Celestron CGX GoTo German Equatorial Mount 55 Pound Payload 91530


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The Celestron CGX is the culmination of years of engineering by the USA R & D division of Celestron. The CGX isn't just a prettier face, the mechanics and ergonomics are upgraded as well. Celestron has taken their equatorial mounts to a higher level than ever before.

Our Product #: CGX
Celestron Product #: 91530
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Product Description

The new Celestron CGX go-to equatorial mount looks like a cross between Celestron's CGEM II and the CGE Pro mount, combining the best features from both. The ergonomically-designed CGX has a fresh, attractive, bold appearance and easier set-up than earlier EQ mounts. Mechanical and electronic changes increase the peyload capacity to a solid 55 pounds. The new design provides a lower profile EQ head with a better balance point. Celestron has also added a integrated handles to assist with setup and transportation.

The CGX mount head contains dual-axis slewing/tracking motors on each axis for go-to computer control. This is where the real upgrades start.The mount uses spring-loaded worm gears with belt drives. The belt drives offer smooth, quiet operation, with precision slewing and tracking. The motor armatures are skewed to minimize cogging for precise jitter-free low speed tracking. The motor drives and their wiring are all internal, keeping them snag-free and free from dust and debris.

Redesigned electronics deliver constant regulated power to the motors, making them capable of driving the telescope even when the mount is not perfectly balanced. This allows the CGX to have the payload capacity of much larger mounts without sacrificing smooth tracking motion and pointing accuracy across the entire sky. For cutting edge mount control, the CGX supports Celestron's optional SkyPortal WiFi that lets you control the CGX from your smart devices. For automatic sky alignment, you can add Celestron's optional StarSense AutoAlign.

The mount requires a minimum 3.5 amp 12 VDC power supply to operate. The maximum 3.5 amp power draw happens only briefly when accelerating to the high speed slewing mode from a standing start, or decelerating from the high speed mode when approaching a computer-chosen object. Normal power draw with a well-balanced payload is generally 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 12V 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. An optional Celestron #2338PRO 5 amp AC adapter will let you power the CGX all night long from household AC.

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. It works in both northern and southern hemispheres. This technology basically gets rid of the need for a polar alignment scope.

The supplied 17 pound counterweight is locked in place with a single hand-tighten knob, making it easy to rebalance a scope 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 CGX is designed to track 20° past the meridian for uninterrupted imaging through the most ideal part of the sky.

There are nine motor drive speeds: 0.5x and 1x sidereal for guiding; 4x, 8x, 16x, and 64x for centering; and 1°, 2°, and a fast 5° per second for slewing. Preset tracking rates include sidereal, solar, and lunar. Equatorial tracking modes are available for both northern and southern hemispheres.

New for the CGX mount is a telescope control software that has been developed in conjunction with Planewave Instruments. Planewave Instruments produces some of the most sophisticated imaging systems on the planet. The features of the included software are extremely robust. They include multi-point go-to modeling, focusing, and plate solving. ou will no longer need a third party advanced PC control software as this has it all.

The supplied NexStar computer hand control has a built-in database of more than 40,000 stars and objects. 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; selected variable stars; non-planetary solar system objects; and asterisms.

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 only a few keystrokes, and track them with high accuracy for visual or photographic applications. There is enhanced information on over 200 of the most note-worthy objects.

The NexStar hand control provides a constant digital r. a. and dec readout of the scope's position on the sky. This provides much greater accuracy than conventional 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.

The software built into the NexStar hand control includes mount calibration, database filter limits, hibernate, five alignment procedures, user-defined slew limits, a new "All-Star" polar alignment routine that uses any bright star for a quick and accurate polar alignment, and more. Built-in adjustable backlash compensation permits precise corrections during astrophotography and when observing visually at high powers. A high precision pointing subroutine in the computer lets you point accurately at objects that you want to photograph that are too dim to be seen though the scope.

The software includes permanent programmable periodic error correction (PEC) to correct for the minor periodic tracking errors inherent to all worm drives that might otherwise mar your long exposure photographs. The CGX mount retains the PEC recordings when it is powered down. 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 CGX mount always at the cutting edge of technology.

An autoguider port is located on the 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.

Five different alignment methods are built into the Celestron mount's NexStar computer: 2-star align, quick align, 1-star align, last alignment, and solar system align. This allows 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 your CGX-mounted scope outdoors.

In addition, the NexStar computer hand control is GPS-compatible (using an optional inexpensive SkySync GPS module) for full GPS (Global Positioning System) accuracy. Adding GPS to the computer is something no competitively-priced mount can do. Once the scope is approximately polar aligned, the 16-channel SkySync 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 SkySync 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 Celestron CGX go-to mount and the SkySync, orienting your scope in time and space on earth and aligning it on the sky becomes almost as easy a task as simply turning the mount on.

