CGEM II 800 ROWE-ACKERMANN SCHMIDT ASTROGRAPH (RASA) TELESCOPE - SKU# 12020

by Celestron
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$5,354.95
$3,199.00
  • Flat field free of optical aberrations like field curvature, coma, astigmatism and chromatic aberration across an entire APS-C sensor.
  • Unlike the larger RASAs that work with DSLR and large CCD cameras, the 8” model was designed with color astronomical CMOS cameras, smaller CCD cameras, and mirrorless cameras in mind. The telescope does not work with standard DSLR cameras.
  • NEW Ultra-Stable Focus System – six precision sealed ball bearings virtually eliminate image shift.
  • Internal filter mount – seamlessly accommodates a Light Pollution Imaging Filter into the optical path.
  • The CGEM II, with its 40 lbs load capacity, is the latest update to the venerable CGEM mount and provides a sturdy and rigid platform for the fully-loaded RASA 8.
Purely designed for imaging, the 8” RASA cannot be used visually.

Built for Today’s Latest Cameras

Unlike the larger RASAs that work with DSLR and large CCD cameras, the 8” model was designed with color astronomical CMOS cameras, smaller CCD cameras, and mirrorless cameras in mind.

Camera Compatible with RASA 8? Adapter required
Astronomical CMOS/CCD camera with C-mount Yes C-mount adapter (included)
Astronomical CMOS/CCD camera with M42-thread mount Yes M42 adapter (included) with M42 extension tubes (not included)
Astronomical CMOS/CCD camera with other mount Yes Custom camera adapter
Canon mirrorless with APS-C sensor Yes

Canon Mirrorless Adapter

(sold separately)

Sony mirrorless with APS-C sensor Yes

Sony Mirrorless Adapter

(sold separately)

Canon mirrorless with full frame (42mm) sensor Yes, but not optimized across the full sensor

Canon Mirrorless Adapter

(sold separately)

Sony mirrorless with full frame (42mm) sensor Yes, but not optimized across the full sensor

Sony Mirrorless Adapter

(sold separately)

DSLR No --

 


OPTICAL TUBE INFO:
Optical Design: Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph
Aperture: 203mm (8")
Focal Length: 400mm (15.74")
Focal Ratio: f/2.0
Central obstruction diameter: 93mm (3.66") (46% of aperture diameter)
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 843x
Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.68 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes): 0.57 arc seconds
Image Circle: 22mm (.86") Ø, 3.15°
Useable field: 32mm (1.26") Ø, 4.6°, only minimal performance loss at edge of FOV
Wavelength range: 390 - 800 nm
Spot size: < 4.6 μm RMS across image circle
Optical Coatings: StarBright XLT
Off-axis Illumination: 93% at 11mm (.43") off-axis
Optical Window: 46mm (1.81") Ø
Back focus with included camera adapter: 25mm (.98")
Back focus from top of threaded collar: 29mm (1.14")
Optical Tube: Aluminum
Optical Tube Length: 628mm (24.7")
Optical Tube Diameter: 235mm (9.3")
Focuser: Ultra-Stable Focusing System
Finderscope: Not included
Optical Tube Weight: 17 lbs (7.7 kg)
Other Features: Air-cooling system, integrated filter mount
Included items: M42 camera adapter, C-thread camera adapter, fan battery pack
Dovetail: CGE Dovetail Bar
MOUNT INFO:
Mount Type: Computerized Equatorial
Instrument load capacity: 40 lbs (18 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod): 1346mm - 1651mm (53" – 65")
Tripod Leg Diameter: 50.8mm (2") Steel tripod with graduated markings on lower section
Latitude adjustment range: 15° - 70°
Mount Head Weight: 40 lbs (18.14 kg)
Accessory Tray: Yes
Tripod Weight: 20 lbs (9 kg)
Weight of Counterweights: 1 x 17 lbs
Slew Speeds: 9 slew speeds - max speed 4.5°/second
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes: EQ North & EQ South
GPS: N/A
Dovetail Compatibility: Dual saddle plates (CG-5 and CGE saddle)
Number of Auxiliary ports: 2 Aux ports (1x Hand control port and 1x AUX Port for optional accessories)
Autoguide port: Yes
USB Port: Yes, input on Hand Control
Power Requirements: 12V DC, 3.2 amps
Motor Drive: DC servo motors
Alignment Procedures: 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, Solar System Align, Last Alignment, Quick Align
Periodic Error Correction: Yes
Computerized Hand Control: 2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection
NexStar+ Database: 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Software: Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight: 95 lbs (43 kg)
Included Items: CGEM II Equatorial Head |Tripod | Accessory Tray | 1 x 17 lbs counterweight | NexStar+ Hand Control | DC Power Cable (item#18769) | Hand Control Holster
Solar Warning
  • Never look directly at the Sun with the naked eye or with an optic (unless you have the proper solar filter). Permanent and irreversible eye damage may result.
  • Never use your optic to project an image of the Sun onto any surface. Internal heat build-up can damage the optic and any accessories attached to it.
  • Never leave your optic unsupervised. Make sure an adult who is familiar with the correct operating procedures is with your optic at all times, especially when children are present.

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