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Celestron CPC Deluxe 800 EdgeHD Computerised Telescope

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The CPC Deluxe 800 HD was born with top-of-the-line performance and unlimited versatility for all astronomers. It is a great for every occasion, from a casual night of backyard observing to serious astroimaging at a dark sky location. The CPC/CPC Deluxe family is also the telescope of choice for NASA (a CPC 925 is currently deployed aboard the International Space Station as you read this) and the respected late astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (who used his CPC Deluxe 1100HD at his home in Cambridge, UK).


Celestron’s Best Optics:

Celestron's CPC Deluxe 800 HD uses the unique EdgeHD optical design, which corrects for both coma and field curvature, providing aberration-free images and pinpoint stars across the largest imaging sensors and all the way to the edge of the widest eyepieces.

All EdgeHD systems are covered with the premium StarBright XLT coatings on all optical surfaces for brighter images and increased light transmission. Each EdgeHD optical tube is also Fastar compatible. Simply remove the secondary mirror, attach a third party lens assembly and you’re more than ready to image the night sky at an ultra-fast f/2!

Ultimate Versatility:

Customers and reviewers have hailed the CPC Deluxe an all-around top performer, equally well suited to a star party or a university astronomy course. The beefy dual fork arm mount anchors the telescope for ultra-precise tracking, and includes rugged carrying handles to make setup quick and easy.

Using the simple SkyAlign procedure, the telescope first walks you through centering any three bright objects in the eyepiece. From there, it’s ready to locate and track more than 40,000 celestial objects. As a hungry astronomer, you might also want to further customise your own starry adventure! The CPC Deluxe HD is compatible with all of Celestron’s latest accessories, so you can add a Starsense Auto-Align for quick self-alignment under 3 minutes, or a SkyPortal Wifi Module to control your telescope wirelessly using your iPhone or iPad!

With this much versatility, the CPC Deluxe HD is a telescope that is sure to serve you well for years to come!

Built with Imaging in Mind:

While most altazimuth telescopes are designed primarily for visual use, the CPC Deluxe HD offers all the same high-end features on German equatorial mounts for astroimaging. Straight out of the box, your CPC Deluxe can track accurately for up to 30 seconds without adding a wedge due to a reengineered drive train with a 6" brass gear, stainless steel worm gear, and both steel and nylon ball bearings.

If you’ll be doing longer exposure astrophotography, adding the HD Pro Wedge turns this telescope into an astroimager’s dream setup. With this, you can take advantage of the All Star Polar Alignment procedure to get polar aligned in just minutes! You can also program your mount to be even more accurate with Permanently Programmable Periodic Error Correction. Your CPC will also track smoothly through the meridian without doing a meridian flip, enabling you to capture objects in the best part of the night sky.


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Optical Tube Info: 

Optical Design

EdgeHD

Aperture 

203.2mm (8")

Focal Length

2032mm (80")

Focal Ratio

f/10

Focal Length of Eyepiece 1

40mm (1.57")

Magnification of Eyepiece 1

51x

Finderscope

9x50 with quick release bracket

Star Diagonal

1.25" adapter

Optical Tube

Aluminium

Highest Useful Magnification

480x

Lowest Useful Magnification

29x

Limiting Stellar Magnitude

14

Resolution (Rayleigh)

0.69 arc seconds

Resolution (Dawes)

0.57 arc seconds

Secondary Mirror Obstruction

64mm (2.5")

Optical Coatings

StarBright XLT

Optical Tube Length

432mm (17")

Optical Tube Diameter

238mm (9.37")

Optical Tube Weight

19.1kg with mount

Dovetail

None

Mount Info: 

Mount Type

Computerised Altitude-Azimuth Dual Fork Arm

Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod)

1295.4mm - 1422.4mm

Tripod Leg Diameter

50.8mm

Mount Head Weight

19.1kg with optical tube

Accessory Tray

Yes

Slew Speeds

9 slew speeds - max speed 5°/second

Tracking Rates

Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar

Tracking Modes

  • Altazimuth
  • EQ North
  • EQ South

GPS

Internal 16 channel

Dovetail Compatibility

None

Auxiliary ports

2 Aux ports (Hand Control can use either Aux ports)

Autoguide port

Yes

USB Port

Yes, on hand control

Power Requirements

12 VDC-1.5A (Tip positive)

Motor Drive

DC servo motors

Alignment Procedures

  • Sky Align
  • Auto 2-Star Align
  • 2-Star Align
  • Solar System Align
  • EQ North Align
  • EQ South Align

Periodic Error Correction

Yes

Computerized Hand Control

  • Double line, 18 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection

NexStar+ Database

  • 40,000+ objects
  • 100 user defined programmable objects 
  • Enhanced information on over 200 objects

Software

  • Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software
  • SkyPortal App

What's in the Box

  • Celestron 8" EdgeHD Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope OTA
  • Celestron CPC Mount and Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • 40mm Eyepiece 
  • 1.25" Star Diagonal
  • 9x50 Finderscope
  • Instruction Manual

About Celestron
Celestron was founded by Tom Johnson whose first telescope design was a simple 6-inch reflector, built for his young son. He gradually progressed to making larger scopes in more sophisticated designs. Today, the Celestron company is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing optical equipment including telescopes (computerised and non-computerised), binoculars, spotting scopes and its accompanying accessories. Celestron's legacy spans 50 years, and has grown to enjoy recognition from amateurs to serious astronomers globally. The company seeks to remain innovative by growing its product offerings, while supporting science education around the world.

