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Celestron has been in the forefront of computerized telescope technology for over two decades. We have taken this expertise in telescope technology one step further by introducing the NexRemote™ Telescope Control Software. NexRemote allows the user to control their Celestron computerized telescope from their personal computer. Everything that is done using the telescope’s hand control can now be done remotely from a PC or laptop. This software was developed for Celestron’s high-end telescopes that use the NexStar control system including the NexStar "i" Series, Advanced Series, NexStar GPS Series and CGE Series.

NexRemote provides full emulation of every aspect of the Celestron Computerized Hand Control including:

  • Alignment in any tracking mode
  • Database of objects
  • User objects
  • Hibernation
  • Connect to popular planetarium programs

NexRemote began shipping in March 2005 with select high-end computerized Celestron telescopes including NexStar i Series models, NexStar GPS models and CGE models. Contact your Celestron dealer to find out availability of upgraded models that include NexRemote. Software will also come with an RS-232 cable to connect your Celestron telescope to a PC. For those who already own a compatible Celestron computerized telescope and want to take it to the next level of convenience and enjoyment, the software can be purchased separately as a kit through an authorized Celestron dealer (item# 93710). Kit includes the NexRemote software & license, RS-232 cable and a Serial-to-USB adapter.


System Requirements

Compatible Telescopes:

  • NexStar SLT
  • NexStar 8i SE
  • Advanced Computerized Series
  • CPC GPS Series
  • CGE Series
  • Discontinued Celestron NexStar 8/9.25/11 GPS
  • Discontinued Celestron NexStar 5i/ 8i

Computer:

  • PC compatible (Note: 233MHz Pentium II or better is required)
  • Windows 98SE or better is required for basic operation
  • Windows NT, 2000, or XP is required for Virtual Port operation
  • NexRemote will not work with 64 bit version of Windows Vista
  • DirectX 7 or later must be installed. (DirectX can be obtained for free by clicking here.)
  • SAPI 5.1 or later is required for speech support. ( This is free to download and can be obtained here.)
  • MDAC 2.5 or later is required for tour editing. (If no database entries are displayed when you launch NexTour, you can download this update for free by clicking here.)

Port:

  • RS232 Serial Port (or USB-to-Serial / PCMCIA-to-Serial adapter)

Cable:

  • PC Port (programming) or HC Serial cable (Note: An additional device is required when using the GT telescopes. Please contact technical support for more details.)

Gamepad:

  • Logitech Wingman Cordless Rumblepad
  • Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2
  • Logitech Wingman Rumblepad USB
  • Saitek P3000 Wireless Pad

NOTE: Virtually any gamepad can be configured to work with NexRemote. Read the help files for details.


NexRemote Kit

Now Celestron Advanced Series GT, NexStar “i” Series, GPS, and CGE Series telescopes can be set up and operated remotely from a PC or laptop! NexRemote duplicates all of the functions and features of our NexStar software on the standard NexStar Hand Control plus much more! See our section on NexRemote for more information.

Kit Includes:

NexRemote Software CD with license
RS-232 Cable to connect telescope to PC or Laptop
Serial-To-USB Adapter

Features include:

  • Use your favorite planetarium software at the same time as NexRemote
  • Custom tour creation
  • Use speech support to hear NexRemote say everything out loud
  • Wireless operation with compatible gamepad

*NexRemote is included with select NexStar "i" Series, GPS, and CGE Series telescopes beginning in March, 2005 (contact your Celestron Dealer for availability of models with NexRemote).

Celestron CGE Pro Mount
n addition to being fully computerized with a database of over 40,000 celestial objects, the New CGE Pro German Equatorial mount has been completely redesign to offer numerous design advantages for the Astrophotographer:

Increased Payload Capacity
Able to hold our 14" SCT telescope more securely as well as larger optical tubes up to a maximum instrument capacity of 90lbs (not including counterweights).

All-Star Polar Alignment
Choose any bright alignment star for a software assisted alignment of the mounts polar axis that will have you ready for imaging even if you can't see the North Star.

No-Tool polar alignment
Larger hand knobs for both Altitude and Azimuth adjustments.

Meridian Tracking
Extended tracking past the Meridian of up to 20 degrees of uninterrupted imaging through the best part of the sky.

Faster slew speed
Improved gearing and motors provide faster slew speeds than ever before with a maximum slew rate of over 5°/per second.

Power Management
Redesigned electronics deliver constant regulated power to the motors making them capable of driving the telescope even when not perfectly balanced. This allows the CGE Pro to have the payload capacity of that of much larger (and expensive) mounts without sacrificing smooth tracking motion and pointing accuracy across the entire sky.

Accuracy
The hallmark of any telescope mount is its ability to find, center and track celestial objects with the highest degree of accuracy.

