Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

Celestron C5 Registry

  • Please log in to reply
318 replies to this topic

#176 Terra Nova

Terra Nova

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 21,898
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: Under the Blue Moon of Kentucky

Posted 09 March 2018 - 07:58 AM

That’s a great find Chris! It looks brand new!! Wonderful. I think OT C5s are so cute! :)


  • Erik Bakker and Kasmos like this

#177 Terra Nova

Terra Nova

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 21,898
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: Under the Blue Moon of Kentucky

Posted 09 March 2018 - 12:06 PM

I finished cleaning & collimating this C5 Astro today.  Serial Number is 41658, and Corrector Number is 5413:

 

attachicon.gif C5 Astro Restore S06 (DS Tripod).jpg

 

It came with the padded footlocker & 2 .965" eyepieces, but no manual, power cord, or tool kit.  Hope to do some observing with it tonight -- but on my Vixen Polaris / Eagle tripod:

 

attachicon.gif C5 Astro Restore S08 (OTA on Polaris).jpg

 

Based on the numbers, would this be a 1976 / 1977 model?

4th Quarter, 1978

 

(Your serial number is 41658, first digit 4 = 4th qtr, last digit 8 = 1978.)

 


Edited by terraclarke, 09 March 2018 - 12:13 PM.


#178 Masvingo

Masvingo

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1,413
  • Joined: 10 Jan 2012
  • Loc: Ayrshire, Scotland

Posted 11 March 2018 - 06:33 AM

Thanks for your C5 details, Kasmos, what a wonderful find, especially with all the associated paperwork, it was very interesting to see the original type-written version of the instructions and the original style of case.

 

I've updated the C5 Registry to edition 6A to include your C5.


  • Kasmos likes this

#179 Steven C

Steven C

    Mariner 2

  • ****-
  • Posts: 228
  • Joined: 25 May 2008
  • Loc: Lee Island Coast where it is just another day in paradise

Posted 22 March 2018 - 05:24 PM

I just discovered this registry. 

 

I have a C5 that I purchased on a CG-4 mount, Black Tube, Orange Letters, Vixen Dovetail, Starbrite, SN 58749. I purchased it July 1, 2010 as a result of an ad placed on Craigslist. It is now equipped with Bob's Kobs and tests with a Ronchi show it has no obvious defects but I already knew that based on the performance I have observed looking through it.


Edited by Steven C, 22 March 2018 - 05:25 PM.

  • Masvingo likes this

#180 Masvingo

Masvingo

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1,413
  • Joined: 10 Jan 2012
  • Loc: Ayrshire, Scotland

Posted 25 March 2018 - 08:28 AM

Thanks for your C5 details, Steven.  I've updated the C5 Registry to edition 6B to include your C5. Thanks again.

#181 AlexLitost

AlexLitost

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 4
  • Joined: 25 Apr 2018

Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:43 PM

Many thanks for the work that this entailed. Just was given a C5 and this answers one of my questions.



#182 TerryWood

TerryWood

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3,012
  • Joined: 15 Mar 2012
  • Loc: USA

Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:59 PM

Well, the price became too much to resist...Optcorp initially listed this for $799, then $499, then $349 so I couldn't hold out any longer. I think it's a 1982 model base on info I've seen and Erikk Baker's entries on here (he has the same model). I already have a sandcast C-5, but this seems to be a bit rare in the C-5 line-up as far as I can tell. It should be here by Monday. The attached image is of the actual scope. Looking forward to it! I'll update with serial number when received.

 

V/R

 

Terry

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_1673.JPG

Edited by TerryWood, 16 May 2018 - 02:00 PM.

  • Erik Bakker, Masvingo, Terra Nova and 1 other like this

#183 Masvingo

Masvingo

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1,413
  • Joined: 10 Jan 2012
  • Loc: Ayrshire, Scotland

Posted 20 May 2018 - 08:15 AM

Congratulations on your new C5, Terry.  I'm looking forward to seeing how she performs on Jupiter.

 

Bob (solar1999) has sent me details of his new C5, a very early (serial #49) tricolour with optics #70 (both corrector and mirror) and motors dated 9-71 which make it late 1971 - Bob notes that the first ad he has found for the C5 in S&T is in the October 1971 issue.

 

I've updated the C5 Registry to version 6C to include Bob's scope, thanks for the details.

 

 

 

 


  • TerryWood likes this

#184 davidmcgo

davidmcgo

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3,209
  • Joined: 09 Oct 2004
  • Loc: San Diego, CA

Posted 20 May 2018 - 09:11 AM

I had posted on mine (serial number 221676) here:  https://www.cloudyni...5/#entry8366535

 

Since that post I pulled the mirrors and had them recoated and located a right angle 5x24 finder.  You can read my adventures with it in the What did you observe with you classic” topic https://www.cloudyni...33#entry8589077

 

Dave


Edited by davidmcgo, 20 May 2018 - 09:12 AM.

