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1100 Telescope CGEM Schmidt-Cassegrain
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1100 Telescope CGEM Schmidt-Cassegrain

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    11" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
    CGEM Computerized Equatorial Mount
    Celestron's premium StarBright XLT Coatings
    Ultra Sturdy 2" steel tripod with Accessory Tray
    Includes NexRemote telescope control software


    CGEM-1100 features our high-end 11" Schmidt Cassegrian OTA with XLT coatings mounted on our brand new CGEM™ mount. The CGEM™ mount has a fresh, attractive, bold appearance and is capable of carrying Celestron’s higher-end SCT optical tubes (up to 11") securely and vibration free which is ideal for both imaging and visual observing. Ergonomic Design - CGEM was designed to be ergonomically friendly with large Altitude and Azimuth adjustment knobs for quick and easy polar alignment adjustment.  The internal RA and DEC motor wiring provides a clean look and an easy and trouble free set up.Innovation - The CGEM series has a new innovative Polar alignment procedure called All-Star™ (patent pending). All-Star allows users to choose any bright star, while the software calculates and assists with polar alignment.  Another great feature of the CGEM, sure to please astroimagers, is the Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PEC) which will allow users to train out the worm gears periodic errors, while the mount retains the PEC recordings.Performance - For objects near the Meridian (imaginary line passing from North to South), the CGEM will track well past the Meridian for uninterrupted imaging through the most ideal part of the sky. The CGEM mount has a robust database with over 40,000 objects, 400 user defined programmable objects and enhanced information on over 200 objects.CGEM mount is the perfect fit between the Advanced Series and CGE Series.  Offering the portability of the Advanced Series and the precision of the CGE.


    • CGEM Computerized Equatorial Mount
    • Ultra sturdy 2" steel tripod with Accessory Tray
    • 9x50 Finderscope for easy centering of objects
    • 40,000 object database with 400 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
    • Proven NexStar computer control technology
    • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
    • New "All-star" Polar alignment uses any bright star for a quick and accurate Polar alignment
    • Software Features include: Mount Calibration, Database Filter Limits, Hibernate, five Alignment Procedures, and user-defined slew limits
    • 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
    • Permanent programmable periodic error correction (PEC) - corrects for periodic tracking errors inherent to all worm drives
    • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
    • 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
    • Steel worm gear and 90mm pitch diameter brass worm wheel
    • Drive Motors - Low Cog DC Servo motor with integrated optical encoders offer smooth, quiet operation and long life. The motor armatures are skewed to minimize cogging which is required fro low speed tracking.
    • Internal Cable wiring for trouble-free setup and transportation
    • Designated six-pin RJ-12 modular jack, ST-4 compatible guide port
    • Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features
    • Autoguide port and auxiliary ports located on the electronic pier for long exposure astrophotography
    • RS-232 communication port on hand control to control the telescope via a personal computer
    • Includes NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced control of your telescope via computer
    • GPS-compatible with optional CN16 GPS Accessory


    • MOUNT:  Computerized Equatorial
    • TRIPOD:  Adjustable, Stainless Steel
    • CD ROM:  NexRemote control software with RS232 cable 
    • POWER SUPPLY:  Car battery adapter
    • TRIPOD WEIGHT:  17 lb (7.71 kg)
    • MOUNT WEIGHT:  41 lb (18.6 kg)
    • COUNTERWEIGHTS:  2 x 17 lb
    • MOTOR DRIVE:  Low cog DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes 
    • COMPUTER HAND CONTROL:  Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons 
    • SLEW SPEEDS:  Nine slew speeds: 4 °/sec, 2 °/sec, .5 °/sec, 64x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 1x, .5x
    • TRACKING RATES:  Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
    • TRACKING MODES:  EQ North and EQ South
    • ALIGNMENT PROCEDURES:  AutoAlign, 2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align
    • SOFTWARE PRECISION:  24bit, 0.08 calculation
    • DATABASE:  40,000+ objects, 400 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
    • GPS:  Optional CN-16 GPS Accessory

    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.

    Here's how it works.

    Once your telescope is aligned with two bright star, All-Star allows you to choose any bright star listed in the NexStar hand control to assist in accurately aligning your telescope's mount with the North Celestial Pole. Using the telescope's Sync function, the mount is able to point and center a bright star with a high degree of accuracy. Once centered, the mount will point the telescope to the exact position that the star should be if the mount were precisely polar aligned. By simply adjusting the mounts altitude and azimuth controls to re-center the star in the center of the eyepiece, you are actually moving the mounts polar axis to the exact position of the North Celestial Pole.



    Can I use Polaris to polar align my telescope?
    Since Polaris is very close to the NCP and not very bright, it is actually not a recommended star for the "All-Star" method. The advantages of being able to use stars other than Polaris are two fold:Polris is not always visible. So not only can you use a variety of other stars but they are also brighter and more prominent.The star you choose will be farther away from the NCP thus allowing for greater accuracy when centering the star in your eyepiece.

    Which stars are best to use for polar aligning?

    For best results choose a bright alignment star that is near the Meridian, preferably close to the celestial equator. Try to avoid stars that are close to the west/east horizon or directly overhead because they can be more difficult to center using the mount's altitude and azimuth controls. Also stars too near the celestial pole are less accurate than those further away.

    Will I lose my alignment after I polar align?
    No, the mount will retain its alignment but some amount of accuracy may be compromised depending on how much the mount has been moved during polar alignment. Although the telscopes tracking may be very good, pointing accuracy may need to be improved, especially if you are trying to located small objects on a ccd chip.

    What are the steps to polar align my telescope using "All-Star" polar alignment?

    • Align the telescope with the sky using the "Two-Star Alignment" method.
    • Select a suitable bright star from the Hand Control's database and slew the telescope to the star.
    • Press the Align button and select Polar Align => Align Mount from the list.
    • The telescope will then re-slew to the alignment star and ask you to center it in the eyepiece in order to "Sync" on the star.
    • The telescope will slew to the position that the star should be if it were accurately polar aligned.
    • Use the mounts altitude and azimuth adjustments to place the star in the center of the eyepiece and press the Align button.
    • Update the telescope's star alignment if necessary.

    Dimensions & Specifications

    Weight 120 lbs.

    Recommended Usage Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters

    Warranty 2-Year Limited

    Features Equatorial Mount , GoTo

    Finderscope 9x50

    Telescopes Series  CGEM Telescopes

    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain

    Aperture 280mm

    Focal Length 2800mm

    Focal Ratio f/10

    Mount Design Equatorial

    Eyepiece 1 40mm (70x)

    Highest Useful Magnification 661x

    Star Diagonal 1.25 diagonal prism

    Optical Coating StarBright XLT

    Object Database 40000 objects


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    Date Added: 12/31/2013 by Hung Wang
    This scop am real god! I am loking to much star but ey burns to son. thsi scop mush beter than butch