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Celestron Advanced VX 7" Maksutov Cassegrain EdgeHD Telescope  - New 2019
Celestron Advanced VX 7" Maksutov Cassegrain EdgeHD Telescope

Celestron Advanced VX 7" Maksutov Cassegrain EdgeHD Telescope - New 2019

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Your Price: CAD3,509.00
Retail Price:CAD3,725.35

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Part Number:12035

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Product Highlights

  • 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with f/15 focal ratio provides high contrast views of the planets and lunar landscapes, perfect for serious planetary imagers and visual observers.
  • Celestron’s premium StarBright XLT coatings ensure maximum light transmission.
  • Advanced VX, the most compact and portable of Celestron’s German equatorial mounts, offers a maximum instrument capacity of 30 lb with the same rigidity as our larger mounts and minimal flexure.
  • Every feature an astroimager wants: PEC, an autoguider port, the ability to image across the meridian, and more.
  • NEW dual saddle plate accommodates both the narrow CG-5 and larger CGE dovetail.
  • Accessories included: 2” Visual Back, 2” Star Diagonal with 1.25” adapter, 28mm eyepiece (2”), 8x50 finderscope.

Designed with the discerning mid-level backyard astrophotographer in mind, the Celestron Advanced VX 700 180mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope is a powerful astronomical tool that remains manageable and portable. Combining a large-aperture catadioptric optical tube assembly (OTA) with the strong and stable Advanced VX mount produces an observational and imaging rig that can reveal stunning details of the moon and planets with the ability to resolve dimmer deep-sky objects and split close double stars.

The Maksutov design exchanges the conventional front corrector plate of a Schmidt with a convex meniscus lens, resulting in a smaller secondary mirror that limits obstruction and increases contrast, while eliminating the need for periodic collimation. This modified optical path results in a slower focal ratio and narrower field of view versus a similar Schmidt, but the optical benefits, when coupled with the larger aperture and StarBright XLT optical coatings, make it more than capable for long-exposure photography techniques.

The motorized and computer-controlled equatorial mount is engineered to carry a 30-pound payload, and with the OTA weighing under 20 pounds there is plenty of payload capacity for all your observation or imaging gear. Dual DC servo motors enable it to smoothly and accurately go to, slew, and track objects all night—this is especially important during long-exposure astrophotography. To provide a stable platform for the mount and OTA, a heavy-duty stainless steel tripod is included that sports large 2" legs and an accessory tray that doubles as a stabilizer.

The brain of the whole system is the NexStar+ computer controller. Equipped with a database of 40,000 objects, including the planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the complete Messier catalog, it can also be programmed with up 100 custom user-defined objects with filters added for custom object lists. Its intuitive menu-driven user interface provides the power to observe the heavens with nine slew speeds and three tracking rates, plus anti-backlash compensation and Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) for smoother movements in the motors and improved tracking over time. Features such as guided tours, extended information on 200 popular objects, and multiple alignment options make the NexStar+ controller easy to use and invaluable to new users and experienced stargazers.

This OTA's compact form factor belies its observation power and resolution and is ideally suited as a grab-and-go option for quick observation sessions or heading out to remote locations.

Optical Tube Assembly

  • 180mm (7") diameter aperture enables near and deep-sky viewing without being prohibitively large or heavy for easy transport to viewing locations
  • Long 2700mm focal length provides a high magnification potential
  • Front convex meniscus lens corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations as well as comas (off-axis aberrations) across the entire field of view
  • Smaller secondary mirror versus Schmidt-Cassegrains reduces obstructions and increases contrast
  • Proprietary StarBright XLT fully multi-coated optical system
  • Resolution: 0.64 arcsec (Rayleigh), 0.52 arcsec (Dawes)
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 40mm (1.57"), 22% by diameter, 5% by area
  • Internal single-speed primary mirror focusing mechanism
  • 2" visual back accepts larger eyepieces and accessories

StarBright XLT Coating System:

  • Multi-layer mirror coatings made from layers of aluminum, SiO2 (silicon dioxide), and TiO2 (titanium dioxide)
  • Reflectivity is flat across the light spectrum, for both astrophotography/astro-imaging
  • Multi-layer anti-reflective coatings made from layers of MgF2 (magnesium fluoride) and HfO2 (hafnium dioxide)
  • High-transmission Water White glass corrector lens with 97.4% light transmission

