• Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Bundle
  • Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Bundle
  • Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Bundle
  • Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Bundle
  • Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Bundle
  • Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Bundle
  • Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Bundle
  • Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Bundle

Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Bundle


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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Accessories included: 2” Visual Back, 2” Star Diagonal with 1.25” adapter, 28mm eyepiece (2”), 8x50 finderscope.

    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 hits 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 corrector plate. 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 plate 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.

    Payload capacity
    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, and a camera. Celestron's payload capacity does not include the weight of the counterweights. 

    Dual saddle plate
    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).

    Specs:

    OPTICAL TUBE INFO:
    Optical Deisgn Maksutov-Cassegrain
    Aperture 180mm (7.08")
    Focal Length 2700mm (106.3")
    Focal Ratio f/15
    Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 28mm (1.1") 2" eyepiece
    Magnification of Eyepiece 1 96x
    Finderscope 8x50 Straight Through
    Star Diagonal 2" Star Diagonal with 1.25" adapter
    Optical Tube Aluminum
    Highest Useful Magnification 420x
    Lowest Useful Magnification 67x
    Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13.9
    Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.64 arc seconds
    Resolution (Dawes) 0.52 arc seconds
    Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 661x
    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 19 lbs (8.6 kg)
    Dovetail CGE Dovetail Bar
    MOUNT INFO:
    Mount Type Computerized Equatorial
    Instrument load capacity 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
    Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod) 1118mm - 1626mm (44" – 64")
    Tripod Leg Diameter 50.8mm (2") Stainless Steel
    Latitude adjustment range 7° - 77°
    Mount Head Weight 17 lbs (7.71 kg)
    Accessory Tray Yes
    Tripod Weight 18 lbs (8.16 kg)
    Weight of Counterweights 2 x 12 lbs
    Slew Speeds 9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second
    Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
    Tracking Modes EQ North & EQ South
    GPS N/A
    Dovetail Compatibility Dual saddle plates (CG-5 and CGE saddle)
    Number of Auxiliary ports 3 Aux ports (1 hand control and 2 AUX ports for optional accessories)
    Autoguide port Yes
    USB Port Yes, input on Hand Control
    Power Requirements 12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)
    Motor Drive DC servo motors
    Alignment Procedures 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align
    Periodic Error Correction Yes
    Computerized Hand Control NexStar+ hand control with LCD display, 19 fiber-optic backlit LED buttons
    NexStar+ Database 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
    Software Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App
    Total Kit Weight 47 lbs (21.31 kg)
    Included Items Advanced VX Equatorial Head| Tripod| Accessory Tray|2 x 12 lbs counterweight| NexStar+ Hand Control| DC Power Cable (plugs into cigarette lighter socket)
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