Vintage C5 Spotter on motorized tabletop equatorial wedge w/case

SKU: U2404-JS-52291

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  • Regular price $399.95


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This is a vintage C5 spotter in good condition on a motorized tabletop equatorial wedge base.  They don't make 'em like this anymore!  This has gotta be close to 30 years old, if not older.  This is from an estate.  

The optics are surprisingly clean given the age of this scope.  However, the tube and wedge are fairly beat up.  See the photos - lots of scratches. 

Incredibly, everything works!  We've tested it out in the store, and the clock drive fires up with a 9V battery.  The handset changes the speed of the clock drive.  The manual slow motion knobs work in both R.A. and declination.  

Includes the following:

  • 5" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Design OTA
  • 25 mm (50x) Plossl Eyepiece
  • 10 mm (125x) SMA Eyepiece
  • TeleVue visual back
  • 90° Diagonal
  • Working clock drive with handset on tabletop equatorial wedge
  • 6x30 Finderscope

Also included is the foam-lined, custom-made wooden box crafted by the previous owner.  Because of the size and weight of all of this, we cannot ship this item; it is available for in-store pickup only. 




Celestron's C5 Spotting Scope is a 5" (127 mm) aperture, 1250 mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system. Its optical excellence is the reason it was chosen by NASA for many space shuttle missions.

The C5 spotting scope is an ideal choice for the serious bird watcher, nature lover or anyone who enjoys beautiful views -either from your home or in the field. At just six pounds in weight and 11 inches in length, this spotting scope is a completely portable visual and photographic instrument that performs well in any viewing location. Further, Celestron offers a wide variety of optional accessories to expand the capabilities of this special instrument.

The C5's aperture of 5" allows it to easily outperform smaller aperture spotting scopes. Offering 4½ times more light gathering ability than a 60 mm spotting scope and 2½ times more than an 80 mm scope, Celestron's C5 is the clear choice when a powerful instrument delivering brilliant, crisp views is what you require.

The C5 spotting scope is a wonderfully versatile instrument, and its near focus of approximately 20 feet allows you to observe plant life, wildlife, birds or insects with ease. At the same time, the C5 can also be used as an astronomical telescope. In addition, the C5 goes easily from working as a powerful spotting scope to being a high performance 1250 mm f/10 telephoto lens.

Photography couldn't be easier, because the C5 is designed to be fully camera adaptable. To take professional quality shots with the C5, just attach the correct optional T- Adapter and T-Ring for your 35 mm SLR camera to the back of the C5 spotting scope, and you're ready to shoot. The tripod adapter block on the C5's tube makes easy work of mounting the instrument onto a tripod for either viewing or photography. The C5 comes complete inside its own soft sided carrying case.



Apparent Field of View 1 °
Camera Adaptable Yes
Close Focus (Binoculars) 20 ft (6.1 m)
Eye Relief (mm) 22 mm (0.87 in)
Optical Coatings N/A
Weight (oz) 96 oz (2722 g)