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.
- 6" (150mm) f/8 objective lens is perfect for high contrast planetary views
- 2" Focuser allows use with 2" and 1.25" accessories
- Integer gear ratios and permanently programmable Periodic Error Correction eliminates recurring track errors from the worm gear.
- Autoguider port for long exposure imaging
- New motors offer improved tracking performance and 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.
- NexStar+ hand control offers multiple language programming (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish)
Apr 15, 2018
Who could ask for more?Pros: Cons: Comments:
Ordered the CR6 on an AVX mount from Agena Astro, got it within a week, assembled it, took it outside to test run it, Orion nebulae was beautiful, M35 was beautiful, Pleiades, same, etc. Great scope on a great mount for a great price. Highly recommend!
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comJun 3, 2017
Better than expectedPros: Cons: Comments:
Bought the Celestron Advanced VX 6" Refractor Telescope knowing that the quality of this telescope cannot be compared with the APO telescopes, but purchasing this set for $1250 seemed to be for me a no brainer. I recently sold my old (2002) 11 inch Celestron since it was getting too heavy for me (I do not have a permanent place for my telescope, otherwise I would have kept it). All the new telescopes (and especially the mounts) are in this regard much better. Now I can get out in the evening not fearing that I will have back problems the next day. I was lucky that the skies were clear and without a moon the day the telescope arrived so I could try it out right away. With the polar finder I was able to align the telescope within 5 minutes and slewing to the next objects was pretty impressive, Jupiter was right away within my 20mm eyepiece (without using any extra alignment stars!). As expected I saw the flaws coming with an achromatic refractor, but it really did not bother me. The clouds on Jupiter were easily visible and sharp. Next in line was M13 since I always loved to watch this cluster with my 11" telescope. Yes, with 6 inches aperture the view was not as impressive as it is with 11, but since my main goal is to get into astrophotography I was not disappointed. Hence I exchanged quickly my eyepiece with the 2 inch camera adapter and attached my old Canon EOS 50 to it. Some sample shots to get the image in focus and then I dared right away a 30 second exposure series. The result made me very happy, without an auto guider the pictures were excellent, praising the mount for its stability and very good alignment. I kept on going with 2 minute exposures of M51, expecting that without an auto guider those images must be in some form blurry. Not with this setup, could not believe it.
To summarize the first experiences: A great telescope to start the adventure of Astrophotography! I will get step by step more accessories to enhance this experience and probably end up with a new APO telescope at one time, but since the learning curve to take good pictures is quite steep I can only recommend to start up like this to see if the enthusiasm keeps up before big money is spent.
The service from Agena was excellent, the shipment was quick, everything was in a perfect shape, even the latitude adjustment was preset to my home town (maybe that was by accident, I still had a smile on my face). The lenses were perfectly calibrated so that I did not have to experiment adjusting it. Only part that needed attention was the hand controller, an older version was on it and I had to upgrade it via the Celestron home page, this could have been done before the shipping (the old version was faulty, did not show all the stars as option, very strange).
All in all, very good experience with service and purchase!
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Telescope Aperture 6" (152.40mm) Manufacturer Celestron Telescope Aperture 5in - 8in Telescope Series Celestron Advanced VX