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Celestron CPC 1100 GPS XLT Computerized 11" Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
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Most Helpful Positive Review A great telescope
I looked at several dealers before deciding on Optics Planet, their customer support was outstanding, they handled all my questions. They also fixed a...
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Scope is great; tech support is awesome

by Tom--K4TTA, from United States, TN Written on September 6, 2014
There a lot of reviews touting how good this scope is. I have one and would fully endorse the numerous "kudo's." What is really amazing, however, is how good Celestron's technical support is - the best after-purchase support I've ever found - anywhere! They know their stuff and are very willing to go the "extra mile" with you. I've had a couple of problems with my scope and this has been my experience with them. Lots of folks make good scopes; NOBODY out does Celestron's support!
Clear skies feom Elvis Country,
Tom--K4TTA--Near Memphis...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great Observatory Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on January 9, 2014
With 11'' mirror, you will see higher contrast deep space object. On planet otherwise, excellent but not so much different from an 8'' model (I had a nexstar 8SE with same optics for comparision). The reason would be because of severe atmospheric turbulance that will limit the visual detail, but I believe in excellent nights, the power will exceed of the 8'' telescope. The weight is an issue. Just the telescope with the fork arm mounting weights 30Kg. I added some counterweight to it bringing it to almost 35Kg. Otherwise with celestron proven sct technology, I do trust that this is excellent optical instrument. The fork arm mount is similar to a CGE mount design in terms of accuracy & peformance. Great value for the money. Optics Planet bundle is worth to take, just few more bucks you get a lot more stuff. It's a keeper
Pros: Good Optics, Large Aperature
Cons: Bulky...
Would recommend: Yes
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Celestron CPC 1100 Computerized Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on May 29, 2012
Fantastic views of planets and DSOs. Very pleased with this scope.
Pros: Easy to use, accurate tracking, outstanding optics
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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Excellent Big Telescope For Price

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on January 22, 2012
This is an excellent scope. With 11'' mirror, you will see more deep space object with high contrast. On planet otherwise, excellent but not so much different from an 8'' model (I had a nexstar 8SE with same optics for comparision). The weight is an issue. Just the telescope with the fork arm mounting weights 30Kg. I added some counterweight to it bringing it to almost 35Kg. Otherwise with celestron proven sct technology, I do trust that this is excellent optical instrument. The fork arm mount is similar to a CGE mount design in terms of accuracy & peformance. Great value for the money
Pros: Large mirror, excellent light gathering capacity
Cons: Weight...
Would recommend: Yes
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CI-TS-CPC-11-11075-XLT Review

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, NC Written on July 12, 2010
The Telescope is very easy to use. Years ago I built my own reflector telescope and ground my own mirror. I was an RF engineer for 35 years. I designed the ears "receiver" for the system which was purchased by Penn State University to measure the amplitude of a Pulsar. The CPC 1100 Telescope would be a dream telescope for any amateur astronomer. The go to technology works great.
Pros: Great Telescope for an avid amateur astronomer.
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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A great telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, NY Written on February 28, 2008
I looked at several dealers before deciding on Optics Planet, their customer support was outstanding, they handled all my questions. They also fixed a small shipping problem with a telescope accessory. The focus motor was not shipped with the order; when I brought this to their attention the motor was sent the next day from now on Optics Planet will be the only company I deal with for my telescope.
The CPC 1100 GPS (XLT) is the finest astronomy instrument I've ever owned or used. Setting up the CPC 1100 is incredibly easy, when I first opened the box, I felt intimated by the size of the scope, and the telescope does weigh 65 pounds. However, after lifting it I immediately noticed one very curious thing: it seems to weigh much less then 65 lbs this is because, on one fork is a heavy duty, side mounted cabinet handle and on the opposite fork is a hand slot near the base of the fork. This design allows for correct posture when lifting and forces the telescope to your center of mass making it easy to lift and move around even in the dark. The setup process wasn’t too difficult; I just placed the base on the tripod and aligned it with the tripod’s central indexing post. Once the base is centered on the post, you simply rotate the base until the three spring-loaded locking screws pop into place. Then I just pushed the screws upwards and tighten down the base. The tripod is as well-designed as the rest of the scope. All of its parts are permanently attached, with nothing to lose...
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My review

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on November 10, 2007
I just got it and let me tell all of you reading, it is fantastic! i looked at the hoarsehead nebula last night and the detail was amazing!...
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Celestrom CPC 1100 XLT

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, IA Written on September 1, 2007
If you want a computerized GoTo scope that is easy to set up and easy to use, with plenty of aperture, then this may be for you. The biggest drawback is the 65 lb weight. It is fairly easy to move short distances. I use a 2 wheel hand truck to move it to my backyard. The OTA with fork mount and drive base goes on the tripod easily after the initial "clean and jerk" that is needed to lift the massive scope. A "spotter" is recommended to help with this part. Moving this scope should be no problem with someone of reasonable strength and health.
The GoTo function worked flawlessly 100 percent of the time. Initial GPS 3 star alignment took less than 5 minutes to perform. Collimation was "dead on" right out of the box.
I have been an amateur astronomer for 30+ years and this scope impresses me!
Pros: Rock solid, easy to align and use.
Cons: Very heavy...
Would recommend: Yes
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