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Celestron - NexStar 8SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-Automated GoTo Mount - SkyAlign Technology - 40,000+ Celestial Objects - 8-Inch Primary Mirror

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NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope
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Brand Celestron
Model Name 11069
Objective Lens Diameter 203 Millimeters
Telescope Mount Description Altazimuth Mount
Item Weight 10.88 Kilograms

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  • Nexstar computerized telescope: The NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron’s iconic orange tube design with updated technology and the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers.
  • 8-Inch aperture: The eight-inch primary mirror in this Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for adults and kids to be used together packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, while retaining a compact form factor. Compatible with starsense technology, Wifi
  • Fully-automated go to mount: Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the go to mount built into our telescopes for astronomy beginners automatically locates and tracks objects for you.
  • Easy to assemble and break down: The single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all assemble and break down from separate components for easy transportation. SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready in minutes.
  • Bonus free starry night software: The NexStar 8SE Telescope includes a free download of one of the top consumer rated astronomy software programs for an interactive sky simulation.
  • Unbeatable warranty and customer support: Buy with confidence from the world’s #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You’ll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
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8SE

Your Journey Through The Cosmos Begins Here

Celestron’s signature 'orange tube' telescope, designed to deliver one of the best stargazing experience for users of all levels

NexStar 8SE

Fast Setup with SkyAlign

Celestron’s proprietary SkyAlign procedure has you ready to observe in minutes. Center any three bright objects in the eyepiece and NexStar SE aligns to the night sky, ready to locate thousands of stars, galaxies, and more.

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Optical Design
Schmidt-Cassegrain Schmidt-Cassegrain Schmidt-Cassegrain Maksutov-Cassegrain
Aperture
203.2 mm (8”) 125 mm (4.92”) 150 mm (5.91”) 102 mm (4.02”)
Focal Length
2032 mm (80”) 1250 mm (49”) 1500 mm (59”) 1325 mm (52”)
Focal Ratio
f/10 f/10 f/10 f/13
Magnification
81x 50x 60x 53x
Limiting Magnitude
14 13 13.4 12.5
Low Useful Magnification
29x 18x 21x 15x
High Theoretical Magnification
480x 295x 354x 241x
Assembled Weight
33 lbs 27.6 lbs 30 lbs 21 lbs

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Style:NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope  |  Configuration:Telescope Only

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The best telescope is the one used often to enjoy the beauty and intrigue of the night sky. For those searching for telescopes for astronomy beginners that are infused with the latest computer technology, Celestron’s NexStar 8SE Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope fits the bill perfectly. The NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron’s iconic “orange tube” design and updated technology with the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers. Celestron’s signature telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 8SE. It’s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price.

The eight-inch primary mirror in this computerized telescope packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, from Saturn’s rings to the cloud bands on Jupiter and geographic features on the surface of the Moon. When it comes to deep sky objects, take your 8SE to a dark-sky site and you’ll see hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and more. Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the 8SE’s GoTo mount automatically locates and tracks objects for you. You can also take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible. The single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all assemble and break down from separate components for easy transportation. SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any 3 bright objects.

The NexStar 8SE is a telescope that will grow with you as you advance in the hobby of astronomy. It’s compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Provide GPS coordinates to your telescope with SkySync, or add automatic alignment functionality with StarSense AutoAlign.

Buy with confidence from the world’s #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You’ll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.

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Amazon.com Review Celestron's Nexstar 8 SE telescope combines excellent optics and computerized "GoTo" tracking in a package that's light, portable and affordable. The legendary performance of Celestron's orange tube C8 telescope has been updated with high performance Starbright XLT coatings, and the single arm Nexstar mount now includes Celestron's easy to use "SkyAlign" technology.

