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About Celestron Advanced VX

Large aperture at an affordable price, our Advanced VX 8" Newtonian provides 78%more light-gathering abilities compared to the 6" model. The parabolic primary mirror minimizes spherical aberration to produce a sharper image near the edge of the field of view. This scope is great for intermediate visual observers and beginning astroimagers looking for a large aperture with lots of light-gatheringpower. As you grow in your hobby, you can continue to enjoy all the high-level features of the Advanced VX.

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Astronomy (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual/ recreational (4)

Celestron Advanced VX Features

  • 8 (200mm) f/5 optical design gives excellent wide field views
  • Parabolic primary mirror minimizes spherical aberration to produce a better image
  • Integer gear ratios and permanently programmable Periodic Error Correction eliminates recurring track errors from the worm gear.
  • New motors offer improved tracking performance & provide more power to overcome load imbalances
  • Updated industrial design offers more rigidity, less flexure and improved aesthetics
  • New design allows viewing or imaging across the meridian without interference from the motors housings
  • Improved latitude range. Can be used between 7 77 degrees latitude.
  • Improved electronics contain increased memory for future expansion
  • NexStar+ hand control offers multiple language programming (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish)

Celestron Advanced VX Specifications

Optical Design
Newtonian Reflector
Aperture (mm)
200 mm (7.87 in)
Telescope Type
Computerized (GOTO)
Focal Length
1000 mm (39 in)
Focal Ratio
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm)
20 mm (0.79 in)
Magnification of Eyepiece 1
50 x
Adjustable, Stainless Steel
Tripod Leg Diameter
Highest Useful Magnification
472 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
29 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude
Resolution (Rayleigh)
0.7 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes)
0.58 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power
816 x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction
2.2" in (56 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area
Optical Tube Length
36" in (914 mm)
Optical Tube Weight
14 lbs (6.35 kg)
Total Telescope Kit Weight
71 lbs (32 kg)
Mount Height (Max)
64" in (1626 mm)
Mount Height (Min)
44" in (1118 mm)
Tripod Weight
18 lbs (8.16 kg)
Weight of Counterweights
2 x 12 lbs
2-year Telescope Warranty
Mfr #

Celestron Advanced VX Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers


Stopped working after 1 use


from Yuba City CA  -  Casual/ Recreational

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.


Celestron Advanced VX Great Compromise


from San Tan Valley, Az  -  Casual/ Recreational

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.


Great Mount so far


from Gainesville, GA  -  Casual/ Recreational

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.


Solid, well-constructed mount


from Litchfield CT  -  Casual/ Recreational

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.


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Questions about this item:

Suresh S  Hello, is it possible to get the Celestron 8" f5 Newtonian optical tube assembly without the VX tripod? I am looking for a lightweight 8" f5 optical tube only. If not, are there any other options?
Andrew R  Unfortunately no, I don't believe that we offer the VX 8 as the OTA only.
Gabriel K  Why does it say 6'' and in the "tech spec" 7''87? Which is the right one? What's the real lenght of the 6''? Thanks Gabriel
Andrew R  Unfortunately there appears to be a typo in the product description. This model (MFR# 32062) should be the 8" (200mm/7.87"). The 8" dimension refers to the aperture, not the length.
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