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Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope

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4.5

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  • View over 38,000 deep-sky objects automatically
  • Enjoy sky tours tailored to the date and your location
  • 8 inches of light-gathering aperture to view faintest objects
  • Compact and easily transportable Schmidt-Cassegrain design
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What's Included?

NexStar 8SE Telescope, Tripod, 25mm eyepiece, Finderscope, NexRemote software, "The-Sky" software

Description

8 inches of light-gathering aperture doesn't get more portable than this!

 

An 8 inch telescope is the right amount of aperture for viewing just about anything in the night sky. The Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope sets up and breaks down quickly (check out the video) and is great for taking to dark sky locations.

 

The largest of the NexStar SE family with 78% more light gathering than a 6-inch model, the Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope will enable you to see deep into the universe. The distinctive patented fork arm with ergonomically designed integrated hand control cradle gives solid support to Celestron’s classic 8-inch optics. The Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope features Schmidt-Cassegrain 8-inch aperture optics with Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings and a powerful 2,032mm focal length and f/10 focal ratio.


The Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope has all the same features as Celestron’s most advanced computerized GoTo telescopes, including the revolutionary SkyAlign™ alignment technology, a sky tour feature, a database of over 40,000 celestial objects and easy to use hand control.

The universe may be full of mysteries, but using the NexStar 8 SE isn’t one of them.

 

Whether you are a seasoned astronomer looking for a portable scope with advanced features, or just starting your astronomy adventure and looking for an easy way to enjoy the night sky, a Celestron NexStar SE telescope will help you take a closer look.

 

Every Celestron NexStar SE telescope includes a version of The Sky® software Level 1 Planetarium Software for exploring the Universe on your PC and printing out custom star charts of the sky. In addition, you receive the Celestron NexRemote software that allows you to operate your telescope via your PC. Software package valued at over $100 included free with your NexStar SE Telescope!

 

General Features for the Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope

  • 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • SE combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with the latest state-of-the-art features
  • StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube, and accessory tray for no-tool setup
  • Celestron's unique patented single fork arm with integral hand control design provides a rigid and smooth operating structure for the optical tube
  • Sturdy computerized altazimuth mount
  • Ultra-sturdy steel tripod with accessory tray
  • Star diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky

 

Computerized Auto-Locating GoTo Technology

  • Proven NexStar computer control technology
  • 40,000 object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Flash-upgradable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
  • Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number; the most beautiful double, triple and quadruple stars; variable star; solar systems; objects and asterisms
  • DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes
  • Autoguider port for long exposure astrophotography
  • Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features
  • NexRemote telescope control software and RS-232 cable included for advanced control of your telescope via computer

 

Using the Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope

The NexStar 8SE is powered in the field by 8 AA batteries.  How long the batteries last is highly variable.  The more objects you have the telescopes slew to and the longer your observing sessions are will vary how long the batteries last.

 

Selecting Eyepieces for the Celestron 8SE Telescope

The NexStar 8SE Telescope includes a 25mm (81x the naked eye) eyepiece.  This eyepiece is great to get you started with your new telescope, but to complete the viewing experience you will want to get more eyepieces.  The NexStar 8SE Telescope comes standard ready for 1.25 Inch Format telescope eyepieces. 

 

About Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes

Celestron’s excellent Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes are compact and portable and represent the best all-purpose design for a wide variety of uses from terrestrial and deep sky viewing to astrophotography.


Catadioptrics use a combination of mirrors and lenses to "fold" (reflect) the light path and form an image. In a Schmidt-Cassegrain, the light enters through a thin aspheric Schmidt correcting lens. It then strikes the spherical primary mirror. It is reflected back up the tube and intercepted by a small secondary mirror which reflects the light out an opening in the rear of the instrument where the image is formed at the eyepiece.


