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.

-John

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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!

-John

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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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