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  1. Celestron StarSense Automatic Alignment Telescope Accessory, Black (94005)
  2. Celestron - NexStar 4SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-...
  3. Celestron - NexStar 6SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-...
  4. Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle with Celestron Case for Nexstar 4/5/6/8-Inch Optical Tube (94003)
  5. Celestron 93973 Skyportal Wifi Module, Black & Aux Port Splitter, Black (93919)
  6. Celestron 94224 Polar Telescope Finderscope, Black
  7. Celestron - NexStar 8SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-...
  8. Celestron - NexStar 5SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-...
  9. Orion 9823 Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
  10. Televue 3x Barlow 1.25 inch (1-1/4 in.)

  #1

Celestron StarSense Automatic Alignment Telescope Accessory, Black (94005)

Model: 94005   |    Mpn: 94005   |    Ean: 0050234940054   |    PartNumber: 94005   |   Asin: B00EZILDLS

Compatible : Advanced VX , Astro Fi , CG-5 (with CG-5 Aux. splitter) , CGE , CGE Pro , CGEM II , CGEM, CGEM DX , CGX-L , CPC , CPC DX , NexStar Evolution , NexStar GT (2015 models and newer with Aux. splitter) , NexStar SE Series , NexStar SLT , SkyProdigy , . Not Compatible : NexStar i Series Ultima 2000 , NexStar GPS , Early generation GoTo mounts (such as Compustar) etc

Features

  • ENABLES automatic alignment of your Celestron computerized telescope
  • No need to identify or locate any star in the sky
  • StarSense automatically aligns your telescope, so you can begin observing in minutes
  • Aligns in 3 minutes or less - Provides advanced mount modeling?
  • Any mount with 5.x or greater is compatible with the software
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron

Item Dimensions: 4.33 x 9.25 x 9.84 inches (11.0 x 23.5 x 25.0 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 4.49 x 9.29 x 10.16 inches (11.4 x 23.6 x 25.8 cm)

First Available: 2013-09-06

Amazon Price: $325.00 | as of 10/21/2019(4:02am pst)
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List Price: $349.95 | Used Price: $292.94

Warranty: 2-Year Warranty

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  #2

Celestron - NexStar 4SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-Automated GoTo Mount - SkyAlign Technology - 40,000+ Celestial Objects - 4-Inch Primary Mirror

Model: 11049   |    Mpn: 11049   |    Ean: 0050234110495   |    PartNumber: 11049   |   Asin: B000GUFOBO

The best telescope is the one used often to enjoy the beauty and intrigue of the night sky. For those searching for telescopes for astronomy beginners that are infused with the latest computer technology, Celestron s NexStar 4SE Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope fits the bill perfectly. The NexStar 4SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron s iconic orange tube design and updated technology with the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers. Celestron s signature telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 4SE. It s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price. The four-inch primary mirror in this computerized telescope packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, from Saturn s rings to the cloud bands on Jupiter and geographic features on the surface of the Moon. When it comes to deep sky objects, take your 4SE to a dark-sky site and you ll see hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and more. Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the 4SE s GoTo mount automatically locates and tracks objects for you. You can also take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible. The single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all assemble and break down from separate components for easy transportation. SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you re unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any 3 bright objects. The NexStar 4SE is a telescope that will grow with you as you advance in the hobby of astronomy. It s compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Provide GPS coordinates to your telescope with SkySync, or add automatic alignment functionality with StarSense AutoAlign. Buy with confidence from the world s #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You ll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.

Features

  • NEXSTAR COMPUTERIZED TELESCOPE: The NexStar 4SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron's iconic orange tube design with updated technology and the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers.
  • 4-INCH APERTURE: The four-inch primary mirror in this Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope for adults and kids to be used together packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, while retaining a compact form factor.
  • FULLY-AUTOMATED GOTO MOUNT: Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the GoTo mount built into our telescopes for astronomy beginners automatically locates and tracks objects for you.
  • BONUS FREE STARRY NIGHT SOFTWARE: The NexStar 4SE Telescope includes a FREE download of one of the top consumer rated astronomy software programs for an interactive sky simulation.
  • UNBEATABLE WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the world's #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You'll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron

Item Dimensions: 13.4 x 27.2 x 32.4 inches (34.0 x 69.1 x 82.3 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 13.46 x 27.24 x 32.68 inches (34.2 x 69.2 x 83.0 cm)

First Available: 2003-06-17

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List Price: $499.00 | Used Price: $360.00

Warranty: 2 years warranty

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  #3

Celestron - NexStar 6SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-Automated GoTo Mount - SkyAlign Technology - 40,000+ Celestial Objects - 6-Inch Primary Mirror

Model: 11068   |    Mpn: 11068   |    Ean: 4883033182907   |    PartNumber: 11068   |   Asin: B000GUKTDM



The best telescope is the one used often to enjoy the beauty and intrigue of the night sky. For those searching for telescopes for astronomy beginners that are infused with the latest computer technology, Celestron s NexStar 6SE Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope fits the bill perfectly. The NexStar 6SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron s iconic orange tube design and updated technology with the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers. Celestron s signature telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 6SE. It s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price.
The six-inch primary mirror in this computerized telescope packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, from Saturn s rings to the cloud bands on Jupiter and geographic features on the surface of the Moon. When it comes to deep sky objects, take your 6SE to a dark-sky site and you ll see hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and more. Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the 6SE s GoTo mount automatically locates and tracks objects for you. You can also take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible. The single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all assemble and break down from separate components for easy transportation. SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you re unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any 3 bright objects.
The NexStar 6SE is a telescope that will grow with you as you advance in the hobby of astronomy. It s compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Provide GPS coordinates to your telescope with SkySync, or add automatic alignment functionality with StarSense AutoAlign.
Buy with confidence from the world s #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You ll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.

