The Celestar 8 is engineered for unsurpassed optical performance in an affordable, full feature to do serious deep-sky observing. This telesope is carefully crafted and manufactured in the USA for dependable quality of the highest caliber. It offers the lowest price ever for a Celestron fork mounted 8"telescope. The Celestar 8 has earned a well deserved reputation for reliability and consistently superior diffraction limited optics.
The DC powered electronics are the same as those supplied with Celestron's C5+ telescope, ensuring exquisitely accurate sideral rate tracking. A hand controller is an available option for fast and slow override of R.A. tracking speed and + - operation of the optional DEC motor. The totally cordless electronics have a built-in drive corrector, which is activated when using the optional hand controller. The Celestar 8 is powered by 9 volt alkaline batteries and runs for fifty hours of uninterrupted viewing. Versatility is added by the fact that the Celestar 8 can operate in both the Northern or Southern Hemispheres from 0° to 90°. Southern Hemisphere operation requires the optional hand controller.
The highly regarded spur gear drive utilizes a rigid polar axle with pre-loaded tapered roller bearings in a sturdy and accurate drive system. Celestron's unique Wedgpod is a combination wedge and tripod with a fixed height of 33". It's lightweight for portability without sacrificing stability.
The Celestar 8 can even be converted to a computerized telescope with optional accessories.
8" (203 mm) Aperture, Focal Length of 2032 mm, Focal Ratio of f/10, Standard 1 1/4" Accessories Include : 25 mm SMA eyepiece (81x), Star Diagonal and Visual Back, 6x30 Finderscope, Fork Mount and Celestron's Unique Wedgpod, Weight : 41 lbs, Made in USA.