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Celestron updates their venerable and versatile mid-level mount with the CGEM II GoTo EQ Mount.
Engineered to carry a 40-pound payload and high-torque dual DC servo
motors, it is able to smoothly and accurately slew and track heavier
optical tube assemblies (OTAs) and rigs up to an 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain.
Its Vixen/Losmandy dual dovetail saddle makes the mount compatible with
most plates used today. Celestron also improves its usage by adding
compatibility with their SkySync GPS unit for a higher level of
precision during setup and alignment. To provide a stable platform for
the mount and your OTA, a heavy-duty stainless steel tripod is included
that sports large 2" legs and an accessory tray that doubles as a
The brain of the CGEM II 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.
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