Features

  • NEXSTAR COMPUTERIZED TELESCOPE: The NexStar 6SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron's iconic orange tube design with updated technology and the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers.
  • 6-INCH APERTURE: The six-inch primary mirror in this Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for adults and kids to be used together packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, while retaining a compact form factor.
  • FULLY-AUTOMATED GOTO MOUNT: Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the GoTo mount built into our telescopes for astronomy beginners automatically locates and tracks objects for you.
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE AND BREAK DOWN: The single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all assemble and break down from separate components for easy transportation. SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready in minutes.
  • BONUS FREE STARRY NIGHT SOFTWARE: The NexStar 6SE Telescope includes a FREE download of one of the top consumer rated astronomy software programs for an interactive sky simulation.
  • UNBEATABLE WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the world's #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You'll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron

Item Dimensions: 12 x 26 x 32.01 inches (30.5 x 66.0 x 81.3 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 12.99 x 26.77 x 32.68 inches (33.0 x 68.0 x 83.0 cm)

First Available: 2003-06-17

Amazon Price: $750.00 | as of 10/21/2019(4:02am pst)
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List Price: $799.00 | Used Price: $609.17

Warranty: 2 Years

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  #4

Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle with Celestron Case for Nexstar 4/5/6/8-Inch Optical Tube (94003)

Asin: B07WR3FFBG

Features

  • The world's most beloved telescope! The classic, 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain revolutionized amateur astronomy in the 1970s. Now, the iconic "orange tube" design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike
  • Large, 8-inch aperture with excellent light-gathering ability provides spectacular views of the Moon and planets, along with deep sky objects like the Whirlpool Galaxy and Hercules Globular Cluster
  • Fully automated, GoTo mount with database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you. Alignment Procedures : SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Solar System Align
  • SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you're unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any three bright objects; Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.69 arc seconds
  • EVA molded to protect your telescope with a hard yet flexible shell
  • The case also comes with a convenient storage zipper pocket that holds all your telescope's standard accessories with room to expand
  • Two dense foam spacers and a built-in compression strap designed to customize the case for each telescope model
  • Durable Nylon handle for easy transportation
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Brand: Celestron

Amazon Price: $1,398.99 | as of 10/21/2019(4:02am pst)
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  #5

Celestron 93973 Skyportal Wifi Module, Black & Aux Port Splitter, Black (93919)

Asin: B07TKB2NFM

Celestron 93973 Skyportal Wifi Module, Black
Celestron SkyPortal Wi-Fi Module

Celestron Aux Port Splitter, Black (93919)
Connect the StarSense Accessory to your mount with the Celestron Aux Port Splitter. Parallel adapter splits a single modular 6-pin auxiliary or hand controller port into two. It is ideal for connecting the StarSense Accessory to telescopes with only one hand controller port, allowing the StarSense hand controller and camera to connect to the mount.

Features

  • Align and control your telescope wirelessly using your smartphone or tablet and Celestron's free SkyPortal app for iOS and Android devices.
  • Tap any celestial object you see in the sky to identify it instantly. Tap again and your telescope slews to that object, centering it perfectly in the eyepiece.
  • Explore 100,000+ objects in SkyPortal's database. While you observe, view astroimages and listen to audio descriptions for hundreds of the most popular objects including the planets, Orion Nebula, Hercules Globular Star Cluster, and more.
  • Sky Tour feature generates a list of all the best stars, galaxies and nebulae to view based on your exact time and location.
  • Create an extra auxiliary port on your Celestron computerized mount with this aux port splitter
  • Two auxiliary ports are required to use Accessories Like the Celestron star sense auto align on telescopes with only one built-in aux port
  • Adapter has two 6-pin auxiliary outputs and one 6-pin input
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Brand: Celestron

Amazon Price: $120.96 | as of 10/21/2019(4:02am pst)
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  #6

Celestron 94224 Polar Telescope Finderscope, Black

Model: 94224   |    Mpn: 94224   |    Ean: 4139052250463   |    PartNumber: 94224   |   Asin: B00009X3UQ

Get some help polar aligning your Celestron CGEM, Advanced VX, or CG-5 mount with the addition of the Polar Finderscope. Install the finder into the polar finder port, located at the rear of the mount, and focus the eyepiece until the reticle is sharp. The reticle is etched with a few recognizable star patterns to help you align your telescope. If you are using your telescope in the Northern Hemisphere, you will recognize the Big Dipper asterism on the reticle, as well as the familiar W of Cassiopeia. Use the Big Dipper to guide you in the spring and summer months, and Cassiopeia during the fall and winter. The North Star, Polaris, is also designated on the reticle, as is the NCP, or North Celestial Pole. Once you choose which star pattern to use, align your telescope so that the stars line up with the positions shown on the reticle, then move the telescope s azimuth and altitude adjustment controls to place Polaris right in the crosshairs. The Celestron Polar Axis Finder can also be used in the Southern Hemisphere. Four stars of the constellation Octans are etched in the reticle. Adjust your telescope until those stars line up as shown on the reticle.

