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Celestron 9.25 Inch CPC Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

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  • GPS-enabled professional-quality telescope
  • Includes database of 40,000 celestial coordinates
  • Upgradeable - keeps you up to date
  • Roller bearings allow base to rotate in 9.5-inch track
  • Starbright coatings maximize transmission of light
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CPC 925 GPS XLT — Unique design, advanced features, GOTO accuracy, and superb optics. You get the picture.

 

Celestron’s 9.25” optical system has enjoyed a loyal following since we first introduced it with our Ultima 9.25” in 1995. Now the 9.25” optical tube is coupled with Celestron's newest computerized telescope family — the CPC GPS series.

 

The 9.25” was already a favorite among astrophotographers and discerning visual observers and it offers 33% more light gathering than our 8" model. The CPC 925 GPS XLT was specifically designed for visual infinity focus when using 2" eyepieces and has an optimized baffle system to benefit astrophotography by minimizing vignetting at the edge of the field of view. Its longer primary focal length and lower magnification secondary mirror contribute to a flatter field of view at the focal plane and helps to further reduce optical aberrations.

 

This feature packed model comes standard with Celestron's renowned StarBright multi-coatings. The CPC 925 GPS is compatible with the complete line of Celestron photographic and visual accessories.

 

What makes the CPC 925 GPS XLT great for astrophotography?

  • Longer focal length primary and lower magnification secondary— Contributes to a flatter focal plane with less coma and off-axis astigmatism.
  • Baffle design —Optimized for astrophotography. Minimizes vignetting at the edge of the field of view. This reduces light drop off at the corners of your film plane.
  • Hand Figured Optics — Just like all other Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, the CPC 925 GPS optics are individually matched and hand figured to ensure the highest optical quality in every telescope.
  • Focus mechanism — At the heart of Celestron's Schmidt-Cassegrain focus mechanism are pre-loaded ball bearings, not bushings, minimizing focus shift.
  • Heavy-duty die cast aluminum fork arms —For maximum rigidity.
  • Unique roller bearing design bearing and shaft —The telescope base rotates around a wide 9.5” track for maximum stability; especially important when equatorially mounted for imaging.
  • Autoguider port — For interfacing an autoguider or a drive corrector for long exposure imaging or astrophotography.
  • StarBright coatings — High quality multi-layer coatings maximize transmission of light to the film plane.

Celestron's new CPC Series with revolutionary SkyAlign Alignment Technology re-defines everything that amateur astronomers are looking for — quick and simple alignment, GPS, unsurpassed optical quality, ease of set-up and use, ergonomics, enhanced computerization and, most important, affordability.

 

Internal GPS

The CPC Series' internal GPS receiver automatically downloads the date and time from orbiting satellites and pinpoints its exact location on Earth. This eliminates the need for you to manually enter the date, time, longitude and latitude.

 

Celestron's Revolutionary SkyAlign

Once the CPC's internal GPS has established the telescope's position, aligning the telescope is as easy as 1-2-3! Simply locate and use hand control to manually point (slew) the telescope to three bright celestial objects. You do not need to know the names of the stars — you may even pick the moon or bright planets! Celestron's NexStar® software technology will model the night sky to determine the position of every star, planet and celestial object above the horizon. Once aligned, the remote hand control allows direct access to each of the celestial catalogs in its user-friendly database.

 

Celestial Object Database

The CPC database contains over 40,000 celestial objects including Messier objects, the Caldwell Catalog, as well as NGC Galaxies, nebulae and planets. User-definable filter limits make navigating through this expansive database quicker and easier. Filter Limits let you filter out objects that are outside of your local horizon (ie, if trees or mountains were in the way).

 

Identify feature tells you what you're looking at, but it can also be a very fun way to tour around the sky. Just point the telescope up somewhere and ask it to identify Messier objects (for instance) and it will show you the 5 nearest Messier objects to your position and let you GOTO them. You can keep doing this for different parts of the sky or for different object types -- it is a lot of fun.

 

There's also "Solar Sys Align" that lets you align on the sun or moon for daytime observing -- it is easy to use this to see planets or bright stars in the day.

