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Starbright XLT optics
This advanced optical coatings package includes multiple layers of vacuum-deposited high reflectivity aluminum on both primary and secondary mirrors. The coating layers are enhanced with titanium dioxide for maximum reflectivity and then overcoated with a protective layer of silicon monoxide (quartz) for long life.

A unique combination of magnesium fluoride and hafnium dioxide high transmission antireflection coatings is vacuum-deposited on both sides of the Schmidt corrector lens for maximum light throughput and contrast. The corrector lens itself is made of high transmission water white float glass instead of the conventional soda lime glass (which has 3.5% lower transmission than water white glass) that’s used in other telescopes.

Starbright XLT multicoatings give you higher light transmission for brighter deep space images and shorter exposure times during CCD and DSLR photography. Across the total visual/photographic spectrum from 400nm to 750nm, independent laboratory tests show the new Starbright XLT coatings are 16% brighter overall than even the original industry-standard Starbright multicoatings. The XLT coatings also visibly increase the contrast on subtle lunar, planetary, and nebula details when compared with a scope with standard coatings or ordinary multicoatings.

CGE Pro mount
The German equatorial mount has long been the favored choice of astronomy buffs and astrophotographers because of its stability and portability. It is more stable because the center of gravity is directly over the center of its base, and more portable because it can be broken down into smaller component parts than a fork-mount telescope for easy storage and transportation.

For astrophotography, the German equatorial mount offers easier balancing; unlimited space at the rear of the telescope tube to mount a long camera equipment train that can’t bump into the drive base, as is the case with many fork-mounted scopes; and whole sky access that many fork-mounted scopes can’t achieve.

The Celestron CGE PRO – a Sky & Telescope Hot Product for 2010 – is a newly-designed high payload capacity/high precision go-to German equatorial mount that epitomizes all of these German equatorial mount virtues. The CGE PRO has a full 90 pound payload capacity. This allows it to carry Celestron SCT optical tubes up to 14” in aperture, with as much as 45 pounds of imaging accessories attached, as well as virtually any other optical tube and accessory payload weighing up to 90 pounds. The mount is capable of operating over a latitude range of 10º to 65º in both northern and southern hemispheres. The Sky & Telescope Hot Product citation said the CGE PRO mount offers “unquestionable value when it comes to Go To performance for astrophotographers and observers.”

The mount’s heavy duty right ascension and declination shafts are precision-machined from 1.57” diameter steel tubing with a stout 0.40" wall thickness. Each shaft is supported by two preloaded 2.68” O.D. tapered roller bearings. There is a four-point right ascension and declination clutch system for no-slip pointing precision.

The CGE PRO mount head contains 12VDC slewing/tracking motors with integrated optical encoders on each axis for go-to computer control. Steel worm gears and brass worm wheels assure long-term reliability and high accuracy performance. Each precision-made steel worm gear is 0.75" diameter and is preloaded with two 0.87" OD ball bearings to minimize run-out (a source of periodic error). The precision-made 255 tooth brass worm wheel is a full 6” in diameter.

The use of low cog DC Servo motors with integrated optical positioning encoders offers smooth, quiet operation and precision slewing and tracking. The seven slot motor armatures are skewed to minimize cogging for precise jitter-free low speed tracking. The declination worm is spring loaded to minimize backlash for smoother and easier guiding.

Drive accuracy (periodic error) is a very good +/- 9 arc seconds or better. This can be further improved by training the permanent periodic error correction circuit built into the mount’s computer hand control to reduce the periodic error inherent in all telescope worm gear drives.

There are nine motor drive speeds: 0.5x and 1x sidereal for guiding; 4x, 8x, 16x, and 64x for centering; and 0.5°, 2°, and a fast 5.5° per second for slewing. Preset tracking rates include sidereal, solar, and lunar. Equatorial tracking modes are available for both northern and southern hemispheres.

The mount requires 2.5 amp 12 VDC power to operate. The maximum 2.5 amp power draw happens only briefly when accelerating to the high speed slewing mode from a standing start. Normal power draw with a well-balanced payload is generally considerably less than half the maximum draw. The mount comes with a car battery cord to operate from the cigarette lighter plug of your car or from a rechargeable 12VDC battery pack. The 17 amp hour capacity Celestron Power Tank #4517V is recommended and will operate the mount all night long without danger of running out of power.

Specially designed power management electronics deliver constant regulated power to the motor so that it is capable of driving the mount even when your scope not perfectly balanced. This allows the CGE Pro to have the payload capacity of that of much larger (and expensive) mounts without sacrificing smooth tracking motion and pointing accuracy across the entire sky.

