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Celestron CGX-L Equatorial 1100 RASA 11" Telescope

£7,499.00
SKU 12078

Availability: Immediate Dispatch

  • Celestron RASA 11" telescope and CGX mount package
  • Rowe-Ackermann 11-inch f/2.2 optical design
  • Rare-earth glass for images free of false color, coma, and field curvature
  • 43.3 mm optimised image circle with pinpoint stars to the far corners of even the largest astroimaging sensors. 52 mm usable field for larger format sensors
  • Custom engineered linear brass focuser bearing reduces image shift
  • Dual-speed 10:1 FeatherTouch Micro Focus Knob for precise focusing
  • Exceptional 34kg/75 lb load capacity CGX-L mount. 
  • 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 70mm/2.75"  stainless steel tripod legs with a wider stance for improved stability under heavy loads
  • 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
  • Includes Celestron's new PWI telescope control software featuring multi-point mount modelling for extremely precise pointing accuracy
Description

Capture spectacular wide-field deep sky images in seconds with Celestron’s 11” Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA) portable astrograph mounted on Celestron's state-of-the-art CGX-L equatorial mount- a perfect astroimaging combination!

The Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph builds on the legacy of Celestron’s Schmidt Camera, which allowed astrophotographers to produce images on film in the 1970s. This fast, wide-field f/2.2 astrographic system offers two huge advantages over traditional f/10 astroimaging: better apparent tracking and shorter exposures. That means you’ll create better-looking astroimages in a fraction of the time, even without the use of an autoguider. Celestron’s new Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph will allow you to capture impressive deep-sky astroimages easier than ever before and it makes the perfect companion to today’s top DSLR or astronomical CCD cameras. 

Today, with CCD sensor sizes as large as film—or larger—the Schmidt Astrograph offers a 43.3 mm optimised image circle to capture pinpoint stars on the largest imaging chips. (Note: Celestron previously published 70 mm which is actually the aperture of the last lens in the telescope. The optical design has not changed). Combine this large image circle with a focal length of just 620 mm and you have an instrument suitable for wide-field imaging, creating huge mosaics of the night sky, surveying, and even comet hunting.

      Celestron's original CGX Equatorial mount was designed from the ground up to provide a solid and accurate platform for your telescope for both visual and astro-imaging requirements. The CGX-L computerised equatorial mount is the latest addition to Celestron's fully computerised equatorial mount series and represents a significant upgrade to the original CGX mount.

      Capable of carrying Celestron’s largest optical tubes with ease, CGX-L is designed for backyard observatories and remote imagers looking for exceptional load capacity to weight ratio, compact design, and innovative features that fully support large telescopes, imaging kits, and the latest in wireless tech accessories. Celestron had a number of key design goals for the CGX-L which included an increased payload capacity, larger 144 mm diameter worm wheels, which provide smoother operation and can more accurately drive heavier loads, and longer 270 mm dovetail saddle to support larger optical tubes.

      The CGX-L still retains remote operation friendly features such as home and limit optical sensors, easier polar alignment adjustments, and better cable management overall. In addition to that, Celestron have made mechanical and ergonomic improvements throughout to make the mount sturdier, easier to use, and easier to transport.

      Furthermore, the mount can be controlled with software developed in conjunction with PlaneWave Instruments - called CPWI - and is supplied free with the mount. CPWI uses advance PointXP mount modelling that allows you to add 100+ points to an alignment model for the mount set up, for the most accurate pointing and tracking possible for your Celestron telescope. The software also features an All-Star Polar Alignment routine, motor focus control and plate solving. More details can be found here.

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      Specifications
      OPTICAL TUBE INFO:
      Optical Design Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph
      Aperture 279mm (11")
      Focal Length 620mm (24.4")
      Focal Ratio f/2.2
      Central obstruction diameter 114mm (4.48") (41% of aperture diameter)
      Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 1588x
      Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.49 arc seconds
      Resolution (Dawes) 0.41 arc seconds
      Image Circle 43.3mm (1.7") Ø , 4.0°
      Useable field 52mm (2.04") Ø , 4.8° only minimal performance loss at edge of FOV
      Wavelength range 400 - 700 nm
      Spot size < 4.4 μm RMS across FOV
      Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
      Off-axis Illumination 83% at 21mm (.82") off-axis
      Optical Window 68mm (2.67") Ø
      Back focus with included camera adapter 55mm (2.16")
      Back focus from top of threaded collar 72.8mm (2.86")
      Optical Tube Aluminum
      Optical Tube Length 838.2mm (33")
      Optical Tube Diameter 330.2mm (13")
      Focuser FeatherTouch microfocuser, coarse and fine focus
      Finderscope Not included
      Optical Tube Weight 43 lbs (19.5 kg)
      Other Features Ventilation fan, dual dovetail mounting bars, mirror support clutches
      Included items 42mm (1.65”) T-thread camera adapter, 48mm (1.89”) camera adapter, fan battery pack
      Dovetail CGE Dovetail Bar
      MOUNT INFO:
      Mount Type Computerised Equatorial
      Instrument load capacity 75 lbs (34 kg)
      Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod) 908.05mm - 1339.85mm (35.75" - 52.75")
      Tripod Leg Diameter 69.85mm (2.75") Steel tripod with graduated markings on lower section
      Latitude adjustment range 3° - 65°
      Mount Head Weight 52.6 lbs (23.8 kg)
      Accessory Tray Yes
      Tripod Weight 46.2 lbs (21 kg)
      Weight of Counterweights 1 x 22 lbs
      Slew Speeds 9 slew speeds - max speed 3°/second
      Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
      Tracking Modes EQ North & EQ South
      GPS N/A
      Dovetail Compatibility Dual saddle plates (Vixen and CGE saddle)
      Number of Auxiliary ports 4 Aux ports (Hand Control can use any Aux port, 2 are located near the dovetail saddle for optional accessories)
      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
      Computer Hand Control 2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit 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 163.8 lbs (74.3 kg)
      Included Items CGX-L Equatorial Head | CGX-L Tripod | Accessory Tray | 1 x 22 lb counterweight | NexStar+ Hand Control | DC Power Cable (item# 18769) | 8mm Allen wrench (contained in rear carry handle)
      Downloads

      11" Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph Manual

      CGX-L Mount Manual

      Adaptor to Pier Info Guide

      Celestron PWI Telescope Control Software Instruction Manual

      Celestron Firmware Manager (CFM) Software

      CPWI Software