 

Innovative Features

The new CPC Series telescopes, like our acclaimed Advanced Series and premium CGE Series telescopes feature meticulously matched and hand-figured optical systems that are manufactured in our facilities in Torrance, California. In addition, all CPC models are available with StarBright and StarBright XLT High Performance Optical Coatings.

 

With the introduction of the CPC Series, Celestron has “gone back to the drawing board” and re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented a telescope family that provides superior quality, unsurpassed ease of use, and incomparable value. All CPC models ship standard with our NexRemote telescope control software.

 

  • 9.25" diffraction limited Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings
  • Fully computerized dual fork arm altazimuth mount
  • Newly designed heavy-duty tripod makes attaching the telescope so easy you can do it in the dark; also features sturdy 2" steel legs and accessory tray
  • Ergonomic design - Comfortably lift and move the telescope from location to location
  • Star diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky
  • Convenient remote hand control holder - Allows you to view information hands-free while using the scope
  • Proven NexStar computer control technology
  • 40,000 object database with 400 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
  • Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number; the most beautiful double, triple and quadruple stars; variable star; solar systems; objects and asterisms
  • Re-designed drive base and drive mechanics - Quiet operation; large drive gears, quick release clutch
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
  • Permanent PEC
  • Auxiliary port for additional accessories such as Autoguider, GPS accessory
  • NexRemote telescope control software and rs-232 cable included for advanced control of your telescope via computer

 

Powering your Celestron CPC Telescope

The Celestron CPC Series Telescopes include a DC power cable, the kind you can plug into a automobile cigarette lighter.  The CPC series telescopes do not take batteries.  Won't take batteries!  What!  Actually this is a good thing.  These larger telescopes eat through batteries pretty quickly.  Its best to have a more reliable power source.  A Celestron PowerTank is great for traveling to darker sky locations. 

 

Astrophotography with the Celestron CPC Telescopes

While astrophotography could not be summed up here in one paragraph, a very common question for the CPC telescopes is how to connect a camera to it.  Astrophotography is a hobby of patience and lots of trial and error, and plenty of errors will be had once you get started.  But the rewards of good images is well worth it. 

 

About Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes

Celestron’s excellent Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes are compact and portable and represent the best all-purpose design for a wide variety of uses from terrestrial and deep sky viewing to astrophotography.


Catadioptrics use a combination of mirrors and lenses to "fold" (reflect) the light path and form an image. In a Schmidt-Cassegrain, the light enters through a thin aspheric Schmidt correcting lens. It then strikes the spherical primary mirror. It is reflected back up the tube and intercepted by a small secondary mirror which reflects the light out an opening in the rear of the instrument where the image is formed at the eyepiece.


Catadioptrics are the most popular and most modern type of telescope optical design and are marketed throughout the world in 3.5" and larger apertures. Catadioptric telescopes combine the practical advantages of lenses and mirrors while eliminating their disadvantages. They offer the clarity and contrast of refractors with the low aberration of reflectors. Catadioptrics have an average focal ratio of f/10, which is wide enough for all types of photography. They are also easier to maintain because all optical elements are solidly mounted and rigidly collimated. Catadioptric telescopes provide the best possible combination of light gathering power, long focal length, portability and affordability.

 

Schmidt-Cassegrain Advantages

  • Very versatile, best all-purpose telescope design
  • Combines the optical advantages of both lenses and mirrors while eliminating their disadvantages
  • Excellent optics and razor sharp images over a wide field
  • Excellent for deep sky observing and astrophotography as well as terrestrial viewing
  • Very good for lunar, planetary and binary star observing
  • Focal ratio generally around f/10, it also has the best near focus capability of any type of telescope
  • Closed tube design reduces image-degrading air currents
  • Extremely compact and portable
  • Easy to use, durable and virtually maintenance free
  • Large apertures at reasonable cost and less expensive than equivalent aperture refractors
  • More accessories available than with other types of telescopes

 

Schmidt-Cassegrain Disadvantages

  • More expensive than Newtonians of equal aperture
  • Slight light loss due to secondary mirror obstruction compared to refractors The Maksutov-Cassegrain is similar to the Schmidt-Cassegrain with essentially the same advantages and disadvantages. It uses a thick meniscus correcting lens with a strong curvature and a secondary mirror that is usually an aluminized spot on the corrector. The Maksutov secondary

