Rent a Celestron C8 203mm (8") Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

Rent a Celestron C8 203mm (8") Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

Due to high demand and global product shortages due to the pandemic, please call for availability.
Rental Nights

Please call us at 613-723-1350 to reserve a telescope. Adding a rental to your cart does not create a reservation. Rentals are for pickup only from our retail store and are subject to availability.

Rental Telescope: Hesitant about buying a telescope? Not sure if astronomy is right for you? Rent this 8" Celestron C8Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and enjoy the best show in the universe.

Deposit: $600.00 deposit required up-front, payable by credit card, Interac or cash.

Note: Rentals are for in-store pickup only, and cannot be shipped. A signed rental agreement is required, which can be filled out in-store or curbside.

Rental includes a 25mm (48x) and 10mm (120x) eyepiece, a 2x Barlow lens (yielding 96x and 240x), a moon filter, four planetary filters, two different styles of finderscope, red LED flashlight, planisphere (map) , 12v DC to 120v AC inverter, and instruction manual.

Purchase Rebate: If you decide to purchase or order a telescope $200.00 or greater within three (3) month after returning the rental, we'll give you a purchase rebate equivalent to 50% of your rental cost before tax.

For example, if you rent this telescope for one week @ $120.00, we'll give you a $60.00 credit towards the purchase of a qualifying telescope.

Overcast protection: If the skies don't cooperate, we'll give you another same-duration rental period on a date that's compatible with you (subject to availability). We really want you to see cool astronomical objects, not clouds. If you decide to buy a scope instead of taking advantage of overcast protection, we'll waive 100% of the rental fee.

Due to the popularity of our rental program, we recommend reserving your rental well in advance.

Optical Features

  • 203mm Aperture
  • 2032mm Focal Length
  • f/10 f-stop
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain design
  • 25mm and 10mm Plossl eyepieces, 1.25" format, 81x and 200x
  • 2x Barlow lens, 1.25" format, 162x and 400x
  • 1.25" star diagonal
  • finderscope


Tips and Tricks

  • If you encounter problems with the telescope, perform a factory reset:
    • Turn the mount off, wait 5 seconds, turn back on.
    • Press the MENU button.
    • Use the UP/DOWN buttons (6/9), find Utilities, and press ENTER.
    • Use the UP/DOWN buttons (6/9), find Factory Setting, and press ENTER.
    • Press the 0 button to factory reset.
    • Turn the mount off, wait 5 seconds, turn back on.
  • Assembly
    • Do not overtighten the tripod leg clamps.
    • Level the top plate of the tripod.  Use a torpedo level, or an app on your phone t assist.  If you don't have a level, eyeball it as best you can.
  • Ensure the finderscope is aligned with the telescope view, as per the instruction manual.
  • The focus knob turns 44 complete turns. With such a large focus range, it's easy to become lost in focus.
    • Aim the scope to a distant terrestrial view.
    • Turn the focuser through the range until you get something in focus.
    • Don't adjust it further until you go out at night.
    • Using the finderscope, aim the telescope at a bright star.
    • Adjust the focuser counterclockwise until the star becomes focused (small point).
  • The rental includes an AC power cord.  Simply plug it into an extension cord.
  • The rental includes a Meade 12v to 120v AC inverter.
    • For use where AC power is unavailable.
    • Simply plug the telescope into the inverter, and plug the car adapter cord into a power source.
    • The inverter features a speed select dial.
    • The inverter features slow/fast buttons.
  • Always start with the lowest magnification (largest focal length) eyepiece, and work up to higher magnifications.
  • Help is available after business hours by sending a message to us on Facebook.