Celestron 8 SE vs C8 XLT vs EdgeHD 8
Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:49 PM
I have been trying to find out what the differences are between the Celestron 8 SE (orange), C8 XLT (gray) and EdgeHD 8 (white) optical tubes without much success. Given that the C8 XLT OTA lists at $1,049 and the Nexstar SE mount alone at $520 while the SE set up with mount and OTA is around $1200, it would seem that there must be a significant difference in the OTAs. Also, I was wondering when Celestron shifted production to China? I've heard that all of the orange tube SEs are made in China. Your input will be most appreciated.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:19 PM
All the C8s are made in China, and have been for a while.
Non EdgeHD scopes all have the same optics, the physical otas may change a bit (slightly different rear cells for example ... but have the same optics). XLT is just a brand for the newer coatings and corrector lens materials and is now used on all C8s.
EdgeHD otas have a few additional mechanical differences but the biggest difference are the changes to the optics, particularly the addition of the corrective lens elements mounted within the baffle tube.
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