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Celestron Advanced VX Equatorial Mount

Item# CELE595
 
4.5

(12 Ratings)

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  • Integer gear ratios and permanently programmable Periodic Error Correction
  • New motors offer improved tracking performance
  • Viewing or imaging across the meridian without interference
  • Improved latitude range - can be used between 7-77 degrees latitude
  • NexStar hand control featuring All-Star Polar alignment
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Engineered from the ground up with astroimaging in mind, the new Advanced VX series from Celestron sets a new standard in mid-level telescopes. Advanced VX provides you with many of the features found on Celestron’s most sophisticated German equatorial mounts, at an extremely affordable price.

 

The new Advanced VX mount was specifically designed to provide optimum imaging performance for smaller telescopes. Now your smaller telescope can take advantage of All-Star Polar Alignment and autoguider support. You’ll be able to track through long exposures using permanently programmable periodic error correction. Image across the meridian without doing a meridian flip, so you can seamlessly image the best part of night sky. Advanced VX features significantly larger base castings than our previous design, improving stability under heavier loads. Improved motors offer more torque and can handle slight load imbalances with ease.

 

Experienced imagers will love taking this portable mount to a dark sky site, with all the performance of their larger observatory mount. Or, if you’re new to imaging, this mount will help you get started with the hobby and keep up with your needs for years to come.

 

  • Integer gear ratios and permanently programmable Periodic Error Correction eliminates recurring track errors from the worm gear.
  • New motors offer improved tracking performance & 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 degrees latitude.
  • Improved electronics with increased memory for future expansion
  • NexStar+ hand control offers multiple language programming (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish)

 

 

  • Tripod - Adjustable, Stainless Steel
  • Tripod Legs - 2"
  • Weight (lbs) - 46 lbs (21 kg)
  • Power Supply - Car battery adapter
  • EQ Mount Weight - 17 lbs (7.71 kg)
  • Tripod Height (Max) - 64" in (1626 mm)
  • Tripod Height (Min) - 44" in (1118 mm)
  • Tripod Weight  18 lbs - (8.16 kg)
  • Counterweight Bar - 12" Length, 0.75" Diameter lbs (5.44 kg)
  • Counterweights - 1 x 11 lbs
  • Payload Capacity - 30 lbs (14 kg)
  • Latitude Range - 7-77 deg
  • Motor Drive -  Low cog DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
  • Slew Speeds - Nine slew speeds, 4 deg/sec maximum
  • Tracking Rates - Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
  • Tracking Modes -  EQ North and EQ South
  • Alignment Procedures -  2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align
  • Communication Ports -  2x AUX ports, Autoguider port, RS-232 port (on hand control)
  • Computer Hand Control - Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
  • Database - 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
  • Power Requirements - 12V DC 3.5A (tip positive)
  • Internal Clock - Yes
  • GPS - Optional SkySync GPS Accessory

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Only ships in contiguous USA.

Dimensions & Specifications

Weight

46 lbs.

Type

Equatorial Mounts

Brand

Celestron

Telescope Accessories Series

Celestron Telescope Mounts

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Celestron Advanced VX Equatorial Mount
 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (9)
  • Strong construction (8)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (5), Avid adventurer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This is a good mount

    I haven't found too many reviews for this mount online, so, since I did get one, I wanted to post it in a few places to help folks out. This is the same...Read complete review

    I haven't found too many reviews for this mount online, so, since I did get one, I wanted to post it in a few places to help folks out. This is the same review. About 15 months ago, I bought my first telescope, an Orion Astroview 120ST EQ, a 4.5" refractor. I like my scope, and enjoy using it to look at the easy stuff, bright planets, Andromeda, Orion Nebula, etc. I live in on the border of Red – Orange on NASA's light pollution map in the suburbs of NYC, which makes seeing the better stuff a bit harder. Now I didn't buy the computer controlled mount thinking that I should spend more money on the optics and the scope itself. In this time, I've learned to star hop, and to find stuff. To be honest, though, I am just not good at it. After a year and change, it still takes me forever, and I just have trouble finding stuff. I've upgraded my scope to add a better focuser, and a better star diagonal. My new right angle spotting scope is a must. With all of that, I have gotten a bit better at this stuff. Still, after studying star charts, and trying to make this work, with a commute and all, well, it's hard. I certainly enjoy stargazing, but I find myself spending an hour or so trying to find anything other than the planets, and staying on them, at fun magnification can be tough when I am showing them to friends or family who don't have the interest to learn.

