Celestron CM-1400

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Brand and Model:Celestron CM-1400
Price ($USD):$5299.95
Attributes: un-checked Go-To checked PEC
Aperture:356mm (14")
f Ratio:f/11
Focal Length:3910mm
Electric Power:12v
Tripod:Aluminum, Fixed height
Weight (lbs):164 lbs.
Dimensions (w/h/d):
Description:Standard 1¼" Accessories Include: Multicoated 26mm Plössl Eyepiece (150x), 2" Mirror Diagonal with 1¼" Adapter and a Visual Back
Fastar Compatible Optical Tube

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Celestron CM-1400
It takes some reasonably good seeing to collimate a large scope, but, once accomplished my unit holds collimation well and the views of Jupiter are stunning in excellant seeing.

The focuser is just a hair stiff, but, there is virtually no image shift during focusing.

My mount tracks smoothly and accurately. In the course of a gear rotation during a PEC training cycle, I discovered the star did not drift, so, there was nothing to correct. I don't bother with PEC anymore. My mount tracks fine for my novice level focal reduced CCD imaging.

I get a 1 or 2 second vibration dampening with the Celestron anti-vibration pads. But, watch out for wind.

I can field assemble my CM-1400 in 15-20 minutes by myself. The only major modification to the stock equipment was to buy a leg-length adjustment kit and add Celestron's DSCs.

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:8 Mount:8 Ease of Use:8 Value:8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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Celestron CM-1400
When I first recieved this scope, I was very disappointed. The drive would not track and it was badley out of collimation. After about a week, I was finally able to solve all of the problems (a loose clutch). Make no mistake, this scope is BIG!!!. I normally need help lifting this scope to mount it. But after mounting and placing the counter wieghts properly, it is very smooth.

Overall Rating: 6
Optics:9 Mount:7 Ease of Use:3 Value:7
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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Celestron CM-1400
Very disappointed with the mounts clutches I had it repaired by www.astroden.com and worked much better

Overall Rating: 7
Optics:10 Mount:5 Ease of Use:5 Value:7
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Link to this vote: http://www.excelsis.com/1.0/displayvote.php?voteid=106456

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