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Astrophotography , Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing Nebulae , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Warranty

2-Year Limited

Features

Alt-Az-Mount , GoTo , GPS

Configuration

58 lbs. Weight Optical Tube

Brand

Celestron

Finderscope

50mm w/quick release bracket

Lens Coating

StarBright XLT

GPS

Yes

GoTo

Yes

Good for Astrophotography

Yes

Telescopes Series

Celestron CPC GPS Telescopes

Optical Design

Schmidt-Cassegrain

Aperture

235mm

Focal Length

2350mm

Focal Ratio

f/10

Mount Design

Dual Fork Arm

Eyepiece 1

40mm Plossl (59x)

Highest Useful Magnification

555x

Star Diagonal

1.25 inch

Objective Lens Size Code

235

User Level

For the Expert

Object Database

40000 objects

Component

.49 Arc Seconds Resolving Power , .59 Arc Seconds Resolution , 14.4 Limiting Magnitude

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  • Accurate (12)
  • Strong construction (11)
  • Quality lenses (9)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (13)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great scope

After researching scopes and equipment for over 3 years, I decided to jump in with both feet and purchase the 9.25 CPC. It's been nothing but great views and a fantastic time learning the...Read complete review

After researching scopes and equipment for over 3 years, I decided to jump in with both feet and purchase the 9.25 CPC. It's been nothing but great views and a fantastic time learning the ropes and getting more out of the scope every outing. I haven't come close to the limits of what this scope can do, but that's what makes it fun. Years of enjoyment to come.

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Threads are off

The threads on the back of my new [$] cpc 9.25 are off. I have tried to add two very good [$] Wilson Optics diagonals to the back with no luck because...Read complete review

The threads on the back of my new [$] cpc 9.25 are off. I have tried to add two very good [$] Wilson Optics diagonals to the back with no luck because the threads on the back of my scope will not accept them, [...] Been told this is a problem with celestron. I'm not a happy camper.

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5.0

very good product

By Stanley B

from CHICAGO,IL

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

very good product

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Scope..Solid build

By DOTTAT

from York, PA

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Quality Lenses
  • Stable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

This telescope is amazing. The brightness of the objects viewed as well as the clarity just make it outstanding.

The weight could be a problem for some people if you are prone to travelling with it a lot. Storage cabinets are a must as they make it much easier to move around.

I had one problem with the scope when it arrived. I noticed a small metallic curl clinging to the inside of the corrector lense. It appeared to have been from the threads of the screw holes that hold the corrector lense in place. I was able to carefully remove the lense and blow the piece clear of the lense. Otherwise, there were no problems with any of the items i purchased.

If you are considering this scope, do yourself a favor and get the upgraded 2inch eyepiece kit.

The weight of this thing coupled with the solid tripod makes it very stable. Even a group of kids looking through the eyepiece (from a stepstool :) ) wasn't enough to knock the object out of view.

Service and delivery comments:

I had one problem with the scope when it arrived. I noticed a small metallic curl clinging to the inside of the corrector lense. It appeared to have been from the threads of the screw holes that hold the corrector lense in place. I was able to carefully remove the lense and blow the piece clear of the lense. Otherwise, there were no problems with any of the items i purchased.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Impressive Telescope

By Benjamin

from LEES SUMMIT,MO

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Very nice. I suggest purchasing a power tank right away. I'm happy.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Eveything went well

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Perfect Telescope

    By mehau

    from Maryland

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    It is a perfect telescope for a backyard stargazing. Easy to set up, not so heavy for its' size.

    Service and delivery comments:

    I got it within 2 business days (no extra charge). Telescopes.com rocks !

    • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    9.25 CPC

    By CJlomax

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    I did all the reviews and knew that the 11 inch would stay inside most of the time unless I built an Observatory or POD. The 9.25 scope is flawless, the construction very solid. l'm in shape, I think, but when I went to place this scope on the excellent mount I had to rethink how to do it. In a word it is heavy! Hayneedle has a very good package deal here .. my shopping around shows that they are in the ballpark regarding the scope and much better in pricing for the additional eyepieces and peripherals.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Very prompt delivery via ground. It was at my door as specified in the order.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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