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Celestron CPC 925 GPS XLT Computerized Telescope

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  • GPS-enabled professional-quality telescope
  • Includes database of 40,000 celestial coordinates
  • Upgradeable - keeps you up to date
  • Operate via PC with NexRemote software
  • Roller bearings allow base to rotate in 9.5-inch track
  • Starbright coatings maximize transmission of light
  • Fully computerized dual fork arm altazimuth mount
  • Easy-to-use heavy-duty tripod with steel legs


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    Summary
    Celestron CPC 925 GPS XLT Computerized Telescope

    Celestron’s 9.25” optical system has enjoyed a loyal following since we first introduced it with our Ultima 9.25” in 1995. Now the 9.25” optical tube is coupled with Celestron's newest computerized telescope family — the CPC GPS series.

    Large Aperture Size & Computerized Convenience

    The 9.25” was already a favorite among astrophotographers and discerning visual observers and it offers 33% more light gathering than our 8" model. The CPC 925 GPS was specifically designed for visual infinity focus when using 2" eyepieces and has an optimized baffle system to benefit astrophotography by minimizing vignetting at the edge of the field of view. Its longer primary focal length and lower magnification secondary mirror contribute to a flatter field of view at the focal plane and helps to further reduce optical aberrations.

    This feature packed model comes standard with Celestron's renowned StarBright multi-coatings. The CPC 925 GPS is compatible with the complete line of Celestron photographic and visual accessories.

    What makes the CPC 925 GPS great for astrophotography?

    * Longer focal length primary and lower magnification secondary— Contributes to a flatter focal plane with less coma and off-axis astigmatism.
    * Baffle design —Optimized for astrophotography. Minimizes vignetting at the edge of the field of view. This reduces light drop off at the corners of your film plane.
    * Hand Figured Optics — Just like all other Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, the CPC 925 GPS optics are individually matched and hand figured to ensure the highest optical quality in every telescope.
    * Focus mechanism — At the heart of Celestron's Schmidt-Cassegrain focus mechanism are pre-loaded ball bearings, not bushings, minimizing focus shift.
    * Heavy-duty die cast aluminum fork arms —For maximum rigidity.
    * Unique roller bearing design bearing and shaft —The telescope base rotates around a wide 9.5” track for maximum stability; especially important when equatorially mounted for imaging.
    * Autoguider port — For interfacing an autoguider or a drive corrector for long exposure imaging or astrophotography.
    * StarBright coatings — High quality multi-layer coatings maximize transmission of light to the film plane.

    Celestron's new CPC Series with revolutionary 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.

    Internal GPS

    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.

    Innovative Features

    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. All CPC models ship standard with our NexRemote telescope control software.

    * 9.25" 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
    * Permanent PEC
    * Auxiliary port for additional accessories such as Autoguider, GPS accessory
    * NexRemote telescope control software and rs-232 cable included for advanced control of your telescope via computer Celestron CPC 925 GPS XLT Computerized Telescope

    Celestron’s 9.25” optical system has enjoyed a loyal following since we first introduced it with our Ultima 9.25” in 1995. Now the 9.25” optical tube is coupled with Celestron's newest computerized telescope family — the CPC GPS series.

    Large Aperture Size & Computerized Convenience

    The 9.25” was already a favorite among astrophotographers and discerning visual observers and it offers 33% more light gathering than our 8" model. The CPC 925 GPS was specifically designed for visual infinity focus when using 2" eyepieces and has an optimized baffle system to benefit astrophotography by minimizing vignetting at the edge of the field of view. Its longer primary focal length and lower magnification secondary mirror contribute to a flatter field of view at the focal plane and helps to further reduce optical aberrations.

    This feature packed model comes standard with Celestron's renowned StarBright multi-coatings. The CPC 925 GPS is compatible with the complete line of Celestron photographic and visual accessories.

    What makes the CPC 925 GPS great for astrophotography?

    * Longer focal length primary and lower magnification secondary— Contributes to a flatter focal plane with less coma and off-axis astigmatism.
    * Baffle design —Optimized for astrophotography. Minimizes vignetting at the edge of the field of view. This reduces light drop off at the corners of your film plane.
    * Hand Figured Optics — Just like all other Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, the CPC 925 GPS optics are individually matched and hand figured to ensure the highest optical quality in every telescope.
    * Focus mechanism — At the heart of Celestron's Schmidt-Cassegrain focus mechanism are pre-loaded ball bearings, not bushings, minimizing focus shift.
    * Heavy-duty die cast aluminum fork arms —For maximum rigidity.
    * Unique roller bearing design bearing and shaft —The telescope base rotates around a wide 9.5” track for maximum stability; especially important when equatorially mounted for imaging.
    * Autoguider port — For interfacing an autoguider or a drive corrector for long exposure imaging or astrophotography.
    * StarBright coatings — High quality multi-layer coatings maximize transmission of light to the film plane.

    Celestron's new CPC Series with revolutionary 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.

    Internal GPS

    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.

    Innovative Features

    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. All CPC models ship standard with our NexRemote telescope control software.

