Celestron Advanced VX 8" SCT (XLT)

Celestron Advanced VX 8" SCT (XLT)
£1,562.82
Celestron Advanced VX 8" SCT (XLT)
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Type:
Catadioptric
Brand:
Celestron
Series:
Advanced
Warranty:
2 years
Weight:
27000 gram
Focal length:
2032 mm
GoTo system:
Yes
Tripod material:
Steel tube

High quality catadioptric telescope
The Advanced series of Celestron are renewed! The Celestron Advanced VX8-SCT is a Schmidt-Cassegrain (catadioptric) telescope. It is incredibly robust because the housing is made from high quality aluminum. The most impressive aspect of this telescope is its interior. The primary mirror has a diameter of 203 millimeters so it maximizes the light output. Therefore a focal length of 2032 millimeters is reached, so the telescope can produce great magnifications. A 6×30 finderscope is attached to the telescope so heavenly bodies can be found quickly and easily. The Celestron Advanced VX8-SCT has a light output that is over 84 percent higher than the 6 inch edition!

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High quality catadioptric telescope
The Advanced series of Celestron are renewed! The Celestron Advanced VX8-SCT is a Schmidt-Cassegrain (catadioptric) telescope. It is incredibly robust because the housing is made from high quality aluminum. The most impressive aspect of this telescope is its interior. The primary mirror has a diameter of 203 millimeters so it maximizes the light output. Therefore a focal length of 2032 millimeters is reached, so the telescope can produce great magnifications. A 6×30 finderscope is attached to the telescope so heavenly bodies can be found quickly and easily. The Celestron Advanced VX8-SCT has a light output that is over 84 percent higher than the 6 inch edition!

  • Unique Starbright coating
  • High quality finish
  • Fully computer-controlled GoTo system
  • Suitable for astrophotography
  • Renewed equatorial tripod
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Celestron Advanced VX 8" SCT (XLT)

High quality telescope made from robust aluminum

4.8 / 5 - 1 review

Product description

Features

  • Unique Starbright coating
  • High quality finish
  • Fully computer-controlled GoTo system
  • Suitable for astrophotography
  • Renewed equatorial tripod

High quality catadioptric telescope

The Advanced series of Celestron are renewed! The Celestron Advanced VX8-SCT is a Schmidt-Cassegrain (catadioptric) telescope. It is incredibly robust because the housing is made from high quality aluminum. The most impressive aspect of this telescope is its interior. The primary mirror has a diameter of 203 millimeters so it maximizes the light output. Therefore a focal length of 2032 millimeters is reached, so the telescope can produce great magnifications. A 6×30 finderscope is attached to the telescope so heavenly bodies can be found quickly and easily. The Celestron Advanced VX8-SCT has a light output that is over 84 percent higher than the 6 inch edition!

StarBright coating

The telescope mirrors are coated with Celestron's unique Starbright coating. It is designed to make mirrors as strong and effective as they can possibly be. This particular coating exists out of several layers, including materials like aluminum, titanium and magnesium. Celestron improves the smoothness of its mirrors drasticly by using these materials and additionally achieves an increase in light output of more than 40 percent.

Renewed tripod model

The VX8-SCT telescope is built according to a renewed industrial design by Celestron. The engine housing wil never block the abillity to fixate the meridian lines, due to this improved design. Also, this telescope tripod is even more stable than its predecessor. Even the latitude range has been improved; the VX8-SCT can be used for latitudes between 7 and 77.

Eyepiece

The VX8-SCT is equiped with an eyepiece of 20 millimeters and therefore reaches magnifications of 102 times, due to its focal length. The eyepiece easily fits into the telescope's 1.25 inch socket and also suits other telescopes with a comparable socket size. Using different sized eyepieces you will be able to create a variety of magnifications.

The GoTo function

The complete GoTo system with which the telescope is equiped automatically finds heavenly bodies. It is programmed to find more than 40.000 heavenly bodies, which makes it even more fun to use the telescope. The additional Celestron SkyAlign alignment technology makes it really easy to align the telescope and it even allows you to store your own findings in its memory. The next time you use the telescope it can automatically aim towards these particular heavenly bodies. The 200 heavenly bodies that are viewed most are provided with extensive information.

Summary:

  • StarBright coated mirrors
  • GoTo system, programmed with more than 40.000 heavenly bodies
  • Suitable for GPS (separately available)
  • Strong aluminum housing
  • Fully computer-controlled tripod engine 
  • Solid steel tripod

Astrophotography

The Celestron Advanced VX8-SCT can be used for astrophotography when using the right camera adapter and an according T2 ring. Below you can find several images that were made using this telescope.

Product specifications

General

Type
  • Catadioptric
Brand
  • Celestron
Series
  • Advanced
Warranty
  • 2 years
GoTo system
Mounting
  • Parallactic/Equatorial
Power supply
  • 12V DC
Tracking motor
Slow motion controls
  • Electric, 9-speed dual-axis

Dimensions & Weight

Weight
  • 27000 gram

Tripod specifications

Tripod height
  • 44,02 – 64,02″
Tripod material
  • Steel tube
Max. carrying capacity
  • 14 kg
Tripod weight
  • 8,16 kg

Optics

Objective diameter ø
  • 203 mm
Coating
  • StarBright XLT coating
Construction
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain
Focal length
  • 2032 mm
Magnitude limit
  • 9,4 mag.
Resolving power
  • 0,6 arcsecond
Maximum useful magnification
  • 406×
Focal ratio
  • 1 : 10
Built-in mount for polar alignment

GoTo

Hemisphere operation
  • Northern and Southern
Autostar objects
  • 40000 objects
Positioning accuracy, high precision mode
  • 0,93 arcminutes
Positioning accuracy
  • 0,77 arcminutes
Tracking speeds
  • moon
  • sidereal
  • solar
Slew Speeds DEC
  • 4°/sec

Ratings

Suitable for
  • advanced users
Easy to transport
  • 8
Easy to set up
  • 7
Easy to use
  • 7
Lunar/planetary observation
  • 8
Deep space observation
  • 9
Lunar/planetary photography
  • 8
Deep space photography
  • 9
Daytime terrestrial observation
  • 8

Accessories

Eyepiece diameter ø
  • 1,25″
Eyepieces
  • 20mm
Number of eyepieces
  • 1 pc.
Viewfinder
  • 6x30
Counterweight
  • 5 kg

Reviews about Celestron Advanced VX 8" SCT (XLT) Reviews

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Average customer rating

4.8 / 5
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G J Cruickshank
28/09/2013
Per part

Good piece of kit

Seems to be a quality piece of kit. Waiting for clear skies now.

What kind of observations do you primarily do (or are you planning to do) with your telescope?

Planers and stars

Pluses
  • A bit heavy but I was expecting that
Downsides
  • none

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