  • Masvingo and TerryWood like this

#185 Masvingo

Masvingo

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1,413
  • Joined: 10 Jan 2012
  • Loc: Ayrshire, Scotland

Posted 20 May 2018 - 10:00 AM

Oops, missed that one, thanks for the heads up Dave, I've now updated the C5 Registry for your C5 - can't argue with $50.  Very envious of your look at Omega Centauri - one of the sights I miss the most from my days in the southern hemisphere as the latitude here is 55°45'N!



#186 Masvingo

Masvingo

    Apollo

  • *****
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 1,413
  • Joined: 10 Jan 2012
  • Loc: Ayrshire, Scotland

Posted 20 May 2018 - 12:41 PM

Bob (solar1999) sent me some photos of his early tricolour, serial #49, which he has allowed me to post.  First, the serial number plate:

 

C5#49#4.jpg

 

The tricolour paint has worn very well on this scope, helped by the fact that the scope had been packed away for at least 30 years before Bob acquired it, and only the orange paint on the OTA shows any sign of age.

 

C5#49#3.jpg   C5#49#2.jpg   C5#49#1.jpg

 

I'm happy to report that Bob says his C5 is in great optical, mechanical, and electrical shape.  Bob did have to clean the optics (distilled water only) due to the long term foam outgassing "fogging" from the case, and during this process he was able to note the optics numbers.

 

C5#49optics.jpg


  • davidmcgo, Erik Bakker, TerryWood and 3 others like this

#187 CHASLX200

CHASLX200

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 19,511
  • Joined: 29 Sep 2007
  • Loc: Tampa area Florida

Posted 20 May 2018 - 02:47 PM

Well, the price became too much to resist...Optcorp initially listed this for $799, then $499, then $349 so I couldn't hold out any longer. I think it's a 1982 model base on info I've seen and Erikk Baker's entries on here (he has the same model). I already have a sandcast C-5, but this seems to be a bit rare in the C-5 line-up as far as I can tell. It should be here by Monday. The attached image is of the actual scope. Looking forward to it! I'll update with serial number when received.

 

V/R

 

Terry

 Never knew they made a black C5 in 1982.  Or black anything until late 83 and into 84.



#188 solar1999

solar1999

    Lift Off

  • *****
  • Posts: 13
  • Joined: 07 Dec 2010
  • Loc: Moore, South Carolina

Posted 20 May 2018 - 03:39 PM

I am presently going thru old Sky and Telescope Celestron ads.

First Black 5.5" and 8" Schmidt Cameras were listed May/June 1972.

I'll attach photos


  • starman876, Masvingo, TerryWood and 1 other like this

#189 CHASLX200

CHASLX200

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 19,511
  • Joined: 29 Sep 2007
  • Loc: Tampa area Florida

Posted 20 May 2018 - 04:52 PM

I am presently going thru old Sky and Telescope Celestron ads.

First Black 5.5" and 8" Schmidt Cameras were listed May/June 1972.

I'll attach photos

I think the telephoto C5's were always black. I was talking about when Celestron went to the glossy black on everything around 1984.


Edited by CHASLX200, 21 May 2018 - 05:29 AM.


#190 starman876

starman876

    Nihon Seiko

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 21,036
  • Joined: 28 Apr 2008
  • Loc: VA

Posted 20 May 2018 - 09:37 PM

I am presently going thru old Sky and Telescope Celestron ads.

First Black 5.5" and 8" Schmidt Cameras were listed May/June 1972.

I'll attach photos

Guess that shows they were making black scopes since 1972waytogo.gif



#191 solar1999

solar1999

    Lift Off

  • *****
  • Posts: 13
  • Joined: 07 Dec 2010
  • Loc: Moore, South Carolina

Posted 20 May 2018 - 09:45 PM

If you "click" on the posted Celestron ads, you can read the fine print.

I did not know they made a 8" schmidt and its black, see second ad.


Edited by solar1999, 20 May 2018 - 09:47 PM.


#192 CHASLX200

CHASLX200

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 19,511
  • Joined: 29 Sep 2007
  • Loc: Tampa area Florida

Posted 21 May 2018 - 05:32 AM

Everyone knows they were not making black scopes before before 1983.  Look at Sky- Tele back then.  Other than the black C5 telehoto and the Sct astro cams.  Dare anyone to post a pic of any ad showing a black glossy C90- to C14 before 1983.  They always had them flat black astro cams and the faster C5 OTA only.


Edited by CHASLX200, 21 May 2018 - 05:35 AM.


#193 solar1999

solar1999

    Lift Off

  • *****
  • Posts: 13
  • Joined: 07 Dec 2010
  • Loc: Moore, South Carolina

Posted 21 May 2018 - 05:57 AM

Not me, I'm not everyone. Sorry for not catching the gloss part. I saw the post. Nice scope

The Celestron histoy is more grey than you think.

Thank James for the C8/C5 Registry

I also use to thumb thru old copies of Sky and Telescope a the University. I forgot about or did not know certain things they did back in the early 70's.

The prices back then just killed me. Thank you ebay!!!

BW

Keep looking , keep digging


Edited by solar1999, 21 May 2018 - 06:42 PM.


#194 TerryWood

TerryWood

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3,012
  • Joined: 15 Mar 2012
  • Loc: USA

Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:27 PM

Ok, I received the black C-5 today and the serial number on the front of the secondary is 503230, which looks to place it in 1982 or early 83 based on the C-5 Registery (I think, but I could be wrong). The serial number on the synchro motors is 51535-10.

 

It also has the Special Coatings sticker. 

 

No plastic anywhere except the hardshell corrector cover. Even the black covers on the setting circles appear to be metal. I'll post better pictures later today. There is masking tape residue on the OTA thar needs to be cleaned off. They had the price written on it, but it did not peel off cleanly.

 

V/R

 

Terry

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_1686.JPG

Edited by TerryWood, 21 May 2018 - 12:45 PM.

  • Erik Bakker, memento, Masvingo and 3 others like this

#195 Terra Nova

Terra Nova

    ISS

  • *****
  • Posts: 21,898
  • Joined: 29 May 2012
  • Loc: Under the Blue Moon of Kentucky

Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:35 PM

#503352 is listed in the C5 registry as Dec 1982 and is also noted as being a black tube.


  • TerryWood likes this

#196 TerryWood

TerryWood

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3,012
  • Joined: 15 Mar 2012
  • Loc: USA

Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:49 PM

I've been scouring the old Sky & Telescope digital edition looking for this model and I think I saw it in an ad (along with the rest of the Celestron scopes) in early 83. But it wasn't featured, it was more in the background. I'll look again. It may have come out in 82 during a transition period.

V/R

Terry

Edited by TerryWood, 21 May 2018 - 12:53 PM.

  • Masvingo and Terra Nova like this

#197 Erik Bakker

Erik Bakker

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Moderators
  • Posts: 8,741
  • Joined: 10 Aug 2006
  • Loc: Netherlands, Europe

Posted 21 May 2018 - 04:44 PM

#503352 is listed in the C5 registry as Dec 1982 and is also noted as being a black tube.

That's mine, likely made in 1983, with motors dated 12 82, but that is engraved on their cylindrical sides. The underside of my motors have 51535-12 printed in black on them:

 

DSCF4254 (1).jpg


  • Masvingo, TerryWood, Terra Nova and 1 other like this

#198 CHASLX200

CHASLX200

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 19,511
  • Joined: 29 Sep 2007
  • Loc: Tampa area Florida

Posted 21 May 2018 - 05:47 PM

Ok, I received the black C-5 today and the serial number on the front of the secondary is 503230, which looks to place it in 1982 or early 83 based on the C-5 Registery (I think, but I could be wrong). The serial number on the synchro motors is 51535-10.

 

It also has the Special Coatings sticker. 

 

No plastic anywhere except the hardshell corrector cover. Even the black covers on the setting circles appear to be metal. I'll post better pictures later today. There is masking tape residue on the OTA thar needs to be cleaned off. They had the price written on it, but it did not peel off cleanly.

 

V/R

 

Terry

It is for sure just like the Orange C5 from the later 70's and early 80's.  Is there a date on the scope?  I know the motors have dates , but they could have been made years before the scope.  Just never heard of any or seen any glossy black Celestron anything before late 1983 into 84.

 

After around 84 it all went to black gloss, then came the Vixen mounts and OTA's, Newts and fractors. I think the first ads showing the gloss black was in 83 sometime.  Now maybe Celestron did up some black stuff in 1982, but i just never saw any ads showing them.


Edited by CHASLX200, 21 May 2018 - 05:50 PM.

  • Masvingo and TerryWood like this

#199 TerryWood

TerryWood

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3,012
  • Joined: 15 Mar 2012
  • Loc: USA

Posted 21 May 2018 - 06:09 PM

The only thing I could find were the serial numbers on the front and the synchro motors. I looked around the inside edge of the corrector but didn't see any numbers. I'll break out the Sky & Telescope magazines tonight and see if I can find it. V/R Terry

#200 Erik Bakker

Erik Bakker

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Moderators
  • Posts: 8,741
  • Joined: 10 Aug 2006
  • Loc: Netherlands, Europe

Posted 22 May 2018 - 04:00 AM

Mine has 220V / 50Hz motors dating 12 82, so I presume my C5 was made somewhere in 1983  hmm.gif




CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics