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CGX 11" RASA V2


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  • 11” f/2.2 Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (RASA) V2 uses rare-earth glass for images free of false color, coma, and field curvature
  • Heavy duty CGX computerized equatorial mount with 55-lb payload capacity

 

Optical Performance
The RASA 11 V2 features optics with 4-element rare-earth glass for images free of false color and aberrations like coma and field curvature. The optical quality and spot size across the entire image circle are unprecedented for an astrograph in this price range—or even that of a much more expensive instrument. The design also provides minimal vignetting.

Advanced Features
RASA 11 V2 utilizes the new Ultra-Stable Focus System (USFS). At the heart of this system is a precision linear ball bearing. The bearing serves to minimize focus shift (unwanted lateral motion of the primary mirror during focusing which causes shifting of the image) and mirror flop (movement of the primary mirror when the telescope is pointing to different positions in the sky). The USFS is also compatible with the optional Celestron Focus Motor (#94155-A). The integrated 12V DC MagLev fan reduces cooldown time and provides optimal airflow through the dust filtered optical tube.

Engineered as a complete astroimaging system, every component of the RASA 11 V2 is optimized for peak performance with DSLR and astronomical CCD cameras. Down to the thickness of the glass used in the included fully-multicoated optical window or optional imaging filter, every component of the system has been taken into careful consideration to work together seamlessly. The Dovetail CGE bars on the top of the optical tube provides a connection for use of optional accessories like a guidescope.

CGX Mount

Celestron’s workhorse CGEM mount lineup has been the German Equatorial backbone for telescopes ranging from 6 to 11 inches of aperture. Since that time, many more astro-imagers and planetarium controlled setups have emerged as backyard telescope technology has evolved. Celestron’s engineering team applied their years of experience designing German Equatorial mounts to the all-new CGX EQ, a culmination of all the advancements made to our technologies, value, and ease-of-use.

The new CGX was designed to better support your telescope for both visual and astro-imaging pursuits. Key design goals included a lower profile EQ head, which provides a more compact and therefore more stable setup; a better drive system; remote operation-friendly with home and limit optical sensors; easier polar alignment adjustments; and better cable management. In addition to that, we’ve made mechanical and ergonomic improvements throughout to make the mount sturdier, easier to use, and transport. The CGX is our new Equatorial backbone to support a wide range of telescopes.

OPTICAL TUBE INFO:
Optical Design Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph
Aperture 279mm (11")
Focal Length 620mm (24.4")
Focal Ratio f/2.2
Central obstruction diameter 114mm (4.48") (41% of aperture diameter)
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 1588x
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.49 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes) 0.41 arc seconds
Image Circle 43.3mm (1.7") Ø , 4.0°
Useable field 52mm (2.04") Ø , 4.8° only minimal performance loss at edge of FOV
Wavelength range 400 - 700 nm
Spot size < 4.4 μm RMS across FOV
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Off-axis Illumination 83% at 21mm (.82") off-axis
Optical Window 68mm (2.67") Ø
Back focus with included camera adapter 55mm (2.16")
Back focus from top of threaded collar 72.8mm (2.86")
Optical Tube Aluminum
Optical Tube Length 838.2mm (33")
Optical Tube Diameter 330.2mm (13")
Focuser Ultra-Stable Focus System
Finderscope Not included
Optical Tube Weight 43 lbs (19.5 kg)
Other Features Ventilation fan, dual dovetail mounting bars
Included items 42mm (1.65") T-thread camera adapter | 48mm (1.89") camera adapter | Dust cover | Fan battery pack
Dovetail CGE Dovetail Bar
MOUNT INFO:
Mount Type Computerized Equatorial
Instrument load capacity 55 lbs (25 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod) 1200.15mm - 1968.5mm (47.25" - 77.5")
Tripod Leg Diameter 50.8mm (2") Steel tripod
Latitude adjustment range 3° - 65°
Mount Head Weight 44 lbs (20 kg)
Accessory Tray Yes
Tripod Weight 19.2 lbs (8.7 kg)
Weight of Counterweights 4 x 11 lbs
Slew Speeds 9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes EQ North & EQ South
GPS N/A
Dovetail Compatibility Dual saddle plates (CG-5 and CGE saddle)
Number of Auxiliary ports 2 Aux ports (Hand Control can use either Aux port)
Autoguide port Yes
USB Port Yes, input for Mount and Hand Control
Power Requirements 12V DC, 4 amps
Motor Drive DC servo motors
Alignment Procedures 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align
Periodic Error Correction Yes
Computer Hand Control 2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection
NexStar+ Database 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Software CPWI Telescope Control Software, Celestron Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight 150.2 lbs (68 kg)
Included Items CGX Equatorial Head | CGX Tripod | Accessory Tray | 4 x 11 lbs counterweights | NexStar+ Hand Control | Counterweight Shaft | 8mm Allen Wrench | 12V DC Power Cable | Hand Control Holster

SKU: 12060
Barcode: 050234120609