Since getting my Celestron C5+ and using it when-ever possible, I have been doing alot of online reasearch of this particular Telescope and of Celestron, the company. And then I got to thinking, "I wonder how many of the 1992-1999 white tubed C5+ with the 9-volt power capable drive systems are still in use World-wide".
First, let me tell you a little about mine. It is complete system with OTA with visual back, original front lens cap (corrector plate cap), original light/dew shield, single-fork equatorial on the original wedge with deluxe latitude adjuster, dec motor with hand-controller, 8 X 50 Meade finder with adapter to mount onto the tube. The system can be used as table-top with a built in level and two leveler adjusters on the rear of the table-top system.
It also came with a medium duty, adjustable aluminum tripod and adapter for the table-top system with three screws to attach to the tripod.
I have been able to use it several times, when the weather allowed it, and have viewed M13, several phases of the Moon, and Jupiter and Saturn. I have a William optics dura-bright dielectric 1.25" diagonal and a Televue 1.25" 24mm Panoptic (52X approx.). Even with the scope inside the living room looking out, with the glass sliding door open and cold outside and warm inside, I could get some pretty good views during moments of steady seeing.
So, I would like to know many amateurs out there have a working C5+ SCT telescope that they use, hopefully, on a regular basis. This is NOT limited to North America, so where-ever you live, please let me know.
Thank-you and clear skies!