Celestron 6" Advanced VX Series Go-To Equatorial Newtonian

$1,019.00

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This Celestron AVX6N telescope is a 6" fast focal ratio wide field reflector on a robust go-to computerized German equatorial mount. The substantial 6" aperture of this Celestron reflector makes it an excellent scope for all-around solar system and deep space observing alike . . .
Our Product #: AVX6N
Celestron Product #: 32054
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Product Description

This Celestron Advanced VX 6" Newtonian telescope has:
• fast focal ratio 6" f/5 Newtonian reflector optics
• heavy-duty Advanced Series computerized go-to equatorial mount and tripod
• 6 x 30mm finderscope
• 20mm Plössl eyepiece (38x) for a wide 1.3° field of view
• bright wide angle deep space views, plus high-contrast performance inside the solar system
• 2-year warranty

This Celestron AVX6N is a 6" fast focal ratio/wide field reflector optical tube on a robust go-to computerized German equatorial mount. The substantial 6" aperture of this Celestron reflector makes it an excellent scope for all-around solar system and deep space observing alike. It has 459x the light-gathering capacity of even the sharpest dark-adapted eye, allowing you to see faint deep space wonders that would be otherwise invisible. The go-to mount makes finding over 40,000 of those objects easy and automatic, so you spend more of your time looking at celestial wonders, and less time looking for them.

This Celestron reflector works well visually from many city and suburban sites, as its f/5 focal ratio keeps moderately light-polluted sky backgrounds reasonably dark to avoid washing out faint nebula detail. As with any scope, however, transporting the Celestron AVX6N to a dark sky observing site will markedly improve its performance on broad, faint deep sky objects at low powers.

In addition, the 750mm focal length of this Celestron makes it easy to achieve the high powers needed for detailed lunar and planetary observing. Simply add an optional Barlow lens, and/or additional optional higher power eyepieces, and this Celestron telescope will provide you with crisp and sharply detailed close-up views of the Moon and planets.

The scope's lightweight optical tube and easily assembled go-to mount make it quick to set up and enjoy - either in your back yard or at a distant dark sky site. Its superb optical quality and reasonable price for a go-to scope make it an excellent buy for the beginning and advanced astronomer alike.

This Celestron Telescope's Optical System . . .

Newtonian reflector optical tube: 6" aperture (750mm focal length f/5 parabolic primary mirror), guaranteed to be diffraction-limited. The optical tube is black-finished aluminum, to allow the mirrors to cool to ambient temperature more quickly. Also, the lower end of the tube is sealed to reduce image-degrading thermal currents within the optical tube. These features extend your undisturbed viewing time by minimizing the time you have to wait for the images to stabilize after you take your C6N outside in the cold air of late fall or winter.

The scope's tube end rings are sturdy die cast aluminum, to protect the tube during transport and provide exceptionally rigid support for the optics. The mirror cell's six-screw push/pull locking collimation system keeps the primary mirror aligned far longer than conventional mirror cells - so you spend more time observing, and less time adjusting the optics. The lightweight optical tube rotates in its felt-lined die cast cradle rings to bring the focuser and finder to the most comfortable viewing position. The mounting rings even include a built-in piggyback mount for wide field astrophotography. The 27" long aluminum optical tube weighs only 10 lbs., making it easy to transport and assemble in the field.

Finderscope: 6 x 30mm straight-through achromatic design, with a wide 7° field of view.

Focuser: 1.25" metal rack and pinion type.

Eyepiece: 1.25" 20mm Plössl (38x). The 1.3° field of the eyepiece is more than two and a half times the diameter of the Moon, for exciting views of large objects such as the Pleiades and the Lagoon Nebula.

This Telescope's Mount . . .

Heavy duty Advanced VX Series computerized go-to German equatorial mount: This scope's new Advanced VX mount was specifically designed to provide optimum imaging performance for smaller telescopes (30 lbs and under). It has the imaging-friendly features of Celestron's larger telescope mounts, such as permanent periodic error correction (PPEC) and the ability to Image across the meridian without doing a meridian flip, so you can seamlessly image the best part of the night sky.

