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Comments about Celestron Advanced VX 8 Inch Newtonian Telescope:
Over all the scope is great buy for the price.
Pros: Large aperture for light gathering. The primary mirror has a center spot already placed. All metal tube with good finish. Unit comes with two 11 pound weights.The focuser is acceptable and works fine with little vibration after adjustment. The AVX mount is rock solid and well built, moves the scope with no problems!
Cons: None with the mount... The scope however does have some issues but can be addressed to turn a mediocre scope into a great scope. Ok here we go: The collimation set screws are hidden behind a plate that is held in place with three screws. The collimation screws them selves are totally wrong... The screws that actually collimate the primary are beveled recess Phillips heads screws. The locking screws are hex head and small fine thread about a 3/8 inch in length. The cover plate actually covers these over (the set screws) so no access to them without removing the plate. I plan on after the warranty is expired drilling holes in this cover plate for set screw access and replacing the hex set screws and the collimation screws with proper screws/knobs! Basically your buying a great mount for 800 and a tube with a primary 8 inch mirror that needs some modifications/improvements... I plan on changing out the focuser, replacing the collimation screws, modifying the cover plate on the back for access to the set screws.
First light with scope: Used my own EP's (5mm X-Cel LX) did not use 20mm that came with scope. The evening had a half moon, some clouds. Chose Jupiter as the target. Could clearly see the 2 equatorial bands and when it cleared to those momentary great seeing portions could see some swirling within the 2 center equatorial bands. Over all could see 6 to 8 of the bands. I made out the great red spot (more like ruddy brown.) Also saw that evening a moon transit Jupiter, the shadow was very clearly defined within the scope.
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