If you're mainly concerened with optical quality and have been looking for an optically superb C8, this is it!
Optically: Star testing shows NO astigmatism, NO zonal defects, Minimal spherical aberration and what impressed me the most, a very smooth optical surface. The "focus snap" test is excellent coming to focus at a very precise point. The scope is an excellent Planetary perforemer easily capable of 400X on steady nights.
Mirror Shift: Mirror shift in this scope is as good as it gets. I estimate 10 arc seconds and it's not even noticeable at lower powers. At 400X with a narrow feild 5mm Ortho image shift is not a problem and image recentering is not necessary. This is a great benefit for web-cam or CCD imaging where the subject can go off the chip while focusing!
Drive System The Dual axis drive system is excellent with a smooth periodic error that is easily compensated by the Periodic Error Control Option. It has four tracking rates and a hand controller to make corrections during exposures. This is an excellent drive system for CCD or long exposure film work.
Cosmetics The scope has some minor scrathches but no dents.The tripod has few scratches but no dents and all hardware is good and functional
Includes the following:
Celestron C8 Deluxe OTA (Starbright Coatings & Fastar Compatible)
OTA and finder Dust Caps
9X50mm finder and rings
Visual back & diagonal
25mm Japan made Kellner(very nice)
Celestron Feild tripod & Wedge
Telescope will be shipped in the original boxes.
Price includes careful Packing, Insurance and Shipping.