The Nexstar 8 SE upholds Celestron's reputation for quality optics. When I use an 11mm Plossl eyepiece (almost 200x magnification) for example, I can easily see the Cassini Division in Saturn's rings. When I look at Jupiter, the pale orange color of Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot is visible, and I've even been able to identify the polar caps and spot dust storms on the planet Mars. A 20mm Plossl eyepiece (about 100x magnification) is a good choice for viewing galaxies and star clusters. When I look at globular cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules the high contrast XLT optics show me a glowing snowflake made of hundreds of tiny pin-point stars! And a low power 32mm Plossl eyepiece is a good choice for views of larger deep space highlights like the Andromeda Galaxy and the Orion Nebula.

Celestron's patented "SkyAlign" system makes the Nexstar 8 SE very easy to use. I just pick the nearest town from the built-in list, enter the date and time, and point the telescope at three bright stars. I don't need a star chart because "SkyAlign" identifies the stars for me. When I just want a quick look at the moon or a planet, I like to use the "Solar System Align" option. After entering the date and time, I just point the telescope at the moon and press the "Align" key. That's all it takes, the computer takes over and the telescope begins tracking quietly and accurately. At star parties I often have my Nexstar up and running while older computerized telescopes are still waiting for their alignment stars to appear in the twilight.

The Nexstar 8 SE comes with a simple red-dot finder scope and a basic 25mm eyepiece. You'll want to add a few good eyepieces to take full advantage of the Nexstar 8 SE's excellent optics. At the very least get Celestron's bargain priced Accessory Kit which includes high and low power plossl eyepieces, or treat yourself to some top rated Tele Vue eyepieces. At twenty-four pounds total weight, the Nexstar 8 SE is unusually light and portable for an eight-inch telescope. The drawback of course is that some people will find it too light. Like other Schmidt Cassegrain (SCT) telescopes there are plenty of optional accessories to upgrade this telescope with, such as heavy duty tripods and an optical finder scope. If you want to try astro-photography, however, check out Celestron's CPC 800 Telescope which features a heavy duty mount and tripod and an 8x50 optical finder scope right out of the box. --Jeff Phillips

Pros:

  • Excellent optics
  • Easy computerized GoTo tracking
  • Light, portable and affordable
Cons:
  • Plastic accessories
  • Short battery life
  • Too light for astro-photography

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Jetage
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring and worth every penny
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring and worth every penny
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2018
After studying Astrophysics at university I always had a strong desire to get me a big fat orange tube. Unfortunately I could never afford what I wanted and anything else never really cut the mustard.

This is a big beast. 3 large boxes and the build quality is evident from first opening. I was worried about how shipping delicate optics would be, however shouldn’t have worried as the shipping boxes have bespoke foam inserts that I can see me using for some time.

So far it’s been pretty cloudy. I’ve read a lot and learnt some of the nuances of setup. First things first the best advice I read was to practise setup in the day time, getting comfortable with the weight and size. Then point it at a distant chimney pot or similar instead of aligning automatically. Once happy and focussed (left for infinity, right for close up) take a look at the spotter scope and align the red dot using the 2 knobs. Worked a treat and my alignment was so much better.

Second best tip was to use 2 star align rather than the full on sky align. Results are comparable but often sky align fails.

I’ll build on my review as I learn more but with a great Black Friday saving I’m so happy I waited and saved up for a scope that is truly awe inspiring.

Update after a couple of months.. Lots of cloud apparent, but some good viewing so far. My only addons so far have been a dew shield and an 8mm-25mm Celestron zoom eyepiece that is great value for money.. Next comes AstroPhotography
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jose vidal
1.0 out of 5 stars Estado no aceptable
Reviewed in Spain on January 15, 2019
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Reviewed in Spain on January 15, 2019
Nunca suelo devolver productos ni pedir reemplazos pero en este caso después de dos intentos he decidido devolverlo.

Antes de nada recalcar que compré el producto como nuevo. La primera vez me llegó un telescopio defectuoso. El espejo secundario estaba suelto y por tanto rotaba sobre la placa correctora. Esto hace que con el transporte se pierda la colimación. Además no se puede colimar porque al actuar sobre los tornillos de ajuste rota todo el conjunto del espejo secundario. No pasa nada, solicito el reemplazo por un producto en buen estado.