Catadioptrics are the most popular and most modern type of telescope optical design and are marketed throughout the world in 3.5" and larger apertures. Catadioptric telescopes combine the practical advantages of lenses and mirrors while eliminating their disadvantages. They offer the clarity and contrast of refractors with the low aberration of reflectors. Catadioptrics have an average focal ratio of f/10, which is wide enough for all types of photography. They are also easier to maintain because all optical elements are solidly mounted and rigidly collimated. Catadioptric telescopes provide the best possible combination of light gathering power, long focal length, portability and affordability.

 

Schmidt-Cassegrain Advantages

  • Very versatile, best all-purpose telescope design
  • Combines the optical advantages of both lenses and mirrors while eliminating their disadvantages
  • Excellent optics and razor sharp images over a wide field
  • Excellent for deep sky observing and astrophotography as well as terrestrial viewing
  • Very good for lunar, planetary and binary star observing
  • Focal ratio generally around f/10, it also has the best near focus capability of any type of telescope
  • Closed tube design reduces image-degrading air currents
  • Extremely compact and portable
  • Easy to use, durable and virtually maintenance free
  • Large apertures at reasonable cost and less expensive than equivalent aperture refractors
  • More accessories available than with other types of telescopes

 

Schmidt-Cassegrain Disadvantages

  • More expensive than Newtonians of equal aperture
  • Slight light loss due to secondary mirror obstruction compared to refractors The Maksutov-Cassegrain is similar to the Schmidt-Cassegrain with essentially the same advantages and disadvantages. It uses a thick meniscus correcting lens with a strong curvature and a secondary mirror that is usually an aluminized spot on the corrector. The Maksutov secondary

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Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Astrophotography , Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing Nebulae , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Warranty

2-Year Limited

Features

Alt-Az Mount , GoTo

Brand

Celestron

Weight Complete

33 lbs.

Finderscope

StarPointer

Lens Coating

StarBright XLT

GPS

No

GoTo

Yes

Good for Astrophotography

Yes

Telescopes Series

Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes

Optical Design

Schmidt-Cassegrain

Aperture

203mm

Focal Length

2032mm

Focal Ratio

f/10

Mount Design

Single Fork Arm-Altazimuth

Eyepiece 1

25mm (81.28x)

Highest Useful Magnification

480x

Star Diagonal

1.25 Inch

Object Database

40000 objects

Component

.57 Arc Seconds Resolving Power , .68 Arc Seconds Resolution , 14 Limiting Magnitude

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Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope
 
4.5

(based on 102 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (77)
  • Accurate (74)
  • Quality lenses (68)
  • Compact (36)
  • Easy to use (33)

Cons

  • Heavy (8)
  • Difficult to focus (6)
  • Unstable (5)
  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (94)
  • Low visibility (6)
  • Bird watching (5)
  • Bright conditions (5)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (81), Avid adventurer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (34), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sweet Scope,but read for lessons learned

This is my first serious scope. I have had the 8SE for about three weeks now and it's time to give you my two-cents. It's been a learning curve, but if you take...Read complete review

This is my first serious scope. I have had the 8SE for about three weeks now and it's time to give you my two-cents. It's been a learning curve, but if you take my advice, you will benefit from my trial-by-errors.

(1) The arrival: The scope arrived in one box. The box was fully intact and appeared to withstand transport very well.

(2) Initial inspection and set-up: The set-up of the 8SE is very easy. There are three main components: The tripod, the optical tube assembly (OTA) and the arm that connects the OTA to the tripod. Upon inspection everything appeared scratch and blemish free. The glass in the OTA looked free from debris and in perfect condition. Overall the construction is solid.

(3) First views: With the default eyepiece that came with the scope I zoomed over to Saturn and I about wet myself! What a view! It got even better when I barlowed (add a 2x barlow lens that doubles magnification) the 23mm default eyepiece. I also purchased the Celestron accessory eye piece kit (this is where I got my Barlow lense). I enjoyed a pretty good view of Mars as well, but it only looked like a small brown ball; it must be really far away right now. I must say the scope came perfectly collimated (means the primary mirror and the secondary mirror are perfectly aligned).

