Celestron C8 Registry
Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:03 PM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:28 PM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:35 AM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:04 PM
Here is my orange C8 for your list, serial no. 807390, from the early 80's(?). Very good optics. The motors seem to be dated 11/79.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:31 PM
My Orange Tube C8 is Serial Number 800773 and the one Motor date that I can see is 9-78 (September 1978).
I purchased it second hand in about 1980.
It now has a new lease of life on an Ioptron Mini Tower MK2.
Really nice optics!
Keep up the good work on the Registry
Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:17 AM
Thanks for your serial number and the motor date - it's good to have a motor date for one of the early 8xxxxx series C8s although there's always the caveat about not knowing how long the motors sat around in stock. However, going by the numbers to hand it looks like the 8xxxxx series came in in 1979 which would make yours an early 1979 model I guess.
Thanks also for your kind words about the registry.
Enjoy the Southern skies, I grew up in Africa and still miss Crux and Omega Centauri and Scorpio!
Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:01 PM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:19 PM
Thanks again and my apologies for the oversight.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:25 PM
I was just adding your details to the list and I see that desertrefugee's C8 is very close, with a serial of 807397 but with motors dated 2/80.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:57 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:41 AM
There are a bunch of pictures of it in this thread here (starting about half way down), including a shot of the first page of the manual where the serial number is noted as "173857" next to a "1977".
My particular C8 is pre secondary-holder-label and yet does not have a serial number label on the base. I do not know if this was a transition between the locations of the S/N or if the label on the base was simply lost by a previous owner. In any case I have no reason to doubt the number writen in the manual.
There is also this partially eligible etching on the back of the OTA but I have a feeling that was added sometime *after* celestron sold it... :shurg:
Edit: Realized the etched number may be the original owner's driver's license so in the interests of privacy I have removed the image and replaced it with the front page of the manual instead.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:36 AM
My guess is that the previous owner lost or removed the serial number tag that should be on the base. The serial number in the manual is consistent with the 1977 date as it gives a production period of the 1st quarter of 1977.
I'ld agree with your thoughts on the etching on the cell, maybe the previous owner's initials, can't make out what is before the number on the bottom row though.
From the pictures on the other thread it looks like you got an excellent find with all the accessories, I wish something like that would follow me home!
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:05 AM
I've added all the recent submissions (7 in total from this thread) plus a couple of SN's from the CN classifieds and 4 from Ebay ads to the register.
As before, because of the file size limits I've only shown the top part of the list in the attached image but there is a link to the full register below:
Celestron C8 Registry
My very grateful thanks to all the contributors
Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:24 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:43 PM
I'm pleased to have got so many numbers for the register, the more numbers the easier it is to spot the patterns and to try and tie down dates when changes happened.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:24 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:21 PM
Hmp. I actually did google BCDL and saw BC Drivers License in the results but did not clue in. Though I think the original owner is no longer around I have edited my earlier post to swap the image out.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:09 PM
Ok, I'll contribute my two C8's...
Super C8 Plus (Very Early Model)
- Original Owner
- Serial Number = 824733
- Purchased in the Summer of 1983 from the Science and Education Center, Wichita, KS
- Starbright Coatings on both the primary and secondary
- All Black with Byers Drive – Black Faceplate with Clear Window
- Ribbed Real Cell
- Side Numbered Setting Circles (as found on earlier scopes)
Celestar 8 Deluxe
- Serial Number = 916277
- Original Purchase Date/Location Unknown (2nd Owner)
- Starbright Coatings
- Fastar Secondary
Hope this info helps. As I understand it, my Super C8 Plus was one of the first Super C8 Plus scopes.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:36 AM
...the previous owner lost or removed the serial number tag that should be on the base.
I had hoped my thread about preserving serial number plates from trashed bases would go viral, but it has received hardly any response.
Is begging allowed on the forums? Please look at it? Please? PLEASE? PLEASE?
Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:49 PM
Thanks for the details on your two scopes, always good to get a bit more data.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:13 PM
Drive motor stamp: 8505
Owners manual (inside cover): First Edition July 1985
Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:22 PM
That gives a good date point in that 835xxx numbers can't be earlier than July 1985.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 03:13 PM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:11 PM
Anyway, eventually if not already, it should be possible to determine at what serial number the transition to the heavier style of modern tripod occurred.