Pues cual es mi sorpresa cuando recibo el reemplazo? Al abrir las cajas no presagiaba nada bueno. Las cajas de carton mostraban claros síntomas de haber sido manipuladas antes, por lo que decidí hacer fotos que son las que adjunto. No se habían molestado en cambiarlas tan siquiera. Simplemente las volvieron a encintar. Lo más importante es que el tubo óptico mostraba un golpe y una raya bastante profunda. La montura también mostraba señales bastante evidentes de mal uso. En general, es evidente que se trata de un producto mal reacondicionado pero yo compré un producto nuevo que son cosas distintas y por lo tanto lo devuelvo sin tan siquiera mirar si funciona correctamente; cosa que dudo viendo el estado y los golpes que presenta.
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James Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars (8SE) A Wonderful all-round scope. Excells with small bright targets (e.g. planets)
Reviewed in Germany on June 4, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars (8SE) A Wonderful all-round scope. Excells with small bright targets (e.g. planets)
Reviewed in Germany on June 4, 2019
I have owned the Nexstar 8SE for a year now. I use it mostly from my city balcony, where light pollution is extremely high (Bortle 7.5). The 8 inch aperture pierces through a lot of that, revealing many targets which are impossible to see from here with the naked eye. Targets such as Uranus, the M51 whirlpool galaxy, the M57 ring nebula. I especially enjoy the view of globular clusters (such as M3 above)!

I think the telescope and mount are reasonably well designed for their stated purpose: an all-in-one, powerful first visual observation package. However, the quality assurance during actual assembly and shipping, I suspect are pretty lax compared to what they could be. When it first arrived, the telescope was quite badly out of collimation. Many screws were not tightened properly (e.g. secondary mirror holding ring). Most frustratingly, some gears were not propery fastened to their shaft inside the mount, causing me no end of problems with goto accuracy initially.

Since I was new to this kind of telescope, it took me a few months to get all these problems fixed. So as I said, the intended design is great, but the actual workmapship in the factory very sloppy.

Anyhow, after fixing those initial issues, I now have a great observation tool. For visual observing, there are a few extremely useful accessories I would highly recommend:
- the powertank portable battery. Using AA batteries is not sustainable with this scope: it'll eat through a fresh set of fully charged ones in less than 3 hours.
- shorter focal length eyepieces. This is a very capable scope, and to see detail on the moon, planets, or double stars & star clusters, you'll want more power than the supplied 25mm eyepiece. I am very pleased with the Celestron X-Cel LX 18, 12 and 7mm eyepieces.
- the 6.7 focal reducer, paired with a long focal-length eyepiece (I have the Omni 32mm). This is for viewing extended, faint targets, like nebulae and galaxies. Obviously you'll likely want to find a dark site to appreciate them properly.
- a dew shield, if, like me, you spend many hours outside during cold nights.

For astrophotography of bright, small targets (moon, sun, planets), this is an excellent scope, if paired with a suitable planetary webcam (I use a ZWO ASI 224MC, paired with a 2x Barlow). Even from my light polluted balcony, I'm getting nice results.

Getting into astrophotography of fainter targets, there are some issues:
- The alt-azimuth mount causes field rotation, and pretty much rules out exposures of more than a minute.
- The Nexstar SE mount is reasonably accurate for visual use, but not really good enough for longer-exposure astrophotography. At 1-2 seconds exposure time, I have to throw away on average 25% of frames due to tracking errors. At 10 seconds exposure, I throw away about 65%, and at 20seconds exposure, at least 90%, meaning only about 10% of frames are usable.
- Autoguiding DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. Even though there is an autoguide port on the mount, it does nothing at all when connected. Simply dead weight.

So if, like me, you want a good visual, portable and affordable scope, and you can live with the photographical limitations, I think this is a good all-round package. I'm deducting a star for the poor initial workmanship: it is simple matter to fix, and is due entirely to laziness and carelessness at the factory and during shipping.
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The Silk Road
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2019
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J D Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great telescope, but buy a power cable!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2018
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