Pointing
With just a standard hand control alignment, CGE Pro has the ability to center a star in your eyepiece or ccd chip to within 5 arc minutes. Using NexStar's advanced pointing features such as Calibration Stars, Sync and Precise GoTo, further improves the pointing accuracy to as low as 1 arc minute in the desired region of the sky.

Tracking
With larger .75" pitch diameter worm, precision made cut-steel gears in gearboxes, and seven slot skewed armature motors the CGE Pro delivers typical tracking performance of +-9 arc seconds, which can be further reduced with the mounts permanent periodic error correction (PPEC).

Mount Modeling
Celestron's NexStar hand control has built-in mount modeling features essential for accurately placing small objects on the center of your ccd chip or high power eyepiece. Aligning on multiple Calibration Stars creates a mathematical model of the opto-mechanical inaccuracies inherent in all equatorial mounts. This model is stored within the hand control and is used to compensate for these inaccuracies thus improving your pointing precision each time you slew your telescope.

And of course the CGE Pro is also fully T-Point compatible (available from Software Bisque) for ultra precise pointing across the entire sky.

In addition to these improvements, the Celestron line of German Equatorial mounts has long been recognized for features preferred by visual observers and astrophotographer alike. Among them include:

Portability - Set up and transportation of the CGE Pro telescopes is made easy by separating the mount into smaller, easy-to-carry components. Unlike fork arm mounted telescopes, the CGE's optical tubes can be quickly removed from their mounts making even the CGE Pro1400 easily assembled in minutes.

Stability - Recognized for superior stability, German Equatorial mounts place the center of gravity directly over the tripod legs and can be easily polar aligned without the use of an optional equatorial wedge. This proven design reduces the "tuning fork" vibration that can be associated with undersized fork mounts. An improved Super HD Tripod supports the CGE Pro mount. This fully extendable tripod is made from the finest 2.75" stainless steel and can be raised to a height of 55". The tripod uses a dual leg support for maximum rigidity with an upper leg brace to provide an outward preload and a lower leg brace providing inward tension.

Balance - CGE Pro equatorial mounts can easily be balanced in both axes. Simply sliding the counterweight for Right Ascension and moving the optical tube along its dovetail mounting for Declination accomplish balancing the weight of camera equipment and other visual accessories. This means that no additional weight needs to be added to balance the telescope when additional accessories are added.

Clearance - CGE Pro mounts support their tubes at a single contact point allowing the tube to move freely around its polar axis without making contact with the telescope's mount. Software features allow the user to set the mounts slew limits to guaranty safe motion.  This is particularly useful when adding photographic and CCD instruments that extend from the rear of the telescopes.

All CGE mounted telescopes are compatible with Celestron's CN-16 GPS accessory. Combine the GPS and built-in real time clock and these telescopes will keep track and remember their exact location and time without having to enter the information into the hand control.



CGE Pro Mount - General Features
  • Holds a maximum instrument capacity of 90 lbs
  • +/-9 arc second tracking accuracy, which can be further reduced with PEC
  • Permanent programmable periodic error correction (PEC) - corrects for periodic tracking errors inherent to all worm drives
  • CGE PRO computerized Equatorial mount
  • Heavy duty stainless steel tripod adjustable from 38 - 55"
  • One 22 lbs counterweight
  • Weighs 154 lbs
CGE Pro Mount - Computerized Mount Features
  • Proven NexStar computer control technology
  • 40,000 object database with over 100 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
  • New All-Star Polar Alignment routine for both Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
  • Software Features include: Database Filter Limits, Hibernate, five alignment methods and user-defined slew limits.
  • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
  • 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
  • Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features
  • 12VDC Servo Motors with integrated optical encoders
  • Drive Motors - High quality motors with seven slot skewed armature to minimize magnetic cogging for quiet operation and long life. Precision made cut-steel gears in gearbox for Improve tracking precision.
  • Bearing and Shaft - Main shafts are made from 1.57" diameter steel tubing with .40" wall thickness with two preloaded 2.68" O.D. tapered roller bearings on each axes
  • Precision worm drive system - .75" pitch dia. precision made steel worm preloaded with two .87" OD ball bearings to minimize run-out (a source of periodic error). 255 tooth 6" pitch dia. precision made worm wheel with enveloping brass teeth
  • Spring loaded DEC worm to minimize backlash and for easy guiding.
  • 4 point RA and DEC clutch system for no-slip pointing precision
  • Autoguide port, PC port and auxiliary ports located on the electronic pier for long exposure astrophotography
  • One 4.72" O.D. thrust bearing and one 4.13" O.D. thrust bearing on each axes provide a large thrust surface for additional stability.
  • Rugged 9-pin thread on motor cables
  • Latitude range: 10° to 65° northern or southern hemispheres
  • RS-232 communication port on hand control to control the telescope via a personal computer
  • Includes NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced control of your telescope via computer
  • GPS-compatible with optional CN16 GPS Accessory (93967)

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