(4) Alignment: After viewing Saturn and Mars I decided to formally align the 8se for its "go to" capabilities. I used the sky align procedure where I was led to believe that I could choose any three stars and that would suffice. Well, after choosing three random bright stars, the 8se told me that it was a success! So I told it to slew back to Saturn. Well it was in the neighborhood but not in the field of view (FOV). I tried again and again but couldn't get it to actually go to something and have it placed in the FOV.

Over the next few weeks I continued to struggle with getting "perfect" alignment. I turned to the net and found a great support group. The group is found on that search engine that starts with the letter "y" and ends with two "o". I finally got it right! Last night I was slewing all over the sky using the 8se's tour feature and I was viewing Messier objects and nebula all night long. So after two weeks, here's what you need to know to get perfect alignment!

A. Despite what Celstron says, how level your scope is, is the least important factor in the process. Sure your scope needs to be somewhat level, and as long as it's balanced anywhere near the middle (use the button size leveler provided with the scope) you're good to go.

B. If you happen to see your city listed in the databank and it's within 50 miles of your location, you're good to go and choose that for your site-location. If not, you can get your EXACT GPS coordinates from that huge search engine that starts with the letter "G" and has two "o" in it. I was able to use their maps and actually get exact cords for my physical address here in Vermont.

C. Time: It's critical that you enter the exact time within 10 secs. or so. You can also get the EXACT time from the internet, don't rely on your watch as seconds matter.

D. Choice in stars: You should always use Sky Align (a three star alignment process) if you want the BEST results. Here's what I found works perfect every time: Always, start with Polaris (the North Star) for your first bright object. The scope will tell you to choose and center your 1st object. So slew over to Polaris and hit ENTER, then it will tell you to use the direction buttons for final alignment. So here's where you need to listen to me. After hearing different methods from different users, here's the majority view of how to get it perfect and I can verify it does just that. NOTE: This may only work if you are in the Northern hemisphere.

Once you have placed Polaris into the FOV and you have hit ENTER, you will need to lock it in. Use the hand controller and move Polaris into the North-west Quadrant of the FOV. Then you ONLY (This is CRUCIAL) want to use the DOWN and RIGHT direction buttons to place it in the middle of the eyepiece. It helps if you de-focus the star too, this should make it look like a big glazed donut! If you overshoot or have to use any other button besides DOWN and RIGHT to place it in the middle of the FOV, start over! Move it back to the North-west quadrant and do it again. Once you have centered the big-glazed donut in the middle using only the DOWN and RIGHT buttons, hit the ALIGN button. So it's a two-step process, first you find the star, then hit enter, and then you move it to the North-west quadrant of the eyepiece and use the DOWN and RIGHT buttons each until It's in the middle of the FOV and hit ALIGN.
After Polaris, find a star somewhere in the South portion of the sky and repeat the process, next your third star should either be in the west or east part of the sky; think of making as large of a triangle as possible but avoid those stars either super-duper high in the sky, or low in the sky. If you use higher-magnification eyepieces during this process, you are sure to get better results as your room for error will be smaller.

NOTE: Both your "go-to" properties in the "scope-set-up" menu, MUST be set to "positive." Since this is the default setting, if you don't touch it, it will already be that way.

If you follow those steps above, your scope will love you and you will love your scope! I was able to finally start viewing nebula and Messier objects. Although, they have very little if any contrast, you will be able to recognize them by their shapes. I have a UHTC-LP eyepiece on the way, I hear that's supposed to help with contrast, we'll see. I live in Vermont, but kind of on the outskirts of Burlington, which is our largest city; hence some light pollution.

