Celestron Launches CPC™ Computerized GPS Telescope Line

Celestron Professional Computerized (CPC) Series on display at 2006 Photokina Show. Models include 8", 9.25", and 11" computerized Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.

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Celestron, a leading manufacturer of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes, has launched a new line of computerized telescopes with the CPC (Celestron Professional Computerized) Series. CPC telescopes feature Celestron's renowned hand matched and figured Schmidt-Cassegrain optical systems, internal GPS and the revolutionary new alignment technology, SkyAlign. The CPC Series had 3 models at competitive price points for the high-end computerized telescope market. Products can be seen at Celestron's Photokina 2006 booth in Hall 7, Stand D031.

CPC Models
Celestron's new CPC Series with revolutionary SkyAlign Alignment Technology re-defines everything that amateur astronomers are looking for - quick and simple alignment, internal GPS, unsurpassed optical quality, ease of set-up and use, ergonomics, enhanced computerization and, most important, affordability. The three CPC models provide a variety of apertures for the consumer to choose from. Models include the CPC 800 (8" SCT), CPC 925 (9.25" SCT), and the CPC 1100 (11" SCT).

Celestron's SkyAlign
Aligning a computerized telescope has never been easier or faster with Celestron's SkyAlign technology. Aligning a computerized telescope is necessary in order for the telescope to accurately locate objects in the sky, but can be difficult for users who are unfamiliar with the location or even the names of stars. With SkyAlign, users simply input the date, time and their location into the computerized hand control (CPC models have internal GPS devices that gather all of this information automatically) and then point the telescope at three bright stars of their choosing. Users do not need to know the names of the stars - they could even pick the moon or bright planets! The NexStar computer system will figure out which stars were chosen and then align the telescope. This makes for a fast and very easy method for aligning the telescope.

How does it work? The sophisticated software calculates the distance and angle of the bright objects in the sky and then compares them to the known angles between celestial objects. Not only does the SkyAlign not require knowledge of the 3 bright objects, but the telescope also tells the user which 3 objects they chose in the alignment process.

CPC Features
The new CPC Series telescopes, like Celestron's acclaimed Advanced Series and premium CGE Series telescopes feature meticulously matched and hand-figured optical systems that are manufactured in our facilities in Torrance, California. In addition, all CPC models are available with optional StarBright XLT High Performance Optical Coatings. With the introduction of the CPC Series, Celestron has "gone back to the drawing board" and re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented a telescope family that provides superior quality, unsurpassed ease of use, and incomparable value. All CPC models ship standard with our NexRemote telescope control software. The CPC database contains over 40,000 celestial objects including Messier objects, the Caldwell Catalog, as well as NGC Galaxies, nebulae and planets. User-definable filter limits make navigating through this expansive database quicker and easier. When using the "filter limits" feature, only those objects that are above the horizon are displayed for your exact date, time and location.

Additional CPC Features and Accessories Include:
 Re-designed drive base and drive mechanics - quiet operation; large drive gears, quick release clutch; Auxiliary ports for AutoGuider, PC; easily mounts to tripod
 SkyAlign Alignment Technology - simply choose three bright celestial objects, the telescope does the rest
 Convenient remote hand control holder - allows you to view information hands-free while using the scope
 40,000+ object database
 Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units
 Easy to locate over-sized clutching knobs on both axes for manual use
 All metal quick release finderscope bracket with spring loaded pivot and easy to use x-y adjustment screws
 Ultra-wide 9.8" bearing track drive base provides smooth stable tracking at any rate
 Ergonomic design - comfortably lift and move the telescope from location to location
 Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PEC)
 NexRemote™ Included
 Newly designed tripod: heavy-duty steel leg tripod with accessory tray/center leg support bracket for rock solid stability; spring-loaded mounting screws and recessed mounting platform for quick setup
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