Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assemblies (OTA) are available individually to be used with your favorite mount. Each OTA is made to the same exacting standards as those used on all their high quality telescopes. All optical surfaces are coated with StarBright XLT coatings.
Celestron C8-A-XLT Schmidt Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly
Besides seeing all of the Messier Catalog objects, you can also see hundreds of other, less famous, but equally interesting NGC, IC and Caldwell objects. Turn this scope to the planets and see amazing detail on the surface of Jupiter; see Cassini’s Division in the rings of Saturn, and resolve details on the surface of Mars. Even the distant Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are within your reach.
This 8” Schmidt-Cassegrain features a precision optical system with 2032mm focal length (f/10) and comes standard with Celestron’s StarBright® XLT coatings at no extra cost.
What's more, you have Celestron's guarantee of uncompromising quality backed up with a two year warranty. Celestron warrants your telescope to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Celestron will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship.
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Celestron C8-A-XLT Schmidt Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly Features
- 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly
- Aluminum Optical Tube
- Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings
- 2032 mm focal length (f/10)
- 25 mm eyepiece included (81x)
- Visual back allows for use with 1.25" accessories
- 6x30 finderscope to help accurately find objects
- Star diagonal provides comfortable viewing position when observing objects high in the sky
- Includes dovetail rail compatible with CGE mount
Please Note: This optical tube assembly comes with a 3" dovetail and will attach to mounts such as the Celestron CGE Pro or CGEM, the Losmandy G-11 and newer GM-8, Software Bisque's Paramount, and mounts by AstroPhysics. This OTA will not fit onto the CG-5, older GM-8 mounts, or the Meade LXD55 or LXD75. If you are unsure, please give us a call before you buy. Thanks!
- Additional Information
SKU CE-91024-XLT UPC Code 050234102490 Manufacturer Celestron Telescope Series Celestron Optical Tubes Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain Mount Type None - Optical Tube Only 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 N/A Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal Finder Included 6 x 30 Optical Finder Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power CD ROMs Included None Alignment Procedure N/A Tracking Modes N/A Objects in Database N/A OTA Mount Type CGE Dovetail Tripod Type Included None, Sold Separately Total Telescope Weight 12.5 lbs.
Customer Reviews 2 item(s)
I used to make my observations with my 200mm F/5 newtonian. I live in Brazil's biggest city (Sao Paulo - "Saint Paul") with a very heavy light pollution (and a "dirty" atmosphere). The newtonian was too big and heavy to be moved quickly to a small town inside and back to home. So, I sold the my newtonian OTA and bought a more portable Celestron C8 Starbright XLT OTA. I thought C8 would be better with moon and planets and but not so good with DSOs. I was wrong! The C8 has a very good resolution even with standard 1.25" eyepieces. It do a very good job with higher magnification and still remains illuminated. Star clusters (Omega Centauri, 47Tuc) could now be seen now bigger and more clear. "Nebulosities" like the Sombrero galaxy, Orion's nebula, Jupiter's Ghost are still well visible and clear in my big city. The astrophotography capability looses from a F/5 to an F/10 OTA, but you can reduce this disadvantage with a 6.3 focal reducer and field corrector. In overall, I think I did a good barter.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
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Just got the OTA the other day and luckily the sky was clear for First Light tonight. I was using another new toy I also ordered, the Explore Scientific 14mm 100 degree eyepiece. I can not even describe my joy with what I saw tonight. My older Celestron Ultima 20 to 30 years old? Was having issues so I replaced it and the new scope is tack on! Jupiter had cloud bands I could not see with my old scope. The Moons had substance not just pin points.I actually could see ALL six stars in the Trapezium in the Great Orion Nebula. I've only seen those six stars in a home built 18 " Truss Dobsonian one of our Club Members built. I used some other eyepieces and had great results. Was worth every penny I spent on it.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- Included Items
- 8" f/10 Aluminum Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly
- Visual Back
- 1.25" Star Diagonal
- 25mm Eyepiece
- 6x30 Finderscope \r\n
- Dovetail for CGE Style Mount
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsCan a 2" visual back be installed ? How much trouble and expense would this job entail ? Thanks for you time,
John R WillisQuestion by: John R Willis on Mar 14, 2015 11:04:00 PMYes, you can attach a visual back to the 8" SCT. The item you need is here:
http://www.optcorp.com/opt-2-adapter-for-scts.htmlAnswer by: Todd R (Admin) on Mar 17, 2015 3:15:00 PMis the celestron 8 Schmidt fully automatic? does it come with it own mount or do I have to purchase oneQuestion by: Joseph Borne on Aug 29, 2015 8:50:00 PMThis optical tube is just the telescope tube with no mount or tripod included. You could attach this to any mount that accepts a 3" Losmandy/CGE style dovetail plate. but the mount would need to be purchased seperately. Celestron does sell packages with this scope on the CGEM mount or the same scope with a smaller dovetail on the Advanced VX mount.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Sep 1, 2015 12:16:00 PMWill this "8" OTA mount onto a SLT130 as is or do i need a different mount or different dovetail also would a "6" OTA fit on same mount?
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