Saturday, December 01, 1990

my (first) telescope

It was like a dream come true, finding this telescope on sale at Efston Science. It was the type I wanted given my varied interests. Stu helped me, in the back of his Jeep, bring it home.

type: catadioptric (compound) / Schmidt-Cassegrain
make: Celestron
model: SP-C8
sighting finder scope: optical, 6x30, 7°, integrated reticule

viewing equipment: Celestron visual back; Celestron 90° mirror star diagonal; 1¼" shaft; one eyepiece

mount type: equatorial with counterweights
mount accessories:
  • polar axis scope and illuminated reticule
  • bubble level
  • no motors included
tripod: wood with triangle table

  • Celestron 26mm Plössl
  • trunk case for the OTA
  • triangular plastic case for the mirror, eyepiece, etc.
  • user guide: Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes Super Polaris C8 Instructions
technical info:
  • focal length: 2000mm
  • aperture: 8"
  • focal ratio: f/10
  • minimum / maximum magnification: 29x / 400x