The CPC GPS range is Celestron's top-of-the-line fork-mounted astronomical telescopes. This telescope is at home as a superb visual instrument or, with optional wedge and CCD cameras, as a serious astrophotographer's tool. Clelestron's optics have long been the first choice for many top astro imagers with hundreds of fine images published in astronomy publications worldwide.
Celestron's CPC Series with SkyAlign Alignment
Technology re-defines everything that amateur astronomers are looking for quick and simple alignment, GPS, unsurpassed optical quality, ease of set-up and use, ergonomics, enhanced computerization and, most important, affordability.
The CPC Series' internal GPS receiver automatically downloads the date and time from orbiting satellites and pinpoints its exact location on Earth. This eliminates the need for you to manually enter the date, time, longitude and latitude.
Celestron's Revolutionary SkyAlign
Once the CPC's internal GPS has established the telescope's position, aligning the telescope is as easy as 1-2-3! Simply locate and use hand control to manually point (slew) the telescope to three bright celestial objects. You do not need to know the names of the stars you may even pick the moon or bright planets! Celestron's NexStar® software technology will model the night sky to determine the position of every star, planet and celestial object above the horizon. Once aligned, the remote hand control allows direct access to each of the celestial catalogs in its user-friendly database.
Celestial Object Database
The CPC database contains over 40,000 celestial objects including Messier objects, the Caldwell Catalog, as well as NGC Galaxies, nebulae and planets. User-definable filter limits make navigating through this expansive database quicker and easier. Filter Limits let you filter out objects that are outside of your local horizon (ie, if trees or mountains were in the way).
Identify feature tells you what you're looking at, but it can also be a very fun way to tour around the sky. Just point the telescope up somewhere and ask it to identify Messier objects (for instance) and it will show you the 5 nearest Messier objects to your position and let you GOTO them. You can keep doing this for different parts of the sky or for different object types -- it is a lot of fun.
There's also "Solar Sys Align" that lets you align on the sun or moon for daytime observing -- it is easy to use this to see planets or bright stars in the day.
The new CPC Series telescopes, like our acclaimed Advanced Series and premium CGE Series telescopes feature meticulously matched and hand-figured optical systems that are manufactured in our facilities in Torrance, California. In addition, all CPC models are available with StarBright and StarBright XLT High Performance Optical Coatings.
With the introduction of the CPC Series, Celestron has gone back to the drawing board and re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented a telescope family that provides superior quality, unsurpassed ease of use, and incomparable value.
11" diffraction limited Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings
Fully computerized dual fork arm altazimuth mount
8x50 finderscope to help accurately find objects
Newly designed heavy-duty tripod makes attaching the telescope so easy you can do it in the dark; also features sturdy 2" steel legs and accessory tray
Ergonomic design - Comfortably lift and move the telescope from location to location
Star diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky
Convenient remote hand control holder - Allows you to view information hands-free while using the scope
Proven NexStar computer control technology
40,000 object database with 400 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
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
Re-designed drive base and drive mechanics - Quiet operation; large drive gears, quick release clutch
SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
Auxiliary port for additional accessories such as Autoguider, GPS accessory
OPTICAL DESIGN: Schmidt-Cassegrain
APERTURE: 280 mm
FOCAL LENGTH: 2800 mm
FOCAL RATIO: 10
FINDERSCOPE: 50mm Finderscope & quick release bracket
MOUNT: Dual Fork Arm
OPTICAL TUBE: Aluminum
EYEPIECE 1: 40 mm
MAGNIFICATION 1: 70 x
STAR DIAGONAL: 1.25"
TRIPOD: Heavy Duty Steel Adjustable
POWER SUPPLY: Car battery adapter
HIGHEST USEFUL MAGNIFICATION: 660 x
LOWEST USEFUL MAGNIFICATION: 40 x
LIMITING STELLAR MAGNITUDE: 14.7
RESOLUTION: 0.5 arc seconds
RESOLVING POWER: 0.42 arc seconds
PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOLUTION: 200 line/mm
LIGHT GATHERING POWER: 1593 x
OPTICAL COATINGS: Starbright XLT Coating
SECONDARY MIRROR OBSTRUCTION: 95.25 mm
TELESCOPE WEIGHT: 65 lb (29.48 kg)
TRIPOD AND MOUNT WEIGHT: 19 lb (8.62 kg)
MOTOR DRIVE: DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
MOTOR RESOLUTION: 0.1406 arc seconds
COMPUTER HAND CONTROL: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
TRACKING RATES: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
TRACKING MODES: Altazimuth, EQ North & EQ South
ALIGNMENT PROCEDURES: SkyAlign, Auto Two-Star Alignment, Two-star Align, SolarSystem Align, EQ North Align, EQ South Align, One-Star Align
SOFTWARE PRECISION: 24bit, 0.08 calculations
PERIODIC ERROR CORRECTION: Permanently Programmable
FORK ARM: Dual fork arm, cast Aluminum w/ detachable HC cradle
GEAR: 5.625 hard anodized gear in both axes, 180 tooth
BEARINGS: 9.8 azimuth bearing
COMMUNICATION PORTS: RS-232 communication port on hand control
MOTOR PORTS: Aux Port, Autoguide Ports
DATABASE: 40,000+ objects, 400 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced info on over 200 objects
POWER REQUIREMENTS: 12VDC 1.5A
GPS: Internal 16 channel
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