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Celestron CPC800 XLT Starbright H.P. 8" Schmidt Cassegrain 2032mm f/10 Telescope with NexStar Computer Control & SKyAlign Technology

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About Celestron CPC800

Tomorrow's next generation 8, 9.25, and 11 computerized GPS SCT's are here now!

New alignment technology, advanced engineering, and bold new design at a lower price that is out of this world!

Celestron's new CPC Series with revolutionary SkyAlign Alignment Technology redefines 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.

Celestron CPC800 Features

  • 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
  • Computerized Mount FeaturesProven NexStar computer control technology
  • 40,000 object database with over 100 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 stars; solar system 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 Autoguider, GPS accessory
  • NexRemote telescope control software and RS-232 cable included for advanced control of your telescope via computer

Celestron CPC800 Specifications

Optical Design
Aperture (mm)
203.2 mm (8 in)
Focal Length
2032 mm (80 in)
Focal Ratio
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm)
40 mm (1.57 in)
Magnification of Eyepiece 1
51 x
8x50 Finderscope with quick release bracket
Star Diagonal
Mount Type
Dual Fork Arm
Accessory Tray
Leg Brace / Eyepiece holder
Heavy Duty Steel Adjustable
Power Requirements
Car battery adapter
Highest Useful Magnification
480 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
29 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude
Resolution (Rayleigh)
0.69 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes)
0.57 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power
843 x
Apparent Field of View
0.8 Degree
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds)
42 ft (13 m)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction
2.5 in (64 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area
Optical Coatings
Starbright XLT Coating
Total Telescope Kit Weight
42 lbs (19 kg)
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
Periodic Error Correction
Permanently Programmable
Communication Ports
RS-232 communication port on hand control
Computer Hand Control
Flash upgradeable, double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Internal 16 channel
2-year Telescope Warranty
Mfr #

Celestron CPC800 Reviews Powered by TurnTo®

Reviewed by 3 customers


CPC800 is A-1!


This is definitely a professional grade scope that offers even the beginner a world of features that does not overwhlem you. Easy to use and pretty much self-explanatory. This scope does it all for the hobby astronomist. The goto feature is dead on and the data base so expansive that you can literally stay busy for months! The quality of build of Celestron scopes are second to none. This scope line is built like a battleship. The XLT optic coatings are wonderful. If you are looking for a scope with GPS and lots of features this is the one.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


CPC 800 XLT an excellent Scope!


An excellent scope for the money. GOTO works perfectly and tracks objects flawlessly. Do yourself a favor and get a 24mm Televue panoptic eyepiece and you will feel like you are swimming in the Orion Nebula. The tripod is extremely stable which is important when viewing Deep Space Objects. Planetary viewing is a joy. The only regret is I didn't purchase this a year ago.Celestron has really hit a home run with this scope![...] Great scope!NOTE: The key eyepieces for an SCT are 24mm, 13mm and 9mm. The addition of these key eyepieces will greatly enhance your viewing experience. The stock eyepiece (40mm ex-cel) is a decent low magnification eyepiece which I quickly replaced.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


I love this scope!


simply an amazing scope,. Ive seen things thru this telescope i might of missed with anything else. the goto functions flawlessly. its easy to setup and align. quality construction and optics. ive had it for 3 months and it was in perfect collimation to begin with and it still is. ive pretty much made it all the way thru the messiers that are in my night sky. even with the light pollution ive seen all but a couple. the double cluster and wild duck are amazing. the swan and dumbell nebulas awe me. the blue snowball and ring nebula are also awe inspiring thru this scope. its somewhat more portable than its larger siblings. ive decided to do some astrophotography with it and have mounted a 80mm apo to guide or do wide fields off the cpc. i think its a keeper ;)


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Shopper  can I mount the 80mm guidescope on A cpc800 and not strip thegears, will be on A wedge?
Shopper  Is this Celestron CPC800 XLT an acceptable scope for entery level astrophotography? If not what comparable telescopes would you suggest?
ACCOUNTS D  I think this scope takes a ltittle too much setup, particularly getting the control computer to talk to the telescope, to be easy for a beginner to use.
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