“Is that a Celestron CGEM computerised telescope in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me? Oh, it’s the 1100, so you’re very pleased to see me!” Well, we can sometimes have it both ways.
With this super duper automated telescope range which includes the Celestron 8 inch telescope, Celestron 9.25 inch telescope and Celestron 11 inch telescope, you’d see anybody coming from miles away, even Martians. So a repeat of the aforementioned conversation will be a billion light years away having purchased one of these awesome computerised Celestron telescopes.
When I was a child I had a keen interest in the stars, living in the countryside afforded me a clearer starry night and an opportunity to extend my Sci Fi fascination into real terms Astronomy. Although my knowledge didn’t gain much traction and I was only ever less than amateur, it was a brush with the Universe that I look back in fondness. As well as the girlfriend’s bedroom window – we lived on a Cul De Sac.
I would guess many of you are the same – less the healthy perversion of course, an interest in the stars that returns at some point in adulthood. Only now you don’t have to gaze at the night sky though just any ordinary telescope. Your hobby can afford you the best of telescopes to really focus on what is moving around out there. Albeit slowly at 50 million light years away.
While the Celestron CGEM computerised mount telescopes are not entry level priced. Here at Squillions we like to engage in warp speed with our wallets, so why not a £2000 Celestron CGEM computerised telescope! That’s what I say! As gadgets go, they’re a little high spec but will provide hours of fun and a learning curve for any man during their mid life crisis.
What Is A Celestron CGEM Computerised Telescope?
Firstly these are aimed at amateur astronomers that have a keen interest, advanced if you will. You will typically already have several books and know the night Sky and a little about refracting telescopes before you buy into these. However they are still the perfect starting point if you wish to learn at a faster rate and benefit from better light capture.
A Celestron CGEM computerised telescope is as it suggests, computer enabled. Within the mount there is electronics and computer hardware that when positioned on a bright star, it will locate a view point in the sky and fix its location automatically. Well with a little help from your finger, All-Star Polar Alignment and the controller.
Essentially, you can leave it night after night and it will follow the exact same star you selected, even with cloud cover it is that advanced. I call it cheating but if an advanced amateur astronomer doesn’t wish to point a telescope and adjust the focus lens every time, then who am I to argue.
Still, it’s cool isn’t it!?! Set it up and click a star system or group on the controller and it finds and auto focuses. Computer technology really has come on leaps and bounds and this German made CGEM 1100 computerised telescope, 800 and 925 really does operate like magic. It takes a little of the knowledge based experience to find a star away from you but no one said you couldn’t turn the electronics off!
Which Computerised CGEM Celestron Telescope Should I Choose?
There’s only one significant difference between the range and that is the size of the aperture but I’ll get to that in a moment. Let’s look back at the telescopes we had when growing up. Mine was a cheap tinny thing from a toy shop that dealt in professional wares as well. Fixed on three legs and with a window sill at home which wasn’t deep enough to use it on, it would wobble and easily fall, no matter how hard I turned the knob on the side, I’d still lose the star if became too transfixed.
Fast forward 25 years later and if my parents had bought me the CGEM computerised mount I’d have been an astrophysicist or someone distinctly more clever than my current persona in life. I still think these advanced amateur astronomers are a little lazy but at £2k a pop, do as you will. I think these are fantastic.
The aperture, yes. Whether you’re looking to purchase the Celestron CGEM 1100 Computerised telescope, the 800 or the CGEM 925 telescope, I’m afraid size does matters Gentlemen. The aperture size, the bigger the better, hence those haystack looking monsters on top of mountains and in deserts, which enables the telescope to gather much more light from the sky. The larger the aperture the higher the magnification, the sharper and brighter the stars will be.
After all, that’s the whole point isn’t it? Otherwise you’d just squint at the stars after drinking a bottle of Stella and the Moon would wink back. These Celestron computerised telescopes are the real deal and whether you’re looking at 11 inches with the 1100 or 8 inches of aperture with the CGEM 800 computerised telescope you’re on a winning streak because this range rocks. I mean, asteroid size rocks! Below you can view the specifications and compare Celestron CGEM Computerised Telescopes 1100, 925 and 800.
Laymen’s Term Tech Within A Computerised Celestron CGEM Telescope
Back to this aperture thing with a CGEM computerised telescope. Three telescopes walk into a bar, the Celestron CGEM 800 Computerised Telescope says it can see the Milky Way, the Celestron CGEM 925 Computerised Telescope pipes up and says, well so can I but also the defining features on Mars and Saturn. The Celestron CGEM 1100 Computerised Telescope states it can see all three plus God blowing his nose and all the fast moving projectiles from 500 million light years away.
