Schmidt Cassegrains from 150mm to 354mm Aperture
C-20 Dall-Kirkham 500mm Aperture


Celestron's fame was founded with the invention of the C-8. This 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain rapidly became an all-time classic. The Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope design is usually considered the most versatile of all commercially available telescope designs. In our opinion no other telescope design accepts this many accessories, can be used for quite so many different applications.

Today Celestron's product range not only includes the famed C-8, but also smaller and larger siblings of this telescope from 6" to an incredible 14" aperture.

We offer these telescopes on various different astronomical mounts, both original Celestron and other brands.

With the recent introduction of the C-20 Celestron began crossing lines to professional telescopes - a revolutionary GoTo controlled 20" telescope!

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Celestron C - 6
Schmidt-Cassegrain with 150mm aperture
Celestron C - 8
Schmidt-Cassegrain with 203mm aperture
Celestron C - 9 1/4
Schmidt-Cassegrain with 235mm aperture
Celestron C - 11
Schmidt-Cassegrain with 280mm aperture
Celestron C - 14
Schmidt-Cassegrain with 354mm aperture

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Celestron C-6 Schmidt Cassegrain
Aperture 152mm - Focal Length 1500mm




C-6 Optical Tube with optional star diagonal and eyepiece




The C-6 is well mounted on the Giro Mini XT. This setup is ideal for portable use for stargazers and nature observers. ... Further Information on the Giro Mini

With the C-6 Celestron has introduced a new aperture for Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes (SCTs). The C-6 offers more aperture and a plus of 40% in light gathering capacity compared with a 5" telescope, yet has extremely compact dimensions and no false colour, making it superior to typical Fraunhofer refractors of similar aperture on the moon and the planets and at the same time far more portable.

Fields of Use

The Celestron C-6 is one of the most versatile 150mm aperture telescopes that we know. It offers good performance throughout all fields of visual and photographical astronomy. Planets and the moon are depicted with similar contrast as a good Newtonian.

At f/10 the C-6 is still comparatively "fast" as opposed to most Maksutov-Cassegrains. Also field illumination is large enough for 2" accessories. Fields of view up to about 1.5 are possible with the right eyepieces, approximately three times the diameter of the full moon.

With a focal reducer the focal ratio can be pushed to 1:6, resulting in much shorter exposure times.

With its primary mirror focus mechanism many accessories can be used easily that cause troubles on other telescopes, such as binocular viewers, off axis guiders, strong focal reducers, ...


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Celestron C-6 on GoTo equatorial mount Celestron CAM. Power reserves for heavy accessories.
Further Information on the CAM

Portability

The C-6 is a supremely portable companion for travelling. It is compact and light, fitting on a compact mount such as the Giro Mini  XT (see image above).

Medium-sized mounts like the ADM or CAM carry the C-6 with enough power reserves for serious astro-imaging with heavy accessories like tele-lenses, guide scopes, ...

With its short tube length of only 33 cm the C-6 fits into small bags and can even be taken as carry-on luggage on airplanes.

Advantages of the Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Design:

Short Tube The catadioptric design of this telescope - combining a short focal ratio primary mirror, a magnifying secondary mirror and a correcting plate to eliminate optical aberrations - allows for an incredibly short tube length, despite the long focal length. This makes the telescope easily portable.
Long Focus Travel Focus is attained by moving the primary mirror. The resulting long focus travel allows for the use of nearly any accessories, from binocular viewers to focal reducers and adaptors.
Stiff Tube Long exposures are possible with the Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain - the tube will not bend under its own weight.
Easy Adaptations The Schmidt-Cassegrain can easily be adapted on various mounts. A dovetail plate (fitting into all mounts using the common Vixen dovetail standard) is included.

Schmidt-Cassegrain Collimation

A Schmidt-Cassegrain is collimated on a star using the three secondary mirror collimation screws. Collimation is rarely necessary, and very simple.

