Making Progress Refurbing an Orange-tube C8

I’m just about finished refurbishing this wonderful old orange-tube Celestron C8. The scope is now back up on its original wedge mounted on a Meade standard field tripod. I’ve also added a 2” visual back and a laser pointer and I’ll be adding a quick-release base for a 50mm RACI finder. The last issue is that I’d like to get the clock drive working, but even without it this is a wonderful scope for casual visual observing.

Fun stuff.


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I had this scope out last

I had this scope out last night until the clouds rolled back in. I did get the clock drive working, though it takes a bit to spin up. Once it gets going, its fine.

I had a great time starting up in Vulpecula and Sagitta, working my way down across Aquila, and ending with M22 and a handful of small globulars in Sagittarius. (The laser pointer is effective, but for comfortable star-hopping I really need to get a 50mm RACI mounted on it.) M27, M71, M11, and M22 were wonderful! M71 was a real surprise. It is normally just a puff of smoke, but last night it was nicely resolved. M22 was simply gorgeous.

Fun stuff!


If 50 years of amateur astronomy and space exploration has taught me anything it is that the Earth is a very special place. It would be nice to protect it like it’s the only Earth we’re ever going to have.

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