Celestron Advanced VX 6" Refractor Telescope: For planetary imaging and brighter deep-sky objects, many astroimagers say there's no better choice than a refractor. Unlike Schmidt-Cassegrain or Newtonian telescopes that have a secondary mirror, refractors offer no obstruction of the aperture, giving you the highest possible contrast. This refractor setup features an f/8 objective lens, which can be paired with one of our Nightscape CCD cameras to image brighter deep-sky objects or our NexImage 5 Solar System Imager to create dazzling images of the planets.
About the Mount
The new Advanced VX mount was specifically designed to provide optimum imaging performance for smaller telescopes. Now your smaller telescope can take advantage of All-Star Polar Alignment and autoguider support. You'll be able to track through long exposures using permanently programmable periodic error correction. Image across the meridian without doing a meridian flip, so you can seamlessly image the best part of night sky. Advanced VX features significantly larger base castings than our previous design, improving stability under heavier loads. Improved motors offer more torque and can handle slight load imbalances with ease.
Reviewed by 4 customers
Got this scope for Christmas then had to wait for a clear night. Took some good pics of Orion's nebula and it seemed to work fine. Tried again the next night and the motors wouldn't work. I am using the AC adapted that is made for this mount. Hopefully I can return it.
Bought this mount from Adorama to replace my Nexstar 8SE mount. Recently got deeper into astrophotography and needed an Equatorial Mount. Mount however needed to be somewhat mobile. The Nexstar mount was very mobile, but too light for vibration and of course it was an altazimuth mount. It was good for planetary shots but really not for deep space. In comes the Advanced VX. It's mount and weights are much heavier than the Nexstar but not as heavy as the larger equitorial Celestron or other manufacturers mounts and it does not break the bank. Will need to do more trips when setting up at a remote site. So far it tracks well, but it is summertime here in the Phoenix area and too hot to do much at night. One thing I do know is that the Vibrations along with the Celestron pads is almost non-existent. I certainly will know more in a couple of months when the temps drop. For now though, it is a great "Compromise" mount that offers mobility, tracking stability and a fair price.
My use is in Astrophotography and although buying this at the wrong time of the year it has worked out great. The mount is very strong for the weight and has been used both in a piggy back configuration with a DSLR (200mm and a 500mm prime lenses) as well as using the Celestron 6in SCT with the DSLR in Prime vibration and tracking has been great. I love the record function capability on the periodic error this allows correction so general wide view tracking has not been a requirement. I will still plan to use tracking for solar system and higher magnification deep space photography. One thing to keep in mind is although the manual states that a level is built into the mount there is none. So you will need a level for setup.
This mount replaces an older LXD-750 mount that I used for many years. The VX is well-constructed and carries my C-11 or Televue-85 plus guidescopes and guiders/cameras well. I am very pleased with it as a larger portable mount.