Features

  • Polar align your Celestron CGEM, Advanced VX, or CG-5 equatorial mount with this Celestron Polar Finderscope
  • Inserts into the polar finder port at the back of the mount
  • The easily identifiable star patterns of the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia and Octans are etched into the reticle, as well as Polaris and the North Celestial Pole, to help with alignment in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere
  • Eyepiece has focus adjustments for reticle clarity
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron Acquisition LLC

Item Dimensions: 3.13 x 2.75 x 6.38 inches (8.0 x 7.0 x 16.2 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 2.83 x 2.91 x 6.38 inches (7.2 x 7.4 x 16.2 cm)

Amazon Price: $39.99 | as of 10/21/2019(4:02am pst)
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  #7

Celestron - NexStar 8SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-Automated GoTo Mount - SkyAlign Technology - 40,000+ Celestial Objects - 8-Inch Primary Mirror

Model: 11069   |    Mpn: 11069   |    Ean: 0502341106392   |    PartNumber: 11069   |   Asin: B000GUFOC8



The best telescope is the one used often to enjoy the beauty and intrigue of the night sky. For those searching for telescopes for astronomy beginners that are infused with the latest computer technology, Celestron s NexStar 8SE Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope fits the bill perfectly. The NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron s iconic orange tube design and updated technology with the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers. Celestron s signature telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 8SE. It s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price.
The eight-inch primary mirror in this computerized telescope packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, from Saturn s rings to the cloud bands on Jupiter and geographic features on the surface of the Moon. When it comes to deep sky objects, take your 8SE to a dark-sky site and you ll see hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and more. Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the 8SE s GoTo mount automatically locates and tracks objects for you. You can also take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible. The single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all assemble and break down from separate components for easy transportation. SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you re unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any 3 bright objects.
The NexStar 8SE is a telescope that will grow with you as you advance in the hobby of astronomy. It s compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Provide GPS coordinates to your telescope with SkySync, or add automatic alignment functionality with StarSense AutoAlign.
Buy with confidence from the world s #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You ll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.

Amazon.com Review Celestron's Nexstar 8 SE telescope combines excellent optics and computerized "GoTo" tracking in a package that's light, portable and affordable. The legendary performance of Celestron's orange tube C8 telescope has been updated with high performance Starbright XLT coatings, and the single arm Nexstar mount now includes Celestron's easy to use "SkyAlign" technology.

The Nexstar 8 SE upholds Celestron's reputation for quality optics. When I use an 11mm Plossl eyepiece (almost 200x magnification) for example, I can easily see the Cassini Division in Saturn's rings. When I look at Jupiter, the pale orange color of Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot is visible, and I've even been able to identify the polar caps and spot dust storms on the planet Mars. A 20mm Plossl eyepiece (about 100x magnification) is a good choice for viewing galaxies and star clusters. When I look at globular cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules the high contrast XLT optics show me a glowing snowflake made of hundreds of tiny pin-point stars! And a low power 32mm Plossl eyepiece is a good choice for views of larger deep space highlights like the Andromeda Galaxy and the Orion Nebula.



Celestron's patented "SkyAlign" system makes the Nexstar 8 SE very easy to use. I just pick the nearest town from the built-in list, enter the date and time, and point the telescope at three bright stars. I don't need a star chart because "SkyAlign" identifies the stars for me. When I just want a quick look at the moon or a planet, I like to use the "Solar System Align" option. After entering the date and time, I just point the telescope at the moon and press the "Align" key. That's all it takes, the computer takes over and the telescope begins tracking quietly and accurately. At star parties I often have my Nexstar up and running while older computerized telescopes are still waiting for their alignment stars to appear in the twilight.

The Nexstar 8 SE comes with a simple red-dot finder scope and a basic 25mm eyepiece. You'll want to add a few good eyepieces to take full advantage of the Nexstar 8 SE's excellent optics. At the very least get Celestron's bargain priced Accessory Kit which includes high and low power plossl eyepieces, or treat yourself to some top rated Tele Vue eyepieces. At twenty-four pounds total weight, the Nexstar 8 SE is unusually light and portable for an eight-inch telescope. The drawback of course is that some people will find it too light. Like other Schmidt Cassegrain (SCT) telescopes there are plenty of optional accessories to upgrade this telescope with, such as heavy duty tripods and an optical finder scope. If you want to try astro-photography, however, check out Celestron's CPC 800 Telescope which features a heavy duty mount and tripod and an 8x50 optical finder scope right out of the box. -- Jeff Phillips

Pros:

Excellent optics Easy computerized GoTo tracking Light, portable and affordable Cons: Plastic accessories Short battery life Too light for astro-photography

Features

  • NEXSTAR COMPUTERIZED TELESCOPE: The NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron's iconic orange tube design with updated technology and the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers.
  • 8-INCH APERTURE: The eight-inch primary mirror in this Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for adults and kids to be used together packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, while retaining a compact form factor.
  • FULLY-AUTOMATED GOTO MOUNT: Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the GoTo mount built into our telescopes for astronomy beginners automatically locates and tracks objects for you.
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE AND BREAK DOWN: The single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all assemble and break down from separate components for easy transportation. SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready in minutes.
  • BONUS FREE STARRY NIGHT SOFTWARE: The NexStar 8SE Telescope includes a FREE download of one of the top consumer rated astronomy software programs for an interactive sky simulation.
  • UNBEATABLE WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the world's #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You'll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron

Item Dimensions: 12.99 x 23.66 x 42.01 inches (33.0 x 60.1 x 106.7 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 12.8 x 24.25 x 40.91 inches (32.5 x 61.6 x 103.9 cm)

First Available: 2003-11-01

Amazon Price: $1,199.00 | as of 10/21/2019(4:02am pst)
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List Price: $1,199.00 | Used Price: $988.99

Warranty: 2 Years

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Celestron - NexStar 5SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-Automated GoTo Mount - SkyAlign Technology - 40,000+ Celestial Objects - 5-Inch Primary Mirror

Model: 11036   |    Mpn: 11036   |    Ean: 4883033182891   |    PartNumber: 11036   |   Asin: B000GUHOYE



The best telescope is the one used often to enjoy the beauty and intrigue of the night sky. For those searching for telescopes for astronomy beginners that are infused with the latest computer technology, Celestron s NexStar 5SE Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope fits the bill perfectly. The NexStar 5SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron s iconic orange tube design and updated technology with the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers. Celestron s signature telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 5SE. It s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price.
The five-inch primary mirror in this computerized telescope packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, from Saturn s rings to the cloud bands on Jupiter and geographic features on the surface of the Moon. When it comes to deep sky objects, take your 5SE to a dark-sky site and you ll see hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and more. Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the 5SE s GoTo mount automatically locates and tracks objects for you. You can also take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible. The single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all assemble and break down from separate components for easy transportation. SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you re unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any 3 bright objects.
The NexStar 5SE is a telescope that will grow with you as you advance in the hobby of astronomy. It s compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Provide GPS coordinates to your telescope with SkySync, or add automatic alignment functionality with StarSense AutoAlign.
Buy with confidence from the world s #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You ll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.

Celestron's NexStar 5 SE computerized telescope combines excellent optics and easy computerized GoTo tracking in a convenient portable size. The standard equipment tripod and mount feature easy no-tool setup, and the package even includes a student version of "The Sky" planetarium software for your computer. The excellent optics of Celestron's classic C5 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope have been updated with premium Starbright XLT optical coatings. This telescope consistently delivers crisp, high contrast views of the moon, the planets, and brighter deep space objects. The standard equipment 25mm plossl eyepiece produces a magnification of 50x, powerful enough to show the rings of Saturn, the cloud bands of Jupiter, and the changing face of the Lunar disk. Optional eyepieces can be added to bring out significantly more detail. I like to use a 12.5mm plossl (100x magnification) or a 7.5mm Ultrascopic eyepiece (166x) for high power views of the planets. With the 7.5mm Ultrascopic eyepiece I can usually see the Cassini Division in Saturn's rings and cloud bands on the planet itself. I like to use a 32mm plossl eyepiece for great low power views of deep space highlights like the Orion Nebula or the Double Cluster in Perseus.

The NexStar 5 SE package also includes a sturdy adjustable tripod, a motorized alt-azimuth mount, and the NexStar hand held computer controller. You won't need a GPS receiver or star charts to operate this telescope. The SkyAlign procedure is easy to use, and experienced observers will like the two-star align and solar-system align options because they are even quicker to set up. The steel tripod and alt-azimuth mount provide a solid base for the NexStar 5 SE. Vibration is not a problem, even while focusing at high power. The computerized tracking is also very good, easily keeping planets in the field of a high power eyepiece. The disadvantage of a computerized telescope, of course, is battery consumption. I like to use a rechargeable Celestron Power Tank because the standard AA alkaline batteries only last a few hours.

This telescope is perfect for visual observing, and allowed me to capture some sweet images of the moon and planets using a Celestron NexImage web-cam. For long exposure deep space photography, however, I'd take a look at Celestron's Advanced Series equatorial telescopes such as the C6 N-GT -- Jeff Phillips

Pros:

Excellent optics Light and portable Computerized GoTo tracking Cons: Short battery life Too light for deep space photography Suggested Options: Celestron Nine-Piece Accessory Kit Celestron Power Tank Battery Celestron NexImage Webcam

Features

  • NEXSTAR COMPUTERIZED TELESCOPE: The NexStar 5SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron's iconic orange tube design with updated technology and the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers.
  • 5-INCH APERTURE: The five-inch primary mirror in this Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for adults and kids to be used together packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, while retaining a compact form factor.
  • FULLY-AUTOMATED GOTO MOUNT: Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the GoTo mount built into our telescopes for astronomy beginners automatically locates and tracks objects for you.
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE AND BREAK DOWN: The single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all assemble and break down from separate components for easy transportation. SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready in minutes.
  • BONUS FREE STARRY NIGHT SOFTWARE: The NexStar 5SE Telescope includes a FREE download of one of the top consumer rated astronomy software programs for an interactive sky simulation.
  • UNBEATABLE WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the world's #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You'll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
  • See more on Amazon...

Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron

Item Dimensions: 12.99 x 27.01 x 32.01 inches (33.0 x 68.6 x 81.3 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 12.99 x 26.77 x 32.28 inches (33.0 x 68.0 x 82.0 cm)

First Available: 2003-06-03

Amazon Price: $649.00 | as of 10/21/2019(4:02am pst)
Availibility: Usually ships in 24 hours
List Price: $699.00 | Used Price: $537.77

Warranty: 2 years warranty

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  #9

Orion 9823 Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope

Model: 9823   |    Mpn: 9823   |    Ean: 0759270098230   |    PartNumber: 9823   |   Asin: B0000XMRR6

Powerful enough to split close double stars, resolve bright globular clusters, or look an eagle in the eye, Orion's Apex 102mm is both a fine astronomical instrument and an unparalleled terrestrial spotting scope. The Apex's 102mm-diameter (4") optics collect 28% more light than a 90mm scope. The fully multi-coated curved front meniscus lens guarantees the highest possible light transmission. The Maksutov-Cassegrain design collapses its 1300mm (f/12.7) focal length into a tube length less than 12" long. The Apex 102 tube easily pops on and off a telescope mount or camera tripod with the built-in 1/4"-20 adapter plate, and doubles as a high-power telephoto lens. Just mount a 35mm camera body (with T-ring sold separately) to the T-threads on the eyepiece holder and you're set! Includes 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, 6x26 finder scope, 45-degree correct-image diagonal, and fully padded case.

Features

  • Compact Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope provides great views during day or night
  • 102mm (4) aperture and 1300mm focal length telescope provides fantastic celestial views of the Moon, planets, and bright deep-sky objects, as well as terrestrial views of wildlife and scenery
  • A telescope small enough to store on a bookshelf but with the power of traditional scopes five times its size!
  • Includes a 25mm Sirius Plossl 1.25 eyepiece, 6x26 correct-image finder scope, 45-degree correct-image diagonal, soft carry case, Starry Night software, and more!
  • Does not include tripod or mount - either can be purchased separately
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Brand: Orion   |   Manufacturer: Orion

Package Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.9 x 21.4 inches (23.6 x 25.1 x 54.4 cm)

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Televue 3x Barlow 1.25 inch (1-1/4 in.)

