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#1 5RNS

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:23 PM

Now that I have armed myself with a power cord and a little knowledge I made a "dry run" with my Classic C8. I was able to somewhat polar align the scope and the tracking was close.

I did learn that I forgot to replace the missing set screws in the tripod. Also that my Dec degree wheel settings have been compromised. But the biggest pain in the but was the finder scope.
In some positions it's unusable. PA and star hopping sucks big time when trying to align through it. It doesn't seem like I am doing something wrong......or am I?
Can anyone offer an alternative for the spotter? Of course pictures would help a lot.

#2 greju

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 11:48 PM

A right angle finder like the one pictured makes it easier.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:53 AM

And go for a 8/9 by 50. The RACI (right angle correct -erect- image) is popular.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 10:03 AM

Scopestuff sells a Synta-compatible mounting shoe that fits the C8. That will make it easy to pick up a used Celestron or Orion RACI from the CN classifieds (if you don't need it to be orange). I think their part designator is RDPS. You will probably need to go to the hardware store and get some screws. Be careful about the length--screws that are too long can chip the primary.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:10 PM

A right angle finder like the one pictured makes it easier.


That looks like a winner. Do you have any info on the make or model?

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:14 PM

Geo. and rdandrea, thanks for the tips. Now I have some idea what it is I am looking for.

#7 John Higbee

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 08:02 PM

Via the CN Finders classifieds, I got an 8X50 RACI (University Optics), with a mount that fits an Orange Tube C8 (all I had to do was remove the 6X30 mount - the RACI mount mounted with the same screws). It even had an orange tube!

Much, MUCH better than the 6X30!

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#8 Brian Risley

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:31 PM

Have 2 of the UO I picked up back in the 80's, I like them.
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Posted 14 October 2013 - 01:47 AM

Looks like a C5 beuty you have there. Gratulations :)

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#10 5RNS

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 06:50 PM

Thanks for the pics. They sure make it easier to learn the lingo.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 01:30 PM

Yep a C5 not C8, it should have killer optics!
Right now the orange tube C5 and C8's are the best bargain on the Planet. I wish I had a warehouse to store a bunch of them for when People come to their senses, and realize a complete c8 is worth more than $350.00!
Nice find enjoy it..
Keep my name for the unlikley event you ever sell it!
I'd love to find another one..

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 06:09 PM

Right now the orange tube C5 and C8's are the best bargain on the Planet. I wish I had a warehouse to store a bunch of them for when People come to their senses, and realize a complete c8 is worth more than $350.00!


This is not the first time I've seen this sentiment expressed. Just where are the $350.00 C8's to be found? Whenever I look on Ebay they are going for $600.00+; unless they are truly beat.

As with my social life, I feel like the party is passing me by.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 08:06 PM

Don't know where you live more than approximately, but I got my orange C8, tripod, wedge, and one eyepiece for $285 this past July off the local CL. Excellent condition. Keep looking.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 08:42 PM

Thanks rdandrea,

Bucking up here!

Don't get me wrong. I believe they are worth the $600. It's just that it moves them out of my price range.






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