To make a casual no-tool polar alignment for visual use quick and easy, there’s a latitude scale with large ergonomically-friendly altitude and azimuth adjustment knobs. If serious long exposure astrophotography is in your plans, special All-Star Polar Alignment software allows you to choose any bright alignment star for a software-assisted alignment of the mount’s polar axis, even if you can't see the North Star.

The CGE Pro mount alone comes with one 22 pound counterweight. When the mount is supplied as part of a complete telescope package, one counterweight comes with the 9¼” CGE 925 PRO; two come with the 11” CGE 1100 PRO, and three come with the 14” CGE 1400 PRO and CGE 1400 PRO Fastar. The counterweight is locked in place on the 5 pound steel counterweight shaft with a single hand-tighten knob, making it easy to rebalance your scope in right ascension if you add heavy photographic accessories. If needed, optional counterweights are available to balance very heavy loads.

For observing or imaging objects near the meridian (the imaginary line passing directly overhead from North to South), the CGE PRO is designed to track a full 20° past the meridian for uninterrupted imaging through the most ideal part of the sky.

An autoguider port, PC port, and auxiliary ports are located on the mount’s electronic pier for long exposure astrophotography. The autoguider port can use a six-pin RJ-12 modular jack ST-4 compatible CCD autoguider to automatically control the drive motors during long exposure astrophotography. An RS-232 communication port on hand control allows you to control the mount via a personal computer using the supplied NexRemote telescope control software.

The CGE PRO mount’s adjustable height Super HD tripod has 2.75” diameter stainless steel legs. It adjusts over a 38” to 55” height range. The height adjustment leg locks are on the inside of the tripod legs to keep them from snagging on clothing in the dark. The tripod uses a dual leg support for maximum rigidity, with an upper leg brace to provide an outward preload and a lower leg brace providing inward tension. The upper leg brace forms a convenient tray that holds eyepieces and accessories to keep them up out of the dew-soaked grass.

Optical tubes are installed on the CGE PRO mount using a slot on the mount head that accepts a Celestron CGE-style or Losmandy D-plate dovetail slide bar. This allows the optical tube to be quickly and precisely balanced fore and aft on the mount in declination, 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.

The CGE PRO mount weighs a stout 154 pounds. The equatorial head is the heaviest component, at 75 pounds. The tripod and electronic pier weigh a combined 52 pounds. The supplied counterweight weighs 22 pounds, while the thread-in counterweight shaft weighs 5 pounds. With a deadweight lift of 75 pounds to install the equatorial head on the tripod, it might be prudent to have a second person assist you in assembling your CGE Pro mount.

CGE Pro NexStar computer
The NexStar computer hand control of the CGE Pro mount has a built-in database of more than 40,000 stars, deep space objects, and solar system objects it can locate for you. These include the complete RNGC, Messier, Caldwell, IC, and Abell catalogs; selected SAO stars; the planets, the Moon, and others. The 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 stars; non-planetary solar system objects; and asterisms. It contains enough fascinating objects to keep you busy observing for the rest of your life.

You can also store and edit the right ascension and declination of 100 objects of your own choosing, such as the comet and asteroid coordinates published monthly in Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines. The computer control can quickly find any of those objects at your command, and track them with high accuracy for visual observing or astrophotography.

All of the database and scope operation information is displayed on a double line, 16-character, liquid crystal display on the hand control. This display leads you through the steps necessary to line up the scope on the sky, locate objects, control scope functions like the brightness of the hand control display, and much more. It shows you basic information about the object being viewed (such as the object’s name, catalog designation, type, magnitude, and so forth). In addition to this basic information, there is enhanced information on over 200 of the most note-worthy objects. The display can also show you the right ascension and declination coordinates at which the scope is aimed.

The NexStar hand control software, motor control software, and database updates are flash upgradeable over the Internet.

There are 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons that glow a soft red in the dark to make it easy for you to control the computer without affecting your dark-adapted vision. An RS-232 communication port on hand control allows you to control the mount via a personal computer using the supplied NexRemote telescope control software. P>An autoguider port, PC port, and auxiliary ports are located on the mount’s electronic pier for use in long exposure astrophotography. The autoguider port can use a six-pin RJ-12 modular jack ST-4 compatible CCD autoguider to automatically control the drive motors during long exposure astrophotography.

