I have (unfortunately) over time acquired several Celestron C8 fork mounts of various types.
Also various Celestron C8 wedges and tripods.
A Tuthill polar alignment scope, digital encoders, etc also not being utilized.
All are siting in my basements not being used.
I already own a great optically orange Celestron C8 SE (Strabright XLT) OTA that I use alt-az mounted.
Unfortunately the current hole pattern of this specific OTA will not fit any of the fore-mentioned C8 fork mounts.
I may look for a black C8 OTA with “starbright” or a black or orange OTA with “special coatings” to mount into one of these fork mounts. I believe the “Starbright” coatings has higher light transmission than the “special coatings” version. Any guidance on this point?
You may ask - Why would I want another C8?
My first “real” telescope was a 1981 orange C8 that I used for almost 8 years (many fond memories).
Also I prefer equatorial mounted fork mounts to German style mounts.
Let me know your thoughts on this (I have a large arsenal of other scopes so this will not be a primary scope).