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Celestron Advanced VX 8" Edge HD

Motorized catadioptric telescope with 203mm (8") aperture

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Our take on the Celestron Advanced VX 8" Edge HD

by Eric Angevine
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A photographer's best friend

Viewing the Andromeda galaxy or the Great Orion nebula through a telescope eyepiece is one thing, but photographing those night sky objects and sharing the beauty with others can be a hobby in itself. Celestron designed their Advanced VX series telescopes to give astronomy buffs the tools they need to pursue both kinds of celestial observing at a high level.

The included VX mount puts many of the benefits of a full-sized equatorial mount into a package that is less costly and more portable. That way, you can find your favorite place from which to photograph the night sky, and rest assured that your telescope can come along for the ride. The Edge HD optics can be configured for three different f-stops, from a fast f/2.8 for short exposures to f/10 for a longer exposure. The Autoguider with programmable periodic error correction helps to track deep sky objects through long exposures, a technique that can bring out colors and subtle details that are too faint to be seen by simply looking through the eyepiece.

Advanced optical design

Finding a fantastic view of the heavens is a great feeling. The optical design of the Advanced VX telescope maximizes your ability to turn that view into a stunning photograph, with StarBright XLT mirror coatings for better light transmission. The optical design fully corrects for common imaging problems like coma and field curvature, delivering a truly flat image to your camera's "eye."

Motorized for your convenience

The motorized VX mount makes it easier and faster to find objects in the night sky. It's smooth, accurate and has the torque needed to move the scope and camera together. It makes for easy stargazing using your eyes, or for taking unforgettable photos with a camera. If you're not sure how to find what you're looking for, use the built-in, removable Nexstar+ hand controller to guide you through the telescope's database of 40,000 stellar objects, choose one, then let the motorized scope bring it into view.

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Highlights:

  • Edge HD optical system allows variable f-stop settings for photographers
  • Advanced VX equatorial mount provides optimum imaging performance
  • track through long exposures with permanently programmable periodic error correction
  • aperture: 203mm
  • 9X50mm finderscope included
  • 40mm eyepiece included (1-1/4" diameter)
  • highest useful magnification: 480X
  • 81X maximum magnification with included eyepiece
  • 2032mm focal length
  • light gathering power 841X that of the human eye
  • removable secondary mirror for fast f/2.8 imaging
  • lenses and mirrors feature StarBright XLT coatings for better light transmission
  • can be used between 7-77 degrees latitude
  • explore the night sky with Nexstar's database of 40,000 celestial objects
  • Nexstar+ hand controller included
  • easily adapted for photography with camera-specific T-rings (not included)
  • breaks down for easy transportation
  • sturdy tripod with adjustable 2" steel legs included
  • 17" optical tube
  • weight: 31 lbs. (with tripod)
  • warranty: 2 years parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • The Advanced VX 8" Edge HD Telescope is shipped in two separate boxes.
  • The Optical Tube Assembly box includes:
  • Telescope tube with objective lens cap and eyepiece cap installed
  • 1.25" Star Diagonal (with 2 caps)
  • 40mm Eyepiece (51x magnification) in plastic case
  • 9x50 Finderscope (with 2 caps)
  • Finderscope quick-release bracket
  • Rubber O-ring
  • Car battery adapter cable
  • Celestron The SkyX First Light Edition Astronomy Software CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manuals on CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Product Registration card
  • The Advanced VX Mount box includes:
  • Tripod with 2" diameter stainless steel legs
  • Equatorial mount head
  • Accessory tray/leg brace
  • Counterweight bar with locking nut
  • Counterweight (12 pounds)
  • 2 Azimuth adjustment knobs
  • Declination motor cable
  • Hand Control with attached coiled cord
  • Hand Control holder
  • Hand Control Holder leg clamp

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Features

Overview: The Advanced VX 8" Edge HD package by Celestron consists of two separately-boxed components: the Edge 8" Optical Tube Assembly (# 91031-XLT) and the Advanced VX Mount (# 91519). Together they provide a truly groundbreaking package for amateur astronomers and astrophotographers. The Advanced VX 8" Edge HD comes with a tripod with 2" diameter stainless steel legs, and a computerized hand controller that can guide the telescope to any of the thousands of celestial objects in its database.