Specially designed power management electronics deliver constant regulated power to the motor so that it is capable of driving the mount even when your scope not perfectly balanced. This allows the CGE Pro to have the payload capacity of that of much larger (and expensive) mounts without sacrificing smooth tracking motion and pointing accuracy across the entire sky.

The inherent drive accuracy (periodic error) of the CGE Pro mount is a very good +/- 9 arc seconds or better. However, this can be further improved by training the permanent periodic error correction circuit built into the NexStar hand control to reduce the periodic error inherent in all telescope worm gear drives.

For the astrophotographer, special all-star polar alignment software allows you to choose any bright alignment star for a software-assisted alignment of the mount’s polar axis on the celestial pole, even if you can't see the North Star. It works in both northern and southern hemispheres. Once polar aligned, several different sky alignment methods are built into the NexStar computer to line up the scope on the celestial sphere, allowing you to choose a level of computer accuracy in automatically finding objects with which you are comfortable. These include 2-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align, and 1-Star Align,

With just a standard hand control alignment, the CGE Pro computer has the ability to center a star in your telescope’s eyepiece or on a CCD chip to within 5 arc minutes. Using the NexStar computer's advanced pointing features (such as Calibration Stars, Sync, and Precise Go-To) further improves the pointing accuracy to as low as 1 arc minute in the desired region of the sky. The high precision pointing subroutine (Precise Go-To) in the computer lets you point accurately at objects that you want to photograph that are too dim to be seen though the scope. Other software features include: database filter limits, a mount hibernate mode, and user-defined slew limits.

In addition, the NexStar computer hand control is GPS-compatible (using an optional inexpensive CN16 GPS module) for full GPS (Global Positioning System) satellite accuracy. Once the scope is approximately polar aligned, the 16-channel CN16 GPS system uses signals from government satellites to calculate the scope’s location on earth with an accuracy measured in meters. The system also calculates the current time based on the split second accuracy of the GPS time signals. After the CN16 quickly completes these calculations and enters the information into the computer control for you automatically, the computer then orients the scope with the sky, slews to a pair of guide stars, asks you to confirm that the stars are in the center of the field (and center them if they’re not precisely aligned), and then starts finding and tracking over 40,000 objects for you at your command. With the CGE Pro go-to mount and the CN16, orienting the scope in time and space on earth and aligning the scope on the sky becomes almost as easy a task as simply turning the scope on.

This Celestron CGE 1100 Pro telescope has:

• 90 pound payload capacity high precision CGE Pro German equatorial mount
• NexStar go-to computer hand control with 40,000+ object database
• 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain optics
• StarBright XLT optical multicoatings for the highest possible light transmission
• 9 x 50mm finderscope
• 40mm 1.25” eyepiece (70x)
• 2-year warranty

    The Celestron CGE 1100 Pro puts the light-gathering power of an 11” aperture Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube – a light grasp almost 1600 times greater than even the sharpest dark-adapted eye – on a newly-designed Celestron CGE Pro go-to German equatorial mount. The observatory grade CGE Pro mount is capable of carrying payloads of up to 90 pounds, more than three times the weight of this system’s 27.5 pound 11” optical tube, making this mount/OTA combination ideal for rock-steady imaging and visual observing.

    For the ultimate in brightness and contrast, the CGE 11 Pro optical tube combines its immense light-gathering capability with state-of-the-art Starbright XLT multicoatings to reveal to your eye and camera star clusters, nebulas, planets, and galaxies in amazing detail.

   The advanced NexStar computer hand control makes finding over 40,000 of those stars and objects easy and automatic, so you can spend more time looking at those objects, rather than looking for them.

   The 11” aperture f/10 CGE 1100 Pro optical tube uses the latest version of the Celestron-pioneered optical system that took phenomenally expensive Schmidt-Cassegrain optics out of the hands of professional astronomers and made them available for the first time at a reasonable price to all amateur astronomers. In essence, the original Celestron SCT made modern amateur astronomy possible. The computerized CGE 1100 Pro makes today’s astronomy easier than ever before.


This Telescope’s Optical System . . .

  • Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube: 11” aperture (2800mm focal length f/10). Guaranteed diffraction-limited optical performance. The 24” long aluminum optical tube weighs only 27.5 pounds, making it easy to lift and install on the CGE Pro mount in the field.

  • Starbright XLT fully multicoated optics: This high transmission/high reflectivity optical coatings package gives you visibly higher light transmission for brighter deep space images and shorter exposure times during CCD and 35mm photography. It also increases the contrast on subtle lunar, planetary, and nebula details when compared with a scope with ordinary coatings or multicoatings. For more details, click on the “Starbright XLT” icon above.

