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#1 bob midiri

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 03:50 PM

Just wondering as im sitting home on a cloudy rainy type day, and thinking of all the differing models of SCT's that Celestron has produced over the year. There are so many proponents (Im one) of the Celestron orange series, but they have introduced so many memorable scopes, the Super C8's, The Ultima series, The C14 compustar, Ultima 2000 series, then Nexstar, followed by the highly rated the Nexstar GPS, The CPC series, eq series and so on. So for those who have seen and used them all, what do you consider to be the best "all around" model. The one that combined excellent optics, excellent mechanics, will last a long time, user friendly, with American ingenuity etc. Which and why, thanks Bob

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 04:24 PM

The Edges. ;)
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Posted 02 August 2014 - 06:19 PM

The Powerstars and Ultima 8. I would say the optics have been better since the 90's vs the 70's and 80's.

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 11:28 PM

 

So for those who have seen and used them all, what do you consider to be the best "all around" model.

 

I've not seen or used them all, but I have peered through many of them.  I believe the Edge SCT's are the best SCT's that Celestron has ever produced. 

 

As far as the mounts go, Celestron has consistently improved their portfolio over time, so I believe the newest models are among the best. 

 

Patrick


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#5 bob midiri

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 10:19 AM

 

 

So for those who have seen and used them all, what do you consider to be the best "all around" model.

 

I've not seen or used them all, but I have peered through many of them.  I believe the Edge SCT's are the best SCT's that Celestron has ever produced. 

 

As far as the mounts go, Celestron has consistently improved their portfolio over time, so I believe the newest models are among the best. 

 

Patrick

 

Ive heard that the EDGE optics are phenomenal. Im really looking at the true SCT that was introduced by Celestron in the early years, over time, how they evolved to what we have today.  I probably should have worded the thread as PRE-EDGE SCT's. For instance, Ive read that some people feel the Nexstar GPS sereis was agreat scope, better made then the CPC series that replaced it, and how great the Ultima sereis was, probably the best of its era,.So, in a nutshell, if we look back over the last 40+ years...which PRE EDGE model, had it all, and the ability to last and perform well for many more years, not just optically but combined with mechanics, but also user friendily



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 11:05 AM

Celestron 9.25. IMHO.

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 01:19 PM

Bob, from a reputable source that worked for Celestron, optically,the best C8's were produced the first quarter of 1973. BTW, I've owned many C8's, over 30 of them. The best of all is a 1972 model that I still have many were very good a few were terrible and should have never left the company. I do remember an Ultima 2000 that was absolutely superb. 


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#8 Erik Bakker

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 02:22 PM

Given your requirements, I vote for the C5 with double arm fork mount. 

 


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#9 Erik Bakker

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 02:22 PM

Attached File  DSCF4136 - Version 2.jpeg   76.35KB   0 downloadsAnd a picture of the C5.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:38 AM

I gotta vote for the early C5 too.  For consistency if nothing else.  And because the original two arm mount was overengineered to start with.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:54 AM

These days the edge is the best line, though my personal favorite for visual is the C9.25 either in standard or edge form. They've got the flattest field and best planetary contrast I've seen in an Sct , although a good c14 gives exc results too.
Of the older models, I like the ultima 8....

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 08:35 PM

I would have to say, within the last 15 years, the Nexstar 11 GPS, without a doubt. I never had the opportunity of buying any Celestron scope before 2000. I had mostly reflectors and one Meade 2045.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 09:31 AM

The Edges. ;)

 

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 01:18 PM

Had my Edge 11 out on my balcony last night checking out the "super" moon. Fantastic views. The view in binoviewers is superb.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 01:01 PM

Mount-wise, I think the NexStar is the best mount that Celestron ever produced. Smooth as butter, dead-accurate and a delight to use. I believe they used pretty high end motors and gearing in it. The NS11 I owned was decent optically, neither outstanding nor a lemon, but the mount was terrific.

 

Optics-wise, from the 3 Celestron SCTs I have owned, the Edge HD 11 was the best, even significantly better than the Takahashi TSC 225 in in terms of optical quality. A wide-field, high power view of the Moon stayed with you long after. My estimation was that it was 1/8 wave corrected or thereabouts, clearly matching a 7" AP refractor on Jupiter.

 

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 06:56 PM

The one you bought, use, enjoy, and share!



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:29 PM

In the earlier series I would say the Original Ultimas. (I've tried to talk Unk Rod out of his for 8 years now) I havent had much luck (^^^)

The Edge series has the best optics.. Over all the Chinese made are the most consistant !

My favorite tube? The C6 SCT, brings a lot of BANG for size.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:46 PM

Me give up my u8, Celeste? HORRORS! :lol:



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 01:18 PM

Uncle Rod, is Celeste an Ultima 8 2000 or an Ultima 8 PEC? Just curious. I have a PEC and love it.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:03 PM

Ultima 8 (PEC). I do have a U2K at the university where I teach and it is a sweet scope, too. ;)


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 02:11 PM

I've only owned two Celestrons, an Ultima 8 (pec), like Rod's, and a CPC 11.  The Ultima is by far the better of the two.  It has a similar build quality to that of a Questar I once owned. Its optics, while not perfect (a star test at 1500x shows slight zonal abberations) regularly allow me to split doubles that are 0.6" or more, and elongate even closer ones. The CPC 11 takes for ever to cool down, and it's zonal abberations are significantly worse than the Ultimas.  Celestron, BTW, when they tested the CPC 11 informed me that the optics were "within spec".  

 

I don't wonder that Orion61 wants an Ultima, and that Rod isn't ready to sell. 


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 03:58 PM

 

The Edges. ;)

 

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+2!

 

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#23 bob midiri

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 11:05 AM

 

 

The Edges. ;)

 

+1

 

+2!

 

David

 

Still think that out of all the original SCT design, the Orange C14 I own has yet to be bested, by any SCT I have either owned or observed through

 

 

 

The Edges. ;)

 

+1

 

+2!

 

David

 

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:01 AM

You are very lucky to have got such a good C14. Not all were winners. Many were actually fraking bow-wows--usually due to optical roughness. ;)



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:10 AM

You are very lucky to have got such a good C14. Not all were winners. Many were actually fraking bow-wows--usually due to optical roughness. ;)

 

Thanks Uncle Rod... So last night using this fine scope and moving it in an awkward position to observe comet Jacques, my little hand control dropped to the asphalt driveway, landed right on the dec switch and it broke !! Im so upset. this hand controller made it close to 40 years till i dropped it, are these easy to find that switch pin knob for, please see picture

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