Celestron Day w/ CPC800
By James Chen
On June 9, Hands-On-Optics was honored to have two representatives of the Celestron Company bring the CPC 800 down for a test drive. Lance Lucero and Ed McDonough arrived at 3:00pm. After brief discussions, Lance and Ed set up the CPC 800 inside the showroom for a demonstration to the staff of Hands-On-Optics, and the gathered customers.
The third object is used to confirm the two objects. It works. It the time it took to type this paragraph, you can set up the scope.
The GPS downloads the date, time and scopes location as in previous models.
The internal 16-channel GPS unit automatically captured the date, time and observing location. The alignment options include Sky Align, Auto Two-Star Align, One-Star Align, EQ Align or Solar System Align. The Sky Align method asks the user to point the telescope to a bright object. The telescope is moved manually to the first object. Once centered, the user locks the clutches and pushes the "align" button on the controller. The user then slews to the next object using the hand controller, centers it and presses "align". This procedure is repeated for the third object. Alignment success! The set up time is reduced significantly compared with the Nexstar GPS models.
Base and Fork Arms
The demonstration was very successful, and we would like to thank our friends at Celestron for this unique event.
Oh, by the way, as a result of the Celestron demo, Hands-On-Optics sold out of its first shipment of CPC 800 that evening!