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Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerised Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

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Celestron’s iconic orange tube telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system - the NexStar 8SE.

Offering impressive views at an affordable price, it’s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope!


Celestron founder's vision, reimagined for the 21st century:

In the 1970s, 8" Celestron telescopes were all the rage! Celestron's founder (Tom Johnson) brought the hobby of astronomy to the masses and invented their unique method of producing Schmidt corrector plates for superior views and maximum portability. Johnson believed in creating high-quality optical instruments at an affordable price, and inspired a generation of amateur astronomers (us)!

Today, Celestron is still building upon this original vision, improving and adding on innovative features while staying true to our founder’s intent.

Big Mirror, Small Price:

With a large 8-inch aperture, this telescope reveals details in even the faintest celestial objects. With this much light-gathering ability, you’ll clearly observe Cassini’s Division in Saturn’s rings, Jupiter's cloud bands, and the Great Red Spot. Beyond the solar system, your faithful 8SE will show you hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and much more. Oh, and don’t forget the Moon! With this telescope, you’ll see its craters and geographic features like never before.

Revolutionary Single Fork Arm Mount:

We all know the best telescope is the one you will use most often. That’s why the NexStar SE’s unique, patented single fork arm mount was made just for you! It’s incredibly portable and makes setup quick and easy. The telescope kit breaks down into several light and compact pieces, making it easy to transport even in small vehicles. You’ll have no problem getting the NexStar SE to your favorite observing site, or setting it up quickly in your backyard.

The high-quality components and sturdy construction of the mount gives the NexStar SE that much-needed smooth tracking accuracy to observe and follow your favorite targets with ease. You can use the included NexStar+ hand control to locate over 40,000 celestial objects, or take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible.

Aligning your telescope is simple and painless with SkyAlign! This process makes alignment as easy as 1-2-3: just center three bright objects in your eyepiece and press ALIGN. For even easier alignment, attach the optional StarSense AutoAlign accessory and your NexStar SE will align itself!

Advanced Features | Let the NexStar SE Grow with You:

The NexStar SE series is compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. With accessories such as the SkyPortal Wi-Fi Module, you can control your telescope wirelessly using your iPhone or iPad!

If you’re interested in astroimaging or astrophotography, the NexStar SE is Fastar-compatible for ultra-fast, wide field imaging. For planetary imaging, there’s no better choice than a NexStar 8SE paired with an astroimaging camera. From your first observing session and for years to come, the NexStar SE is your trusted companion.


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Optical Tube Info: 

Optical Design

Schmidt-Cassegrain

Aperture 

203.2mm (8")

Focal Length

2032mm (80")

Focal Ratio

f/10

Focal Length of Eyepiece 1

25mm (.98")

Magnification of Eyepiece 1

81x

Finderscope

Red Dot Finderscope (StarPointer)

Star Diagonal

1.25" 

Optical Tube

Aluminium

Highest Useful Magnification

480x

Lowest Useful Magnification

29x

Limiting Stellar Magnitude

14

Resolution (Rayleigh)

0.69 arc seconds

Resolution (Dawes)

0.57 arc seconds

Secondary Mirror Obstruction

64mm (2.5")

Optical Coatings

StarBright XLT

Optical Tube Length

432mm (17")

Optical Tube Diameter

232mm (9.1")

Optical Tube Weight

5.4kg

Dovetail

Vixen / CG-5 Dovetail Bar

Mount Info:

Mount Type

Computerised Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm

Instrument Load Capacity

5.44kg

Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod)

965.2mm - 1422.4mm

Tripod Leg Diameter

50.8mm

Mount Head Weight

5kg

Accessory Tray

Yes

Tripod Weight

4.08kg

Slew Speeds

9 slew speeds - max speed 5°/second

Tracking Rates

Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar

Tracking Modes

Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South

GPS

N/A

Dovetail Compatibility

Vixen / CG-5 dovetail

Auxiliary ports

1 Aux port

Autoguide port

Yes

USB Port

Yes, Hand Control input

Power Requirements

  • 8-AA batteries (not included)
  • 12 VDC-750 mA (Tip positive)

Motor Drive

DC servo motors

Alignment Procedures

  • SkyAlign
  • Auto 2-Star Align
  • 2-Star Align
  • 1-Star Align
  • Solar System Align
  • Last Alignment
  • Quick Align
  • EQ North/EQ South Alignment (EQ align requires Celestron's wedge)

Periodic Error Correction

No

Computerized Hand Control

  • Double line, 18 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection

NexStar+ Database

  • 40,000 objects
  • 200 user defined programmable objects
  • Enhanced information on over 200 objects

Software

  • Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software
  • SkyPortal App

Included Items

  • NexStar SE OTA
  • Single Fork Arm Mount
  • Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • NexStar+ Hand Control
  • 25mm Eyepiece
  • Star Diagonal

About Celestron
Celestron was founded by Tom Johnson whose first telescope design was a simple 6-inch reflector, built for his young son. He gradually progressed to making larger scopes in more sophisticated designs. Today, the Celestron company is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing optical equipment including telescopes (computerised and non-computerised), binoculars, spotting scopes and its accompanying accessories. Celestron's legacy spans 50 years, and has grown to enjoy recognition from amateurs to serious astronomers globally. The company seeks to remain innovative by growing its product offerings, while supporting science education around the world.

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Great telescope for the price tag Review by Nick .B
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After months of research, I decided to purchase this telescope. I also talked to a customer service representative at Optics Central, I was reassured that this is the right scope for me. I'm glad that I purchased the 8SE! It was surprisingly easy to assemble and not as heavy as I thought. Definitely the right telescope for me! (Posted on 12 June 2013)
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