The new, 2" diameter adjustable height tripod has graduated markings on the legs to help with quick leveling.The center leg brace is drilled to form a convenient accessory tray that holds 1.25" and 2" eyepieces to keep them up out of the dew-soaked grass.

Optical tubes are installed on the CGX mount using a Dual-Slot on the mount head that accepts either a Celestron CGE-style or Losmandy D-plate dovetail slide bar or the narrower Vixen-Style dovetail. This 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.

The complete CGX mount weighs 81 pounds (36.7 kg). The tripod weighs 20 pounds (9.1 kg). The equatorial head weighs 44 pounds (19.9 kg). The single supplied counterweight weighs 17 pounds (7.7 kg).

Tech Details

Warranty 2 years


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I have had this mount for several years now. It was quite a leap going from my homemade altazimuth mount to this mount. So it has been a learning curve to get an appreciation for the capabilities it offers. Still learning, but the manual is well-written, good help on-line and over the phone. (Posted on 10/31/2019)
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Love my CGX but it is on the heavy side. Otherwise it is just what I need, cant wait to start using it. (Posted on 10/4/2019)
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I have been using this mount for several years. Sold my CGEM to a friend and bought this because I needed more weight capacity for cameras, guide scope, remote focus,... I added the Celestron GPS because I do remote setups in the desert too. (Posted on 9/16/2019)
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Some of us conservatives try to save a few buxs purchasing a lesser mount and expect it to perform flawlessly,, they don’t so I would say Purchase the right Mount the first time and save yourself hours of frustration and lost images. The Celestron CGX is certainly the way to go not only for the mount itself but for its excellent controller & software plus compatibility to many software packages, GPS support, SkySafari support and more. (Posted on 9/9/2019)
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I have been using my mount now for almost 3 years, purchased from Astronomics. After some "growing pains" user issues, it is working great. I use it mainly for AP and now have it dialed in. Am up to 5 min subs unguided. It is pier mounted. (Posted on 7/22/2019)
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This mount is a treat to use, very easy to set up and operate. The handles make moving the mount into place very easy and the spring loaded gears virtually eliminate backlash when aligning the scope, allowing for very accurate GOTOs. Definitely worth the upgrade. (Posted on 1/8/2019)
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Great Mount, well engineered. Good QA
55# capacity will take what I will need well into the future (Posted on 1/5/2019)
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This mount is very easy to set up and balance. Alt/Az controls for polar alignment are smooth with no “sticktion”. Goto’s are spot on and tracks great. The CGX works well with PhD guiding.
Solid Preformer!!! (Posted on 12/31/2018)
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I've been using my CGX for almost 2 years now and have been satisfied with the performance, but irritated at times by my mounts need for motor adjustment. Not all users will have this problem, but the motor adjustment procedure can be tedious and troublesome. Luckily it is documented in the manual and on youtube so there is help to get it done right. I've used the CGX with around 6 telescopes, from a 20mm Canon USM lens, a C11, and a 14" truss Newtonian. For imaging with scopes under 12lbs it performs exceptionally well, and does not need guiding is well aligned and imaging <350mm in FL. I would not recommend trying to image with OTAs > 50lbs, or > 2200mm in FL. (Posted on 12/22/2018)
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I bought this to replace my CG-5 that I've outgrown. It's made a huge difference in the quality and number of images I can keep. Much more stable, handles all the weight I've put on it so far, probably over 30 lbs not counting the counter weights. Its been really easy to polar align, tracks wonderfully. Works well with the guide program I'm using (PHD2). Was considering an Atlas mount, but thought it limiting since my rig seems to be getting heavier as the years go on... Very pleased that I spend the extra and moved up to this mount. (Posted on 11/28/2018)
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I purchased my CGX in time for the 2017 solar eclipse so mount my Lunt LS100THa. Honestly it tracks like a champ. I can even carefully level the mount, use the number dial to set my declination...in the daytime mind you...fake the two star alignment by just answering yes that the two stars are in the center of the eyepiece, place the sun in the field, and by golly it tracks fabulously. Just doing this I've ben able to keep the sun in the field for more than two hours without touching the handheld.

This is the best tracking scope mount I've ever had. It also is VERY easy to use, set up, balance and everything. I can't wait to do some auto guided deep sky. No doubts this is the best mount ever for me. (Posted on 11/4/2018)
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I purchased my CGX from Astronomics to go with my AT-115. I had a Celestron AVX but wanted a mount with a bigger weight capacity. The CGX handles my AT-115 easily even with my imaging payload. The CGX has exceeded my expectations. I am able to get 5' unguided exposures (with excellent PA) consistently. I am more than pleased !! (Posted on 11/1/2018)
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I had this mount with my Celestron 9.25” SCT and it was just amazing, rock steady, easy to setup and GOTOs were always spot on . You can’t go wrong with this one! (Posted on 10/27/2018)
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