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Celestron CPC 800 GPS XLT Computerized Telescope

- 8 inches of light gathering aperture for deep-space viewing
- Fully computerized, GPS enabled, GoTo technology with SkyAlign
- 40,000 object database with 400 user-definable objects
- 8x50 finderscope to help accurately find objects
- Flash upgradeable hand controller keeps you up to date
- NexRemote telescope control software operates your telescope via PC

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Celestron CPC 800 GPS XLT Computerized Telescope

The Celestron CPC 800 XLT Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope 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.

The perfect mix of portability and large aperture size

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 favorite dark sky location.

Celestron CPC Telescopes are available in three aperture size choices:

* 8 Inch CPC Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
* 9.25 Inch CPC Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
* 11 Inch CPC Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

Celestron's new CPC Series with revolutionary SkyAlign Alignment

Technology re-defines everything that amateur astronomers are looking for — quick and simple alignment, GPS, unsurpassed optical quality, ease of set-up and use, ergonomics, enhanced computerization and, most important, affordability.

Internal GPS

The CPC Series' internal GPS receiver automatically downloads the date and time from orbiting satellites and pinpoints its exact location on Earth. This eliminates the need for you to manually enter the date, time, longitude and latitude.

Celestron's Revolutionary SkyAlign

Once the CPC's internal GPS has established the telescope's position, aligning the telescope is as easy as 1-2-3! Simply locate and use hand control to manually point (slew) the telescope to three bright celestial objects. You do not need to know the names of the stars — you may even pick the moon or bright planets! Celestron's NexStar® software technology will model the night sky to determine the position of every star, planet and celestial object above the horizon. Once aligned, the remote hand control allows direct access to each of the celestial catalogs in its user-friendly database.

Celestial Object Database

The CPC database contains over 40,000 celestial objects including Messier objects, the Caldwell Catalog, as well as NGC Galaxies, nebulae and planets. User-definable filter limits make navigating through this expansive database quicker and easier. Filter Limits let you filter out objects that are outside of your local horizon (ie, if trees or mountains were in the way).

Identify feature tells you what you're looking at, but it can also be a very fun way to tour around the sky. Just point the telescope up somewhere and ask it to identify Messier objects (for instance) and it will show you the 5 nearest Messier objects to your position and let you GOTO them. You can keep doing this for different parts of the sky or for different object types -- it is a lot of fun.

There's also "Solar Sys Align" that lets you align on the sun or moon for daytime observing -- it is easy to use this to see planets or bright stars in the day.

Innovative Features

The new CPC Series telescopes, like our acclaimed Advanced Series and premium CGE Series telescopes feature meticulously matched and hand-figured optical systems that are manufactured in our facilities in Torrance, California. In addition, all CPC models are available with StarBright and StarBright XLT High Performance Optical Coatings.

With the introduction of the CPC Series, Celestron has “gone back to the drawing board” and re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented a telescope family that provides superior quality, unsurpassed ease of use, and incomparable value. All CPC models ship standard with our NexRemote telescope control software.

* 8" diffraction limited Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
* Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings
* Fully computerized dual fork arm altazimuth mount
* 8x50 finderscope to help accurately find objects
* Newly designed heavy-duty tripod makes attaching the telescope so easy you can do it in the dark; also features sturdy 2" steel legs and accessory tray
* Ergonomic design - Comfortably lift and move the telescope from location to location
* Star diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky
* Convenient remote hand control holder - Allows you to view information hands-free while using the scope
* Proven NexStar computer control technology
* 40,000 object database with 400 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
* Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number; the most beautiful double, triple and quadruple stars; variable star; solar systems; objects and asterisms
* Re-designed drive base and drive mechanics - Quiet operation; large drive gears, quick release clutch
* SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
* Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
* Permanent PEC
* Auxiliary port for additional accessories such as an Autoguider
* NexRemote telescope control software and rs-232 cable included for advanced control of your telescope via computer


