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Celestron NexStar Telescope


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  • 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Nearly 40,000-object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
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    Product Description

    The popularity of our NexStar 114 models inspired us to go bigger. We are proud to introduce NexStar 130 SLT. The NexStar 130 SLT has 30% more light-gathering power than our 114mm telescope. And the 130 SLT, like the other models in the SLT Series, comes with a fully computerized hand control. The computerized hand control gives you the ability to automatically slew to any of its 4,000 objects, including over 600 galaxies, 300 clusters and dozens of beautiful binary stars. With its pre-assembled, adjustable steel tripod, the NexStar 114 SLT can be up and ready to use in a matter of minutes. Our new SkyAlign alignment technology and the included StarPointer Finderscope with a red LED makes aligning a breeze.

    Product Details

    Color: orange
    • Product Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 41 inches ; 35.3 pounds
    • Shipping Weight: 52 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
    • Origin: China
    • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
    • ASIN: B000GUFOC8
    • Item model number: 11069
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,722 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)


    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    It seems to be very accurate and my alignment seems to work every time.
    R. Bunch
    Overall, the Nexstar 8SE is an EXCELLENT telescope with great optics that I highly recommend.
    Phil Schorr
    It requires an antiquated RS-232 cable (think 1970's and 80s cables) to update its firmware.
    M. Santos

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    274 of 283 people found the following review helpful By R. Bunch on January 23, 2007
    Color Name: orange
    The five stars represent my opinion about the scope. I'm a novice at astronomy, so I can't really make any comparisons. I can tell you, however, that this scope does everything I've ever read about it. I pulled it out of the box and put it together and it went to work just the way the book said. I've done some solar viewing and a little digital astrophotography. My major purpose for this scope is in the area of deep-sky astrophotography without spending multiple thousands of bucks. It may be a little overkill for a novice like myself, but I wanted a scope that I wouldn't outgrow, and one that is easy to accessorize. The only thing I can nit-pick on this scope is the motor drives on the mount. They work fine, but they make a little too much noise, and the sound indicates to me that the gear train is not high quality components. It does seem to run very smooth, though! And accurate, every time! If YOU take the time to accurately set it up and aim it, then IT will put what ever you ask for right in the middle of your field of view. The battery holder is a little tight on the 2000mah NiMH AA batteries that I bought for it, but since I plan to use the AC adapter I bought for it, that's not really a big problem. I wish Celestron had designed the bubble-level INTO the base of the mount rather than just leave it loose for the user to install with the double stick tape on it's bottom. I bought a larger level from an RV store and epoxied it to the top of the battery cover. It seems to be very accurate and my alignment seems to work every time. I recommend a good variety of eyepiece filters, a solar filter for the main aperture, a 45deg. upright diagonal, and several eyepieces to cover the range from about 4mm to 32mm.Read more ›
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    126 of 132 people found the following review helpful By V. Farelli on August 27, 2007
    Color Name: orange
    I love astronomy and have to say this was my first real purchase of a telescope. I placed my order and in 2 days my product was at the door. I was shocked how fast it came. I was very excited about viewing the planets and hopefully some deep sky objects. Novice would be the best way to describe my viewing experience. However, I was able to get the scope setup and struggled with the star alignment. Then I used the CD that came with the product and got to know the night sky. Yes I know, read the material first then play but I was like a kid in a candy store and just couldn't wait to start viewing.

    I did get the sky align to work and then tested the alignment by having it go to the easiest target in the sky. (The moon). Boom it was center view. In a full moon phase right now so the obvious light polution is tremendous but I was able to view Jupiter and see 3 moons (due to the light conditions it wasn't to detailed). Everything else was bleed out by the moon.

    I read the reviews before I purchased and did alot of research on scopes and have to say this one hit the nail on the head. It does take 8 AA batteries to operate and I read someone elses review that the batteries do not last long, so I purchased the power pack along with it.

    The power pack was a good idea however, take heed that it plugs into where the scope rotates and if you are not careful you can find that your power cable is getting wrapped around the scope as it rotates.

    GPS - I was considering purchasing the GPS but decided that google earth will provide me the Long and Lat just as easy.

    Leveling - the little bubble level they give you works fine but make sure you keep track of that little bugger cause it's very easy to loose.
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    46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Phil Schorr on December 27, 2012
    Color Name: orange
    The Celestron 8SE is a fantastic intermediate telescope. I have been using it now for roughly 3 weeks and feel I can give a decent review at this point. It arrived in perfect condition and took no time at all to assemble, perhaps 20 minutes from box to first light. I had some issues when I first tried to align the telescope, but these were easily sorted out. I am not sure why you need to enter in your location and then also enter in the timezone and whether daylight savings is observed. This tripped me up initially because I entered in EDT instead of EST because I had forgotten that standard time is fall/winter and daylight time is spring/summer. Once I corrected this mistake, the computer aligned no problem using either the solar system or two star alignment methods. It would be nice if Celestron would just ask you which city you live in and the date and allow the computer to automatically know the timezone and daylight savings time practices at that location. Annoying, but definitely not a deal breaker.

    Within 5 minutes, I was able to slew the scope to Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, and the moon. All views were EXCELLENT. You can easily see the cloud bands on Jupiter and 4 of the moons using the 25mm eyepiece. I'd say the sweet spot for planetary viewing was around 150-200x, which I acheived using the included 25mm eyepiece and a 2x barlow. This seems to give me optimal brightness, contrast, and magnification. My seeing conditions have been terrible, so I am sure that you could go higher under better conditions, but even at this magnification the view is amazing. When looking at the moon, you can easily approach the highest useful magnification of the telescope (roughly 400x) while maintaining a crisp, sharp view of the craters.
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