Celestron Advanced VX 700 (7") Computerized Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope

Celestron Advanced VX 700 (7") Computerized Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope

12035
$2,620.00
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The 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Advanced VX (AVX) telescope (Advanced VX 700 Mak) is a specialized instrument designed for detailed, high contrast views that sets a new standard in mid-level telescopes. With its Maksutov-Cassegrain optical tube and the sturdy Advanced VX equatorial mount and tripod, this kit provides unparalleled views of the planets and up-close views of the lunar surface, including craters and maria.

Astronomers located in urban areas will especially appreciate the Mak’s ability to bring out more contrast in celestial objects. But since the entire kit disassembles into separate, lightweight, and manageable pieces, it’s also a great choice for transporting to dark sky sites.

Maksutov-Cassegrain Optical Design

The Mak is a catadioptric telescope, which means the optical design includes both a lens and a mirror. The light coming through a Mak passes through the corrector lens to the primary mirror and back to a spherical secondary mirror before it reaches the eyepiece. Images are bright, sharp, and virtually free of chromatic aberration.

The Maksutov-Cassegrain’s optical design offers several unique benefits. Instead of a secondary mirror, the Mak features a “secondary spot” of reflective coating applied directly to the inside of the Mak corrector. Because of this, the telescope does not require frequent collimation like a Schmidt-Cassegrain. Also, the secondary spot is significantly smaller than a traditional Schmidt-Cassegrain secondary mirror, giving the Mak its signature high-contrast views.

One important thing to note about Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes is that the larger, heavier Maksutov corrector takes longer to cool down and adjust to ambient air temperature compared to a Schmidt-Cassegrain of the same aperture.

Advanced VX & Tripod

The Advanced VX mount is designed to provide superior performance for smaller telescopes while taking advantage of Celestron’s most advanced technologies: All-Star Polar Alignment, Celestron PWI telescope control software, SkyAlign, and permanently programmable periodic error correction (PPEC).

If you’re an experienced imager, you’ll love taking this portable mount to a dark sky site and enjoying all the conveniences of a larger observatory mount. Or, if you’re new to imaging, Advanced VX will help you get started with the hobby and keep up with your needs for years to come.

Computerized German equatorial mount

The Advanced VX is the smallest of Celestron’s German equatorial mounts. The computerized GoTo capability automatically tracks objects as they move across the night sky. The Advanced VX mount includes ports for a hand control, an autoguider, and 2 AUX ports for optional accessories. The NexStar+ hand control gives you instant access to all the functions your mount has to offer. With automatic slewing and menu descriptions, astronomers of all skill levels can master this mount in just a few observing sessions. The Advanced VX also has an impressive tripod for its class with 2”-diameter steel tripod legs, providing an extra-wide stance for improved stability.

The payload capacity for the Advanced VX is 30 lb. It offers a sturdy platform for the 7” Maksutov-Cassegrain optical tube, even when paired with optional accessories like StarSense AutoAlign, Focus Motor, a finderscope, and a camera. Celestron's payload capacity does not include the weight of the counterweights.

As of early 2019, Advanced VX mounts now include a new dual saddle plate that accommodates both CG-5 and CGE-style dovetails. Switching between the two saddle plates is as simple as moving the hand knobs into a separate set of holes. Now you can use your Advanced VX mount not only with the 7” Mak, but virtually any optical tube within Advanced VX’s weight limit. Compatible with Vixen format dovetails 100mm or longer. NOT compatible with Losmandy D format plates (regardless of plate manufacturer).

Software

  • Celestron PWI Telescope Control Software
  • Your Ultimate Astronomy Software Suite
  • Starry Night

All current Celestron computerized telescopes include Celestron PWI (CPWI), the most advanced astronomy software suite provided with any consumer-grade telescope. Celestron’s experts co-developed CPWI with the engineers at PlaneWave Instruments. The result is an all-in-one solution offering you many of the same features used on PlaneWave’s observatory-class telescopes.

  • Graphical planetarium interface with PointXP advanced mount modelling allows you to add 100+ points to your alignment model for the most accurate pointing and tracking possible
  • Ideal for remote observatory setups: save and re-load your alignment and park your scope
  • Provides a complete ASCOM telescope interface to allow control of the telescope from third party software applications

Also included with your purchase is a free download of Celestron’s Starry Night Special Edition Software. This advanced software by Simulation Curriculum offers detailed information about celestial objects and helps you plan your next observing or imaging session. The Special Edition software also includes telescope control via your PC.

