The CGE Pro 1400 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope is part of Celestron's "Top-of-the-Line" German Equatorial mounted astronomical telescopes. With over three times the light gathering power of an 8 inch telescope, this observatory-class instrument is Celestron?s largest optical system in its class.
The 11089 model also features our premium StarBright XLT coatings and is FASTAR compatible for F/2 wide field imaging. This telescope is especially at home as a solid platform for long exposure photography with optional CCD cameras or photographic equipment; it is a serious scientific research tool. German Equatorial mounts are recognized as being the superior choice for astrophotography because of their rock solid stability, simple balancing and easy accessibility for attaching equipment. With sophisticated software features like Hibernate function, the CGE Pro can maintain its star alignment night after night without needing to be re-aligned, making it an ideal instrument for a permanent observatory facility.
The CGE Pro 1400 takes full advantage of its vast database of thousands of NGC and Abell galaxies as well as delivering a new level of detail to all your favorite deep sky objects. Turn this scope to the planets and see amazing detail on the surface of Jupiter; see Cassini?s Division in the rings of Saturn, and resolve details on the surface of Mars. Even the distant Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are within your reach.
Fastar Compatible - Equipped with a removable secondary mirror for fast f/2 ccd imaging. Not only does imaging in the FASTAR configuration allow for exposure times that are 25 times faster than at f/11, but also yields a field of view five times wider. Perfect combination for imaging your favorite wide field objects in a fraction of the time. (FASTAR imaging require a third party lens assembly in place of the secondary mirror).
In addition to being fully computerized with a database of over 40,000 celestial objects, the CGE Pro German Equatorial mount has been completely redesigned to offer numerous design advantages:
In addition to these improvements, the Celestron line of German Equatorial mounts has long been recognized for features preferred by visual observers and astrophotographer alike. Among them include:
CGE Pro 1400 FASTAR - General Features
14" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
Celestron premium StarBright XLT coatings
CGE PRO computerized Equatorial mount
FASTAR compatible optical tube for f/2 imaging
Schmidt-Cassegrain mechanism that moves the primary mirror to adjust focus is supported by two pre-loaded ball bearings, minimizing the "mirror flop" typical of bushing focus mechanisms
Heavy duty stainless steel tripod adjustable from 38 - 55"
9x50 finderscope to help accurately find objects
Star diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky
CGE Pro 1400 FASTAR - Computerized Mount Features
Proven NexStar computer control technology
40,000 object database with over 100 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
New All-Star Polar Alignment routine for both Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
Software Features include: Database Filter Limits, Hibernate, five alignment methods and user-defined slew limits.
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
Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features
12VDC Servo Motors with integrated optical encoders
Permanent programmable periodic error correction (PEC) - corrects for periodic tracking errors inherent to all worm drives
Drive Motors - High quality motors with seven slot skewed armature to minimize magnetic cogging for quiet operation and long life. Precision made cut-steel gears in gearbox for Improve tracking precision.
Bearing and Shaft - Main shafts are made from 1.57" diameter steel tubing with .40" wall thickness with two preloaded 2.68" O.D. tapered roller bearings on each axes
Precision worm drive system - .75" pitch dia. precision made steel worm preloaded with two .87" OD ball bearings to minimize run-out (a source of periodic error). 255 tooth 6" pitch dia. precision made worm wheel with enveloping brass teeth
Spring loaded DEC worm to minimize backlash and makes guiding easy.
4 point RA and DEC clutch system for no-slip pointing precision
Autoguide port, PC port and auxiliary ports located on the electronic pier for long exposure astrophotography
Latitude range: 10 degrees to 65 degrees northern or southern hemispheres
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 (93967)
Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture: 355.5 mm (14 in)
Focal Length: 3910 mm (153.94 in)
Focal Ratio: 11
Mount: CGE Pro Computerized Equatorial
Optical Tube: Aluminum
Eyepiece 1: 40 mm (1.57 in)
Magnification 1: 98 x
Star Diagonal: 2" with 1.25" adapter
Tripod: Adjustable, 2.75" Stainless Steel legs
CD ROM: NexRemote control software with RS232 cable
Power Supply: Car battery adapter
Highest Useful Magnification: 840 x
Lowest Useful Magnification: 51 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 15.3
Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.39 arcsec
Resolution (Dawes): 0.33 arcsec
Light Gathering Power: 2579 x
Angular Field of View: 0.53 degrees
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds): 28 ft (8.53 m)
Optical Coatings: Starbright XLT Coating
Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 4.5 in (114.3 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 10.3 percent
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 32.2 percent
Optical Tube Length: 31 in (787.4 mm)
Optical Tube Weight: 45 lb (20.41 kg)
Tripod and Pier Weight: 52 lb (23.59 kg)
EQ Mount Weight: 75 lb (34.02 kg)
Counterweight Bar: 5 lb (2.27 kg)
Counterweights: 3 x 22 lb
Slew Speeds: Nine slew speeds 5.5 deg/s, 2 deg/s, 0.5 deg/s, 64x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 1x, 0.5x
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes: EQ North and EQ South
Alignment Procedures: 2-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align, 1-Star Align
Database: 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Power Requirements: 12 VDC 2.5A
Internal Clock: Yes
GPS: Optional CN-16 GPS Accessory