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Celestron C9.25 Optical Tube Assembly

Celestron C9.25 Optical Tube Assembly

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Aperture f-ratio Focal Length Tube Length OTA Weight Finder Eyepieces Other
9.25" (235mm) f10 2,350mm 559mm 9 kg

The Celestron C9.25 is an unusual size with its 9.25's aperture and 2,350 mm focal length, but many consider it to be the Goldilocks of optical tubes: not too big, not too small. This rugged aluminium optical tube is only 559mm long and weighs just 9kg, making it easy to transport and set up. But the views are much more impressive than what you'd expect from such a compact instrument. The tube offers a focal ratio of f/10 with the added versatility of Fastar (see below).

It is equipped with Celestron's patented StarBright XLT optical coatings, which visibly increase contrast and light transmission for brighter deep space images and shorter exposure times. With StarBright XLT, you'll be able to discern subtle details while viewing the Moon and planets as well as faint galaxies and nebulae.

The Celestron C9.25 can be mounted on a multitude of computerized telescope mounts thanks to its CGEM-style dovetail bar. This iconic optical tube provides the best balance of portability, handling ease, light gathering ability and price ever offered to the amateur astronomer.

In 1997, CCDs were making a name for themselves in the astrophotography world, quickly supplanting traditional film photography thanks to their speed and convenience. This was the year that Celestron joined forces with the Santa Barbara Instruments Group (SBIG) to produce Fastar, a revolutionary add-on to Celestron's hugely popular Schmidt-Cassegrain (SCT) optical system.

With Fastar, the SCT's secondary mirror can be removed and replaced with a field-flattening lens assembly (sold separately by third party manufacturers) so that a CCD camera can be used in the front of the telescope at the f/2 focus of the instrument's primary mirror. The potential of the Fastar system is staggering: exposures are 25 times shorter than if the camera was placed at the instrument's native f/10 focus. Imagers can capture galaxies and nebulae with exposures of just 30 seconds.

StarBright XLT is Celestron's revolutionary optical coating system. It consistently outperforms all other coatings in the commercial telescope market. There are three major components that make up our StarBright XLT high-transmission optical system design:

Unique enhanced multi-layer mirror coatings made from precise layers of aluminum, SiO2 (quartz), TiO2 (titanium dioxide), and SiO2 (silicon dioxide). Reflectivity is fairly flat across the spectrum, optimizing it for both imaging and visual observing.
Multi-layer anti-reflective coatings made from precise layers of MgF2 (magnesium fluoride) and HfO2 (hafnium dioxide). Hafnium is a rare element that costs nearly $2,000 per kilogram, gives us a wider band pass than the titanium used in competing coatings.

High-transmission water white glass is used instead of soda lime glass for the corrector lens. Water white glass transmits about 90.5% of light without anti-reflective coatings; that's 3.5% better than uncoated soda lime glass. When water white glass is used in conjunction with StarBright XLT's anti-reflective coatings, the average transmission reaches an astonishing 97.4.

These three components make StarBright XLT one of the finest coatings available.

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What's in the box:

  • 9.25" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly (OTA)
  • 25mm eyepiece (94x),
  • 6x30 optical finderscope
  • Star diagonal
  • 1.25” visual back
  • CGEM-style dovetail bar




Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture: 2345mm (9.25")
Focal Length: 2350mm (f/10)
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 25mm (94x)
Finderscope: 6x30
Star Diagonal: 1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical Tube: Aluminum
Highest Useful Magnification: 555x
Lowest Useful Magnification: 34x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14.4
Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.59 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes): 0.49 arc seconds
Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 85mm (13% of area)
Optical Coatings: StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length: 559mm
Optical Tube Diameter: 272mm
Optical Tube Weight: 9.07 kg
Dovetail: CGE Dovetail Bar
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