per Second|
|Telescope Connection||Dual Vixen & Losmandy|
|Tracking Modes||EQ North|
|Tracking Modes||EQ South|
|Tube Weight||20 lbs|
|Warranty||2 Year Warranty|
|Worm Wheel Diameter||114mm|
- 9.25 Inch Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
- CGX-L Mount
- CGX-L Heavy Duty Tripod, with 2.75 Inch Adjustable Steel Legs
- Accessory Tray
- NexStar+ Hand Controller
- 6x30 Optical Finder
- 1.25 Inch Star Diagonal
- 1.25 Inch Eyepiece, 25mm, (94x magnification)
- 1 Counterweight, 22 lb
- DC Power Cable, Cigarette Lighter Adapter
- NexRemote CD ROM Software
- 2 Year Warranty