Product Code: CLS-11007

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    I wanted a brilliant telescope that would grow with me over many years as I learned more about the hobby. I found it when I purchased the CPC Deluxe 800 HD Computerized Telescope from Optics Central. Review by Tony All my reviews  (1)
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    Before deciding on this telescope I visited every web site I could. I researched many different telescopes, brand names, aperture sizes, tripod types, and just about everything else before deciding which features I wanted in a telescope best suited me. There is so much out there that it took me nearly a year of part-time research before I narrowed the field. Refractors, reflectors, Schmitt-Cassegrains, you name it. There are some beautiful instruments out there, all would be fantastic acquisitions. I learned a lot about all of them. In some ways the length of time was a good thing because it gave me more time to save a few extra dollars every week as I realised the price range of the professional telescope (no matter which one I chose) was going to be a little higher than I initially expected.

    In the end it was simple. I was after a reliable instrument that would enable excellent detailed viewing of the moon and planets, the ability to find and view deep sky objects, be easily extended to astro-photography when I decide to take on that future challenge and still be portable enough and small enough to setup in the confined space of my 1st floor balcony in the inner city. And of course, whilst most of my viewing would be from home, in light polluted skies, I wanted to be able to pack the scope into the back of my small car on the rare occasions that I ventured out to a dark site. After much thinking, I decided on an SCT (which addressed the size criteria) and settled on the 8 inch aperture to ensure I had the portability (lighter weight) I wanted. A dual fork arm Altazimuth mount would be fine. When it came to making the decision, I decided the ideal telescope that would meet my needs was the Celestron CPC Deluxe 800 HD Computerised Cassegrain Telescope. And I decided that Optics Central, with their great reputation for customer service, was the retailer to buy it from.

    It was a lot of money to spend on a telescope, but it has been worth it and there are no regrets with either selecting the telescope or the retailer. Both have proven to be excellent choices.

    I was so excited when the boxes arrived. I had already pre-read the assembly instructions, in fact Celestron’s web site has so many different manuals available to download, you can pre-read just about every aspect and learn it all in advance of its arrival. Within an hour I had the telescope assembled and ready to use. In addition to the telescope, I ordered several accessories too, including the Power Tank 17 amp-hour power supply, Vibration Suppression Pads, Lens Shade, UHC/LPR Filter, 2" Eyepiece and Filter Kit, Baader Planetarium Hyperion 8mm-24mm Clickstop Zoom Eyepiece, Orion Solar Filter - 8" SCT and most important of all the Feather touch SCT Dual Speed Micro Focuser for Celestron CPC-800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes. In my research I knew one key criticism of this particular telescope was the lack of granularity when focussing. So I ordered the Feather touch micro focuser from Starizona (US) and it was ready when the telescope arrived. Watching the videos available on You Tube meant that installing was easily done within half an hour. I kept in contact with Optics Central (Cassie was great) and they helped me out with hints or help every time.

    And then I had to wait. And wait. And wait. Nearly 8 evenings later, when the clouds over Melbourne had finally sufficiently dispersed (it wasn’t cloudless but it was good enough), I rushed the telescope out to my balcony for my first viewing. It only took a couple of minutes to assemble, another minute to “align” (which was pretty straight-forward) and the views were sensational. I was stunned. My kids were stunned. We took it in turns to decide which object to “go to”, plugged the information into the computer and away it went. Almost every object was in the very middle of the field of view, or if it wasn’t, it was close enough and only a tiny adjustment was needed. The stars, double stars, open clusters, globular clusters were all so crystal clear. The Wild Duck cluster (M11 or NGC 6705), the Butterfly cluster (M6 or NGC 6405), the Jewel Box (NGC 4755) I could resolve objects that I could never resolve before. Fine details were easily noticeable. It helped that my first night with my new telescope was a great viewing evening. The kids loved it and I loved it.

    Since then, there have been nights when the viewing has been poor, on those occasions I still love seeing my favourite planets and just watching them in their beautiful detail through my wonderful telescope. Saturn is everyone’s favourite, and mine too. Trying at different magnifications from 50X thru to 400X makes different details available. The Cassini division in Saturn’s rings, different craters and riles on the Moon, even Mars’ poles. It is all wonderful and I can’t wait to move on to astro photography with this telescope as I’d like to see those “grey smudges” (galaxies, nebulae) in their glorious colour one day soon. It’s “Fastar Versatile” so I can’t wait.

    All in all, this is a great Celestron telescope for my current and future needs and Optics Central is a great retailer. Hopefully when you complete your own research you’ll find your ideal telescope and retailer soon too. (Posted on 16 November 2014)
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