Cleaning / Maintenance

Primary and secondary mirror are protected from dirt and dust by the Schmidt correcting lens. The correcting lens has a hard, scratch resistant coating and will therefore not be damaged if cleaned carefully. Cleaning is only required once in a couple of years.
Specifications and Scope of Delivery
 
Aperture / Focal Length 150mm / 1500mm / focal ratio 1:10
Weight / Dimensions 3.9kgs / Tube Diameter 180mm / Length 330mm
Limiting Magnitude / Resolution 12.7 mag  /  0.77"
Scope of Delivery Basic scope of delivery of the OTA version:
6x30 finderscope
Vixen / EQ format dovetail plate
Prices and availability: Please see our new Online Shop
Recommended Accessories For The Celestron C6

Just click on the images for further information!
 
Flexible Dewshields
Prevent the formation of dew on the corrector lens
Dew Heater Strips
Prevent the formation of dew even in damp nights
2" Visual Back
Allows for the use of 2" accessories
2" Crayford Focuser
Ultra-smooth focuser without image shift
Skylight Filter
Suppression of light pollution and dust protection for SCT telescopes

Recommended Accessories
Here you can find accessories that are important and helpful for almost any telescope. Cleaning tools, filters, star charts, ...

The TS Eyepiece and Accessory Case isn't just an assortment of randomly picked eyepieces, we have put a lot of thoughts into choosing a fine range of eyepieces that will work with nearly all telescopes. These great eyepieces are included in the TS eyepiece and accessory case:

- three excellent quality TS Super Plossl eyepieces
- one TS wide angle eyepiece
- our excellent TS Barlow lens (2x/1.5x)
- five carefully chosen TS colour filters and one grey moon filter (not just a cheap green filter)
- an adaptor for focal and eyepiece projection astro-imaging

All comes in a beautiful, foam-lined aluminium case .......... Link to further information

Please send requests or online orders to: sales@telescope-service.com



Celestron C-8 Schmidt Cassegrain
Aperture 203mm - Focal Length 2000mm
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Celestron 8 - Optical Tube with dovetail plate (the plate on the image is the optional Losmandy-format plate)



Celestron C-8 on sturdy equatorial mount Celestron ADM - a powerful and versatile combination.

Ever since its invention 20 years ago the C-8 has been incredibly popular among amateur astronomers. This is probably because of the exceptional versatility of the telescope design. With its compact size and enormous power the C-8 is perfectly suited for any astronomical applications.

Advantages of the Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Design:

Short Tube The catadioptric design of this telescope - combining a short focal ratio primary mirror, a magnifying secondary mirror and a correcting plate to eliminate optical aberrations - allows for an incredibly short tube length, despite the long focal length. This makes the telescope easily portable.
Long Focus Travel Focus is attained by moving the primary mirror. The resulting long focus travel allows for the use of nearly any accessories, from binocular viewers to focal reducers and adaptors.
Stiff Tube Long exposures are possible with the Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain - the tube will not bend under its own weight.
Easy Adaptations The Schmidt-Cassegrain can easily be adapted on various mounts. A dovetail plate (fitting into all mounts using the common Vixen dovetail standard) is included.

Visual Use

Every amateur will confirm this: With an 8" (203mm) telescope you will cross a boundary beyond which thousands of objects become visible. The optics do not only show countless beautiful details on the moon and the planets - as a smaller achromat of 120mm aperture or a Newtonian of 150mm aperture possibly could show too. Given good "seeing" (a term that describes the negative influence of the Earth's atmosphere on visible detail) the C-8 will show small discs instead of just points of light where the moons of Jupiter are. With the proper filters cloud structures in Venus' atmosphere can be seen!

On top of that the large aperture of the Celestron C-8 captures enough light so that you can see thousands of deep sky objects in detail - galaxies will reveal their spiral structure, planetaries and gas nebulae will show lots of detail and globulars are often dissolved into single stars.

Astro-Imaging

One of the strong points of this versatile telescope is its photographical capabilities. With the Alan Gee focal reducer you keep down exposure times and will get impressive images. (Image Gallery)


Schmidt-Cassegrain Collimation

A Schmidt-Cassegrain is collimated on a star using the three secondary mirror collimation screws. Collimation is rarely necessary, and very simple.

