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Striking a comfortable balance between power and portability, the Celestron C8-A-XLT CG-5 8" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
is an ideal choice for observing objects within or beyond our solar
system. It features a Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system consisting of a
corrector plate, a spherical primary mirror, and a secondary mirror that
work together to reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations. These
corrections result in crisp and clear high-resolution images with
accurate color representation, without distortion—especially at the
edges. Complementing the optical system is the proprietary StarBright
XLT optical coating system, which improves light transmission and
reflectivity across the entire visual spectrum.
The optical tube
is outfitted with a standard 1.25" visual back to make it easier to find
eyepieces, accessories, and imaging gear. For visual observations, a
1.25" star diagonal is included along with a 25mm eyepiece that yields
81x magnification. The C8-A-XLT is offered here without a mount or
tripod for users who already have a reliable support system and are
looking to upgrade or add to their existing gear, but comes with a
standard-sized CG-5 dovetail plate that is compatible with Vixen-style
* The difference is about 2". The CGE uses a Losmandy "D" compatible dovetail (about 4" wide) and the CG5 uses a Vixen compatible plate (about 2" wide).
Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .