I have an old Celestron Pacific 8 inch scope. I'm curious as to when the name shown on the label changed from Celestron Pacific to just Celestron. Also, how best to determine the date of manufacture.
It is the smooth orange paint version. I have the latitude adjustable wedge and chrome legged tripod. I also have a matching inverter (painted same color) that runs on 12VDC and produces 120VAC (not good sine wave, more like square wave) with a frequency adjust knob. By adjusting the frequency knob you can match the movement of an object of interest or as in say Lunar viewing you can vary the freq a little slower and or faster and scan back and forth easier than messing with the mechanical aiming. I have the nice custom fitted foam lined case that holds the scope and some accessories.
I haven't used it a lot but intend to use it more. It makes a nice telephoto lense for my Nikon D-90 DSLR if lack of mobility isn't an issue. Lately I have gotten curious about its age. I bought it used at a "scope shop" about 35 +/- years ago.