Cleaning / Maintenance

Primary and secondary mirror are protected from dirt and dust by the Schmidt correcting lens. The correcting lens has a hard, scratch resistant coating and will therefore not be damaged if cleaned carefully. Cleaning is only required once in a couple of years.
Specifications and Scope of Delivery
 
Aperture / Focal Length 203mm / 2000mm / focal ratio 1:10
Weight / Dimensions 5.5kgs / Tube Diameter 230mm / Length 450mm
Limiting Magnitude / Resolution 14.0 mag  /  0.57"
Scope of Delivery Basic scope of delivery of the OTA version:
6x30 finderscope
Vixen / EQ format dovetail plate

Recommended Accessories For The Celestron C-8

Just click on the images for further information!
 
Flexible Dewshields
Prevent the formation of dew on the corrector lens
Dew Heater Strips
Prevent the formation of dew even in damp nights
2" Visual Back
Allows for the use of 2" accessories
2" Crayford Focuser
Ultra-smooth focuser without image shift
Skylight Filter
Suppression of light pollution and dust protection for SCT telescopes

Mounting Variants For The Celestron C-8

Just click on the images for further information!
 
Celestron ADM
A very sturdy mount for serious astrophotographical use - enough power reserves for heavy accessories
Celestron CAM GoTo
Like ADM, but with automatic object positioning (GoTo) and 40,000 object database

Prices and availability: Please see our new Online Shop

C-8 through C-14 Schmidt-Cassegrain Size Comparison Chart


Padded cases and other helpful accessories


Recommended Accessories
Here you can find accessories that are important and helpful for almost any telescope. Cleaning tools, filters, star charts, ...

The TS Eyepiece and Accessory Case isn't just an assortment of randomly picked eyepieces, we have put a lot of thoughts into choosing a fine range of eyepieces that will work with nearly all telescopes. These great eyepieces are included in the TS eyepiece and accessory case:

- three excellent quality TS Super Plossl eyepieces
- one TS wide angle eyepiece
- our excellent TS Barlow lens (2x/1.5x)
- five carefully chosen TS colour filters and one grey moon filter (not just a cheap green filter)
- an adaptor for focal and eyepiece projection astro-imaging

All comes in a beautiful, foam-lined aluminium case .......... Link to further information

Astro Images Taken Through The C-8 - by Wolfi Ransburg

We are very happy with the quality of the Celestron C-8 and use this instrument for astro-imaging ourselves. Just click onto the thumbnails for larger images!
 


Please send requests or online orders to: sales@telescope-service.com



Celestron C-9 1/4 Schmidt Cassegrain
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Celestron 9 - Optical Tube with dovetail plate (the plate on the image is the optional Losmandy-format plate)



Celestron C-9 on sturdy equatorial mount Celestron ADM - a powerful and versatile combination.

The C-9.25 is more than just a fill-in between the C-8 and the C-11. It has almost the same tube length as the C-11, but a smaller primary mirror. The C-9.25 intentionally deviates from the classical 2x5 optical layout (i.e. a primary mirror with f/2, and a secondary with 5x magnification). The result is a particularly high contrast image on planets and the moon as well as all other objects. Many observers have chosen the C-9.25 as their favourite among Schmidt-Cassegrains.

Advantages of the Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Design:

Short Tube The catadioptric design of this telescope - combining a short focal ratio primary mirror, a magnifying secondary mirror and a correcting plate to eliminate optical aberrations - allows for an incredibly short tube length, despite the long focal length. This makes the telescope easily portable.
Long Focus Travel Focus is attained by moving the primary mirror. The resulting long focus travel allows for the use of nearly any accessories, from binocular viewers to focal reducers and adaptors.
Stiff Tube Long exposures are possible with the Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain - the tube will not bend under its own weight.
Easy Adaptations The Schmidt-Cassegrain can easily be adapted on various mounts. A dovetail plate (fitting into all mounts using the common Vixen dovetail standard) is included.

Visual Use

Deep Sky objects are an easy prey for the telescope's enormous 9.25" primary mirror and the excellent transmission of this Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain. Faint nebulae and galaxies will reveal details that are simply invisible in smaller instruments. Extended objects can be seen with this telescope with the optional TS 2" Kit.

