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The CPC 8 GPS XLT is the most portable of Celestron's top-of-the-line fork-mounted astronomical telescopes and includes Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings. This telescope is at home as a superb visual instrument or, with optional wedge and CCD cameras, as a serious astrophotographer's tool.
Turn this scope to planets and see amazing detail on the surface of Jupiter; see Cassini's Division in the rings of Saturn, and resolve details on the surface of Mars. Even the distant Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are within your reach.
Although large in aperture, with its conveniently located carrying handles and an instrument weight of only 42 lb., this telescope is portable enough to setup in your backyard or take with you to your favourite dark sky location.
Celestron's new CPC Series with revolutionary SkyAlign AlignmentTechnology re-defines everything that amateur astronomers are looking for — quick and simple alignment, GPS, superb optical quality, ease of set-up and use, ergonomics, enhanced computerization and, most important, affordability.
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I have owned both CPC800 and CPC1100. The CPC800 is half the size of its bigger brother and has all the same great usability features. If you are worried about the weight of these scopes then dont, its easy to pick up (with well designed carrying handles provided) and takes no time to get setup outside. This scope will provide years of great nightime viewing!
This was my first real telescope, what I remember about it was its sheer size not to mention the two near cubic meter boxes it arrived in. Dont be under any illusion that because its the baby of the CPC GPS range it is in some way lesser and not in the same league as the world renowned 9.25 optical tube or the planetary imagers dream 11 optical tube because it is in every respect the same thing, only dimensionally slightly smaller. The base downwards is the same as the 11 CPC so the mechanics are the same as what holds up the leviathan 11 OTA, its well over engineered and will last a life time I have no doupt.If you live in an apartment or home that has no secure outside building then carrying this scope requires you take great care, its heavy and you will need to take it outside in two stages.Once reading through the instructions I familiarized myself with the basic alignment, the GPS signal after a few minutes pin pointed it and we proceeded to align it via on pad instructions, it really was that simple.The scope came with an X-Cell 40mm eyepiece and reasonable good quality diagonal. The views of Saturn blew my friends and family away; neighbours also queued up to peep through its huge 8 mirror, the Moon was blinding. I recommend its the last object to view on a moonlit sky. The Moon showed sights I had seen in text books but no binoculars would ever get near.I wish Id kept my CPC 800 and invested in eyepieces, imaging became my passion but as time has passed my interest is back to the beginning of the journey Id set out
will I buy another?
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