Celestron C6-S GT XLT Telescope.
By Brian • March 30, 2017 • Uncategorized
Celestron C6-S GT XLT Telescope – Heavy Duty Telescope for Star Watching
The Celestron C6-S XLT is a great telescope but on the heavy side. It is recommended for people who are looking for a stationary unit for their room. It is also the ideal telescope for beginners. It is also easy to set up and align.
The telescope kit comes with a 6 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope that has a StarBright XLT high transmission coatings, tripod, spreader tray, E-Lux 25mm Celestron, mount head, Nexstar Remote, instruction manuals, Finderscope, caps, and the weights.
Mount of the C6-S GT XLT Telescope
The telescope comes with a heavy-duty German equatorial mount that is fully computerized. It is designed to keep the telescope stable and precise. The legs of the mount are made out of stainless steel and can be collapsed. It is sturdy enough that it can also be used to hold a 6-inch refractor or an 8-inch reflector.
The tripod and weights alone with be around 42 pounds. The C-6 OTA is only around 10 pounds. You can detach the mount head and close the legs for easy transport and storage. If it is your first time to use an equatorial mount, be sure to read the manual first. That way you can easily align and position the telescope. The mount also comes with a latitude scale for simpler alignment.
Out of the box, you might need to upgrade the firmware of the Nexstar remote. This can be done by connecting it using a RS 232 cable to your computer and download the latest firmware from the Celestron’s website. It is also recommended to upgrade the firmware of the Motor Control so that the two parts are in-synced with each other.
The Nexstar remote provide you access to a database of more than 40,000 objects to discover in the sky. And the RS 232 cable is not only used to upgrade the firmware, it can also be used to control the telescope with the computer.
Aligning the Celestron C6-S GT XLT
Alignment is done by inputting the longitude and latitude, as well as the date, time and zone. Then the two-star alignment processes begin. If you fail to find the star, you can fine tune it with the arrow keys. Then try to find the star with the eyepiece. You should not be afraid to mess up the alignment process.
The Celestron C6-S telescope is the best telescope for amateur astronomers and astrophotographers. Its price is very affordable and can serve you for a long time. Its mount is built solidly, and it comes with a top class optical tube. You will not feel any vibrations even with moderate wind.
The mount is so stable that you can lean to it without worrying that you might move it out of position. The only disadvantage to the C6-S GT XLT is its weight. You might not be able to carry it on your own. But if you can overlook this small detail, then this Celestron is what you are looking for.