  • Focusing: Focusing is accomplished by turning a knob at the rear of the scope body that moves the primary mirror fore and aft along a central baffle tube to adjust the focus. The Celestron focusing mechanism is supported by two pre-loaded ball bearings, minimizing the “mirror flop” typical of bushing focus mechanisms that causes image shift during critical focusing.

  • Finderscope: 9 x 50mm multi-coated straight-through achromatic design, with a substantial 5.8° field of view. It is mounted in a quick-release bracket for fast set-up.

  • Visual back: Removable 1.25” visual back holds visual and photographic accessories such as a star diagonal, tele-extender, etc.

  • Star diagonal: 1.25” multi-coated prism type.

  • Eyepiece: 1.25” 40mm Plössl (70x). The field of view of the fully multi-coated eyepiece is 0.61 degrees, nearly 20% larger than the full Moon.

This Telescope’s Mount . . .

  • Heavy duty CGE Pro computerized German equatorial mount: The CGE Pro mount includes dual-axis slewing/tracking motors on each axis for go-to computer control. There are nine motor drive speeds: 0.5x and 1x sidereal for guiding; 4x, 8x, 16x, and 64x for centering; and 0.5°, 2°, and a fast 5.5° per second for slewing. The inherent drive accuracy (periodic error) of the observatory grade CGE Pro mount is a very good +/- 9 arc seconds or better, which can be further reduced by using the scope’s permanent periodic error correction program.

  • Powering the CGE 1100 Pro: The mount comes with a car battery cord to operate from the cigarette lighter plug of your car or from a rechargeable 12VDC battery pack. The 17 amp hour capacity Celestron Power Tank #4517V is recommended and will operate the scope all night long without danger of running out of power.

  • Polar alignment: To make a casual polar alignment for visual use quick and easy, there’s a latitude scale with large ergonomically-friendly altitude and azimuth adjustment knobs. No polar alignment finderscope is available to aid in the precise polar alignment required for long exposure astrophotography, nor is any needed. A unique Celestron All-Star Polar Alignment program built into the NexStar hand control helps you do a very precise computerized polar alignment in mere minutes, using any bright star, even when Polaris is hidden by trees or buildings. The program works in both northern and southern hemispheres.

  • Adjustable height tripod: The tripod has 2.75” diameter stainless steel legs with dual leg braces for rigidity and excellent vibration damping characteristics. The top brace forms a convenient tray that holds eyepieces and accessories to keep them up out of the dew-soaked grass.

  • Mounting the scope: A dovetail slot on the top of the mount holds the long dovetail slide bar mounted under the optical tube. This allows you to slide the optical tube fore and aft in the dovetail slot to quickly and precisely balance the optical tube in declination when you add or subtract accessories, eliminating the need for an extra counterweight to balance a camera or other accessories. Three large hand-tighten knobs in the oversized dovetail mounting platform hold the optical tube very securely in place.

  • Balancing the scope: The two sliding 22 pound counterweights are locked in place on the counterweight shaft with a single large hand-tighten knob each. This makes it easy to rebalance the scope in right ascension if you add heavy photographic accessories. For more details, click on the “CGE Pro mount” icon above.

  • NexStar computer hand control: The supplied NexStar computer hand control has a built-in database of more than 40,000 stars and objects that it can find and track for you. These include the complete RNGC, Messier, Caldwell, IC, and Abell catalogs; selected SAO stars; the planets, the Moon, and others. The 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 stars; non-planetary solar system objects; and asterisms.

  • The NexStar display: All of the database and scope operation information is displayed on a double line, 16-character, liquid crystal display on the hand control. There are 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons to make it easy for you to control the computer without affecting your dark-adapted vision. The NexStar hand control can provide an easily-visible illuminated right ascension and declination readout of the scope’s position on the sky. This provides much greater accuracy than conventional (and hard to see at night) manual setting circles for star-hopping or locating objects by their celestial coordinates alone, should you want to observe the old-fashioned way without using the computer to find objects for you.

  • Some NexStar features: The software built into the NexStar hand control includes many, many features and programs discussed at greater length by clicking on the “CGE Pro NexStar computer” icon above. An RS-232 communication port on the hand control allows you to operate the telescope via a personal computer using the supplied RS-232 cable and NexRemote software CD-ROM. The hand control and motor control software is flash-upgradeable to allow you to download the latest product updates over the Internet to keep your CGE Pro mount always at the cutting edge of technology. An autoguider port is located on the electronic pier for guided, but unattended, long exposure astrophotography.