Due to its "relaxed" optical layout the image quality on the moon and the planets is particularly good.

The C-9.25 of course shows all objects and details that the C-8 will show, adding a lot more light gathering power and therefore bringing more objects within reach of this telescope. More galaxies will show their spiral structure. Globular clusters will be easily dissolved.

Astro-Imaging

One of the strong points of this versatile telescope is its photographical capabilities. With the Alan Gee focal reducer you keep down exposure times and will get impressive images. Many of the best images you can find on the web were taken with a C-9.25"!


Schmidt-Cassegrain Collimation

A Schmidt-Cassegrain is collimated on a star using the three secondary mirror collimation screws. Collimation is rarely necessary, and very simple.

Cleaning / Maintenance

Primary and secondary mirror are protected from dirt and dust by the Schmidt correcting lens. The correcting lens has a hard, scratch resistant coating and will therefore not be damaged if cleaned carefully. Cleaning is only required once in a couple of years.
Specifications and Scope of Delivery
 
Aperture / Focal Length 235mm / 2350mm / focal ratio 1:10
Weight / Dimensions coming soon
Limiting Magnitude / Resolution coming soon
Scope of Delivery Basic scope of delivery of the OTA version:
6x30 finderscope
1.25" visual back
Vixen / EQ format dovetail plate

Recommended Accessories For The Celestron C-9

Just click on the images for further information!
 
Flexible Dewshields
Prevent the formation of dew on the corrector lens
Dew Heater Strips
Prevent the formation of dew even in damp nights
2" Visual Back
Allows for the use of 2" accessories
2" Crayford Focuser
Ultra-smooth focuser without image shift
Skylight Filter
Suppression of light pollution and dust protection for SCT telescopes

Mounting Variants For The Celestron C-9

Just click on the images for further information!
 
Celestron ADM
A sturdy mount both for visual and astrophotographical use.
Celestron CAM GoTo
Like ADM, but with automatic object positioning (GoTo) and 40,000 object database

Prices and availability: Please see our new Online Shop

C-8 through C-14 Schmidt-Cassegrain Size Comparison Chart


Padded cases and other helpful accessories


Recommended Accessories
Here you can find accessories that are important and helpful for almost any telescope. Cleaning tools, filters, star charts, ...

The TS Eyepiece and Accessory Case isn't just an assortment of randomly picked eyepieces, we have put a lot of thoughts into choosing a fine range of eyepieces that will work with nearly all telescopes. These great eyepieces are included in the TS eyepiece and accessory case:

- three excellent quality TS Super Plossl eyepieces
- one TS wide angle eyepiece
- our excellent TS Barlow lens (2x/1.5x)
- five carefully chosen TS colour filters and one grey moon filter (not just a cheap green filter)
- an adaptor for focal and eyepiece projection astro-imaging

All comes in a beautiful, foam-lined aluminium case .......... Link to further information

Please send requests or online orders to: sales@telescope-service.com



Celestron C-11 Schmidt Cassegrain
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Celestron C-11 on CGE .... a top combination for demanding users. This combination can be used both for visual and serious astrophotographical ambitions.

The CGE GoTo mount offers automated object positioning and a large database that will last for a lifetime of astronomical observing or imaging!

Of course the mechanical stability is extremely good - we can recommend this combination even under somewhat windy environments.

The Celestron C-11 is a special recommendation for amateur astronomers looking for a large aperture telescope that is still compact and portable. The C-11 is probably one of the most popular Celestron advanced level telescopes.

Advantages of the Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope Design:
Short Tube The catadioptric design of this telescope - combining a short focal ratio primary mirror, a magnifying secondary mirror and a correcting plate to eliminate optical aberrations - allows for an incredibly short tube length, despite the long focal length. This makes the telescope easily portable.
Long Focus Travel Focus is attained by moving the primary mirror. The resulting long focus travel allows for the use of nearly any accessories, from binocular viewers to focal reducers and adaptors.
Stiff Tube Long exposures are possible with the Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain - the tube will not bend under its own weight.
Easy Adaptations The Schmidt-Cassegrain can easily be adapted on various mounts. A dovetail plate (fitting into all mounts using the common Vixen dovetail standard) is included.