(5) Must have accessories. The reason I gave the scope 4 instead of 5 stars is because of what wasn't included. Running on batteries is just not going to cut it on this beast. You have to buy either the power tank or the power extension cord. Since I run my scope from my wooden deck off my balcony, I use the power supply cord. Also, I had major vibrations when I first got my scope and immediately ordered the suppression pads, they made a major difference and cut it down to half maybe more. I also have a 8-24 zoom lens that has been a constant on my scope. This basically allows you to find an object and frame it by zooming in without having to swap out eyepieces. I love this… and you may too! The other reason, I didn't give it five stars is because the provided Sky software doesn't work with Vista. Instead they (Celestron) referred me to a sight where they wanted $300+ dollars for a version of the software compatible with Vista… sigh…

(6) Conclusion: I love this scope! I wish the directions would have told me that the 8se computer can be a bit touchy when aligning. I think they would benefit in more satisfied customers if they shared in their directions what the consensus has figured out with regard to getting perfect reliable alignment everytime. Nevertheless, the optics are beautiful! The scope is incredibly well-made and affordable! I'm already beginning to save up for a 14 inch… aperture fever! Catch it!
Thanks for reading and clear skies!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Still Learning

This is my first scope. I wanted something of a higher quality right away instead of a cheaper scope that I could not see enough with. I have tried the alignment process but have...Read complete review

This is my first scope. I wanted something of a higher quality right away instead of a cheaper scope that I could not see enough with. I have tried the alignment process but have had problems, perhaps due to the scope not being perfectly level. Also tried fo algin on a nite with a bright moon and could not see a lot of other bright objects to align with. I will try again wjhen the moon goes down. The views of the moon were very nice,especially at the terminator line. I would recomend getting the AC adapter right away. I have read from other that this will chew up batteries and the are right. I have waited a long time for the chance to buy a good scope and I know that there is a learning curve. I have a friend in Arizona who has coached me through this. Thanks to [@] in Tucson.

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4.0

Celestine Nexstar 8 SE Telescope review

By Kenneth

from West Palm Bch,FL

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope:

Love this telescope! It's just what I was looking for.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Excited

By Earl

from CIRCLEVILLE,NY

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope:

Easy to construct.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

excellent service and communication

By Garry

from OMAHA,NE

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope:

    Very easy to order, delivery time was amazing and everything packed well.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great scope

    By William

    from LOUISVILLE,KY

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Scope
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope:

      The telescope was delivered in two days. Setup was easy. Views were fantastic. No problems everything was great. Service, product, everything was great.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow what a great scope

      By Victor

      from Florida

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope:

      This telescope is amazing very well built if you thinking of buying it I really don't think you will regret it.
      My dauhter and myself spent 4 hours the other night under the sky with this scope and seeing Jupiter and Orion's nebula with her was worth the money I paid for this scope alone . You can't put a price on memory's . We were both in amazed and had a great time .
      Things you must have and know.
      Dew shield a must.
      Battery pack a must.
      It's heavy .
      And last it takes over a hour to cool down before the images become sharp.
      If you can get the astrozap dew shield with heater built in works great I set it outside one hour before viewing to cool the primary and at the same time I crank up the heat on the dew shield for the corrector lens that works great .

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      Q1: Is this a Schmidt or a Maksutov?  What does the 8 SE mean?

      A: The Celeston NexStar 8SE telescope is a Schmidt-Cassegrain. SE stands for "Special Edition."

      Q2: Can you clearly see galaxies and the planets in them?

      A: Yes, you can see galaxies and planets clearly in the Celestron NexStar 8 SE. Your view will not be like the pictures from the Hubble Telescope, however. The Hubble is a much larger telescope and is located in space, where there is no atmosphere to distort or obscure your views.

      Q3: Is the Nexstar 8 suitable for astro-imaging?

      A: Yes, you can do astrophotography with the Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope.

      Q4: What do I need to get to use 2" eyepieces with this scope?

      A: You'll need a 2-inch diagonal to use 2-inch eyepieces in the Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope.

      Q5: Using this telescope can you easily take clear pictures and upload to a computer for archiving?

      A: Yes, the Celestron NexStar 8 SE will work seamlessly with most digital cameras and CCD imagers to capture images of the sky and transmit them to your computer.

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