• Celestron International, LLC
  • 11069

Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope

  • NC-10565
Price: $1,599.00
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The Celestron NexStar SE Series combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with the latest state-of-the-art features.

The largest of the NexStar SE family with 78% more light gathering than a 6" model, the 8" aperture NexStar 8 SE 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" optics. The NexStar 8 SE features Schmidt-Cassegrain 8" aperture optics with our premium StarBright XLT coatings and a powerful 2,032mm focal length and f/10 focal ratio.

NexStar 8 SE Quick Specifications...

  • Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Aperture: 203mm (7.99 in)
  • Focal Length: 2032mm (80 in)
  • Focal Ratio: ƒ/10.01
  • Finderscope: StarPointer

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The 8 SE includes a camera control feature that allows you to remotely take a series of timed exposures using your digital SLR camera. The tripod features a built-in wedge to help make short-exposure astrophotography a heavenly experience.

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

Plug the optional SkySync GPS Accessory into NexStar’s auxiliary port and download data from orbiting GPS satellites for truly quick and easy alignments. The universe may be full of mysteries, but using the NexStar 8 SE isn’t one of them.

In the tradition of Celestron's famous orange optical tubes, the new NexStar SE Family combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with state-of-the-art features including a fully computerized operating system, flash upgradeable hand control, the superior StarBright XLT coatings, the revolutionary SkyAlign™ telescope alignment software and much more.

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


  • 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
  • StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard.
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects.
  • Quick release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup.
  • Sturdy computerized altazimuth mount.
  • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use.
  • Ultra sturdy steel tripod features built-in wedge which allows 8 SE to be used for astrophotography.
  • Includes CD-ROM "The Sky X" First Light edition astronomy software which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps.
  • Proven NexStar computer control technology.
  • Nearly 40,000 object database with additional 200 user-definable objects and access 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 star; solar systems; objects and asterisms.
  • DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes.
  • Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of go-to 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.
  • Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Aperture: 203 mm (7.99 in)
  • Focal Length: 2032 mm (80 in)
  • Focal Ratio: 10.01
  • Finderscope: StarPointer
  • Mount: Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
  • Dovetail Compatibility: Quick Release Tube Clamp
  • Optical Tube: Aluminum
  • Eyepiece 1: 25 mm (0.98 in)
  • Magnification 1: 81.28x
  • Star Diagonal: 1.25"
  • Cd Rom: NexRemote V1.6.14 & The Sky X First Light edition
  • Tripod: Steel leg
  • Power Supply: 8-AA batteries (not included)
  • Highest Useful Magnification: 480x
  • Lowest Useful Magnification: 29x
  • Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14
  • Resolution: 0.68 arc seconds
  • Resolving Power: 0.57 arc seconds
  • Light Gathering Power: 843x
  • Angular Field Of View: 0.63°
  • Linear Field Of View (@1000 Yds): 33 ft (10.06 m)
  • Optical Coatings: Starbright XLT Coating
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 2.5 in (63.5 mm)
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction By Area: 10%
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction By Diameter: 31.30%
  • Optical Tube Length: 17 in (431.8 mm)
  • Telescope Weight: 24 lb (10.89 kg)
  • Tripod And Mount Weight: 9 lb (4.08 kg)
  • Motor Drive: Integrated D.C. Electronics
  • Computer Hand Control: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display w/ 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
  • Slew Speeds: Nine slew speeds: 5°/sec, 3°/sec, 1°/sec, 64x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 1x, .5x
  • Tracking Modes: Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South
  • Alignment Procedures: SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, SolarSymtem Align
  • Database: 40,000+ objects
  • Software Precision: 24bit, 0.08 arcsec calculations
  • Communication Ports: RS-232 communication port on hand control, Autoguider port, Aux port
  • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar