Here is an early Celestron C8 on offer in Germany that puzzles me. It is the standard early-style C8 tube, but instead of orange it has a white tube with the usual greyish fittings and mount.
Next weird thing is that the dec rings are somehow oversized. And the finder is labeled "University Optics". The thing comes with a lot of electronic boxes to make the drive work. It seems to be an original USA unit because of the 110V drive.
Anyone has a clue what is going on here? Or is it just an aftermarket modification of an orange tube?
OK, I'm admittedly just guessing here, but I wonder if this has some digital setting circles? The big fixture on one side of the forks on the dec axis is what makes me guess this. I doubt it's a drive, so DSC makes the most sense. It does look odd with those setting circles.
I'd guess the white tube is just a repaint.
The University Optics finder is a common period-correct upgrade.
The electronic box is a driver corrector. The drive will work without it, but the corrector will allow the scope to track siderial, lunar, and solar. Also a common period-correct upgrade.