Model: Barlow   |    Mpn: BLW-3125   |    Ean: 0410000032305   |    PartNumber: BLW-3125   |   Asin: B0001GJCJ8

Tele Vue 3x 1.25" Barlow Offered in 2x and 3x magnifications, these 1 " Barlows perform identically. Simply choose either or both based on your eyepiece collection. Features include parfocal-ization, 1 " filter threads, captive lock screws that won't fall out and full multicoatings. Barlows Concept: I originally designed the Tele Vue Barlow line to complement the high performance of our eyepieces. Only 2 elements of high index glass were required to reduce all aberrations to well below the airy disc in an f/4 system. It has taken a good 15 years, but I think we're finally laying to rest the popular myth of the "degrading Barlow." In a 1997 Sky & Telescope review, Terrence Dickenson wrote "...Technology has erased the old objections. A modern Barlow will not degrade your telescope's optics. Anyone telling you otherwise is using outdated information. Moreover, the highly regarded Nagler eyepieces and their clones have built-in Barlows - ample evidence that the lens is not some detrimental intruder." Thanks Terry, I couldn't agree more. Al Nagler Properly designed Barlows do wonderful things: They amplify power, slow the telescope's f/# (improving eyepiece sharpness), and give designers the opportunity to compensate for eyepiece aberrations. Tele Vue Barlows use multi-coated high index glasses for optimum aberration correction, exceptional contrast with virtually no lightloss. Observed performance is aberration free, even

Features

Brand: Tele Vue   |   Manufacturer: Televue

Package Dimensions: 1.9 x 2.3 x 5.6 inches (4.8 x 5.8 x 14.2 cm)

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Celestron CPC 1100 StarBright XLT GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain 2800mm Telescope with Tripod and Tube

Model: 11075-XLT   |    Mpn: 11075-XLT   |    Ean: 0050234107518   |    PartNumber: 11075-XLT   |   Asin: B000ARFND2

A rock-solid dual Fork arm mount and large aperture At an affordable price: that s what makes the CPC telescope series a favorite among experienced amateur astronomers. Celestron s revolutionary skyalign plus an internal GPS make alignment a snap. Use the Computerized hand control to quickly slew to over 40, 000 celestial objects, then track your target precisely as it moves across the night sky. Imagers can place the CPC dual Fork arm mount on an optional HD Pro wedge to polar align it for long-exposure astrophotography. Thoughtful ergonomic design makes setting up and breaking down your CPC quick and painless.

Features

  • 11 inches Schmidt cassegrain telescope with celestron's Premium Star Bright XLT optical coatings
  • Fully Computerized dual Fork arm altazimuth mount with internal GPS and database of 40, 000+ celestial objects
  • 9x50 finderscope to help accurately find objects
  • Ergonomic design comfortablyy move the telescope from location to location
  • Heavy duty tripod makes attaching the telescope so easy you can do it in the dark; also features sturdy 2 inches Steel legs and accessory tray
  • Ergonomic design so you can comfortably lift and move the telescope
  • Star diagonal and 1. 25 inch eyepiece included
  • Convenient hand control holder allows you to view information hands free while using the scope
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron

Item Dimensions: 37 x 19 x 36 inches (94.0 x 48.3 x 91.4 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 30 x 33.5 x 38 inches (76.2 x 85.1 x 96.5 cm)

First Available: 2003-06-17

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  #12

Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope

Model: 21024   |    Mpn: 21024-CGL   |    Ean: 0050234210249   |    PartNumber: 21024-CGL   |   Asin: B001UQ6E4Y

FirstScope pays tribute to the men and women who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us! In 1609, world-renowned Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei, introduced an elementary telescope to the growing astronomy community which sparked interest into the mysterious night sky for centuries to come. Four centuries later, Celestron offers the portable FirstScope Telescope. The FirstScope pays tribute to Galileo Galilei and many of history s most notable astronomers and scientists by displaying their names around the optical tube. We honor the contributions of these men and women, who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us. The FirstScope is a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy. This quality Dobsonian style telescope features a 76 mm aperture reflector optical tube. FirstScope is an ideal entry level astronomical telescope. It is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object, making the viewing experience a snap! The compact design makes it easy enough to take with you on your next outdoor adventure. FirstScope is also stylish enough to be a decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk.

Features

  • High quality Dobsonian style stand with a 76 mm reflector optical tube make FirstScope an ideal entry level astronomical telescope
  • Portable and lighweight table-top design makes it easy to store, transport and setup your FirstScope Telescope
  • FirstScope is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object
  • Stylish and decorative design makes FirstScope a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron

Item Dimensions: 16 x 9 x 9 inches (40.6 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 9.84 x 9.84 x 15.75 inches (25.0 x 25.0 x 40.0 cm)

First Available: 2003-06-17

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Warranty: 2-YEAR WARRANTY

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  #13

Orion 10022 StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope

Model: 10022   |    Mpn: 10022   |    Ean: 0759270099091   |    PartNumber: 10022   |   Asin: B002JO06PO

Whoever coined the phrase "big things come in small packages", would have definitely applied that expression to our new StarMax 90 TableTop Telescope. This ultra-compact Maksutov-Cassegrain (Mak-Cass) gives surprisingly big views for an instrument of its modest size, making it an elegant first telescope or a great grab-and-go second telescope! The long, 1250mm (f/13.8) focal length gives the StarMax 90 TableTop some serious magnifying power - the included 25mm and 10mm 1.25" eyepieces yield powers of 50x and 125x, respectively. It collects over 25% more light than its GoScope 80 cousin, and up to 225% more light than a 60mm refractor telescope. So you'll be able to enjoy planetary delights such as lunar landscapes, Saturn's rings and Jupiter's moons. As you scan the Milky Way, you''l also be able to pull in some open and globular star clusters, as well as a nebula or two. The tube assembly of the StarMax 90mm TableTop Mak-Cass Telescope is attached to a stable swivel base, via a quick-release dovetail mount with adjustable altitude tension. The tube can easily be removed from the base and mounted on an optional photo tripod. The small swivel base itself can also be mounted on a camera tripod with a 3/8" screw. A red-dot view finder, internal focuser (which moves the primary lens back and forth) and included 90-degree correct image diagonal round out the features of this compact, yet surprisingly capable, Mak-Cass telescope.