Visual Use

Each C-11 has hand-corrected and precisely figured optics. As a result you get a high image definition and contrast, even when observing the planets and the moon. Under normal conditions the resolution is not limited by the telescope, but by the atmosphere (seeing).

At 280mm aperture thousands of galaxies, nebulae and clusters are visible. Some nebulae even begin to show their colourful nature. For deep sky observations we recommend our 2" Kit (see below for details). With that kit you will be able to see larger objects in the field of view of the eyepiece.

Astro-Imaging

One of the strong points of this versatile telescope is its photographical capabilities. With the Alan Gee focal reducer you keep down exposure times and will get impressive images. The C-11 has been used by demanding astro-photographers for decades!

Available Mounts for the C-11

We offer the C-11 as optical tube assembly or on one of three different mounts. Other mounts can be combined with the C-11 as well, such as the Losmandy G-11 or the Gemini 41. Please send your request if you want to get the C-11 on a mount that is not offered below!

-- The Celestron ADM is a low cost mount for visual use of the C-11
-- The EQ6 offers a very good stability even for windy environments
-- The Celestron CGE GoTo mount is certainly the best and most powerful mount for the C-11. It can be recommended without reservations even for demanding users.


Celestron C-11 on ADM .... a low cost mount with good stability for visual use. We recommend this combination to users who want to enjoy using the great C-11 optics without spending too much money. .............. Further Information on the Celestron ADM Mount Celestron C-11 on EQ6 .... a very good value for money. The EQ6 offers a generous mechanical stability and a decent tracking accuracy at a very affordable price. The EQ6 can even be upgraded with photographical motor drives or GoTo. The standard version already includes a dual axis motor drive. ...... Further Information on the EQ6

Schmidt-Cassegrain Collimation

A Schmidt-Cassegrain is collimated on a star using the three secondary mirror collimation screws. Collimation is rarely necessary, and very simple.

Cleaning / Maintenance

Primary and secondary mirror are protected from dirt and dust by the Schmidt correcting lens. The correcting lens has a hard, scratch resistant coating and will therefore not be damaged if cleaned carefully. Cleaning is only required once in a couple of years.
Specifications and Scope of Delivery
 
Aperture / Focal Length 279mm / 2800mm / focal ratio 1:10
Weight / Dimensions 20.4kgs / Tube Diameter 306mm / Length 787mm
Limiting Magnitude / Resolution 14.7 mag  /  0.42"
Scope of Delivery Basic scope of delivery of the OTA version:
8x50 finderscope
1.25" visual back
Vixen / EQ format dovetail plate

Recommended Accessories For The Celestron C-11

Just click on the images for further information!
 
Flexible Dewshields
Prevent the formation of dew on the corrector lens
Dew Heater Strips
Prevent the formation of dew even in damp nights
2" Visual Back
Allows for the use of 2" accessories
2" Crayford Focuser
Ultra-smooth focuser without image shift
Skylight Filter
Suppression of light pollution and dust protection for SCT telescopes

Prices and availability: Please see our new Online Shop

C-8 through C-14 Schmidt-Cassegrain Size Comparison Chart


Padded cases and other helpful accessories


Recommended Accessories
Here you can find accessories that are important and helpful for almost any telescope. Cleaning tools, filters, star charts, ...

The TS Eyepiece and Accessory Case isn't just an assortment of randomly picked eyepieces, we have put a lot of thoughts into choosing a fine range of eyepieces that will work with nearly all telescopes. These great eyepieces are included in the TS eyepiece and accessory case:

- three excellent quality TS Super Plossl eyepieces
- one TS wide angle eyepiece
- our excellent TS Barlow lens (2x/1.5x)
- five carefully chosen TS colour filters and one grey moon filter (not just a cheap green filter)
- an adaptor for focal and eyepiece projection astro-imaging

All comes in a beautiful, foam-lined aluminium case .......... Link to further information

Please send requests or online orders to: sales@telescope-service.com



Celestron C-14 Schmidt Cassegrain

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Prices and availability: Please see our new Online Shop



Please send requests or online orders to: sales@telescope-service.com


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