  • Aligning on the sky: Five different alignment methods are built into the NexStar computer – 2-star align, quick align, 1-star align, last alignment, and solar system align – allowing you to choose a level of computer accuracy in automatically finding objects with which you are comfortable. Alignment is easily accomplished in only a few short minutes. You can be observing in less than 15 minutes after you first take the scope outdoors. There’s even a new and unique “All-Star” software-assisted alignment of the mount’s polar axis using a single bright star that will have you ready for imaging before it’s even dark enough to see the North Star. For more details, click on the “CGE Pro NexStar computer” icon above.

  • Two-year warranty: All Celestron go-to telescopes have a two-year warranty, double that of competitive go-to scopes.
Highest Useful Magnification:
This is the highest visual power a telescope can achieve before the image becomes too dim for useful observing (generally at about 50x to 60x per inch of telescope aperture). However, this power is very often unreachable due to turbulence in our atmosphere that makes the image too blurry and unstable to see any detail.

On nights of less-than-perfect seeing, medium to low power planetary, binary star, and globular cluster observing (at 25x to 30x per inch of aperture or less) is usually more enjoyable than fruitlessly attempting to push a telescope's magnification to its theoretical limits. Very high powers are generally best reserved for planetary observations and binary star splitting.

Small aperture telescopes can usually use more power per inch of aperture on any given night than larger telescopes, as they look through a smaller column of air and see less of the turbulence in our atmosphere. While some observers use up to 100x per inch of refractor aperture on Mars and Jupiter, the actual number of minutes they spend observing at such powers is small in relation to the number of hours they spend waiting for the atmosphere to stabilize enough for them to use such very high powers.
560x
Visual Limiting Magnitude:
This is the magnitude (or brightness) of the faintest star that can be seen with a telescope. The larger the number, the fainter the star that can be seen. An approximate formula for determining the visual limiting magnitude of a telescope is 7.5 + 5 log aperture (in cm).

This is the formula that we use with all of the telescopes we carry, so that our published specs will be consistent from aperture to aperture, from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some telescope makers may use other unspecified methods to determine the limiting magnitude, so their published figures may differ from ours.

Keep in mind that this formula does not take into account light loss within the scope, seeing conditions, the observer’s age (visual performance decreases as we get older), the telescope’s age (the reflectivity of telescope mirrors decreases as they get older), etc. The limiting magnitudes specified by manufacturers for their telescopes assume very dark skies, trained observers, and excellent atmospheric transparency – and are therefore rarely obtainable under average observing conditions. The photographic limiting magnitude is always greater than the visual (typically by two magnitudes).

14.7
Focal Length:
This is the length of the effective optical path of a telescopeor eyepiece (the distance from the main mirror or lens where the lightis gathered to the point where the prime focus image is formed). Focallength is typically expressed in millimeters.

The longer the focallength, the higher the magnification and the narrower the field of viewwith any given eyepiece. The shorter the focal length, the lower themagnification and the wider the field of view with the same eyepiece.

2800mm
Focal Ratio:
This is the ‘speed’ of a telescope’s optics, found by dividing the focal length by the aperture. The smaller the f/number, the lower the magnification, the wider the field, and the brighter the image with any given eyepiece or camera.

Fast f/4 to f/5 focal ratios are generally best for lower power wide field observing and deep space photography. Slow f/11 to f/15 focal ratios are usually better suited to higher power lunar, planetary, and binary star observing and high power photography. Medium f/6 to f/10 focal ratios work well with either.

An f/5 system can photograph a nebula or other faint extended deep space object in one-fourth the time of an f/10 system, but the image will be only one-half as large. Point sources, such as stars, are recorded based on the aperture, however, rather than the focal ratio – so that the larger the aperture, the fainter the star you can see or photograph, no matter what the focal ratio.

f/10
Resolution:
This is the ability of a telescope to separate closely-spaced binary stars into two distinct objects, measured in seconds of arc. One arc second equals 1/3600th of a degree and is about the width of a 25-cent coin at a distance of three miles! In essence, resolution is a measure of how much detail a telescope can reveal. The resolution values on our website are derived using the Dawes’ limit formula.

Dawes’ limit only applies to point sources of light (stars). Smaller separations can be resolved in extended objects, such as the planets. For example, Cassini’s Division in the rings of Saturn (0.5 arc seconds across), was discovered using a 2.5” telescope – which has a Dawes’ limit of 1.8 arc seconds!

