This is my first post.
Really liking the retro orange C8s, I have purchased two recently, and would like to register them.
The first is from Scottsdale, Arizona. I believe it was made in 1980,or 1981. Its serial number is on the secondary holder and is 809057. It was in good/very good condition with original wedge and tripod. It came with a great condition trunk, two 1.25 Celestron diagonals, Kellners 25mm ,15mm, and Meade 8mm eyepieces, and a Telrad finder. I have not checked the motor dates yet.
The other C8 is an older 1973 Celestron Pacific sandcast model that had been poorly repainted black. Originally thinking it might be a tricolor that had deteriorating paint, I checked this registry to discover that it was made about the end of the transition period between the tricolored C8s and the two-colored ones. The owner was not the original owner and did not know the reason for the bad paint job.
The serial number of this one is on the base and is: 1 1004 3. The motors are a beautiful brass and are stamped 9-72.
I have repainted the tube with harvest orange spray cans[nothing exotic], and relubed the innards of the ota, and cleaned the optics and re-lubed the focuser. This C8 had no forks or tripod, not even a plug for the rear port, but was affordable at only $225. It had no cord but the seller had a two prong female cinch-jones fitting so I fashioned a cord from a new 3 wire grounded cord and left the ground wire outside the cord with a little fitting to connect it to the male plug screw to provide a ground.
The scope is very smooth moving now and has no mirror shift when focusing.
Optics are very sharp on both of these scopes, I believe. Overall I prefer the aesthetics of the sandcast scope, though both are very handsome and retro. Neither had finderscopes so recently I have bought a period Celestron orange 50mm finder and bracket, as well as a 50mm Celestron Polaris black finderscope.
Thank you to James for this registry. It really adds to the C8s lore, and I appreciate your efforts!