2835 Columbia St., Torrance, CA 90503
Celestron offers a new Go To mount for observers and astrophotographers alike. The CGEM German Equatorial mount ($1,399) has a load capacity of about 40 pounds. It features steel shafts and gears, brass worm wheels, and low cog DC servo motors with integrated optical encoders for accurate pointing, slewing, and tracking. The controller includes Celestron’s new All-Star polar alignment routine, which allows you to simply point your scope at any bright star, and the NexStar controller calculates what the target star is, aiding in accurate polar alignment. The CGEM allows user-defined slew limits, permanent periodic error correction, and it has an autoguider port that conforms to the ST-4 standard. Also noteworthy is the fact the mount has no external cables running to the motors, reducing the chance of tangles. See Celestron’s website for additional details and a list of worldwide dealers.
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