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Celestron - NexStar 8SE 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope


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CELESTRON NexStar 8SE 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope

The largest model of the Celestron NexStar SE Telescope family, the 8" NexStar SE is perfect for planetary observing. For visual astronomers willing to take their hobby to the next level, this telescope is equipped with high-end optical coatings to improve light reflectivity within the mirrors. The StarBright XLT coatings boost up mirror light reflectivity up to 95%, around a 10% improvement from traditional aluminum coatings. Celestron's single arm fork mount creates an excellent and efficient slewing system especially in conjunction with the SkyAlign method. Most new astronomers may have a tough time (happens to all of us!) remembering the names of the stars, specifically when first going to a location not affected by light pollution. Celestron has fixed this problem! With the SkyAlign system, all the observer must do is align and center the scope on three bright stars and by entering the date, time and location into the NexStar controller, the computer can calculate what stars were selected and the observing session can begin.  It is recommended that the optional SkySync GPS Accessory (not included) be used along with this alignment method. Once properly aligned, the NexStar hand controller has a database of 40,000 objects available to slew to! Messier, NGC, and IC objects are included as well as the planets.

The Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope has a focal ratio of f/10 which is very suitable for observing the planets and moon or most objects with a high surface brightness in a small field of view. Some of the details that can be observed with this aperture include the cloud bands of Jupiter, the Cassini's division in Saturn's rings as well as outstanding views of the Moon and its craters. Certain deep sky objects may be within reach as well. Globular clusters such as M13 (Hercules Cluster), Orion Nebula, and the Whirlpool Galaxy may be among a few options.

Quick Facts and Features:

  • Computerized hand control with a 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
  • All NexStar SE models are GPS compatible and come standard with an auxiliary port for use with additional accessories
  • 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 a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and enhanced images
  • Rigid adjustable tripod for portability and convenience
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Design
  • Single Fork Arm Altazimuth Mount
  • Aluminum Optical Tube
  • Uses 8 AA Batteries
  • Integrated D.C. Electronics
  • Steel Leg Tripod
  • Double Line, 16 Character Liquid Crystal Display w/ 19 Fiber Optic Backlit LED Buttons Computer Hand Control
  • 9 Slew Speeds
  • Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South Tracking Modes
  • RS-232 Communication Port on Hand Control, Autoguider port, Aux Port
  • Sidereal, Solar, and Linear Tracking Rates








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Who says Astronomy has to be complicated?  Let a NexStar SE help you find thousands of stars, planets, galaxies and more at the touch of a button!  The new NexStar SE Family combines unprecedented ease of use with advanced features and incredible value.  Buyer's remorse not included.

Additional Information

Name Celestron - NexStar 8SE 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope
Manufacturer Celestron
Model CEL-11069
UPC 050234110693
Manufacturer Part No CEL-11069
Telescope Aperture 7.1" - 8"
Accessory Tray Tripod Mounted leg brace
Alignment Procedures SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Solar System Align
Angular Field of View 0.63°
Aperture 203.2 mm (8 in)
Batteries 8 AA (user supplied)
Computer Hand Control Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED keys
Database 40,000 objects, 200 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Dovetail Compatibility Quick Release Tube Clamp
Eyepieces 1
Eyepiece 1 25 mm (0.98 in) E-Lux Plossl
Finderscope StarPointer
Focal Length 2032 mm (80 in)
Focal Ratio f/10
Highest Useful Magnification 480x
Light Gathering Power 843x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 33"
Lowest Useful Magnification 29x
Mount Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Optical Coatings Starbright XLT
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Optical Tube Aluminum, Orange Mettalic
Optical Tube Length 17 in (431.8 mm)
Power Supply 12V DC
Resolution (Dawes) 0.57 arcsec
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.69 arcsec
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 2.5 in (63.5 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 9.8 %
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 31.3 %
Star Diagonal 1.25"
Tracking Modes Alt-Az, EQ North, EQ South
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tripod Celestron (#93593)
Warranty 2 yr