Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope
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Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

The Celestron NexStar 8SE computerized telescope is the lightest, most portable and best value available in an 8" Go-To Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

The largest of the NexStar SE family with 78% more light gathering than a 6" model, the NexStar 8SE telescope will enable you to see hundred upon hundred of deep space objects. For these reasons, it’s no wonder that the NexStar 8SE is one of our most popular models.

NexStar SE Key Features

  • Computerized hand control unit with nearly 40,000 object database and motorized altazimuth mount
  • Quick release optical tube for easy no-tool setup
  • StarBright XLT enhanced coatings for maximum light transmission and clarity
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright objects, for a fast and easy alignment process.
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Flash upgradeable hand control; update your telescope's operating software via the internet
  • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
  • Includes NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced control of your telescope via computer
  • THE SKY planetarium software - with 10,000 object database, printable sky maps, and enhanced images

Celestron NexStar 8SE

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 NexStar 8SE will help you take a closer look.

The Celestron NexStar 8SE is a serious telescope designed for both beginning and more seasoned astronomers alike, capable of taking you well beyond the moon and solar system, revealing hundreds of deep space objects. This is a telescope for the serious visual observer who wants to see globular clusters, galaxies and nebulae. The state-of-the-art fully computerized NexStar operating system will automatically locate these objects for you with ease. The SkyAlign go to alignment procedure used by this telescope is arguably one of the fastest and easiest on the market today.

With the NexStar 8SE, you are in the driver's seat. Simply choose an object from the menu and the telescope will find it for you. Using our patented NexStar technology, the SE scopes have the ability to locate nearly 40,000 objects. All you have to do is look through the eyepiece and enjoy the view!

Don't know what object to choose? Let the intelligent NexStar 8SE system give you a fully guided tour of the night sky! The "Tour" feature offers a customized list of the best objects in the sky to view for your exact time and location anywhere in the world!

Not only can your NexStar 8SE find objects, but it can also teach you about them as well. Information on the most popular objects can be viewed on the LCD screen of your hand control.

Celestron's Revolutionary SkyAlign

Using Celestron's patented SkyAlign system, simply input the date and time, select the nearest city to your location, then point the telescope at any three bright celestial objects. You do not need to know the names of the objects, the system will do it for you. You can even pick the moon or brightest planets. Follow the instructions given on the NexStar computer keypad, and you will be prepared to begin observing in just a few minutes. SkyAlign is easy to use, fast, and accurate.

Interested in purchasing the NexStar 8SE telescope or any other telescope in the NexStar SE line? Discover a wide variety Celestron NexStar telescopes, accessories and bundles for sale from the Skies Unlimited store. Shop Skies Unlimited today and discover our free shipping options!

Learn More About NexStar Telescopes

Have questions about why the NexStar 8SE computerized telescope is the best fit for you and your needs? Call Skies Unlimited today to speak with one of our highly experienced staff members — each one of our staff members is an active amateur astronomer themselves, with plenty of personal and professional experience to draw from. We can answer any of your questions, whether you need to know product dimensions, specifications, alternatives or even advice and product reviews.

New to astronomy or unsure about what you need in a telescope? Call or visit Skies Unlimited today to get advice. Our staff members at our retail store location just outside of Pottstown, Pa., will help you identify your experience level, needs and preferences and match you with the best option. Get started today. 

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SKU11069
UPC 050234110693
Telescope Type Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture (in.) 8 inches
Aperture (mm) 203.2 mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Focal Length 2032 mm
Limiting Visual Magnitude 14.2
Eyepiece 1 25 mm
Magnification with Eyepiece 1 81x
Accepts 2-inch Eyepieces No
Adaptable for 2-inch Eyepieces Yes
Finder Unit power red dot
Star Diagonal 1.25-inch prism
Power Requirements < 2.5 amps @12 VDC
Power Supply 8-AA Batteries
Tripod Weight 9 lbs.
Weight Fully Assembled 33 lbs.
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