The ability of a telescope to resolve to Dawes’ limit is usually much more affected by seeing conditions, by the difference in brightness between the binary star components, and by the observer’s visual acuity, than it is by the optical quality of the telescope.

0.42 arc seconds
Aperture:
This is the diameter of the light-gathering main mirror or objective lens of a telescope. In general, the larger the aperture, the better the resolution and the fainter the objects you can see.
11"
Weight:
The weight of this product.
204 lbs.
Heaviest Single Component:
The weight of the heaviest component in this package.
75 lbs.
Telescope Type:
The optical design of a telescope.  Telescope type is classified by three primary optical designs (refractor, reflector, or catadioptric), by sub-designs of these types, or by the task they perform.
Schmidt-Cassegrain
 
Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .
Terrestrial Observation:
Observing terrestrial objects (nature studies, birding, etc.) is usually possible only with refractor and catadioptric telescopes, and convenient only when the scope is on an altazimuth mount or photo tripod. Most reflectors cannot be used for terrestrial observing. Scopes with apertures under 5" to 6" are generally most useful for terrestrial observing due to atmospheric conditions (heat waves and mirage, dust, haze, etc.) that degrade the image quality in larger scopes. 
No
Lunar Observation:
Visual observation of the Moon is possible with any telescope. Larger aperture scopes will provide more detail than smaller scopes, thereby getting a higher score in this category, but may require an eyepiece filter to cut down the greater glare from the Moon's sunlit surface so small details can be seen more easily. Lunar observing is more rewarding when the Moon is waxing or waning as the changing sun angle casts constantly varying shadows to reveal craters and surface features by the hundreds.  
Very Good
Planetary Observation:
Very Good
Binary and Star Cluster Observation:
Very Good
Galaxy and Nebula Observation:
Very Good
Photography:
Yes
Terrestrial Photography:
Photographing terrestrial objects (wildlife, scenery, etc.) is usually possible only with refractor and catadioptric telescopes, and convenient only when the scope is on an altazimuth mount or photo tripod. Most reflectors cannot be used for terrestrial photography. Scopes with focal ratios of f/10 and faster and apertures under 5" to 6" are generally the most useful for terrestrial photography due to atmospheric conditions (heat waves and mirage, dust, haze, etc.) that degrade the image quality in larger scopes.
No
Lunar Photography:
Photography of the Moon is possible with virtually any telescope, using a 35mm camera, DSLR, or CCD-based webcam (planetary imager). While an equatorial mount with a motor drive is not strictly essential, as the exposure times will be very short, such a mount would be helpful to improve image sharpness, particularly with webcam-type cameras that take a series of exposures over time and stack them together. Reflectors may require a Barlow lens to let the camera reach focus. 
Yes
Planetary Photography:
Yes
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography:
Yes
Warranty:
2 years
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I purchased this setup last Winter to install in my observatory on a concrete pier. I'll say that the mount is way more than you pay for. I've got a 3" refracter piggy-backed with a guide scope and all sorts of accessories and the tracking is pin-point. I haven't even fooled with the PEC yet. It's quieter than my CG-5 mount, but is moving 5 times the weight, if not more. Very smooth motion. The scope is cumbersome, but comes with the quality you'd expect from Celestron. The only reason why this product doesn't get 5 stars is due to the knobs on the mount. They are very difficult to work with and sometimes require channel locks or a wrench to loosed/tighten. They can easily be replaced by Bob's Knobs. Otherwise, I am very happy with the mount AND scope and the price has gotten more reasonable as of late.
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  • Starbright XLT fully multicoated 11" f/10 optics
  • Go-to fully computerized CGE Pro German equatorial mount with two 22 lb. counterweights
  • Heavy duty adjustable height metal tripod
  • 40,000+ object computer hand control
  • PPEC (Permanent Periodic Error Compensation)
  • RS-232 port for connection to a PC
  • NexRemote remote telescope control software with RS-232 cable
  • CCD autoguider port
  • 9 x 50mm finderscope
  • 1.25" star diagonal
  • 1.25" 40mm Plössl eyepiece (70x)
  • 12V DC car battery cord
  • Dust covers.
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The Celestron CGE 1100 Pro puts the big light-gathering capacity of 11” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain optics on a newly-designed rock-solid observatory class 90 pound payload capacity CGE Pro go-to German equatorial mount . . .





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