    * 9.25" 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
    * Permanent PEC
    * Auxiliary port for additional accessories such as Autoguider, GPS accessory
    * NexRemote telescope control software and rs-232 cable included for advanced control of your telescope via computer
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    Specifications
    Specifications
    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Aperture 235 mm (9.25 in)
    Focal Length 2350 mm (92.52 in)
    Focal Ratio
    10
    Finderscope 8x50 Finderscope with quick release bracket
    Mount Dual Fork Arm
    Optical Tube Aluminium
    Eyepiece 1 40 mm (1.57 in)
    Magnification 1 59 x
    Star Diagonal 1.25"
    Accessory Tray Leg Brace / Eyepiece holder
    CD ROM NexRemote control software with RS232 cable
    Tripod Heavy Duty Steel Adjustable
    Power Supply Car battery adapter
    Highest Useful Magnification 555 x
    Lowest Useful Magnification 34 x
    Limiting Stella Magnitude 14.4
    Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.59 arcsec
    Resolution (Dawes) 0.49 arcsec
    Photographic Resolution 200 line/mm
    Light Gathering Power 1127 x
    Angular Field of View 0.7 °
    Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 38 ft (11.58 m)
    Optical Coatings Starbright Coating
    Secondary Mirror Obstruction 3.35 in (85.09 mm)
    Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 13.1 %
    Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 36.2 %
    Tripod and Mount Weight 19 lb (8.62 kg)
    Telescope Weight 58 lb (26.31 kg)
    Motor Drive DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
    Motor Resolution 0.14 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 and 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 with 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, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
    Power Requirements 12VDC 1.5A
    Power Requirements - Idle Current 340 mA
    Power Requirements - Slew one axis 640 mA
    Power Requirements - Slew both axes 900 mA
    Cord Management Cord Wrap Software
    GPS Internal 16 channel
    User Level For Advanced
    Telescope Type Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Aperture Size 235mm
    Focal Length 2350mm
    Focal Ratio f/10
    Highest Practical Magnification 555x
    Finderscope 8x50
    Eyepieces 40mm
    Mount Type Computerized Mount
    Tripod Steel
    Warranty 2 Years Limited Warranty
    Warranty
    Celestron Limited Warranty

    Celestron warrants its products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the length of time specified by this product to the original owner. Each product will list the warranty for it on our website.

    Celestron will repair or replace the product which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship and within the definitions of the limits described below.

    This warranty is effective January 1, 2012, and supersedes all other warranties as noted in brochures, instruction manuals, product packaging, etc.

    This warranty does not cover products that have been subject to abuse, misuse, physically damaged, altered, or had unauthorized repairs or modifications. This warranty does not cover defects due to normal wear and tear and other conditions.

    Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any binocular or spotting scope covered by this warranty within thirty calendar days of receipt. If it takes longer, the customer will be notified.

    If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your product, please contact our Customer Service.

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    Bigger then expected but quality is outstanding - Review by
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    Excellent Customer Service with scope arriving within 2 business days of ordering (I must admit I was slightly skeptical of this claim).

    Caution, for those new to astronomy, the scope is much bigger then it looks in the pictures and much heavier. The scope came in two large boxes and the best part of these boxes were scope and tripod.

    The set up was VERY quick and easy (I am no handyman) with the entire setup complete from out of the box to observing ready in 30 minutes. There were a couple of quirks however such as having to remove two screws from the optical tube assembly (OTA) in order to install the mounting bracket for the finderscope and the differing positions for the accessory tray (one of those duh moments). A point also is that once all the bits and pieces were attached it can take no more then five-ten minutes from OTA and tripod assembly to alignment to observing, it really is that quick. This is important if you have kids (or impatient adults) etc who don't want to be standing around for 30 minutes while you are fumbling around in the dark trying to set everything up.

    In my opinion however there is one unforgivable error with this product. It comes supplied with a 12V car adaptor to power the motorised fork mount. There is NO internal battery. For a couple of bucks they could have either chucked in an adaptor that could be plugged into the mains or at the very least explained how to do it correctly. This can (and is my experience, was) be an issue as the motor in the scope is quite picky when it comes to drawing power. I plugged my scope into the mains with a 12V adaptor and found that although the motorised mount worked it was clearly sub-optimal (and would not align). This could be that the power coming from the mains is different to that supplied by the car battery when run through an adaptor but I am no electrician. In either case you either have to be within distance of car (around 5 metres max I think) or purchase a portable power supply (more $$$). This is my main gripe about the scope otherwise is a gem.

    The scope is large but portable. If you intend on driving to dark sites to observe just be aware that while it may fit in the boot of a small sedan/hatchback, if you are bringing along kids, camping equipment etc space will be a premium.

    If you are planning to do astro-imaging (especially deep sky objects) you will need to buy an equatorial wedge. This is because while the scope does track objects in the eyepiece, during long exposure photography, the object will rotate around the field of view (due to earth's rotation). This is not an issue of you are observing only or doing short exposure work.

    In terms of optical quality, the scope did not need to be collminated. Images are sharp and detailed with the supplied eyepice but as always, the better quality eyepieces etc will really show how good the scope is.

    The build quality is also very impressive.

    Overall it is a larger then expected scope that is very quick and easy to use and one which will give you years of enjoyment.
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