Edge HD Optical System: The Edge HD optical system is specifically designed for both visual observation and astrophotography. Many optical systems work well for visual observing to produce pinpoint stars across a curved focal plane. When used with a camera's flat image sensor, stars appear out of focus at the edges. Edge HD optics produce a focal plane that is three times flatter than a standard Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This gives you visibly sharper stars across even some of the largest image sensors available.

Optics: The 8" Edge HD optical tube uses Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings, which provide maximized light transmission, contrast, and image sharpness.

Eyepiece: The telescope comes with a 40mm eyepiece (51x magnification). The Advanced VX 8" Edge HD uses 1-1/4" diameter eyepieces, and additional eyepieces, at different magnifications, are available. The unit also comes with a star diagonal which diverts the light at a 90° angle to the light path of the telescope. This allows you to observe in a more comfortable position than if you were to look straight through.

Finderscope: The telescope comes with a 9x50 finderscope which mounts to the outside of the telescope tube to help you locate and center objects in the main field of the telescope. The finderscope features a built-in cross-hair reticle that indicates the center of the optical field. The finderscope must first be aligned with the telescope before use. This is done in the daytime by pointing the telescope at an object at least a quarter mile away, centering the object in the eyepiece, and aligning the finderscope's cross-hairs to the distant object.

Advanced VX Mount: The Advanced VX mount is equipped with high-torque motors for smoothly driving heavy loads. It can accurately track celestial objects, which is especially critical for long photographic exposures. Large knobs are provided to help you make minute manual adjustments. Multiple RJ-45 ports are provided on the control panel to help you control the movements of the mount remotely.

Hand Control: The Advanced VX 8" Edge HD comes with a removable, 19-button hand controller. It plugs into the telescope's fork arm via a coiled cord. The hand control has a red-backlit LCD window with a four-line, 18-character display screen, direction keys, and catalog keys to help you search through the 40,000+ object database. The hand controller has a jack for an optional RS232 cable which allows you to interface with a computer and control the telescope remotely. A plastic snap-on holder is included for the hand controller that attaches to one of the tripod legs.

SkyTour: The Advanced VX 8" Edge HD's SkyTour feature allows you to choose from a list of interesting celestial objects based on the date and time in which you are observing. You can activate the SkyTour by pressing the dedicated button on the hand controller, and the telescope will skew to its starting position. As the tour of objects continues, you can press buttons on the hand controller to provide text information and coordinates of the object you're viewing.

Power Requirements: The Advanced VX 8" Edge HD can be powered by the supplied car battery adapter, the optional PowerTank 12-volt power supply, or an optional 12-volt AC adapter.

Accessory Tray: The telescope comes with an accessory tray which provides a place to put extra eyepieces or other items while you're using the telescope.

Specifications:

  • Optical Design: Edge HD
  • Aperture: 203mm (7.99")
  • Focal Length: 2032mm (80")
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Eyepiece Focal Length: 40mm
  • Eyepiece Magnification: 51x
  • Highest Useful Magnification: 480x
  • Lowest Useful Magnification: 29x
  • Optical Tube Length: 17"
  • Light Gathering Power: 841x (compared to human eye)
  • Dimensions:
    • Weight: 47 pounds overall
      • Tripod: 18 lbs
      • EQ head: 17 lbs
      • Optical Tube: 14 lbs
    • Minimum Mount Height: 44"
    • Maximum Mount Height: 64"
 
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A great scope for the money!

Written By Josh M, Covington, WA on Saturday, August 16, 2014
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I purchased this item Open Box for $200 off and I'm absolutely loving it! It has the best lightweight GE mount on the market (Beating my iOption ZEQ and Orion Sirius EQ-G with flying colors) and is great for accurately tracking objects during long-exposure photographs. While the mount won't hold much of a candle to my CGEM DX, it's still perfect for anyone who's interested in AP and doesn't want to break the bank (or their backs!) Topping off the VX mount is Celestron's Edge HD optical system. Being a Meade junky, I was wary about any non-ACF coma-correction technology, but after my first picture I could see noticeably less coma than the same picture taken through my LX200!
Pros:
Lightweight and compact Great at tracking Stars are pinpoint and contrast is amazing
Cons:
Plastic-y look (but believe me it's rock solid) Relatively light payload limit (30lbs max)
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