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Celestron CGE Pro Mount (Without Tripod)
CGE Pro Mount

Celestron CGE Pro Mount (Without Tripod)

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Part Number:91529
Celestron CGE Pro Mount (Without Tripod) 
Key Technologies
 
Flash Upgradeable, NexRemote,  All-Star Polar Alignment
 
Quick Overview
 

General Features

  • Holds a maximum instrument capacity of 90 lbs
  • Smooth +/- 5 arc second typical unguided periodic error, which can be further reduced with PPEC
  • Permanent Programmable Periodic Error Correction (PEC) - corrects for periodic tracking errors inherent to all worm drives
  • CGE PRO computerized Equatorial mount
  • One 22 lbs counterweight
  • Weighs 107 lbs
  • Tripod not included, ready to bolt on to your custom pier

Computerized Mount Features

  • Proven NexStar computer control technology
  • 40,000 object database with over 100 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
  • New All-Star Polar Alignment routine for both Northern and Southern Hemispheres
  • Software Features include: Database Filter Limits, Hibernate, five alignment methods and user-defined slew limits
  • Custom Rate 9 feature allows you set maximum slew rate
  • Tandem mode allows you to star align the mount even when positioned for tandem scope use
  • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
  • Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number; the most beautiful double, triple and quadruple stars; variable stars; solar systems; objects and asterisms
  • Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features
  • 12 VDC Servo Motors with integrated optical encoders
  • Drive Motors - High quality motors with seven slot skewed armature to minimize magnetic cogging for quiet operation and long life. Precision made cut-steel gears in gearbox for improved tracking precision
  • Bearing and Shaft - Main shafts are made from 1.57" diameter steel tubing with .40" wall thickness with two preloaded 2.68" O.D. tapered roller bearings on each axes
  • Precision worm drive system - .75" pitch dia. precision made steel worm preloaded with two .87" OD ball bearings to minimize run-out (a source of periodic error). 255 tooth 6" pitch dia. precision made worm wheel with enveloping brass teeth
  • Spring loaded DEC worm to minimize backlash and for easy guiding
  • 4 point RA and DEC clutch system for no-slip pointing precision
  • Autoguide port, PC port and Auxiliary ports located on the electronic pier for long exposure astrophotography
  • One 4.72" O.D. thrust bearing and one 4.13" O.D. thrust bearing on each axes provide a large thrust surface for additional stability
  • Rugged 9-pin thread on motor cables
  • Latitude range: 10° to 65° Northern or Southern Hemispheres
  • RS-232 communication port on hand control to control the telescope via a personal computer
  • Includes NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced control of your telescope via computer
  • GPS-compatible with optional SkySync GPS Accessory (93969)


The CGE Pro Computerized German Equatorial Mount from Celestron is a heavy-duty yet portable telescope support, alignment and guiding system optimized for astrophotography. Celestron engineered the CGE Pro mount to deliver the sophisticated functionality and robust construction required by experienced stargazers and demanding astroimagers.

This telescope mount is built for an optical tube weighting up to 90 lb, enough payload capacity to handle most Schmidt-Cassegrain OTAs. To accommodate the additional weight of observatory-grade refractor or catadioptric optical tubes, the CGE Pro mount includes a 22 lb adjustable counterweight to center the OTA over the tripod (sold separately). Maintaining the OTA's center of gravity over the tripod prevents excessive strain on the servo motors and helps deliver smooth and precise telescope tracking, which translates into crisp long exposure photographs of planetary and deep space objects alike. The mount's payload capacity and removable counterweight also make the CGE Pro ready for tandem OTA mounting.

The core technology driving the CGE Pro mount is All-Star Polar Alignment. Celestron's All-Star Polar Alignment technology features a Two-Star alignment mode that draws upon a vast database of stellar bodies to choose multiple guide stars that 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 metal-geared DC servo motors drive telescope movements on both axes in fine increments that keep the observed (or photographed) object centered in the field of view to within five arc seconds. This level of tracking precision reduces optical aberrations and minimizes star trails.