Accessories Included

The Advanced VX 700 Mak comes complete with a 2” Visual Back, a 2” Star Diagonal with 1.25” adapter, a 28 mm wide-field 2” eyepiece, and a large 8x50 straight-through finderscope. The optical tube accommodates the larger 2” accessories, such as 2” Barlow lenses, the 2” eyepiece and filter kit, and larger wide-field eyepieces.

Includes "The Beginners Guide to Using Telescopes" written by our knowledgeable staff.

Features

  • 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
  • Nexstar computer drive locates and tracks objects automatically
  • Integer gear ratios and permanently programmable Periodic Error Correction eliminates recurring track errors from the worm gear
  • New motors offer improved tracking performance and provide more power to overcome load imbalances
  • Updated industrial design offers more rigidity, less flexure and improved aesthetics
  • New design allows viewing or imaging across the meridian without interference from the motors housings
  • Improved latitude range can be used between 7° – 77° latitude
  • NEW dual saddle plate is compatible with narrow CG-5 dovetails and wider CGE dovetail. Also compatible with Vixen format dovetails longer than 100mm, but not compatible with Losmandy D format plates
  • NexStar+ hand control offers improved electronics with increased memory for future expansion
  • Multiple language programming (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish)
  • Accessories included: 2” Visual Back, 2” Star Diagonal with 1.25” adapter, 28mm eyepiece (2”), 8x50 finderscope

Telescope Specifications

  • Optical Deisgn: Maksutov-Cassegrain
  • Aperture: 180mm (7.08")
  • Focal Length: 2700mm (106.3")
  • Focal Ratio: f/15
  • Eyepiece: 28mm 2" (96X)
  • Finderscope: 8x50 Straight Through
  • Star Diagonal: 2" Star Diagonal with 1.25" adapter
  • Optical Tube: Aluminum
  • Central Obstruction Diameter: 42mm (1.65") (5.45% of aperture area; 23.3% by diameter)
  • Optical Coatings: StarBright XLT
  • Optical Tube Length: 571.5mm (22.5")
  • Optical Tube Diameter: 222.25mm (8.75")
  • Optical Tube Weight: 8.6kg (19 lbs)
  • Dovetail: CGE Dovetail Bar
  • Celestron 2 year warranty

Mount Specifications

  • Mount Type: German equatorial style
  • Motor Drive: Low cog DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
  • Polar finder: available (sold separately)
  • Heavy duty stainless steel tripod
  • Saddle accepts narrow dovetail bars 44mm (1.75") and the wide CGE dovetail bars (but not Losmandy D)
  • Latitude range: 7-77°
  • Color: Brown

Computer Features

  • NexStar+ computer controller
  • Flash-upgradeable firmware
  • 40,000 objects in the database including complete Messier, NGC, and IC catalogues
  • 100 user-definable objects
  • Expanded information on over 200 objects
  • User-selectable language: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Alignment procedures: 2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align
  • Slewing speed up to 4°/sec
  • Permanently programmable Periodic Error Correction
  • GPS upgradable via Celestron SkySync GPS
  • SkyQ upgradable for wireless smartphone/computer control
  • Communication ports: 2x AUX ports, Autoguider port, RS-232 port (on hand control)
  • Includes RS-232 cable
  • Includes 12v car plug-in adapter
  • Requires 12v DC 3.5A (Tip positive)
  • TheSky® First Light edition planetarium software with 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and enhanced images

Weights and Dimensions

  • Mount Payload Capacity: 14kg (30lbs) (not including counterweights)
  • Optical Tube Length: 571.5mm (22.5")
  • Optical Tube Diameter: 222.25mm (8.75")
  • Optical Tube Weight: 8.6kg (19 lbs)
  • Tripod Weight: 8kg (18lbs)
  • Mount Weight: 7.7kg (17lbs)
  • Counterweight: 5kg (11lbs) x 1
  • Total Weight: 26.6kg (59lbs)
  • Mount Height: 38cm (17")
  • Tripod Height: 111-163cm (44-64")
  • Tripod Legs Outside Diameter: 50mm (2") and 38mm (1.5")