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Falling in love with my C-8/E again

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#1 MrRoberts

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 09:05 AM

Although the rest of my other 2 scopes remain up north at my full time residence (near Chicago), I have just this month moved my C-8/E on it's Ioptron AZ Pro mount, an original set of Q70 Orion and my TV 8mm Etho's ep's down to the south of Tucson area where my parent's reside and I often visit now (not enough space to store my 15" dob hereundecided.gif ). When the skies and wind finally cooperated a couple of nights ago I was greeted to the stunning beauty of our galaxy. I bought a used Celestron binoviewer, and a new pair of Meade HD60/25mm ep's for it (the BV came with a set of unmatched15mm) and am trying to learn how to use it. I have also just ordered a Baader sct adaptor, star diag and 2"-1.25" adaptor (I never liked the Celestron threaded diag, a real pain to change position). I suspect I will be keeping a couple of my TV ep's in my luggage when I fly this way. Now I'm glad I didn't sell the setup. I never knew how good this ota could be. I was able to observe targets (planetary nebula, etc) not visible up north. M42 and 45 were just stunning (glad now I had bought the Edge focal reducer) along with other clusters. Now I need to get up early morning to see Jupiter and Saturn.

Anyway it's nice to fall in love again.


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Posted 24 March 2019 - 10:14 AM

It’s easy to crush on the C8E, it’s a fantastic scope. Congrats on rekindling the romance. Now go out and buy her that 17 ethos she longs for!

 

 

 

 

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#3 MrRoberts

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 04:23 PM

Already have a E17 and N31 at home. Will pack them on future tripswaytogo.gif 



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Posted 25 March 2019 - 10:56 AM

What is a C8E?  I am not familiar with that.  Thanks.



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Posted 25 March 2019 - 01:21 PM

What is a C8E?  I am not familiar with that.  Thanks.

It’s the C8 edge but I was too lazy to type it out.



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Posted 25 March 2019 - 02:45 PM

Oh, OK.  I have one of those too.  Very nice scope!


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Posted 25 March 2019 - 03:46 PM

last summer I bought an old C8 (smooth back, XLT starbright coatings, sometime around the '90's vintage) that was kinda beat cosmetically but the price was right so I picked it up, never having owned a 8" cat before.  it continually amazes me with what it can do.  saturday night we had pretty clear skies so I had it out early cooling down then once it got dark went to work and was duly rewarded.  for the first time ever, I was able to see the dust lane in M82 - Wonderous!  with a 22T4, M42 went edge to edge of the EP and the detail in the nebula was amazing.  with the 12mm T4, E and F were easily found.  what a bargain these scopes are!


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Posted 25 March 2019 - 07:20 PM

A C8 (XLT or EdgeHD) is a superb scope and much underappreciated. Over the past 20+ years many scopes have come and gone (premium refractors, large dobs etc.) but I have always had a C8. The balance between aperture/capability, size and weight is unmatched - probably single handedly responsible for keeping me in the hobby even during times when life's priorities took me in different directions.

 

These days I use my C8 with my M2C mount w/ encoders on a Manfrotto 028 tripod - Weighing in at just ~25lbs and super compact It is my most used setup by far.


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Posted 26 March 2019 - 09:57 PM

Not an edge but I like posting the picture.  Old OTA with 2015 optics.

 

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 10:36 PM

I had this beauty since my Father gave it up when it got to heavy for him.  Celestar C-8 Deluxe Computerized - 1998 vintage.  Properly collimated it give superb views when configured for visual observing. Unfortunately the main mirror is out of collimation for Fastar mode so its restricted to F/10 viewing and photography at the moment.

 

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