As I've explained in various other posts... I just began looking into astro-photography about four years ago... but I've been a dedicated DSO visual observer for almost sixty-six years.
I bought my C8 new in '77, and de-forked it about a year ago. It's now on an un-driven Orion SkyView Pro EQ mount, and I use it exclusively for visual... sometimes by itself, and almost always while I'm concurrently doing AP with one of my refractors on the iOptron CEM25P.
Over the years, I've often considered getting a Celestron 0.63 reducer/corrector, just to "brighten" the image in the eyepieces a bit... but I've always ended up deciding that it probably just won't realistically be worth it. Where I'm living now, however, my skies are clear and dry quite often, and are mag ~5.3 to my north, east, and south. So I'm currently getting lots of use out of the C8... and I once again find myself wondering about the real-world practicality of getting one.
The Celestron reducer/corrector seems to generally get better reviews than its Meade counterpart. Is it?
Is there a specific "version" of these reducer/correctors that will actually fit onto my '77 C8 and accommodate its 1.25" visual back... or will I need to find adapters? If so... which adapters?
I'm aware that Starizona makes a four-element 0.63 SCT reducer/corrector, but it's quite a bit more expensive than I'd want to spend for this device's intended use, even though my C8's optics are excellent. Since I'd only be using a reducer/corrector for visual... is it likely that I'll be reasonably happy with the results (i.e., the overall "sharpness") that the much-less-expensive Celestron (or Meade) reducer/corrector would give me? And most importantly... will any of these reducer/correctors honestly give me a "noticeably" brighter image of things like the brighter galaxies and nebulae... or is their real benefit primarily photographic?