Celestron EdgeHD 14" with Losmandy bar and ESATTO 2": main features
Celestron EdgeHD 14" is an aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with very large diameter. Is the largest in the Edge HD series, dedicated to the most demanding users that are looking for a very bright instrument and optically corrected in all its aspects. For this telescope we suggest a high load capacity mount, especially for those who want to use it in astrophotography. If you are looking for a permanent instrument the EdgeHD 14" is the telescope for you. 3 years of warranty on the optical tube!
Celestron EdgeHD 14" with Losmandy bar is a D:355mm F:3910mm f/11 aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
ESATTO is the most advanced and affordable robotic microfocuser
ESATTO: the most advanced and affordable robotic microfocuser!
Celestron EdgeHD 14" telescope has an internal focuser without micrometric focus and that generates image shift, the movement of the image during focusing. This special version of the Celestron EdgeHD 14" adds ESATTO 2", the new generation robotic focuser that you control by any Windows computer by connecting it to a USB port, or via WiFi by using ESATTO app on your smartphone or tablet with the Virtual HandPad! The 2” version of the ESATTO 2" has a depth of 67mm, it has 15mm of focuser tube travel, a 5kg payload capacity and an incredible resolution of 0,04 micron per step (and this is why we call it ESATTO)! And you can also expand ESATTO features by adding the ARCO robotic camera rotator! EdgeHD telescopes are equipped with two primary mirror lock knobs: thanks to the ESATTO you can lock the primary mirror (this way you avoid any mirror shift) but you can always focus the telescope.
Long backfocus to connect cameras and astrophotography accessories.
Celestron EdgeHD 14" has a long backfocus, 146mm from the 3,3" SC thread on the back of the telescope. ESATTO 2" is 67mm thick and the adapter to connect it to the telescope is 2mm then you still have 77mm that are more than enough to connect cameras also with accessories for astrophotography (like off axis guiders or filter wheels). These values are still the same if you use the 0,7x focal reducer for EdgeHD that is threaded on the telescope rear side before the ESATTO.
The quality of EdgeHD aplanatic optics:
The Celestron challenge was to further improve their famous Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and the intention of creating a instrument without compromise, it brought the realization of these aplanatic optics, that return a stellar image comparable only to the famous RC or the CDK. The EdgeHD optics in fact guarantee perfect images, both in color level and in big 42mm circle field correction. Maintaining the same high quality standards, Celestron has succeeded in creating a new generation telescopes at a very affordable price. The construction of these optics is done by the combination of the best features of CDK and SCT. EdgeHD in fact are made with primary and secondary spherical mirrors. But, unlike the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, in the optical path two lenses that correct aberrations are installed, in addition the stars appear perfectly point, without coma or field curvature.
The EdgeHD for visual and astrophotography
The high performance of this instrument can be noticed immediately during an observation, thanks not only to the optical design, but also to the great optical correction that offer results hat only few instruments can provide. Even with wide-field eyepieces, stars appear perfectly pinpoint from the center to the edges of the field of view. The resolution capabilities of this instrument is amazing, you can perform very high quality observations or imaging of double stars or planets. More, thanks to the large diameter, you can observe and take picture of many deep-sky objects, like galaxies, nebulae or star clusters. Thanks to a big 42mm diameter flat field, this telescope is ideal in astrophotography even with large sensor camera. Celestron also created dedicated accessories in order to be able to use this instrument with the maximum performances, such as the focal reducers and photographic adapters made specifically for the EdgeHD. In addition, these optics are compatible with the Hyperstar system, which leads the focal instrument from f/10 to f/2, much brighter and greatly reducing the exposure times. Photographically they are comparable only to high-level instruments with much higher costs.
Celestron EdgeHD 14" with Losmandy bar and ESATTO 2": scope of delivery
- Celestron EdgeHD 14" optical tube
- ESATTO 2" robotic microfocuser
- Adapter ESATTO 2" for telescopes with large 3.3" SC thread
- 50,8mm and 31,8mm visual back
- Luminos 23mm 170x eyepiece (diameter 50,8mm)
- Mirror diagonal 90° (diameter 50,8mm)
- View-finder 9x50
- Dovetail bar Losmandy type
Primario e secondario sferici, con lastra correttrice e gruppo spianatore
Focal Length (mm)
Incluso e non rimovibile
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EdgeHD telescopes by Celestron are great instruments also for astrophotography if you use an external focuser instead of the internal one: in this article we discover why ESATTO is the perfect microfocuser also for EdgeHD telescopes! In fact, by using an external focuser, you can remotely control the focus and you avoid all the problems related to image shift and mirror flop. And the advantages are not only for astrophotography but also for visual use since ESATTO comes with Virtual HandPad so you can use is also without a computer.
If you are looking for a focuser for Schmidt-Cassegrain or for aplanatic telescopes (like EdgeHD by Celestron), ESATTO is the perfect solution! In this article we see how ESATTO improves focus and how it installs on these telescopes. Schmidt-Cassegrains and EdgeHD are great instruments because they combine high performance with ease of use (for example, they are simple to collimate) and portability (they are among the most compact optical tubes, although the diameter can also be large). However, the internal focuser of these telescopes (which allows focusing by moving the primary mirror) generates image shift and mirror flop problems that we can now avoid thanks to ESATTO.