Features

  • This grab-and-go TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope provides powerful views of the Moon and bright planets such as Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars
  • Weighing just 6.5 lbs. assembled, this compact telescope and base can be taken just about anywhere to provide great views of the night sky while on road-trips, camping, or the short trip out to the backyard
  • 90mm aperture Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope gathers enough light for beautiful views of brighter deep space objects like globular clusters, nebulas, and many bright galaxies
  • Nifty tabletop base provides a stable viewing foundation you can set on any sturdy table, or even attach it to a field tripod with a 3/8 or 1/4-20 threaded post
  • Includes two 1.25 eyepieces (25mm and 10mm focal lengths), EZ Finder II reflex sight for easy aiming, 90 degree mirror diagonal for comfortable night sky viewing, and more!
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Brand: Orion   |   Manufacturer: Orion

Item Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.5 x 19.5 inches (26.7 x 26.7 x 49.5 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 10 x 10.16 x 18.03 inches (25.4 x 25.8 x 45.8 cm)

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  #14

Celestron CPC Deluxe 800 HD 8-inch CPC SCT Telescope

Model: 11007   |    Mpn: 11007   |    Ean: 0050234110075   |    PartNumber: 11007   |   Asin: B005FY4N4U

Celestron CPC Deluxe 800 HD 8-inch CPC SCT Telescope.

Features

  • The Celestron CPC Deluxe comes with 8" Edge HD Optics and StarBright XLT Coatings.
  • Ultra Reliable NexStar Computerized Navigation System with SkyAlign and a 40,000 Object Database.
  • The Celestron CPC Deluxe comes equipped with a 50mm Finder Scope, 40mm Plossl Eyepiece, 1.25 Star
  • The Celestron CPC 800 Deluxe is FASTAR Compatable.
  • Equipped with a Heavy Duty Tripod.
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron

Item Dimensions: 30 x 19.02 x 25 inches (76.2 x 48.3 x 63.5 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 19.02 x 25 x 30 inches (48.3 x 63.5 x 76.2 cm)

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Meade Instruments 0810-90-03 LX90-ACF 8-Inch (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free Telescope

Model: 0810-90-03   |    Mpn: 0810-90-03   |    Ean: 0709942370119   |    PartNumber: 0810-90-03   |   Asin: B002AK4N74

The patented Meade Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical design offers the coma-free pinpoint star images and flatter image fields greatly desired by discerning amateur astronomers, astrophotographers and professional observatories alike. This system also reduces the astigmatism and eliminates the diffraction spikes found in classical Ritchey-Chr tien designs. No competing Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope can make those claims. The 8" LX90 has an 8 diameter f/10 ACF optical system (focal length 2000mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. Electronics include the advanced Meade AudioStar computer system with over 30,000 object library, multiple guided tours, High Precision Pointing capability, and Meade SmartDrive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction. Precise and quick star alignment is done near effortlessly with an incorporated 16 channel genuine Sony GPS receiver. The AudioStar is flash-updatable via free downloads at Meade.com (optional cable required). All LX90 models feature the solid and stable LX90 aluminum double fork mount, with fast slew speed adjustable from 1 to 7 degrees per second. Fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal in one one-hundredth increments. The mount and all electronics are internally powered by 8 (user supplied) C-cell batteries which will typically operate the telescope for a generous 60 hours (optional Meade Universal AC adapter also available). The mount also has mechanical locks in both axis allowing adjustment even without power. The LX90 comes fully equipped with a heavy duty height adjustable Meade Field Tripod, 1.25" diagonal prism, Series 4000 26mm 5-Element Pl ssl eyepiece, and Meade AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software for PC and an 8x50 optical viewfinder with quick release bracket. Scope weight is 33 pounds with 19 pound tripod. Ships in 2 boxes. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Features

  • 8" / f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optics - 2000mm focal length
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
  • 26mm Series 4000 Super Pl ssl
  • Standard Field Tripod
  • AudioStar handbox with speaker and Astronomer Inside
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Brand: Meade Instruments   |   Manufacturer: Meade

Item Dimensions: 21 x 47 x 14 inches (53.3 x 119.4 x 35.6 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 13.5 x 32 x 38.25 inches (34.3 x 81.3 x 97.2 cm)

First Available: 2018-12-10

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Warranty: Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

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  #16

Orion StarSeeker IV 150mm GoTo Mak-Cass Telescope

Model: 13166   |    Mpn: 13166   |    Ean: 0759270131661   |    PartNumber: 13166   |   Asin: B018TQGZVY

