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Celestron Advanced VX 8 Inch Newtonian Telescope

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Celestron Advanced VX 8 Inch Newtonian Telescope

SKU: 32062

Large aperture at an affordable price, our Advanced VX 8” Newtonian provides 78% more light-gathering abilities compared to the 6” model.  The parabolic primary mirror minimizes spherical aberration to produce a sharper image near the edge of the field of view. This scope is great for intermediate visual observers and beginning astroimagers looking for a large aperture with lots of light-gathering power. As you grow in your hobby, you can continue to enjoy all the high-level features of the Advanced VX.


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.

All-Star Polar Alignment Technology

In order to do long-exposure astroimaging, an equatorially aligned telescope is necessary to allow your telescope to properly track the motion of the sky. Precise tracking still depends on an accurate polar alignment. Even with a visible star very near the North Celestial Pole (NCP), the true celestial pole can be a very elusive place to find without assistance.

That’s where All-Star Polar Alignment comes in. All-Star is our exclusive, innovative polar alignment procedure—available on select Celestron computerized telescopes—that allows users to choose any bright star (not just one near the NCP) while the software calculates and assists with polar alignment.

How it Works

Once your telescope is aligned with two or more bright stars, All-Star allows you to choose any bright star listed in the NexStar hand control. This star will assist the software in correctly aligning your telescope’s mount with the North Celestial Pole.

Using the telescope's Sync function, the mount will point to and center a bright star with a high degree of accuracy. Once centered, the mount will point the telescope to the exact position that the star should be if the mount was precisely polar-aligned. When you adjust the mount’s altitude and azimuth controls to re-center the star in the eyepiece, you are actually moving the mount’s polar axis to the exact position of the North Celestial Pole.


Can I use Polaris to polar align my telescope?
Since Polaris is very close to the NCP and not very bright, we do not recommend it for the All-Star method. The advantages of being able to use stars other than Polaris are twofold:

  • Polaris is not always visible. So not only can you use a variety of other stars, but ones that are brighter and more prominent than Polaris.
  • The star you choose will be farther away from the NCP, allowing for greater accuracy when centering the star in your eyepiece.

Specification & Dimensions

Optical Tube Info:
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
Aperture (mm) 200 mm (7.87 in)
Telescope Type Computerized (GOTO)
Focal Length 1000 mm (39 in)
Focal Ratio 5
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm) 20 mm (0.79 in)
Magnification of Eyepiece 1 50 x
Finderscope 9x50
Mount Info:
Tripod Adjustable, Stainless Steel
Tripod Leg Diameter 2"
Highest Useful Magnification 472 x
Lowest Useful Magnification 29 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.7 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes) 0.58 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 816 x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 2.2" in (56 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 28%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 7.81%
Optical Tube Length 36" in (914 mm)
Optical Tube Weight 14 lbs (6.35 kg)
Total Telescope Kit Weight 71 lbs (32 kg)
Mount Height (Max) 64" in (1626 mm)
Mount Height (Min) 44" in (1118 mm)
Tripod Weight 18 lbs (8.16 kg)
Weight of Counterweights 2 x 12 lbs
Warranty 2-year Telescope Warranty


2-Year Warranty

For two years, Celestron will cover repairs or replacement of this product in cases of defective components. This warranty shall be void and of no force of effect in the event a covered product has been modified in design or function, or subjected to abuse, misuse, mishandling or unauthorized repair. Further, product malfunction or deterioration due to normal wear is not covered by this warranty.