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Celestron CGX-L Equatorial 1400 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

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  • Celestron 14" SCT and CGX-L computerised equatorial mount package
  • 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly
  • Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings
  • Aluminium Optical Tube
  • 3910mm focal length (f/11)
  • Exceptional 34kg/75 lb load capacity. 
  • Larger 144 mm diameter worm wheels to better and more accurately drive heavier loadsl
  • 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

The Celestron C14 f/11 SCT optical tube assembly (OTA) is their largest aperture telescope and offers great light gathering power (1593x that of the human eye). The telescope, due to its size and weight (21kg) is only available with the sturdy wide 3" CGE bar for mounting on a suitable mount, with Celestron's CGX or CGX-L (for astroimaging) being well suited. The C14 features Celestron's StarBright XLT coatings on the corrector plate for maximum light transmission. The telescope has a 3910mm focal length (f/11) making it a good overall performer on a range of celestial objects. The telescope comes with a star diagonal for more comfortable viewing of high altitude objects and a 40mm Plossl eyepiece which gives 70x magnification. A 9x50 finderscope to help locate objects completes the package

    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.


    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Aperture 355.5mm (14")
    Focal Length 3910mm (154")
    Focal Ratio f/11
    Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 40mm (1.57")
    Magnification of Eyepiece 1 98x
    Finderscope 9x50
    Star Diagonal 2" with 1.25" adapter
    Optical Tube Aluminium
    Highest Useful Magnification 840x
    Lowest Useful Magnification 51x
    Limiting Stellar Magnitude 15.3
    Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.39 arc seconds
    Resolution (Dawes) 0.33 arc seconds
    Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 2581x
    Secondary Mirror Obstruction 114mm (4.5")
    Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 32%
    Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 10%
    Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
    Optical Tube Length 787mm (31")
    Optical Tube Diameter 400.5mm (15.77")
    Optical Tube Weight 46 lbs (21 kg)
    Dovetail CGE Dovetail Bar
    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 3 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 dovetail saddle)
    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
    Computerised Hand Control Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED 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 210.8 lbs (95.61 kg)
    Included Items CGX-L Equatorial Head | CGX-L Tripod | Accessory Tray | 3 x 22 lbs counterweights | NexStar+ Hand Control | DC Power Cable (item# 18769) | 8mm Allen wrench (contained in rear carry handle)

    Schmidt-Cassegrain Optics Manual

    CGX-L Mount Manual

    Adaptor to Pier Info Guide

    Celestron PWI Telescope Control Software Instruction Manual

    Celestron Firmware Manager (CFM) Software

    CPWI Software