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Celestron Comet Catcher LOWERED PRICE!! You must be registered to reply to this classifieds ad.
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You must be registered to see the author of this classifieds ad. 3722 Mon Jan 16, 2012
Asking Price Condition Ad Number
$239.00 Excellent 54138
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Description: Celestron Comet Catcher for sale. This is not one of the very early orange tube CCs that often go for more than $300. But is is also NOT one of the, actually not such a large batch, of inferior CCs that Celestron rushed out just before Halley's Comet returned in 1986. Since I bought it, by total coincidence, from someone who had advertised in the old Starry Messenger,but happened to live just two blocks from my door, I was able to check out the optics before purchasing it, and they are as sharp as any other such super fast f3.6 scope I have ever used, including the earlier orange tubed CCs. Like all Comet Catchers, Astroscans, and other fast RFTs, except for the very expensive, high-end, and sloer f-ratio Schmidt-Newtonians, the scope has some slight astigmatism, but this is not noticeable when one is using lower powers for truly stunning "rich-field" views [that is under ~80x] that this scope, and all RFTs are designed to support. While I have never A/B-ed this scope against one of the original orange tube Comet Catchers, I checked the optics carefully before buying it to make sure it wasn't from the inferior pre-Halley batches that nearly cost both Celestron and Meade their reputations for quality. [And their later sale of cheap Chinese OEM scopes under their own brand names also didn't help!] This particular Comet Catcher is a significantly better scope than, say, any Edmund Astroscan I've ever looked through. It is sharper, lighter, has less astigmatism and catches more than 67% more light than that old workhorse. All in all it would be very hard to beat this scope, especially at anywhere near this price, as a "first telescope," or as a high-value RFT.

$239 plus actual shipping via UPS ground, insured. Lower 48 states only please.

Sold with or without an optional homemade wooden Dobsonian mount, which while not very fancy, still works much better for astro-viewing than all tripod mounts, except the biggest and beefiest. To get the mount as well, please add $24.

Various eyepieces are available, too, including the 18mm Celestron that came with the scope, and which hence is included in the original price.

Tell me what you're looking for, if you want other higher or lower or simply wider-field eyepieces.

I have used this scope up to around 100X, where it still performs very well. The Trapezium is, for example, very widely split, and the Orion Nebula quite visible under good skies, especially with the appropriate filter for the viewing site.

Feel free to email questions. Thanks for looking!
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