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  1. Anyone coming from/past Coventry way up for a car share with room for a bivvy and a leetle bitty tiny weeny C8? In fact I could put said C8 on my lap and tripod between my legs if needed so really just one spare seat with a bit of leg room ;-)
  2. I'm a new returner and decided to get an equatorial mounted vintage telescope to start me off for two reasons - I got a lot more bang for my buck but also and to me importantly, I've started with learning the ropes and finding things manually... but I have every intention of getting a goto mount in a while. I expect I'll use both... I'm loving being able to flit to something and then spend that half hour getting it right but I'm looking forward to letting the Goto take the strain and I'm certain that I'm getting a way better set up; mount and telescope this way than I could possibly have got in one go. Am I greedy wanting both - I like to drive my car in it's raw mode too from time to time
  3. I'm using Starchart on Android as well at the moment but used to use Stellarium on iOS previously. I'm getting on pretty well with Starchart, but I do get frustrated by some of the helpful extras sometimes - I have to say I was very happy with the clean-ness of Stellarium - it always just seemed to do what you needed it to do. Will be interested to see if others have a view?
  4. If your budget can stretch a leeetle - something with a bit more light gathering capacity and without the tracking - used with stacking software may give you images more like what you are hoping for from stacked low exposures. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orion-SkyQuest-Classic-Dobsonian-Telescope/dp/B001DDW9V6/ref=sr_1_1?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1424912775&sr=1-1&keywords=telescope The photography thread in the forum will give you more advice I'm sure. Good luck and good night - I've an early start too!
  5. Hi, I'd echo what Charic says about buying from Amazon or any other big generalist store. If you have to buy from amazon because of the voucher - I'd say for your budget only consider used telescopes you won't get anything that does what you imagine for your budget new, but you may get something really worth your while second hand. I just bought a C8 second hand for well under £500 and new or nearly new it would have cost me well over £1000 but it will just about be good enough to do photography when I'm ready. Having just purchased, I'd recommend you start your research here: http://www.scopereviews.com/begin.html Has to be a must read imho. Have fun deciding what to buy and welcome!
  6. If I can boringly drag the convo back ;-/ is your first post filled and if not - is someone that is available immediately, fits your bill really well but is only available for approx 8 months of interest?
  7. sirenity

    I've become a man

    Hello Siege, Welcome to a kindred spirit - I have also just opened my birthday present early and am now a Vintage Orange C8 groupie... although I haven't named it yet as I'm not yet sure, but I'm tending to think she's a she. For me this is the second telescope I have owned but my first was lost in the mists of my youth, so to answer your question I am counting my first view through my C8 last weekend... Jupiter as I've never seen it before! Magnificent even though it was through high haze and lots of Light Pollution in an urban garden. Nothing like as impressive as fancy pictures - but just to know that those photons had come from the sun, bounced off Jupiter and had just landed in my eye... Wow!
  8. No I'm afraid! But hello from a near neighbour in Coventry!
  9. Thank you sgazer for starting such an interesting thread! and EssexMigrant for compiling the big list! I have just acquired an old orange C8 811935 so only 3 before one of your original list sgazer! I have an urge to play "where are they now" any idea where you found your starter numbers?! I'm a returner after 30ish telescopeless years and so far definitely not regretting choosing an old C8 over a smaller modern telescope! It took me a while to get over my tears having trusted someone else to package it and use a courier - the finder had sheared off in transit so with a jolt like that, I know I have to get to it with the collimation ... but with the few minutes of clear(ish) sky I've had so far I already saw far more of Jupiter than I've ever seen before and began to fall in love... I'm sure I'm entering the Orange C8 groupie category already and I've only had it a couple of weeks! I've used the last list I saw here and have added any other serial numbers I could find after on this thread and around and about which has got me to the following list: 0136 orange C8 Documentation in the box dates from 1970 and '71 04936 1973 16228 one owner - bought from a dealer in 1978 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Celestron-Uncensored/conversations/topics/1213 o 176337 1977 219214 1975 235168 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Celestron-Uncensored/conversations/topics/1213 339263 orange C8 here: lounge discussion 2496049 339705 1975 391057 orange tube 800685 1980 +/- 1year C8 orange tube Direct purchase from the factory showroom in California. 800732 1975 - 1977 (C8 classic orangetube) 804081 1977 805507 1980 (C8 classic orangetube special coatings) 805630 1980 or later (C8 classic orangetube) 806633 1980 or later (C8 classic orangetube) 808735 1979 or later 810231 (C8 classic orangetube special coatings) 811294 (C8 classic orangetube) 811938 1981 815888 1982 822085 1983 - 1984 (est ?) (C8 classic orange tube) 825682 at least 1984 (C8 blacktube Starbright…at least 1984 since that's when Starbright came out) 827259 at least 1984 (C8 classic orangetube) - (Celestron Super C8 on Vixen Superpolaris GEM was first sold in 1984) - (Haley's Comet came in 1986…Celestron quality supposedly really dipped during Haley's comet craze from 1985 - 1987, until Alan Hale was brought back to turn Celestron quality around in 1988) 845210 1987 (C8 blacktube Starbright coatings) 847300 at least 1988 (SPC8 blacktube Starbright…ad claimed OTA was hand-selected by Alan Hale for ad photos) - (had to be in or after 1988 since 1988 is when Celestron brought Alan Hale back to restore quality and company reputation) 850745 ???? (C8 classic with Starbright coatings…good optics) 858639 ???? (GP-C8) (older than 1991, newer than 1987) 877563 ???? (C8 blacktube no coatings) (immediately sold after buying, possibly bad optics (claimed "may need collimation")) 877783 C8 and the corrector glass has 8765 c etched on it manual is copyrighted to 1992. 889700 1991 (Celestron Ultima C8 SCT blacktube) 900477 ???1993 Celestar 912577 dealer bill of sale "shipped" date of 08/98 914611 approx 1997 Celestar 8 Deluxe 927520 2000 (C8 Fastar Starbright blacktube) 928504 2001 (C8 Nexstar 8 goldtube) 928774 ? (had to be 2001 or later, using S/N 928504 with firm new-scope purchase date above) 934042 2005 (C8 goldtube Starbright non-XLT) 935835 2004 (C8 blacktube C8-S goto Starbright non-XLT) 951489 C8 asgt StarBright S12078 2009 (C8 Starbright XLT blacktube) S12561 (C8 Nexstar 8SE blacktube Starbright XLT) S14029 (CPC800 XLT) S16480 2008 (C8 XLT blacktube) S19669 2009 (C8 XLT blacktube)
  10. Hello, I've just arrived at SGL and already been made welcome and supported - how fantastic. Looking forward to spending time in the forum and at meets. Hello all! Sirenity
  11. I still remember my first view and it was a verrrrrrryyyyy long time ago! There really is nothing like seeing it live is there?
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