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Orion (Celestron) SVP 8 EQ CAT vs C8-S

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#1 mplkn1

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 05:26 AM

Hi all -

I'd be very grateful to hear some thoughts, please, on weighing these two versions of the same scope.

The C8-S, with XLT coating, is essentially the same price as the Orion version.

The Orion version puts the C8-S on a SkyView Pro vs. the CG-5. Consensus around here seems to be that the CG-5 is a more solid mount, although the SVP seems redeemable, with a lot of how-tos findable here on CN.

The Orion offering comes with an 8 x 40 finder vs 6 x 30. If I got the C8-S I'd probably upgrade the finder almost immediately.

Any other differences, crucial or not?

Is Orion's customer service reputation a factor?

Does the mount make the C8-S a no-brainer?

Many thanks in advance for any thoughts...

Best wishes!

#2 jrcrilly

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 05:34 AM

Hi all -

I'd be very grateful to hear some thoughts, please, on weighing these two versions of the same scope.


There are affordable drives available for the SVP. So far as I know there are no drive upgrades available from Celestron for their CG-5. That'd be important to some folks and not to others.

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 03:17 PM

Hi Michael,

I've owned both the SkyView Pro and CG-5 (the AS-GT version). While they look a little different, their performance is essentially identical. Yes, Celestron's tripod is beefier, but Orion's is completely functional, and ligher.

Orion's top-notch service would be the deciding factor for me if prices are simlar.

Good luck!

Don :usa:


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