Just picked up this new to me C8. I believe it's a Celestron Celestar 8. Is this correct? I don't think it's a deluxe. Anyways, I feel I got it for a great deal. It came with a Celestron 2" diagonal, old luggage style foam hard case, and the 6x30 finder. It is not go to, but will track with a single 9v battery. The tripod feels well made and is solid. The optics are very clean with no damage. I would like to learn more about this scope. Tried it out 2 nights ago, and so far I really like it. The collimation was a bit off. But I tweaked it and got it very close in about 10 minutes. I'll fiddle with it more to try to get it perfect when I have time. Optics wise it seems very sharp. After about a 1.5 hour cool down I saw multiple bands and the great red spot on Jupiter, so that's a good sign. I used to own a cpc 800 and the optics on this one seem quiet a bit nicer from memory. The tracking kept Jupiter in the eyepiece near center for over 30 min, so that works as well. This scope has very little to no image shift while focusing, so thats a plus. I'm usually a dob guy, but this scope seems pretty nice.
How are these scopes? Any recommendations or must have upgrades? I'm considering adding a nice 2 inch dielectric diagonal. It already has a telrad base so I will be adding a telrad. Is the tracking good enough to image planets?