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  • 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • 2032mm focal length
  • Aluminum optical tube construction
  • Starbright XLT high performance optical system
  • SkyAlign alignment technology

Style:CPC 800 GPS SCT Product description Internal GPS receiver automatically
downloads the date, time and location from satellites SkyAlign system offers
incredibly simple alignment; just point the scope at three bright objects and
it does all the rest! Included NexRemote software package lets your scope be
controlled by your personal computer Beefy dual-fork type mount with ultrawide
gliding base Well suited to astrophotography thanks to a low-magnification
secondary mirror & internal baffling which improves image's peripheral
brightness Cords and cables will not become tangled upon the base 16-Channel
GPS receiver guides with 9 slew speeds at its disposal Light gathering
capacity 843x greater than the human eye, with magnification range from
29-480x Limiting stellar magnitude of 14.0 with 10% secondary mirror
obstruction Celestron CPC 800 XLT Computerized Telescope with Tube
and Tripod Celestron's CPC 800 XLT telescope combines excellent Schmidt-
Cassegrain optics with a state of the art computerized mount featuring GPS
technology and user friendly design. This telescope is a solid all around
performer likely to please both the experienced observer and the new
astronomer. After using older computerized telescopes, Celestron's new
SkyAlign system seems almost like magic. I don't need to remember obscure star
names or use a star chart, I just point the telescope at three bright stars or
planets and the CPC 800 tells me the star names! SkyAlign is one of several
alignment options, and some options can even be used during daylight. The
drive base and heavy duty CPC tripod are unusually solid, it's the same base
and drive system used on the larger CPC 1100 telescope. When I rap on the
telescope fork the vibration is gone in less than a second. In practice this
means easier focusing even at high magnification. The solid base and precise
tracking is a real advantage while viewing the planets and while photographing
them. I've been able to image the planets at focal lengths of f/30 and f/40
which would be quite difficult without perfect tracking. Mars as seen through
the Celestron CPC 800 XLT computerized telescope. The excellent optics of the
CPC 800 XLT telescope show me excellent views of the planets. When I look at
Jupiter with a 12.5mm plossl eyepiece (about 160x magnification) I see
multiple cloud bands and I can see the pale color of Jupiter's famous Great
Red Spot. One night when the air was unusually still and clear I used a 7.5mm
Ultrascopic eyepiece with a 2x Barlow for a magnification of 533X. Jupiter's
moons were plainly resolved as tiny disks that night. When I look at Saturn at
200X I can usually see the Cassini division in the rings and make out four or
five moons. When Mars comes closest to Earth every two years I've even been
able to spot dust storms blowing across the Martian dessert. The CPC 800 XLT
also delivers beautiful views of deep space objects. The CPC 800 is large
enough that galaxies begin to reveal their structure and globular star
clusters are well resolved. At a recent Astronomy viewing night at a local
school, some of the students liked globular cluster M13 the best. They said it
looked like a snowflake made of tiny stars! The well known Orion Nebula is a
winter highlight. Most telescopes will show four stars in the Trapezium, the
bright multiple star inside the Orion Nebula, but with the CPC 800 I can often
pick out faint stars "E" and "F" as well. The accessories with this CPC 800
XLT package include an 8x50 finder scope, a 40mm plossl eyepiece (50X
magnification), the NexStar computer hand control, and a 12 volt car battery
adapter. You'll also need a 12 volt power supply. An AC adapter is available,
but I like using a 12 volt battery pack because I don't need to be near an
extension cord to use the telescope. A few good eyepieces help me take full
advantage of the CPC 800's excellent optics. Plossl eyepieces like the ones in
Celestron’s Accessory Kit would be an economical way to get started, and of
course premium eyepieces like the TeleVue 10mm Radian offer delightful views
of the planets. If I were choosing just two eyepieces to add to the CPC 800,
I'd pick a 10mm X-Cel eyepiece (200X for planet viewing) and a 21mm X-Cel
eyepiece (100X for globular clusters and galaxies) to go with the standard
equipment 40mm (50X) eyepiece. The CPC 800 XLT is an excellent all around
telescope. The C8 optics are large enough to give me delightful views of deep
space objects, and the optics are powerful enough to show me amazing views of
the planets. Even with all this power the whole system is portable enough that
I can easily transport my telescope to the local high school and share the
view on Astronomy night. --Jeff Phillips      Pros: excellent optics solid
drive base easy computerized finding and tracking Cons: 12 volt power supply
not included Suggested Options: Celestron Accessory Kit Celestron Power Tank
battery Celestron NexImage web-cam See all Product description

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