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  • Celestron Celestron Advanced VX Series 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Go To Telescope - 12026
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  • Meade Meade 10" LX850 ACF Telescope with Starlock - 1008-85-01
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  • Celestron Celestron Advanced VX Series 8" EdgeHD Go To Telescope - 12031
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    Celestron Celestron CGX 800 SCT Computerized Telescope - 12050
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    Celestron Celestron CGX 925 SCT Computerized Telescope - 12051
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    Celestron Celestron CGX 1100 SCT Computerized Telescope - 12052
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    Celestron Celestron CGX 1100 EdgeHD Computerized Telescope - 12057
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    Celestron Celestron CGEM II 800 SCT Computerized Telescope - 12010
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    Celestron Celestron CGEM II 925 SCT Computerized Telescope - 12011
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    Celestron Celestron CGEM II 1100 SCT Computerized Telescope - 12012
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    Celestron Celestron CGEM II 1100 EdgeHD Computerized Telescope - 12019
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    Celestron Celestron CGEM II 925 EdgeHD Computerized Telescope - 12018
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  • Celestron 925 SCT on CGX-L Equatorial Mount
    Celestron Celestron CGX-L 925 SCT Computerized Telescope - 12070
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    Celestron Celestron CGX-L 1100 SCT Computerized Telescope - 12071
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  • Celestron 1400 SCT on CGX-L Mount
    Celestron Celestron CGX-L 1400 Fastar SCT Computerized Telescope - 12072
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  • Celestron 925 EdgeHD on CGX-L Mount
    Celestron Celestron CGX-L 925 EdgeHD Computerized Telescope - 12075
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    Celestron Celestron CGX-L 1100 EdgeHD Computerized Telescope - 12076
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  • iOptron 250 mm Photron Ritchey-Chretien Telescope
    iOptron iOptron Photron 250 RC Telescope Package with CEM60 Mount & Tri-Pier - 12250
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  • iOptron Photron 200 Ritchey-Chretien Telescope
    iOptron iOptron Photron 200 RC Telescope Package with iEQ45 Pro Mount & 2" Tripod - 12200
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    iOptron iOptron Photron 150 RC Telescope Package with CEM25P Mount & 2" Tripod - 12150
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    Meade Meade 6" Maksutov-Cassegrain on LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount - 217002
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    Meade Meade 6" ACF Telescope on LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount - 217005
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    Meade Meade 8" ACF Telescope on LX85 GoTo Equatorial Mount - 217006
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  • Orion 180 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope with SkyView Pro EQ Mount
    Orion Orion 180 mm SkyView Pro Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - 24760
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  • Explore Scientific Explore Scientific FirstLight 127 mm White Tube Maksutov-Cassegrain w/EQ3 Mount - FL-MC1271900EQ3
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  • Orion Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo 180mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - 24764
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  • Orion Orion StarMax 127 Maksutov-Cassegrain EQ Telescope - 09826
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  • Celestron CGX 700 Mak-Cass Telescope
    Celestron Celestron CGX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - 12049
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    Celestron Celestron CGEM II 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - 12016
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  • Celestron Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
    Celestron Celestron Advanced VX 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - 12035
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  • Explore Scientific Explore Scientific FirstLight 100mm Mak-Cassegrain with EQ3 Mount - FL-MC1001400EQ3
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  • Explore Scientific FirstLight MAK152 Telescope
    Explore Scientific Explore Scientific FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain with EXOS2GT GoTo Mount - FL-MC1521900EXOS2GT
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The LX600 Catadioptric telescope design uses a combination of mirrors and lenses to gather light and form a sharp image. There is a wide range of popular telescopes for amateur astronomers, such as Schmidt-Cassegrain and Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes, that are of the catadioptric design. There are also catadioptric telescopes for sale that are designed primarily for astrophotography or imaging, like the Ritchey-Chretien (RC), Meade ACF, and Celestron EdgeHD.

The Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, or SCT, is the most popular design in the broader catadioptric telescope line-up. The Schmidt-Cassegrain has a folded optical system consisting of a primary mirror and a corrector plate with the secondary mirror right in the center. This design allows the telescope tube to be much more compact than a Newtonian reflector or a Refractor. The most popular Schmidt-Cassegrain has a large 8" diameter mirror and an optical tube that is about 18" long - a perfect combination of good light-gathering and easy-to-carry portability.

The Maksutov-Cassegrain, or Mak-Cass, catadioptric telescope looks very much like an SCT but has a longer focal length due to the way the light travels inside the tube. The Maksutov-Cassegrain really shines when used for terrestrial or astronomical viewing, especially when turned to the Moon or planets, but it isn't the best choice for deep-sky astrophotography due to its long focal length when compared other catadioptric designs.

Catadioptrics optimized for imaging are rising in popularity as more amateur astronomers fall under the spell of astrophotography. These telescopes have a wide, flat field that works nicely with today's larger format DSLR and dedicated astronomy cameras. While many catadioptric telescopes for sale can be used for both visual astronomy and imaging, amateur astronomers who prefer visual observations or have a camera with a smaller sensor don't necessarily require the edge-to-edge flatness that a larger sensor does.

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