Celestron CGX-L Equatorial 11 Inch Rowe-Ackerman Schmidt Astrograph Telescope - 12078

No Ratings Yet

Write a Review

Item #CELE-12078

  • Your Price:
  • $6,649.00
  • + FREE Shipping

Leave us your email, and we’ll let you know when this item is back in stock.

  • The Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph features newly designed optics with 4-element rare-earth glass for images free of false color.
  • Integrated WiFi allows you to leave your hand control behind and operate your CGX-L from your Android or iOS mobile device.
  • All internal cabling and home/limit sensors with hard stops virtually eliminate the risk of cable snags or tripod strikes.
  • Larger knobs and longer clutch levers make setting up your telescope and adjusting your polar alignment easier and more secure.
  • Dual dovetail saddle accommodates both CGE/Losmandy & CG-5/Vixen style dovetails.
  • Visual back allows for use with 1.25" accessories.
  • Includes Celestron's 2 Year Limited Warranty.
Questions? Let our experts help!
  • Description

    Capturing impressive deep-sky astroimages is easier than ever with Celestron’s new Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph Telescope, the perfect companion to today’s top DSLR or astronomical CCD cameras. This fast, wide-field f/2.2 system offers two huge advantages over traditional f/10 astroimaging: better apparent tracking and shorter exposures. That means you’ll create better-looking astroimages in a fraction of the time, even without the use of an autoguider.  The Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph builds on the legacy of Celestron’s Schmidt Camera, which allowed astrophotographers to produce images on film in the 1970s.

    Today, with CCD sensor sizes as large as film—or larger—the Schmidt Astrograph offers a 43.3mm optimized image circle to capture pinpoint stars on the largest imaging chips. (Note: We previously published 70mm which is actually the aperture of the last lens in the telescope. The optical design has not changed). Combine this large image circle with a focal length of just 620 mm and you have an instrument suitable for wide-field imaging, creating huge mosaics of the night sky, surveying, and even comet hunting. 

    General Features:

    • 11" RASA Optical Tube Assembly.
    • WiFi & StarSense Technology Compatible .
    • Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings.
    • 620 mm focal length.
    • Massive 70mm Stainless Steel Tripod.

    Astrograph Features: 

    Ultra-fast, 11-inch f/2.2 optical design with rare-earth glass for images free of false color, coma, and field curvature.  Cuts imaging time by more than half.

    Expansive 43.3 optimized image circle maintains pinpoint stars to the far corners of even the largest astroimaging sensors, while the usable field extends even further to 52 mm for larger format sensors.

    Custom engineered linear brass focuser bearing reduces image shift, while dual-speed 10:1 FeatherTouch Micro Focus Knob provides the most precise focusing.

    Common camera adapters (T-thread and M48) included for easy attachment to popular CCD and DSLR cameras.

    Quiet, high-output 12V MagLev fan reduces cooldown time and blocks dust.

    Computerized Mount Features:

    Increased 75 lb load capacity.  Exceptional load capacity to weight ratio.

    Additional Aux accessory ports and autoguider port on the Dec axis for better cable management.

    Larger 144 mm diameter worm wheels to better and more accurately drive heavier loads.

    Longer 270 mm dovetail saddle to better support larger optical tubes.

    Massive 70 mm stainless steel tripod legs with a wider stance for improved stability under heavy loads.

    New accessory tray holds three 1.25” and two 2” eyepieces with an upright stand for your smartphone or tablet.

    Heavy duty, 31.5 mm stainless steel counterweight shaft to support additional counterweights.

    Mount Features:

    Compact, lower profile equatorial head provides improved stability and portability. Sturdier and more rigid with quicker dampening time.

    Improved motors provide more torque, better slewing and tracking under heavy loads.

    Heavy duty belt-drive system minimizes backlash while providing smooth motor operation at full capacity.

    Clear windows built into motor covers so pulleys and belts can be monitored.

    Spring-loaded brass worm wheel and stainless steel worm gear reduce friction and provide optimum gear mesh.

    Internal cabling for worry-free remote operation. Power input and lower accessory ports remain stationary while the mount slews to avoid snags.

