As far as I'm concerned, this is just another reason, along with their repulsive advertisements from long ago featuring underfed young women, to avoid owning any Celestron telescope.
While it's true that an average scope would be a fairer example, it's hard to fault an insider from taking advantage of the opportunity to have his personal scope custom perfected. Who wouldn't want the perfect C8? In any case, whatever scoudrely hooliganism brought the scope into being, Larry's discussing a C8 that is about as perfect as perfect can be. Why not be fascinated? Better watch out, Larry; I'm gonna be peddling my bike to Iowa and knocking your door, just to observe through Leo's C8!
I am glad that the world has matured past the time when airline stewardesses were chosen solely for their beauty and young women aspired to be the "Celestron girls" that young men were taught to consume, yet that does not change Celestron's magnificent technical accomplishment in creating great portable telescopes. Socially, times have changed, fortunately, yet these exquisite objects endure. Peer through one, and marvel. Shall we stop listening to Wagner, because he was a pig toward Jews, or shall we note that even with his extreme human failings, he had an astonishing and inventive ear for music?
The Orange Tube C8 is a magnificent, groundbreaking creation. No need to conflate an historic telescope that, to this day, excells in everyday use, with the failings of its forty-year-old marketing. Be enraptured in its wonders, and despair of lesser scopes!