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Celestron 8 Inch CPC EQ Wedge Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

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5.0

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  • Celestron 8 Inch CPC Telescope
  • Combined with Celestron HD Wedge
  • The perfect CPC for Astrophotography
  • 40,000 Object database
  • NexRemote control software included
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Description

The Celestron CPC telescope is an amazing instrument for visual and astrophotography use.  The Celestron CPC telescope is an Alt-Azimuth mounting style telescope.  Astrophotography is possible and done very well in Alt-Az mounted telescopes, however most will tell you that an Equatorial mounted telescope is the right choice for serious astrophotography.  That's why we have combined the Celestron CPC telescope with the Celestron HD Pro Heavy Duty Wedge. 

 

A "wedge" is a piece that mounts inbetween the Tripod and the Fork Mounted CPC telescope.  It "changes" the telescope to an Equatorial mounted telescope.  This allows you to polar align your telescope and will minimize the tracking that is done on a standard Fork Mounted Alt-Az CPC telescope. 

 

The Celestron CPC Series Telescopes are fully computerized, GPS enabled, GoTo telescopes.  They feature Celestron's revolutionary SkyAlign technology (when used in Alt-Az mode without the wedge) and feature 40,000 objects at the push of a button.

 

This Celestron telescope package is the best way to get started into Astrophotography with a Celestron CPC telescope.

 

 

 

About Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes

 

Celestron’s excellent Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes are compact and portable and represent the best all-purpose design for a wide variety of uses from terrestrial and deep sky viewing to astrophotography.


Catadioptrics use a combination of mirrors and lenses to "fold" (reflect) the light path and form an image. In a Schmidt-Cassegrain, the light enters through a thin aspheric Schmidt correcting lens. It then strikes the spherical primary mirror. It is reflected back up the tube and intercepted by a small secondary mirror which reflects the light out an opening in the rear of the instrument where the image is formed at the eyepiece.


Catadioptrics are the most popular and most modern type of telescope optical design and are marketed throughout the world in 3.5" and larger apertures. Catadioptric telescopes combine the practical advantages of lenses and mirrors while eliminating their disadvantages. They offer the clarity and contrast of refractors with the low aberration of reflectors. Catadioptrics have an average focal ratio of f/10, which is wide enough for all types of photography. They are also easier to maintain because all optical elements are solidly mounted and rigidly collimated. Catadioptric telescopes provide the best possible combination of light gathering power, long focal length, portability and affordability.

 

Schmidt-Cassegrain Advantages

 

  • Very versatile, best all-purpose telescope design
  • Combines the optical advantages of both lenses and mirrors while eliminating their disadvantages
  • Excellent optics and razor sharp images over a wide field
  • Excellent for deep sky observing and astrophotography as well as terrestrial viewing
  • Very good for lunar, planetary and binary star observing
  • Focal ratio generally around f/10, it also has the best near focus capability of any type of telescope
  • Closed tube design reduces image-degrading air currents
  • Extremely compact and portable
  • Easy to use, durable and virtually maintenance free
  • Large apertures at reasonable cost and less expensive than equivalent aperture refractors
  • More accessories available than with other types of telescopes

 

Schmidt-Cassegrain Disadvantages

 

  • More expensive than Newtonians of equal aperture
  • Slight light loss due to secondary mirror obstruction compared to refractors The Maksutov-Cassegrain is similar to the Schmidt-Cassegrain with essentially the same advantages and disadvantages. It uses a thick meniscus correcting lens with a strong curvature and a secondary mirror that is usually an aluminized spot on the corrector. The Maksutov secondary

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Astrophotography , Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters

Warranty

2-Year Limited

Features

Alt-Az Mount , Equatorial Mount , GoTo , GPS

Configuration

48 lbs. Weight Optical Tube

Brand

Celestron

Lens Coating

StarBright XLT

GPS

Yes

GoTo

Yes

Good for Astrophotography

Yes

Telescopes Series

Celestron CPC GPS Telescopes

Optical Design

Schmidt-Cassegrain

Aperture

203mm

Focal Length

2032mm

Focal Ratio

f/10

Mount Design

Dual Fork Arm

Eyepiece 1

40mm Plossl (51x)

Highest Useful Magnification

480x

Star Diagonal

1.25 inch

User Level

For the Expert

Object Database

40000 objects

Component

.57 Arc Seconds Resolving Power , .68 Arc Seconds Resolution , 14 Limiting Magnitude

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Celestron 8 Inch CPC EQ Wedge Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
 
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    5.0

    Great scope heavy but not unmanageable

    By John E

    from BRIDGEVIEW,IL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron 8 Inch CPC EQ Wedge Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope:

    Excellent construction easy to assemble, even easier to use.
    This scope replaces an old c8

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Controls are easy to understand and use.

    By Christopher J

    from GROSSE POINTE WOODS,MI

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron 8 Inch CPC EQ Wedge Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope:

    Setting it up was easy, using it was easier than I thought it would be. Only thing I would've done different is make the equitorial mount out of aluminum. With the tripod, it weighs more than the scope. After sighting it in earlier in the day, Setting it's coordinates was a no-brainer as night came. It worked flawlessly.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Now The SKY Really is THE LIMIT!

    By Stephen D.

    from Cornersville Tennessee

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

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      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron 8 Inch CPC EQ Wedge Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope:

      Hayneedle does it again! David Powers and I had a conversation about a nice astrophotography setup and after nearly an hour we settled on this telescope. It was close, but the wedge inclusion makes this a no brainer. We discussed other things for the scope as well, a motofocus unit, tele-extender, things to make this a true astrophotography monster. We created a package, and then David found a way to save me EVEN more money, truly a special thing when CUSTOMER SERVICE is the first most important part of a purchase.

      This scope is big, so it's going to be heavy. That's the price of a big scope. It goes together easily, with everything well fitted and ready to go. The GPS unit aquired inside the house, (a true plus) and the spotting scope is a joy to behold, easy to align and easy to remove. The base and tripod are solid thick yet very elegant looking giving the scope a very plesant appearence.

      From the corrector plate to the visual back the scope is solid feeling and very well constructed, and the teleextender goes easily in place of the visual back making prime focus photography a breeze.

      The Focus knob is sturdy, but with the JMI Motofocus unite, no bounce focusing is a reality!

      A wonderful still very portable scope and easy to use in either the alt az mode, or with the wedge in place.

      I love it!

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