Celestron C6 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope

This new 6-inch telescope offers high-quality Schmidt-Cassegrain optics in a portable package.
By | Published: May 19, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Celestron C6 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
The C6 is Celestron’s newest Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Its tube measures 16 inches long and weighs 9 pounds. Both the orange dovetail mounting bar and 6×30 finder scope are included.
Astronomy: William Zuback

This review, “Celestron’s new Schmidt-Cassegrain,” appeared in the March 2007 issue of Astronomy magazine

Celestron has introduced a new model to its Schmidt-Cassegrain line of telescopes — the C6, and it’s Celestron’s most portable one yet. This scope offers a 6-inch aperture and operates at f/10. Family resemblance is unmistakable. The C6 has a sleek black aluminum tube with the company’s name and logo emblazoned in orange across its side.

Consumers may choose from four variants. For those who already own a telescope mount, the C6 is available as an optical tube-assembly only. The least expensive complete C6 package, designated the C6-S, combines the telescope with Celestron’s Advanced Series CG-5 German equatorial mount. The same C6 also is sold with the computerized version of the CG-5 as the C6-SGT. Finally, Celestron added the C6 to its lineup of single-support-arm NexStar Special Edition instruments. The NexStar 6SE, however, features an orange tube rather than black.

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