The Orion StarSeeker IV 150mm GoTo Mak-Cass Telescope presents a winning combination of motorized object-location technology and great optical performance at an unbelievably low price. This smart GoTo telescope will lead you and your family on a guided tour of the stars. Featuring a compact Maksutov-Cassegrain optical tube with a big, 150mm mirror and an extra-long 1800mm focal length, the StarSeeker IV 150mm GoTo Mak-Cass weighs just 26.1 lbs. for easy transportability. The included SynScan GoTo hand controller contains a database of over 42,000 objects. Select from intuitive object menus or try the "Deep Sky Tour" mode to visit a selection of the evening's best objects. Once a target is pinpointed, the mount automatically tracks it to keep it centered in the eyepiece. What's more, the StarSeeker IV mount is now Wi-Fi enabled, which allows you to control it wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet! Just download the FREE SynScan Pro app to your iOS or Android device to enjoy wireless GoTo control! This fourth generation StarSeeker features dual optical encoders on each axis. This means the StarSeeker IV 150mm will not lose its GoTo alignment if you move the telescope manually. The mount's single-arm altazimuth design provides attached telescopes with 360-degrees of azimuth motion and 90-degrees of altitude motion for horizon-to-zenith pointing. A quick-release narrow dovetail saddle makes telescope attachment a snap. The StarSeeker IV 150mm features a stainless steel tripod that is much sturdier than previous models. Tripod stability is further enhanced with the dual-purpose spreader plate/accessory holder, which keeps the tripod rigid and provides a place to keep idle eyepieces and accessories. Includes GoTo hand controller, 23mm (78x) and 10mm (180x) wide-field 60-degree eyepieces, 90-degree diagonal, EZ Finder II sight, Orion DeepMap 600 and MoonMap 260.

Features

  • This big, 5.9" diameter GoTo Mak-Cass boasts a super-long 1800mm focal length and f/12 focal ratio to provide exceptional, high-resolution views of the Moon, planets, and deep-sky objects
  • Huge GoTo database of over 42,000 objects, and handy built-in Tour mode means you'll enjoy great views on any clear night
  • Once aligned, dual optical encoders on both axes of motion allow manual aiming of the telescope without losing GoTo alignment
  • After an object is selected, the StarSeeker IV 150mm locates and tracks it automatically so you can relax and enjoy the view
  • Includes GoTo hand controller, 23mm (78x) and 10mm (180x) wide field 60-degree eyepieces, 90-degree diagonal, 2 visual-back, EZ Finder II sight, DeepMap 600, MoonMap 260, and more
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Brand: Orion   |   Manufacturer: Orion

Item Dimensions: 45 x 28 x 28 inches (114.3 x 71.1 x 71.1 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 12.01 x 20 x 40 inches (30.5 x 50.8 x 101.6 cm)

Amazon Price: $879.01 | as of 10/21/2019(4:02am pst)
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  #17

Celestron CGX-L Telescope (11" EdgeHD)

Model: CGX-L Telescope   |    Mpn: 12076   |    Ean: 0050234120760   |    PartNumber: 12076   |   Asin: B06WP284XM

Ready to see the moon and more? Become an expert in astronomy today. The Celestron EdgeHD is an aplanatic flat-field Schmidt optical system designed to produce aberration-free images with pinpoint stars all the way to the edge of the field of view of today's largest imaging sensors and wide field eyepieces. EdgeHD virtually eliminates both field curvature and off-axis star coma with many more features available.

Celestron EdgeHD 11-Inch Optical Tube Assembly

Celestron EdgeHD 11-Inch Optical Tube Assembly has a premium StarBright XLT coatings that provides maximum light transmission and a 9x50 finderscope, 2-Inch mirror diagonal for more comfortable viewing, and wide-angle 23 mm Luminos 2-Inch eyepiece which is designed to produce aberration-free images.

CGX-L Equatorial Mount and Tripod

The Mount holds a 75 lb load capacity. It contains 144 mm diameter worm wheels that are constructed with spring-loaded brass worm wheel and stainless steel worm gear that reduce friction and provide optimum gear mesh for heavier loads.

Motor

Clear windows built into motor covers so pulleys and belts can be monitored. Improved motors provide more torque and tracking under heavy loads and the heavy duty belt-drive system minimizes backlash while providing smooth motor operation at full capacity.

Electronics

The mount comes with additional Aux accessory ports and autoguider ports on the Dec axis. NexStar+ hand control with USB port tells you much about the night sky with a press of a button. The USB 2.0 port is used to connect directly to the PC with PWI Software. The PEC sensor and PPEC ready are also present.

Stainless Steel Tripod Legs

The 70mm stainless steel tripod legs have a wider stance for improved stability under heavy loads. Tripod legs can be collapsed with accessory tray installed for faster setup and transport.

Features

  • PREMIUM COATING: The Aluminum Optical Tube of the Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA contains Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings
  • CARRYING CAPACITY: The Celestron CGX Equatorial mount holds a 75 lb load capacity
  • DESIGN AND BUILT: The mount is constructed with spring-loaded brass worm wheel and stainless steel worm gear that reduce friction and provide optimum gear mesh for heavier loads
  • SOFTWARE: The mount includes control software developed in conjunction with PlaneWave Instruments for professional level control operation and imaging
  • CELESTRON AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Guarantee
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Brand: Celestron   |   Manufacturer: Celestron

Item Dimensions: 21.5 x 21.5 x 38.5 inches (54.6 x 54.6 x 97.8 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 21.5 x 21.5 x 38.5 inches (54.6 x 54.6 x 97.8 cm)

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Meade Instruments 0810-60-03 8-Inch LX200-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free Telescope

Model: 0810-60-03   |    Mpn: 0810-60-03   |    Ean: 0709942500240   |    PartNumber: 0810-60-03   |   Asin: B0029YMM1U