    So, with all of that, I finally decided to go for a computerized mount. It arrived last night, and putting it together took about half an hour going very slow and watching tv as I was doing it. The truth is that the whole thing was quite easy. I was a bit concerned since the box was pretty beat up, and it was left by the wood colored, hint hint, delivery truck on it's side for the few hours from delivery to when I got back home from work. Fortunately, nothing was broken. Instructions are good, and are written in proper American English; as opposed to British English or something else. I work with folks in London, their version if English is slightly different, but I digress. So around 11:30PM EST, I took it outside, and with no moon, I gave it a quick try. I should note that it DOES NOT come with the power cord to connect it to a standard wall outlet. For many people, I guess, they don't use it close enough to their house to use an extension cord, so this makes sense. IT DOES come with a cigarette lighter adapter, which I guess makes more sense. I'm not sure, I mean would you want to risk draining your car battery? Like most folks I think, I plunked down more money for the smaller of the two currently available portable battery / lamps. I'm glad it got here earlier than the mount, as it has some special care and charging requirements, but those weren't bad.

    So, now I have it outside, and have to align it to north. I found this rather hard; took me about 10 to 15 minutes to do with my floating compass; I don't like the phone one. I have an idea to do it better next time. Adjusting it to my latitude was easy. Next I plugged it into the battery, and turned it on. I used a phone app to tell me my GPS coordinates. That was easy enough as well as putting in the time. There are a few free phone apps to tell you which star is which, so the whole process, after aligning the thing to North, took about 5 minutes, and then I tried for something that I knew where it was; even if it usually takes me a while to find it. Well, in all of 5 seconds, the scope put the Andromeda Galaxy in both the finder and my low mag eyepiece; 600mm FL and I was using a 18mm EP. Now it wasn't perfect, but neither was my alignment to North, nor is my finder/scope in perfect alignment. I was rushing, so my eyes weren't as great dark adjusted as they should have been. This was just my first test, so I was on my back porch, with some light from my living room where I had just put it together. I then pointed it at Neptune, and followed with Uranus. I looked at them at lower power, and then dropped in a bit higher 8.8mm EP, and the tracking was still good.

    Overall, I am very happy. It worked, and worked well for me. I would recommend this to others. There are a bunch of extra controls for fine tuning the tracking and other stuff like that. Haven't tried it yet. Out of the box, it was good. You have to buy the cable to connect it to your PC if you don't have a serial port. I think that is bad on their part. You can, as I did, buy a serial to USB converter for a few bucks online. There is nothing special about the branded one. I have not tried to update it yet, but I probably will the next non-clear night. I don't see a level on it as my Astroview's mount had, and that does concern me a bit. My main viewing area on my yard on a slight incline, so usually the legs are not the same length when I setup. I have one in my garage, but I would rather have had this on the thing. That's the only negative for me so far besides the lack of the USB cable that they want to charge you for. Seriously, that's just wrong considering it's a $5 retail item.

    Just to add a tiny bit about me. I am an engineer, and I am naturally inclined to do this stuff. That being said, you don't need to be one to set this up nor to use it. It's really easy for anyone. I definitely recommend this to anyone who doesn't have the patience to learn how to find stuff well. It seems to me that it should be good from a astrophotography perspective, but I can't say. I think I would need to fine tune it a bit or align it better for that to enable long exposures. I suspect I will get better with practice. It is built SOLID, and that I find very encouraging.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Didn't work right out of the box.

    Got two error messages as soon as I connected the power; Celestron tech support said it is a power problem and has agreed to replace the entire mount.

    Got two error messages as soon as I connected the power; Celestron tech support said it is a power problem and has agreed to replace the entire mount.

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    5.0

    Great Mount!

    By Horacio

    from BOCA RATON,FL

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron Advanced VX Equatorial Mount:

      I have been using this mount for over a month now and have no complains to report. The mount is able to track solar system objects for over 15 minutes. I have so far viewed the sun and moon . I am sure it will be just as accurate on the planets and DSO. Hayneedle has been exceptional in their support during the order and afterwards. I have also taken great photos of the moon. I recommend to get a compass to point the mount due North. I have found that even with a rough alignment the mount works great. Great job Celestron and Hayneedle/telescopes.com!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Didn't work right out of the box.

      By Damien

      from DARDANELLE,AR

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron Advanced VX Equatorial Mount:

          Got two error messages as soon as I connected the power; Celestron tech support said it is a power problem and has agreed to replace the entire mount.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good investment

          By Jose

          from Edinburg, TX

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Difficult to Use

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron Advanced VX Equatorial Mount:

          I been wanting a telescope since junior high, and finally after 50 years, I purchased one. I chose Celestron after doing lots of research. Te majority of the professional reviews recommend it. I purchased not knowing what to expect. I was surprise with its the size and quality. Remember I am a beginning who knows nothing bout astronomy and I need lots of guidance. I gave it only four stars because I feel that the telescope need to come with easy instructions to follow when putting the telescope together. The instructions should also include a list of the items.

          Also, it does not come with a mount, so I had to purchase it separately. It should come with the option to order a mount.

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          • No

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great

          By James A

          from OMAHA,NE

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron Advanced VX Equatorial Mount:

            good price, great shipping..

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It is great.

            By Inho

            from FRISCO,TX

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron Advanced VX Equatorial Mount:

              It is great. Moreover, I can believe hayneedle store.
              They do great job for me.
              I will recomand the store for everyone.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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