- So simple to use! Review by John
Being very new to viewing the cosmos, I was concerned about the alignment process. I had looked at the LS 8 due to the flip of a switch auto align. The price however was a deterrent. I looked at many reviews of the 8 se and after speaking with Jeff at Woodland Hills I decided to save 800 dollars and go with the Celestron 8se.
First time I tried sky align it matched and I was viewing things I never dreamed of seeing. Optics are great, sky align is extremely simple and the price was great as well. I have been enjoying many nights of viewing with this scope, although at the expense of sleep! I can't stop slewing to new objects. The sky tour is a great feature as well.
Well two weeks after I bought the 8 se for $1199, Celestron started the 10% rebate deal. Woodland Hills Camera and Telescope was great about giving me credit for the difference. Living in Las Vegas there is a large amount of light pollution to say the least. I had planned on buying a filter, but W.H. is sending me a Lumicon filter for free to make up the difference in the scope price!
For anyone worried about alignment, this scope is a great way to go. The people at Woodland hills were helpful, polite and knowledgeable. They helped me make a choice I am extremely happy with. Thanks Jeff and all at Woodland Hills Camera and Telescopes for bringing me what I'm sure will be years of enjoyment! (Posted on 5/8/13)