Complementing the CGE Pro alignment and tracking capability is the mount's permanently programmable periodic error correction (PPEC) that eliminates recurring opto-mechanical errors inherent to all worm drives. Additionally, a 10-65° latitude range enables extended observations and photo exposures by allowing the telescope to track up to 20° past the meridian without the meridian flip common with German Equatorial mounts.

For permanent telescope installation, tool-less polar adjustment dials allow manual alignment of the CGE Pro parallel to Earth's axis. Using generously-sized metal hand screws to control the azimuth and altitude axes, the observer can position the telescope according to their specific geographic location. Manual polar alignment, used in conjunction with PPEC, fine-tunes the telescope to its observatory and makes setting up each stargazing session as easy as flicking the mount's power switch and selecting the celestial body of interest on the included NexStar hand controller.

The CGE Pro's included NexStar hand controller will slew the telescope at the touch of a button to any celestial body pre-loaded into its 40,000 object database. The NexStar controller software is flash upgradeable, which allows operating system updates and refinements to telescope-specific functions. This computerized mount also includes Celestron's proprietary NexRemote telescope control software, which enables the observer to control the telescope using their personal computer.

The combination of robust metal-geared servo motors, broad tracking latitude, and an array of sophisticated alignment and tracking technology equip the CGE Pro with the mechanical precision needed to observe and photograph nearby and deep sky objects using almost any optical tube assembly. Whether permanently installed or used with an observatory on-the-go, the GCE Pro is engineered for research-grade accuracy and reliability.

CGE Pro Mount
  • 90 lb (41kg) payload capacity, steel construction
  • Modular components for increased portability
  • All-Star Polar Alignment technology
  • Manual polar alignment using hand screws on each axis
  • Permanent programmable periodic error correction
  • 2-Star / 1-Star / Solar System / Last / Quick alignment modes
  • 10-65° latitude range, uninterrupted tracking 20° past meridian
  • Sidereal / Solar / Lunar tracking rates
  • EQ North / EQ South tracking modes
  • Autoguider dedicated communication port
  • PC communication port, auxiliary communication ports
  • 1 arc min pointing accuracy using optional SkySync GPS
  • Tandem mount-compatible counterweight bar
  • Adjustable / removable 22 lb (10kg) counterweight
  • 75 lb (34kg) mount weight
Motor Drive
  • DC servo motors with optical encoders and steel gears
  • Seven slot-skewed armature motors
  • 1.57" steel drive shafts
  • 0.75" pitch diameter worm gear
  • 6" pitch diameter worm wheel with brass teeth
  • Spring-loaded worm minimizes backlash on declination axis
  • 4-point non-slip clutch system for pointing precision on both axes
  • 5.5° per second maximum slew speed
  • ±5 arc second tracking accuracy
NexStar Hand Controller
  • 40,000 celestial object database
  • Flash upgradeable operating software
  • RS-232 serial communication port
  • 16 character, 2-line LCD display
  • 19 backlit interface buttons
  • Language options: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish


Mount Type German Equatorial
Load Capacity 90 lb (41 kg)
Motor 12V DC servos
Alignment Solar System align, Quick align, Last alignment, 2-star align, 1-star align
Slew Speed 5.5°/sec, 2°/sec, 0.5°/sec, 64x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 1x, 0.5x
Tracking Rates Sidereal, solar, and lunar
Tracking Method EQ North, EQ South
Communication Port (2) AUX ports, Autoguide port, PC port
Hand Controller NexStar
Counterweight (1) 22 lb (10 kg)
GO-TO Capability Yes
Altitude / Latitude Adjustment 10 - 65° (North and South hemisphere)
Power Supply 12V DC 3.5A
Weight 75 lb (34 kg)


In the Box
Celestron CGE Pro Computerized German Equatorial Mount without Tripod
  • NexStar+ Hand Control (EQ)
  • NexRemote Telescope Control Software
  • Two Year Limited Warranty

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