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CGEM II 1100 HD combines Celestron's newly redesigned CGEM II computerized equatorial mount with its acclaimed EdgeHD optical system. With an optical tube assembly weighing only 28 lbs., this telescope is still portable enough to be taken to dark skies, and has 89% more light gathering power than an 8" telescope and 40% more than the 9.25".
See the Universe in HDEdgeHD is an aplanatic, flat field Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope that produces aberration-free images across a wide visual and photographic field of view. The optical system was designed to reduce more than just off-axis star coma; it also provides an astrograph-quality flat focal plane all the way to the edge of the field of view. True Astrograph QualityMany optical designs that advertise themselves as "astrographs" actually only produce pinpoint stars across a curved focal plane. While this may be acceptable for some visual observing, stars will appear out of focus at the edge when used with the flat chip sensor of a digital camera. EdgeHD optics produce a focal plane more than three-times flatter than a standard Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and dramatically flatter than competing coma-free designs. This guarantees you visibly sharp stars across some of the largest CCD chips available today.Improved PerformanceSuperior edge performance not only creates rounder, more pleasing stars, but actually improves the resolution and limiting magnitude when compared to telescopes of equal aperture. With Celestrons StarBright XLT optical coatings on every surface, EdgeHD optics gives you maximum light throughput across the widest visual and photographic spectrum.Mechanical FeaturesIn addition to EdgeHDs optimized optical design, the telescope tube has been redesigned to make sure you get the most from your optics each and every night. Mirror clutches - Flexible tension clutches hold the mirror in place and reduce image shift when taking long exposure astro-images. Once focused, the flexible rods allow the mirror to be held in place without putting any force or pressure on the mirror assembly, keeping the image centered in the eyepiece (or on the sensor). Tube vents - Cooling vents located on the rear cell allow hot air to be released from behind the primary mirror. Each vent has an integrated 95-micron micromesh filter guaranteed to let warm air out without letting dust in. Fastar versatility - EdgeHD is the most versatile imaging telescope available today. At its native f/10, you can achieve the image scale necessary to capture the smallest of deep sky objects. Add the optional reducer lenscustom-designed for your size EdgeHD tubeand you can increase your field of view without sacrificing optical performance. A Barlow gives you added power for high-resolution planetary, lunar and solar imaging. All EdgeHD optical tubes are Fastar-compatible, allowing the secondary mirror to be removed and replaced with a third party lens accessory for ultra-fast f/2 wide field imaging.Individually TestedEvery EdgeHD that ships has been tested not only for the surface quality of each optical component, but also with a camera and artificial star to ensure the imaging system meets our rigid quality assurance. This final acceptance test confirms the EdgeHD will perform in the field and deliver high-quality astroimages.MOUNT INFO:CGEM II has a fresh, attractive, bold appearance and is capable of carrying Celestrons higher-end SCT optical tubes (up to 11") securely and vibration free, which is ideal for both imaging and visual observing. Capable of holding 40 lbs. of payload and slewing at 5° per second, you will be able to instantly point to any of the celestial objects in the database.ERGONOMIC DESIGNCGEM II 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.INNOVATIONThe CGEM II series features Celestrons innovative Polar alignment procedure called All-Star. All-Star allows users to choose any bright star, while the software calculates and assists with polar alignment. Another great feature of the CGEM II 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.PERFORMANCEFor objects near the Meridian (imaginary line passing from North to South), the CGEM II will track well past the Meridian for uninterrupted imaging through the most ideal part of the sky. The CGEM II mount has a robust database with over 40,000 objects, 100 user defined programmable objects and enhanced information on over 200 objects. Celestron's CGEM II 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.Included in this package 11 EdgeHD optics CGEM II computerized equatorial mount Celestrons premium StarBright XLT coatings provide maximum light transmission A 9x50 finderscope, 2 mirror diagonal for more comfortable viewing, and wide-angle 23 mm Luminos 2" eyepiece are all includedEdgeHD FEATURES EdgeHD aplanatic, flat field SCT optics for pinpoint stars to the edge of the largest imaging sensors and widest eyepieces. Lightweight and portable Aluminum optical tube with tube vents featuring an integrated 95-micron mesh filter allows hot air to be released from behind the primary mirror. Mirror support knobs hold the mirror in place and reduce image shift during imaging Versatile design accommodates 3 focal ratios: native f/10, f/7 with the addition of a focal reducer, or ultra-fast f/2 imaging with a removable secondary mirror and third-party accessoriesCOMPUTERIZED MOUNT FEATURES 40 lbs payload capacity Dual-fit Vixen/CG-5 and Losmandy/CGE dovetail saddle 2" steel legs with height index marks for quick leveling USB 2.0 port on hand control for direct links to a PC via ASCOM supported software. 40,000 object database with over 100 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects Internal cabling throughout for worry-free remote operation Low cog DC Servo motor with integrated optical encoders offer smooth, quiet operation Able to track past the meridian allowing seamless imaging Permanent periodic error corrections allow users to train out the worm gears periodic errors once, while the mount retains the PEC recordings. Software Features include: Mount Calibration, Database Filter Limits, Hibernate, five Alignment Procedures, and user-defined slew limits Built-in polar alignment program to polar align on any star in the sky Longer clutch levers to make tightening and loosening of clutches easier Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number Solar System alignment method allows to view the moon and planets during the day Custom Rate 9 feature allows to set maximum slew rate Tandem mode allows to star align the mount even when positioned for tandem scope use USB hand control to control the telescope via a personal computer Includes NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced control of telescope via computer Precision machined 40 mm diameter steel Polar shafts supported by multiple tapered roller bearings and ball bearings GPS-compatible with optional SkySync GPS AccessoryOptical Design EdgeHDAperture (mm) 279.4 mm (11 in)Focal Length 2800 mm (110 in)Focal Ratio 10Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm) 23 mm (0.91 in)Magnification of Eyepiece 1 122 xFinderscpoe 9x50Star Diagonal 2" w/ 1.25" adapterOptical Tube AluminumHighest Useful Magnification 660 xLowest Useful Magnification 40 xLimiting Stellar Magnitude 14Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.5 arc secondsResolution (Dawes) 0.42 arc secondsLight Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 1593 xSecondary Mirror Obstruction 3.75 in (95 mm)Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 34%Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 12%Optical Coatings StarBright XLTOptical Tube Length 24 in (610 mm)Optical Tube Weight 28 lbs. (13 kg)Dovetail Compatibility CGE MountMount Info Mount Type German Equatorial MountTripod 2 Steel tripod with graduated markings on lower sectionDovetail Mount Directly connects to both CG-5 & CGE dovetail barsPayload Capacity 40 lbs.Latitude Range 15º 70ºPower Requirements 12 VDC, 3.2 ampsPorts 1x Hand control port, 1x Auxiliary Port, 1x Auto guider port, 1 USB 2.0 port (on hand control)Motor Drive Low cog DC servo motorsSlew Speeds 9 slew speedsTracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and LunarTracking Modes EQ North and EQ SouthAlignment Procedures AutoAlign, 2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System AlignComputerized Hand Control Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connectionDatabase 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objectsMount Weight 40 lbs.Tripod Weight 20 lbs.Weight of Counterweight 3 x 11 lbs counterweightTotal Weight of Mount Kit 77 lbs.