This 8" LX200-ACF has 8 diameter f/10 ACF optics (focal length 2000mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast. Features the advanced LX200 AutoStar II computer system with 145,000 object library, multiple guided tours, High Precision Pointing capability with sub arc-minute pointing accuracy, and Meade SmartDrive with Permanent Periodic Error Correction. Precise and quick star alignment is done near effortlessly with Meade's level north technology alignment system incorporating a 16 channel GPS receiver. The Autostar II is flash-updatable via free downloads at Meade.com (optional cable required). The drive base of the telescope has multiple input and output ports including an RS-232 PC interface and jacks for a (user supplied) CCD Autoguider and illuminated reticle. Mechanically loaded as well all LX200 models feature a primary mirror locking mechanism, which effectively prevents movement of the primary mirror during long exposure astrophotography or observing. Turn the lock knob located just above the telescopes main focus knob and the progressive-tension primary lock completely cancels any residual image shift due to mirror movement during visual, photographic, or imaging applications. All LX200-ACF models feature the DC-servo driven super heavy duty double fork mount, the strongest and most rigid mount in its class. Fast slew speeds are from 1 to 8 degrees per second, and can be user selected at .1 degree per second increments, while fine slewing and photographic guiding speeds can be adjusted from .01x to 1x sidereal in one one-hundredth increments. The mount and all electronics are internally powered by 8 (user supplied) C-cell batteries which will typically operate the telescope for around 20 hours (optional Meade Universal AC adapter also available). The mount additionally has mechanical locks and slow motion manual controls in both axis if for some reason you found yourself without power. The LX200-ACF comes fully equipped with a heavy duty height adjustable Meade Field Tripod, 1.25" diagonal mirror, Series 4000 26mm Pl ssl eyepiece, 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket and Meade AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software for PC. Scope weight is 45 pounds with 19 pound tripod. Ships in 2 boxes. Product carries full one year Meade factory limited warranty.

Features

  • 8" f/10 Advanced Coma Free Optics - 2000mm focal length
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
  • 1.25 diagonal mirror, Single Speed Focuser
  • Series 4000 26mm Pl ssl eyepiece, 8x50 viewfinder with quick release bracket and Meade AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition Software for PC
  • Standard Field Tripod
  • AutoStar II GOTO system
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Brand: Meade Instruments   |   Manufacturer: Meade

Item Dimensions: 23 x 72 x 15 inches (58.4 x 182.9 x 38.1 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 14.5 x 23 x 32 inches (36.8 x 58.4 x 81.3 cm)

First Available: 2018-12-10

Amazon Price: $2,449.00 | as of 10/21/2019(4:02am pst)
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Orion 9825 Apex 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope

Model: 9825   |    Mpn: 9825   |    Ean: 0759270098254   |    PartNumber: 9825   |   Asin: B0000XMRRG

When it comes to telescopes, bigger is better, and you can do no better than the Apex 127 compact Mak-Cass. Its 127mm (5")-diameter optics collects 55% more light through its multi-coated, 5" meniscus lens than that of a 4" scope, putting it in the big leagues for astronomical observing and advanced nature study. But big doesn't mean bulky! Even with a focal length of 1540mm (f/12.1), the Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design reduces the tube length to just 15"! The Apex 127 couples to any sturdy equatorial mount or photo-style tripod. T-threads on the eyepiece adapter also allow attachment of a 35mm camera body (with T-ring sold separately). The classy Apex 127 comes standard with a 6x26 achromatic finder scope, a 45-deg correct-image prism diagonal, and fully padded case. One-year limited warranty.

Features

  • Compact Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope optical tube outfitted for daytime terrestrial use - just add a tripod!
  • Excellent for daytime use as a versatile spotting scope capable of high magnification views
  • During the night the Apex 127 provides sharply detailed views of the Moon, brighter planets such as Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn as well as open and globular star clusters and cloudy nebulas
  • Tripod not included - altazimuth or field tripod will provide a solid foundation for the Apex 127 (mount and/or tripod sold separately)
  • Includes a 25mm Sirius Plossl 1.25 eyepiece, 6x30 finder scope, 45-degree correct-image diagonal, soft carry case, Starry Night astronomy software, and more!
  • Focuser : Internal
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Brand: Orion   |   Manufacturer: Orion

Package Dimensions: 10.25 x 11.25 x 25 inches (26.0 x 28.6 x 63.5 cm)

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Meade Instruments 1210-90-03 LX90-ACF 12-Inch (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free Telescope

Model: 1210-90-03   |    Mpn: 1210-90-03   |    Ean: 0709942370249   |    PartNumber: 1210-90-03   |   Asin: B002ML71VQ

Aperture: 12-Inch. Focal Length: 3048mm. Focal Ratio: f/10. UHTC Coatings, 1.25-Inch Diagonal Prism. LX90-ACF For the truly discerning astronomer who will not tolerate anything but the very best, there is Meade's Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optical system. ACF takes all of the features of our SC models and then ups the ante. With it's technologically superior optical design, ACF gives a flatter, coma-free field of view with pinpoint images all the way to the edge of the field, rivaling Ritchey-Cr tien performance at a fraction of the cost. ACF is the perfect solution for the serious astroimager or visual astronomer looking for observatory-class optics. GPS - LX90 can do more than track satellites. It talks to them as well. Turn it on and the built-in Sony GPS sensor immediately determines your precise date, time and location. AutoAlign then uses this info to align your scope for a tour of the most spectacular sights in the universe. EASY ALIGN LX90s are smart scopes that know the night sky right out of the box. Easy Align picks two alignment stars for you and places them right in your viewfinder. Just center them to fine tune your alignment and the wonders of the universe are at your fingertips. OVERSIZED PRIMARY MIRROR Only Meade manufactures their primary mirrors in diameters larger than their listed aperture (e.g. the diameter of the 8-Inch LX90 s primary mirror is actually 8.25-Inch).This additional 1/4-Inch yields a wider, fully illuminated field-of-view, and allows you to see the light other telescopes leave behind.

Features

  • 12'' f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optics
  • 3048mm focal length
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
  • Standard Field Tripod
  • AudioStar handbox with speaker and Astronomer Inside
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Brand: Meade Instruments   |   Manufacturer: Meade

Item Dimensions: 27 x 90 x 22 inches (68.6 x 228.6 x 55.9 cm)   |   Package Dimensions: 21.5 x 26.7 x 37.3 inches (54.6 x 67.8 x 94.7 cm)

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