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Basic Information about the CGE Pro Series

In January of 2009, Celestron introduced a new line of computerized scopes - the CGE Pro Series.  CGE Pro is a step up on capacity and stability from the original CGE series.  Utilizing a NexStar hand control, the CGE Pro series consists of a German equatorial mount (GEM) on a steel-legged tripod.  The series includes 9 1/4, 11 and 14 inch SCT models.  The 14 inch model is also available with a Fastar optical tube making it compatible with Starizona's HyperStar system.  The mount is also sold without an optical tube.

The computerized hand control is a version of the NexStar hand control with the latest GEM-specific firmware.  This hand control responds to the same PC commands (via the RS-232 port on the bottom) as other NexStar-driven scopes and thus could be used with any program offering a setting for the NexStar GPS, for example.  The mount includes a real-time clock to keep the date/time settings required for alignment and can also use the CN-16 GPS module for precise time and location information.  The mount also includes a standard autoguider port.

The CGE Pro series provides a very stable platform for a wide variety of optical tubes. It is an excellent platform for both visual and photographic work and is an excellent choice for a permanent observatory setup.  For those looking for a more stable astrophotography platform, particularly for imaging with a larger SCT optical tube with many accessories, the CGE Pro is recommend over the CGE and CGEM.

Following are the basic statistics for the series:

 

CGE Pro 925

CGE Pro 1100

CGE Pro 1400

Aperture

9.25" (235mm)

11" (279mm)

14" (356mm)

Focal Length

2350mm

2800mm

3910mm

Focal Ratio

f/10

f/10

f/11

Eyepiece

25mm Plössl

40mm Plössl

40mm Plössl

Max Mag

470x

550x

710x

Max FOV

0.74°

0.6°

0.56°

Magnitude Limit

13.5

14

14.6

Resolution Limit

0.6 arcsec

0.5 arcsec

0.4 arcsec

Finder

6x30

9x50

9x50

Weight

176 lbs.
(80 kg)

204 lbs.
(93.7 kg)

243 lbs.
(110.5 kg)

Additional information is found on Celestron's web site (www.celestron.com).


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