The fact is, any aperture over two inches can see the Milky Way or Jupiter. A quick stat, for every inch you gain 50x magnification (if only that worked during sex) so at 11 inches you gain an aperture capable of a maximum magnification of up to 550x at optimum light. The thing about your Astronomy hobby is, it’s not always the brightest objects you wish to focus on either, a higher aperture gives you the ability to capture sight of feint objects in the night sky too.
This computerised Celestron CGEM telescope, no matter which size you buy will suit your average Astronomer in more ways than one. Only an advanced amateur astronomer is going to decide whether he needs the additional three inches. I can tell you he will go for the extra three inches and lump for the Celestron CGEM 1100 Computerised Telescope without much hesitation.
If you read the manual it will talk about large Altitude and Azimuth adjustment knobs, SCT optical tubes, Schmidt Cassegrian OTA with XLT coatings and a brand spanking new Polar alignment procedure called All-Star.
If you’re far from technical, let me assure you that this all means, it will track the star you choose continuously, it will find it automatically, there will be no wobble or blur while watching and the CGEM computerised telescope will assist you in finding over 40,000 objects thanks to the Celestron CGEM mount database.
If you want more detail, simply hop over to read more about the Celestron 8 inch telescope, Celestron 9.25 inch telescope and Celestron 11 inch telescopes but here’s a brief outline. Or check for Picstop Discount Codes here.
All-Star Polar Alignment: This is where the computer rocks in an Asteroid sized way. “In order to do long-exposure astroimaging, an equatorially aligned telescope is necessary to allow your telescope to properly track the motion of the sky.” They mean to say, switch it on, use hand controller and focus on a bright star. Once aligned it will follow the cows jumping over the moon all night long!
NexRemote: It’s a free add on, don’t panic! Although you are provided with a handy controller to input stars and find them automatically. You can also attach your Celestron CGEM Computerised Telescope to your computer thanks to the NexRemote software. This opens a whole new world of programs and star gazing modelling you can follow.
StarBright XLT: We lose light every time it is reflected. Inside a telescope light is reflected back and forth several times and also absorbed. Light is continually being lost on its way to your eye. The Starbright XLT coating cuts down on this loss and is an industry leader in vacuum deposition. Highly-reflective metallic coatings which reflect 95% of light and lenses with coatings which absorb more of the light. After that last sentence it gets a bit complicated.
Compare Celestron CGEM Specifications
Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
280 mm (11 in) / 235 mm (9.25 in) / 203.2 mm (8 in)
2800 mm (110 in) / 2350 mm (93 in) / 2032 mm (80 in)
Focal Ratio: 10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm) :
40 mm (1.57 in) / 25 mm (0.98 in) / 25 mm (0.98 in)
Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 70 x / 94 x / 81 x
Finderscope: 9×50 / 6×30 / 6×30
Star Diagonal: 1.25
Mount Type: Computerized Equatorial
Tripod: Adjustable, Stainless Steel
Power Requirements: Car battery adapter
Highest Useful Magnification: 661 x / 555 x / 480 x
Lowest Useful Magnification: 40 x / 34 x / 29 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14.7 / 14.4 / 14
Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.5 arc seconds / 0.59 arc seconds / 0.69 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes): 0.41 arc seconds / 0.49 arc seconds / 0.57 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 1600 x / 1127 x / 843 x
Apparent Field of View: 0.71 ° / 0.53 ° / 0.62 °
Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 3.75 in (95 mm) / 3.35 in (85 mm) / 2.7 in (69 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 34% / 36% / 34%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 12% / 13% / 11%
Optical Coatings: Starbright XLT Coatings
Optical Tube Length: 24 in (610 mm) / 22 in (559 mm) / 17 in (432 mm)
Total Telescope Kit Weight: 120 lbs (54 kg) / 113 lbs (51 kg) / 88 lbs (40 kg)
Weight of Counterweight:s: 2 x 17 lbs 1 x 11 lbs and 1 x 17 lbs / 1 x 17 lbs
Slew Speeds: Nine slew speeds
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes: EQ North and EQ South
Alignment Procedures: 2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align
Computer Hand Control: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, Flash upgradeable
Database: 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
GPS: Optional SkySync GPS Accessory
Warranty: 2-year Telescope Warranty
Celestron CGEM Computerised Telescope Set Up Video