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Celestron C8-SGT Computerized Telescope - Discontinued

Item # CE-11026-XLT

This item has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is no longer available. OPT recommends the following item(s) as the best alternative:

Celestron 8" SCT Advanced VX Telescope

Celestron 8" SCT Advanced VX Telescope


Quick Overview

  • The Celestron C8-SGT Advanced Series telescope features uncompromising StarBright coated 203mm (8") aperture optics, 2032mm (80") focal length and a limiting visual magnitude of 14.
  • RS-232 communication port on hand control to control the telescope via a personal computer.
  • The Celestron C8-SGT telescope is a long f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain that's coupled to a heavy-duty CG-5GT German equatorial mount.
  • Advanced software features and over 40,000 database objects.
  • The Celestron 8" Advanced Series SCT telescope features a durable, adjustable height 2" steel leg tripod with center brace/accessory tray for superior rigidity and vibration dampening.

Celestron C8-SGT Advanced Series Telescope - 8" f/10 SCT on CG-5GT GoTo Mount

If you are looking for an advanced first telescope with a traditional German Equatorial mount or want to upgrade to a larger aperture telescope, consider the C8-SGT. Mounted on the CG-5GT mount, both axes have precision worm gears for extremely smooth motion. Equipped with 2" steel legs, this heavy duty mount delivers jitter-free images. The adjustable-height tripod is very rigid and has excellent dampening characteristics, and a convenient accessory tray/leg brace adds extra strength to the whole system. Included are setting circles on both axes, slow motion controls and a latitude scale. An adjustable counterweight makes it easy to point, balance, and use. The C8-SGT optical system comes with StarBright coatings and it's large aperture offers light gathering power that is 843 times that of the human eye.

For a completely automated GoTo system, the C8-SGT allows access to features like automatic star alignment capability and GoTo slewing to over 40,000 objects. Equipped with high speed motors and a hand control, the C8-SGT allows you to remotely slew to desired objects quickly and accurately. No matter what level you are starting out at, this precision instrument will satisfy your needs both visually and photographically.

The new Celestron Advanced Series family of computerized GoTo and non-computerized telescopes was designed to offer the novice or more advanced user a selection of models with the features and quality that serious amateurs can appreciate. Celestron offers a dozen different optical tube assemblies on the new heavy-duty German Equatorial CG-5GT (Go To) mount. Choose a refractor, reflector, or Schmidt-Cassegrain...it's up to you! Regardless of your choice, the completely overhauled CG-5GT mount will carry the load with ease!

Celestron's new German Equatorial mount has precision worm gears on both axes for extremely smooth movement and great stability. The key element that makes this system the most stable in its class is the NEW heavy-duty tripod with larger and more substantial legs (2" stainless steel!), and the beefy center tray, both of which offer excellent damping characteristics for more stable views. The CG-5 also has a convenient latitude scale for easier alignment and an optional polar finder scope for the ultimate in precision alignments.

Celestron is proud to offer the GT version of the Advanced Series on a computerized GoTo version of their sturdy CG-5 mount. Engineers at Celestron have coupled this solid mount with a computerized control system to utilize many of the same functions and features as their most advanced GoTo telescopes, including, among other things, an Autoguider port for long exposure deep sky astrophotography. GoTo models are also upgradeable to GPS with the optional CN16 GPS Accessory (#93963), allowing your telescope to pinpoint your position on the earth and to upload the date and time, making the alignment process faster and easier than ever before!

GoTo versions of the Advanced Series also come loaded with new software features and over 40,000 database objects. Since the mount is capable of holding over 35 lbs of payload and slewing at 4º per second, you will be able to quickly point to any of the celestial objects in the database.

C8S-GT - 8" f/10 SCT on CG-5GT GoTo Mount Features....

  • GPS-compatible with optional CN16 GPS Accessory (#93963) and proven NexStar(R) computer control technology.
  • RS-232 communication port on hand control to control the telescope via a personal computer.
  • Autoguider port for long exposure astrophotography
  • 40,000+ object database with 400 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects.
  • Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number; the most beautiful double, triple and quadruple stars, variable stars, solar system objects, and asterisms
  • Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons and DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes.
  • The CG-5 GT computerized mount features Celestron's sleek integrated design.
  • DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes and DC car battery adapter included.
  • Max Slew Speed: 4º per second and Software Precision: 24-bit, 0.08 arcsecond calculation.
  • Hand Control Ports: RS-232 communication port on hand control and Motor Ports: Aux Port, AutoGuide Ports.
  • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar as well as Tracking Modes: EQ North and EQ South.
  • Alignment Procedures: AutoAlign, 2-Star Alignment, Quick Align
Celestron Product Number: CE-11026-XLT
SKU CE-11026-XLT
Manufacturer Celestron
Telescope Series Celestron Advanced
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount Type Equatorial - GoTo
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 8"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/10
Telescope Focal Length 2032mm
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Highest Useful Magnification 480x
Optical Coatings Celestron XLT
Tube Color or Finish Celestron Grey
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not provided by manufacturer
Length of Optical Tube 17"
Optical Tube Weight 12.5 lbs.
Mount Weight 42 lbs.
Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately
Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal
Finder Included 6 x 30 Optical Finder
Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm
Hand Controller Included? Yes
Power Adapter Included DC Cigarette Lighter Adapter
GPS Included? No
CD ROMs Included The Sky Level 1
Case Included? No
Alignment Procedure 2-Star Alignment, AutoAlign, Quick Align
Tracking Modes EQ North, EQ South
Objects in Database 40,000 objects
OTA Mount Type CG-5 Dovetail
Tripod Type Included Adjustable with Steel Legs
Total Telescope Weight 54.5 lbs.
  • Celestron C8-SGT - 8" f/10 SCT
  • StarBright XLT Coatings
  • 1.25" 25mm Plössl Eyepiece (94x)
  • 6x30 Finderscope
  • Mounting Bracket
  • CG-5 Equatorial Mount
  • Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Setting Circles
  • Latitude Scale
  • Slow Motion Controls
  • Counterweight
  • Drive Motors
  • Encoders
  • Autoguider Port
  • Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control
  • 1.25" Star Diagonal
  • The Sky Level I CD-ROM
  • Accessory Tray
  • DC Car Battery Adapter
  • Cords
  • Instruction Manual

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