    Internal hard stops for both axes prevent cable tension and tripod strike.

    Internal optical sensors on both axes for simple and safe remote operation.

    Software Polar Align: “All-Star Polar Alignment” allows quick and very precise polar alignment. Align on any bright named star without extra polar alignment accessories, apps, or other assistance.

    Adjustable EQ head position to optimize center of gravity over the tripod and fully utilize the increased 3º-65º latitude range.

    Dual-fit Vixen/CG-5 and Losmandy/CGE dovetail saddle.

    +20º of additional tracking past the meridian on either side.

    Redesigned tripod has a widened stance for added stability. The minimum tripod height has also been lowered per user feedback.

    Tripod legs can be collapsed with accessory tray installed for faster setup and transport.

    WiFi Compatible:

    Celestron’s telescopes reach a new level with integrated WiFi! Leave your hand control behind and slew to all the best celestial objects with a tap of your smart device. Connect your device to your WiFi telescope’s built-in wireless network and explore the universe with Celestron’s SkyPortal mobile app for iOS and Android.

    Celestron SkyPortal:

    Celestron’s newest planetarium app is an astronomy suite that redefines how you experience the night sky. Explore the Solar System, 120,000 stars, over 200 star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and dozens of asteroids, comets, and satellites—including the ISS. SkyPortal includes everything you need to experience the night sky in an exciting new way.

    StarSense Technology:

    With Celestron’s patented StarSense Technology, telescope alignment has never been easier! Just attach the StarSense AutoAlign accessory, push the Align button on the hand control or smart device, and StarSense begins capturing and comparing images of the night sky against its internal database.

    In about three minutes, it’s gathered enough information to triangulate its position and align itself. Then, press the Sky Tour button: StarSense will automatically slew to all the best stars, planets, galaxies, and more currently visible in the night sky.

    Improved Ergonomics:

    All-new ergonomic adjustment knobs with reduced friction for smooth and easy positioning under full loads. Stationary latitude knob with a newly-designed linkage system greatly reduces the amount of friction when polar aligning the mount. Redesigned azimuth adjustment with low-friction Teflon bearings to make adjustments easy under full load.  No more binding, rough adjustments!

    • Integrated handles for easy transport and portability.
    • All-new ergonomically designed dovetail clamping knobs.
    • Innovative and improved polar alignment adjustment system.
    • Easy to read latitude scale.

    Supplier SKU


    What's Included

    CGX-L Equatorial Head, CGX-L Tripod, Accessory Tray, 1 x 22 lbs Counterweight, NexStar+ Hand Control, DC Power Cable (plugs into cigarette lighter socket), 8 mm Allen Wrench

  • Dimensions & Specifications

    Optical Design:

    Rowe-Ackerman Schmidt


    11 Inches

    Focal Length:


    Focal Ratio:


    Light Gathering Power:


    Optical Coatings:

    StarBright XLT

    Resolution (Rayleigh):

    0.5 arc seconds

    Resolution (Dawes):

    0.41 arc seconds

    Optical Tube Length:

    33 Inches

    Dovetail Compatibility:

    CGE Mount

    Instrument Load Capacity:

    75 lbs

    Tripod Height Adjustment Range:

    35.75" x 52.75"

    Tripod Leg Diameter:


    Tripod Weight:

    46.2 lbs

    EQ Head Weight:

    47 lbs

    Total EQ Head Weight:

    52.6 lbs

  • Product Guarantee

    We stand behind all the products we sell, and your satisfaction is our top priority. If you're not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, simply send the item back to us in its original packaging within 30 days of its delivery.

    Manufacturer 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.

    Return & Exchange Policy

    At our site, returns are easy! You may return new, unused, and resalable items for a refund or exchange. Simply ensure that the item is returned in its original product packaging within 30 days of delivery.

  • Stars


    5 Stars
    4 Stars
    3 Stars
    2 Stars
    1 Stars

    Most Helpful Reviews

    Most Critical Reviews

    All Reviews

    Displaying Reviews 1-10 of