Experienced imagers will love taking this portable mount to a dark sky site (the head weighs only 17 lbs, the tripod only 18 lbs, plus two 11 lb counterweights), as it provides all the performance of their larger observatory mounts in a portable package. If you're new to imaging, the Advanced VX mount will help you get started with the hobby and keep up with your needs for years to come.

The mount includes dual-axis slewing/tracking low-cog DC servo motors with positioning encoders on each axis for go-to computer control. The new motors provide improved tracking performance and more power to handle an unbalanced load than previous Advanced Series drives. Built-in adjustable backlash compensation and permanent user-programmed periodic error correction (PPEC) permits precise corrections during astrophotography and when observing visually at high powers. The maximum slewing speed is a fast 4° per second.

The scope is supplied with a car battery cord to operate from the cigarette lighter plug of your car or from a rechargeable 12Vbattery pack. The mount requires a 12VDC 3.5A power source, so the Celestron 17amp hour capacity Power Tank #4517V is recommended for extended use in the field. The Power Tank can be recharged hundreds of times and will operate the scope all night long without danger of running out of power. Celestron AC adapter #2338PRO is also available to operate the scope from household AC in your back yard.

The  sliding 11 pound counterweight is locked in place with a single hand-tighten thumbscrew each, making it easy to rebalance the scope if you add heavy photographic accessories. The mount is easily capable of handling the scope and any reasonable combination of photographic accessories you might want to use. Snap-on covers keep the motor drives free from dust and debris. A set of optional vibration suppression pads under the tripod feet will improve the telescope damping time for steadier high power observing.

To make a casual polar alignment for visual use quick and easy, there's a latitude scale and fine adjustment controls in both altitude and azimuth. The scope can be used over a wide 7° to 77° latitude range in both the northern and southern hemispheres. The scope includes Celestron's unique All-Star computerized polar alignment that lets you do an accurate polar alignment even when Polaris is hidden by trees or buildings.

NexStar+ computer hand control: The supplied NexStar+ computerized hand control has an internal clock and a built-in database of more than 40,000 stars and deep space/solar system objects it can find for you. These include the complete RNGC, Messier, Caldwell, IC,and Abell catalogs; selected SAO stars, such as variables and multiple star systems; the planets, the Moon, and more. There is enhanced information on over200 of the most note-worthy objects.

You can also store and edit the right ascension and declination of 100 additional user-defined objects of your own choosing,such as the comet and asteroid coordinates published monthly in Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines. The computer control can find any of those objects with at your command, and accurately track them for visual or photographic application.

All of the database and telescope operation information is displayed on a double line, 16-character, liquid crystal display on the hand control. The NexStar+ hand control offers multiple language programming (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish). There are 19 fiber optic back-lit LED buttons to make it easy for you to control the computer without affecting your dark adapted vision. There are two AUX ports, an autoguider port, and an RS-232 communication port on the hand control that allows you to operate the telescope via a personal computer. The computer hand control software can be upgraded over the Internet from Celestron's website, assuring that you always have the most current software version at your command.

Several different alignment methods are built into the NexStar+ computer, allowing you to choose a level of computer accuracy in automatically finding objects with which you are comfortable. You can choose two-star align, quick align, one-star align, last alignment, or solar system align. Each of these computer-guided alignment methods is easily accomplished in only a few short minutes. You can be observing in less than 15 minutes after you first take your scope outdoors, including telescope assembly time.

In addition, the NexStar+ computer hand control is GPS-compatible (using an optional inexpensive SkySync GPS module) for full GPS (Global Positioning System) satellite accuracy. Adding GPS to the computer is something no competitive scope can do. With the Advanced VX Series go-to mount and the SkySync, orienting the scope in time and space on earth and aligning the scope on the sky becomes almost as easy as simply turning the scope on.

