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Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope Kit  - Telescope of the Year for 2017
Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope Kit - Telescope of the Year for 2017

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Telescope of the Year

In 2017, the Celestron NexStar SE telescope reigns supreme, winning our Telescope of the Year award for six straight years! Our team is continually impressed with this workhorse. It’s the perfect combination of aperture, portability, features, and value. Whether you’re buying your first telescope or ready to upgrade, this is a telescope you can invest in and enjoy for years to come.

What makes NexStar SE so special? You won’t be asking once you look through its Maksutov-Cassegrain or Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system. From 4” to 8” in aperture, these compact, grab-and-go scopes pack serious light gathering ability. Celestron has been manufacturing Cassegrain telescopes since the 1950s, and their expertise shows when you look through the eyepiece. Proprietary StarBright XLT optical coatings further enhance brightness and clarity.

When you get your observing site, setting up a NexStar SE is quick and easy. What’s more, you’ll always have a rewarding night of viewing thanks to the hand control’s internal database of more than 40,000 celestial objects.

The NexStar SE series held onto its title again this year thanks to some key technology breakthroughs at Celestron. Now, the SE is compatible with both the StarSense AutoAlign and SkyPortal WiFi Module accessories. Use them together and you can turn this telescope into a 100% automated tour guide of the night sky. The StarSense analyzes star patterns overhead to automatically align the telescope’s computer and SkyPortal turns your smartphone or tablet into a wireless hand control. Simply hold your device up to the night sky and tap any object you wish to view. In seconds, your NexStar SE has it centered in the eyepiece and will track it as it moves across the sky. (Check out our Innovation of the Year award to learn more.)

Another key update for 2017: Celestron has released a wedge accessory for the 6” and 8” models. That means you can now use your NexStar SE for long exposure astrophotography with your DSLR camera. Our favorite telescope just got even more versatile.

Key Technologies

SkyAlign Technologe, StarBright XLT, Falsh Upgradeable, NexRemote, All-Star Plolar Alingment

Quick Overview

General Features

  • 8" 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
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • 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
  • “TheSkyX – First Light Edition” astronomy software with a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images

Computerized Mount Features

  • 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 upgradeable 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 stars; solar system 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
  • GPS-compatible with optional SkySync GPS Accessory (93969)
Specifications

Optical Design
Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture (mm)
203.2 mm (8 in)
Focal Length (mm)
2032 mm (80 in)
Focal Ratio
10
Eyepiece 1 (mm)
25 mm (0.98 in)
Magnification 1
81 x
Finderscope
StarPointer
Star Diagonal
1.25"
Mount
Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Optical Tube
Aluminum
Tripod
Steel (sku 93593)
Power Supply
8-AA batteries (not included)
Highest Useful Magnification
480 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
29 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude
14
Resolution (Rayleigh)
0.69 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes)
0.57 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)
843 x
Angular Field of View (deg)
0.63 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds)
33 ft (10 m)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction
2.5 in (64 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter
31 %
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area
9.77 %
Optical Coatings
Starbright XLT
Optical Tube Length
17 in (432 mm)
Telescope Weight
24 lbs (11 kg)
Tripod Weight
9 lbs (4.08 kg)
Payload Capacity
12 lbs (5.44 kg)
Motor Drive
Integrated D.C. Electronics
Slew Speeds
Nine slew speeds: 5°/sec, 3°/sec, 1°/sec, 64x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 1x, .5x
Tracking Rates
Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes
Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South
Alignment Procedures
SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Solar System Align
Software Precision
24 bit, 0.08 arcsec calculations
Communication Ports
RS-232 communication port on hand control, Autoguider port, Aux port
Computer Hand Control
Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
Database
40,000 objects, 200 user defined programmable objects.
Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Dovetail Compatibility
Quick Release Tube Clamp



Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards",
scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .

Terrestrial Observation: No
Lunar Observation: Great
Planetary Observation: Good
Binary and Star Cluster Observation: Very Good
Galaxy and Nebula Observation: Good
Photography: Yes
Terrestrial Photography: No
Lunar Photography: Yes
Planetary Photography: Yes
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography: Yes


What's in the Box
Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
  • Optical Tube Assembly
  • E-Lux 25.0mm 1.25" Eyepiece
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • Visual Back (1.25")
  • Star Diagonal - 1.25"
  • Computerized Altazimuth Mount with Handset
  • Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • The Sky CD-ROM Software for Windows
  • NexRemote Control Software CD
  • RS-232 to Serial Port Cable - for GPS 16 Accessory
  • 2-Year Warranty

Manufacturer Warranty

Celestron has a limited lifetime binocular and spotting scope warranty and all other products have a 2 year manufacturer's warranty covers against defects is provided. If you have specific questions about this product's warranty please contact Celestron's Customer Service department at 310-328-9560



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