NexStar+ Hand Controller

  • Intuitive menu-driven user interface
  • Nine Slew Speeds: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 0.3°/sec, 1.0°/sec, 2°/sec, 4°/sec
  • Multiple Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Lunar, and Solar
  • Anti-Backlash Correction: Trains out intrinsic play in gears for smoother movement and tracking
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC): Improves tracking precision for long-exposure astrophotography and imaging
  • 40,000-object database
  • 100 user-defined objects for customization
  • Filters for creating custom object lists
  • Solar system: All seven planets plus the moon, sun, and Pluto
  • Custom lists of all the brightest stars, double stars, variable stars, and asterisms
  • Custom lists of all the best galaxies, nebulae, and clusters as well as the complete Messier catalog and select NGC objects
  • All-Star Polar Alignment system enables the user to choose any bright star in the sky, not just the North (Pole) Star, and the system will calculate and assist in accurate polar alignment for better tracking during long-exposure astrophotography
  • Alignment options: One- or Two-star, Solar system, Quick, and Last
  • Sky Tour: Based on location, date, and time, the system shows the best objects in the sky and automatically slews to them
  • Object Info: Provides useful information about the selected object such as magnitude and constellation; includes extended information about 200 popular objects
Physical characteristics::
  • 2-line, 16-character LCD window with red backlighting for comfortable viewing without affecting night-adjusted vision
  • 19 function keys, backlit in red
  • Micro-USB port: Connect to a computer, for use with software programs for point-and-click slewing capability and updating firmware via PC

Mount and Tripod

Advanced VX Mount:
  • German equatorial design is ideal for long-duration tracking and long-exposure astrophotography
  • 30 lb payload capacity
  • Dovetail saddle for easy attachment of OTA
  • Dual-axis low cog DC servo motors with encoders provide smooth, low-vibration movement
  • 7-77° latitude range for tracking past meridian without requiring a meridian flip to avoid hitting counterweights or motors
  • Includes 12" counterweight bar with one 12 lb counterweight
  • Powered via the included 12 VDC car/vehicle power plug
  • Stainless steel legs
  • 2" diameter upper legs
  • 44-64" height adjustment range
  • Center tray holds accessories and stabilizes legs to reduce vibration

Included Accessories

  • Large 2" nosepiece provides a wide field of view for comfortable viewing
  • 28mm focal length delivers a low 96x magnification
  • Threaded to accept most 2" eyepiece filters
  • 2" nosepiece accepts larger eyepieces, 2" snout allows it to fit into larger focusers without needed adapters
  • 90° angle places the user's head in a comfortable viewing position, especially when the OTA is aimed directly overhead
  • Star configuration corrects view horizontally, but view remains reversed
Reducer Adapter:
  • Inserts into the visual back or diagonal to allow the use of the more common 1.25" eyepieces and accessories
  • Simple drop-in design for fast changes from 2" to 1.25" gear
  • Low 8x magnification preserves wide field of view to more easily find alignment or guide stars
  • Large 50mm aperture helps to see dimmer objects and stars for more alignment options and finding guide stars for autoguiding during long-exposure astrophotography
  • Includes mounting bracket


Optical Tube Assembly
Optical DesignMaksutov Cassegrain
Aperture180 mm / 7.1"
Focal Length2700 mm
Focal Ratiof/15
Resolution0.64 Arcsec (Rayleigh)
0.52 Arcsec (Dawes)
FocuserSingle-Speed Internal
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25", 2"
Diagonal90° Star
Mounting SystemVixen Style, Losmandy Style
Optical Tube Dimensions22.5 x 8.8" / 57.1 x 22.4 cm
TypeMotorized; German Equatorial
GoTo CapabilityYes, NexStar+
Payload Capacity30 lb / 13.6 kg
Latitude Adjustment7 to 77°
Counterweight1 x 12.0 lb / 5.4 kg
TypeAdjustable, 2-Section
Tripod Height Adjustment Range44.0 to 64.0" / 111.8 to 162.6 cm
Material of TripodStainless Steel
Adapter12 VDC (Included)
Weight19.0 lb / 8.6 kg (OTA)
17.0 lb / 7.7 kg (Mount)
18.1 lb / 8.2 kg (Tripod)
54.0 lb / 24.5 kg (Fully Assembled)

In the Box

  • Celestron Advanced VX 700 180mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope
  • 2" Star Diagonal with Reducer Adapter
  • 2" 28mm Eyepiece
  • 8x50 Finderscope with Bracket
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
Based on Astronomy magazine's telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .
Terrestrial Observation: No
Lunar Observation: Great
Planetary Observation: Very Good
Binary and Star Cluster Observation: Very Good
Galaxy and Nebula Observation: Fair
Photography: Yes
Terrestrial Photography: No
Lunar Photography: Yes
Planetary Photography: Yes
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography: Yes

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