Adjustable height tripod: The tripod has 2" diameter steel legs with a center leg brace for rigidity, with excellent damping characteristics. The center leg brace is drilled to form a convenient accessory tray that holds 1.25" and 2" eyepiece to keep them up out of the dew-soaked grass.

Dovetail slide bar: An adjustable Vixen-style dovetail slide bar allows the optical tube to be quickly and precisely balanced fore and aft on the mount, eliminating the need for an extra counterweight to balance a camera or other accessories. Setup and takedown times are exceptionally fast,as a single large hand-tighten knob holds the optical tube in place. A second lock knob prevents the tube from sliding off the mount should the hand-tighten knob loosen.

Two-year warranty: All Celestron go-to telescopes have a two-year warranty.

Tech Details

Aperture 6"
Focal Length 750mm
Focal Ratio f/5
Heaviest Single Component 25 lbs.
Highest Useful Magnification 250x
Motorized Controls Computerized Go-To
Weight 54 lbs.
Planetary Observation Very Good
Resolution 0.76 arc seconds
Supplied Eyepiece 20mm 1.25"
Telescope Type Reflector
View Finder 6x30
Visual Limiting Magnitude 13.4
Warranty 2 years

Reviews

Review by:
I have used the CG5 ASGT for about three years now and decided it was time to upgrade to the AVX. It is an evolutionary improvement over the CG5 ASGT. The look is more clean and integrated. It is also more quiet, which is nice when observing. I use it with my SW 100ED and it works perfectly with this scope. The newt is good for what it is, but I prefer a refractor. (Posted on 1/14/2019)
Review by:
I'd always wanted a quality GOTO telescope, so after much research, I went with the AVX 6N. Lacking the knowledge to star hop, the AVX mount has opened up the skies for me and my family. Astronomics shipped this beast quickly and has always answered any questions I've had about the scope and additional accessories! (Posted on 1/3/2019)
Review by:
I got the AVX 6” Newtonian about a year ago to advance my star gazing from my beginner scope. I wanted a goto scope, and an equatorial mount, intending to one day try some astrophotography. Despite having to send it back to Celestron to fix a gear problem (it stopped moving), it has met my expectations. And the support I’ve gotten from Celestron has been excellent! I’m still working on getting good pictures with it, but the goto is excellent and is helping me learn where things are in the night sky! I’ll probably replace the OTA sometime in the future to get one I can get better pictures with, but this has been an excellent scope/mount to learn the basics! (Posted on 1/1/2019)
Review by:
Pros: Inexpensive, the telescope is nice visually, mine has been reliable over the past 2 years.
Cons: The focuser of the 6" Newt is not very good. Worse, it's an oddball size so there are no after market upgrades.
For imaging, the AVX needs constant attention, you have to baby it through out the imaging session. It does a decent job at shorter focal lengths. (Posted on 10/31/2018)
Review by:
I've had the Advanced VX 6" reflector for a few years now. It's a pretty good mid-range telescope/mount combo. I've used the mount, along with a 6" f/4 astrograph, for AP work with respectable results. The mount and tripod are solid and the drive is decent. The 6" f/5 OTA is pretty good for visual work, but I would recommend getting something else for AP work, due primarily to the 1.25" focuser. I was never able to track down a 1.25" coma corrector.

Being a fast Newtonian, accurate collimation is critical, so plan on getting a good collimation tool.

IMO, the mount is worth the cost, so the OTA is basically free. You would have to spend much more than this to get a significantly better mount.
(Posted on 10/14/2018)
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Supplied Accessories

  • 750mm (6") f/5 Newtonian reflector optical tube
  • heavy duty Advanced VX German equatorial mount with setting circles, and adjustable height steel leg tripod with combined spreader bar/accessory tray
  • dual-axis slewing/tracking motors and go-to computerized hand control with 40,000+ star and object database
  • 6 x 30mm straight-through finder
  • 20mm 1.25" Plössl eyepiece (38x)
  • 1.25" rack and pinion focuser
  • dust covers
  • TheSkyX Frirst Light Edition planetarium and sky-charting CD-ROM software