Additional Info

Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture 203.2 mm (8 in)
Focal Length 2032 mm (80 in)
Focal Ratio
Finderscope 8x50 Finderscope with quick release bracket
Mount Dual Fork Arm
Optical Tube Aluminium
Eyepiece 1 40 mm (1.57 in)
Magnification 1 51 x
Star Diagonal 1.25"
Accessory Tray Leg Brace / Eyepiece holder
CD ROM NexRemote control software with RS232 cable
Tripod Heavy Duty Steel Adjustable
Power Supply Car battery adapter
Highest Useful Magnification 480 x
Lowest Useful Magnification 29 x
Limiting Stella Magnitude 14
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.69 arcsec
Resolution (Dawes) 0.57 arcsec
Photographic Resolution 200 line/mm
Light Gathering Power 843 x
Angular Field of View 0.8 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 42 ft (12.8 m)
Optical Coatings Starbright Coating
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 2.5 in (63.5 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 9.8 %
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 31.3 %
Tripod and Mount Weight 19 lb (8.62 kg)
Telescope Weight 42 lb (19.05 kg)
Motor Drive DC Servo motors with encoders, both axes
Motor Resolution 0.14 arc seconds
Computer Hand Control Flash upgradeable, double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes Altazimuth, EQ North and EQ South
Alignment Procedures SkyAlign, Auto Two-Star Alignment, Two-star Align, SolarSystem Align, EQ North Align, EQ South Align, One-Star Align
Software Precision 24bit, 0.08 calculations
Periodic Error Correction
Permanently Programmable
Fork Arm Dual fork arm, cast Aluminum with detachable HC cradle
Gear 5.625 hard anodized gear in both axes, 180 tooth, brass worm
Bearings 9.8 azimuth bearing
Communication Ports RS-232 communication port on hand control
Motor Ports Aux Port, Autoguide Ports
Database 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Power Requirements 12VDC 1.5A
Power Requirements - Idle Current 340 mA
Power Requirements - Slew one axis 640 mA
Power Requirements - Slew both axes 900 mA
Cord Management Cord Wrap Software
GPS Internal 16 channel
Manufacturer Celestron
Recommended Usage Astrophotography, Viewing Galaxies/Stars, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets
User Level For the Professional


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I've had this Celestron for just over a year. I was contemplating getting a Meade LX90 or LX200 but was talked into getting a Celestron CPC800 instead. I've had no regrets.
The CPC800 is easy to set up, align and use. It has a solid tripod. Images look good to me, but I dont really have anything else to compare it with because I dont own another telescope.
Although it took me some time to learn how to use and align the GPS system, it never fails. The control menu is also not too complex.
I have used it with the Starry Night software which has given no problems. The same goes for the SkyFi and Sky Voyager systems.
I am very happy with it.
But before you buy, check up Meade Light Switch technology, Meade LX8 LS.

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Pros: user friendly, Positive adjustments, portable

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I have always wanted a good telescope and now the children are grown and I do not like T.V. I feel happy with my purchase
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Pros: price, portability, Accurate, user friendly, Decent glass, Positive adjustments, great first telescope, quality +++, Beautifully crisp image!

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Celestron will repair or replace the product which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship and within the definitions of the limits described below.

This warranty is effective January 1, 2012, and supersedes all other warranties as noted in brochures, instruction manuals, product packaging, etc.

This warranty does not cover products that have been subject to abuse, misuse, physically damaged, altered, or had unauthorized repairs or modifications. This warranty does not cover defects due to normal wear and tear and other conditions.

Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any binocular or spotting scope covered by this warranty within thirty calendar days of receipt. If it takes longer, the customer will be notified.

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I am looking for a gift for my partner - he is a gadget freak but I don't know anything about telescopes. We are moving to the beach and he wants a telescope to view boats on the horizon as well as looking at the stars/planets. Is the Celestron 9.25 inch good for both of these?
The Cassegrains will all be good for both land viewing and astronomy. However you'll just need an erect image diagonal (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-erect-image-diagonal-45-degree-94112-a.html) to flip the image the right way up for land viewing because they're naturally flipped upside down and left to right (which doesn't make a difference in astronomy). For the CPC800 and CPC925, their lowest useful magnification is 29x and 34x respectively, so it'll be good for looking really far out onto the horizon, depending on how far your house will be from the horizon.
Do you have a wedge for my CPC800, for CCD imaging? Is this the best option? Or a new equtorial-mount tripod? Prices?
Yes there is a wedge for CPCs to position the scope at to reach certain angles. The RRP for them in Australia is $999 and if you are interested and our price would be $899.
Can I hook a Celestron 8 inch CPC 800 xlt to an iPad and record viewings?
Unfortunately, there isn't any kit that is compatible with the iPad that will allow it to hook onto the telescope to record viewings. There is, however, a Celestron camera which will fit the telescope eyepiece and be able to record videos onto your computer. You can view a description of this camera here: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-neximage-solar-system-imaging-kit.html .

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