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Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

SKU 050234110693
Original price $2,000.00 - Original price $2,000.00
Original price
$2,000.00 - $2,000.00
Current price $2,000.00

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Our Take on the Celestron NexStar 8SE

The Celestron Nexstar 8SE Computerized Telescope (11069) is instantly recognizable because of the orange paint job.  This is a nod back to the original C8 tubes that drove Celestron’s early success.  The SE series come with computerized mounts, a good quality eyepiece, and great quality optics.  These scopes will stand up well to quality eyepieces and high magnification.  They’re ideal for viewing the moon and will show great detail on the planets (Cassini division in the rings of Saturn, bands on Jupiter).  The 8” will also introduce you to deep sky objects like open clusters, globular clusters, and some galaxies.  Celestron's signature orange-tube telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the Celestron NexStar 8SE.

We like to joke that the best telescope you can buy is the one that you'll actually use.  The NexStar 8SE is an easy-to-use computerized telescope.  There is an incredible ecosystem of accessories built around the NexStar series of telescopes that can make it even easier to use.  The 8SE strikes a balance between ease of use, portability, and large aperture for viewing the deep sky and our solar system.  It's the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering impressive views at an economical price.  

Celestron makes 13 different versions of the NexStar.  For more information on the collection or to see why we think that the NexStar is often the best telescope you can buy, read our article here.  Check our reviews to see why we're the best place to get a Celestron NexStar 8SE in Canada.  

Recommended Accessories for the 8SE

The Celestron NexStar 8SE is ready to use right out of the box, but there are a couple of items that will really enhance your experience with the telescope.  

  1. A rechargeable battery pack, for this scope we recommend the PowerTank Lithium (18771).
  2. A higher power eyepiece, for this scope we recommend the Celestron Luminous 10mm (93431).
  3. A neutral density moon filter, for this scope we recommend the Antares 13% (ND13).

The battery pack will mean you won't be hunting around for a fresh set of AA batteries every time you want to go observing.  The higher power eyepiece will increase the magnification from the 81x that you gt out of the box to 200x magnification that's ideal for planetary viewing.  The moon filter will add contrast and cut down on the brightness of the moon under magnification.  These accessories will help you get the best out of your NexStar 8SE.  Give us a call with any questions you have about accessories.  

Summary of Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope

  • The classic, 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain revolutionized amateur astronomy in the 1970s. Now, the iconic 'orange tube' design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike.
  • Large, 8-inch aperture with excellent light-gathering ability provides spectacular views of the Moon and planets, along with deep sky objects like the Whirlpool Galaxy and Hercules Globular Cluster.
  • Fully automated, GoTo mount with database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you.
  • SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you're unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any three bright objects.
  • Unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all break down into separate components for easy transport and quick assembly.

What's in the 8SE Box

  • Optical tube
  • Single Fork Arm Mount and Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • NexStar+ Hand Control
  • 25mm eyepiece
  • Star Diagonal 

Detailed Description of the Celestron NexStar 8SE 

The Original, Reimagined for the 21st Century

More than 50 years ago, Tom Johnnson founded Celestron and revolutionized the world of amateur astronomy with large aperture, long focal length telescopes at affordable prices. The Celestron 8 brought the hobby of astronomy to the masses and established Celestron as the world’s premier telescope maker.  

The current range of Celestron NexStar Telescopes build on this heritage by offering easy to use, telescopes with apertures that offer great views of our solar system and beyond.  The Celestron NexStar 8SE comes loaded with a database of more than 40,000 objects it can track and display. 

Lots of Light for a Reasonable Price

With a full 8 inches of aperture, the Celestron NexStar 8SE offers 78% more light gathering than the next size down.  With all that light-gathering, you'll clearly observe Cassini's Division in Saturn's rings, the cloud bands on Jupiter, the Great Red Spot and the Galilean moons.  On our own moon you'll see craters and mountains in extraordinary detail. Looking beyond our solar system, the 8SE will show you hundreds of stars in globular clusters and, the spiral arms of the far away galaxies, and more. 

Lightweight Single Fork Arm Mount

At All Star Telescope, we know the best telescope is the one you will actually use. The single fork arm of the mount makes the 8SE portable and quick to setup and use.   The Celestron NexStar 8SE breaks down into three manageable pieces, the tripod, computerized mount, and optical tube. This makes it incredibly easy to get the NexStar SE into the back of a small car for a trip to a dark site, or to get it set up in your backyard.

On our website you'll find a comprehensive video on setting up your telescope.  To further simplify the alignment process you can add the StarSense AutoAlign accessory, and your Celestron NexStar 8SE will align itself!

The NexStar Ecosystem

Celestron has developed a suite of accessories that will enhance your experience with the Celestron NexStar SE series.  Control your telescope using your iPhone or iPad with our SkyQ Link, or add GPS functionality with SkySync. Attach the EclipSmart Solar Filter and turn your 8SE to the sun for great views of eclipses, transits, and regular solar observing. 

If you're interested in astrophotography, the Celestron NexStar 8SE is Fastar-compatible for ultra-fast, wide field imaging. For planetary and solar system imaging, there's no better choice than a NexStar. This is a telescope that you won’t outgrow.

      8SE Specifications

      Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain
      Aperture: 203.2mm (8")
      Focal Length: 2032mm (80")
      Focal Ratio: f/10
      Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 25mm (.98")
      Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 81x
      Finderscope: StarPointer red dot finderscope
      Star Diagonal: 1.25" Star Diagonal
      Highest Useful Magnification: 480x
      Lowest Useful Magnification: 29x
      Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14
      Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.69 arc seconds
      Resolution (Dawes): 0.57 arc seconds
      Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 843x
      Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 64mm (2.5")
      Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 31%
      Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 10%
      Optical Coatings: Starbright XLT
      Optical Tube Length: 432mm (17")
      Optical Tube Diameter: 232mm (9.1")
      Optical Tube Weight: 12 lbs (5.4 kg)
      Dovetail: CG-5 Dovetail bar
      Mount Type: Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
      Instrument load capacity: 12 lbs (5.44 kg)
      Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod): 965.2mm - 1422.4mm (38" - 56")
      Tripod leg diameter: 38.1mm (1.5") Stainless Steel
      Mount Head Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg)
      Accessory Tray: Yes
      Tripod Weight: 9 lbs (4.08 kg)
      Slew Speeds: 9 slew speeds - max speed 5°/second
      Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
      Tracking Modes: Alt-Az, EQ North and EQ South
      GPS: N/A
      Dovetail Compatibility: CG-5 dovetail
      Number of Auxiliary Ports: 1x AUX Port
      Autoguide Port: Yes
      USB Port: Yes, Hand Control input
      Power Requirements: 8-AA batteries (not included) and 12 VDC-750 mA (Tip positive)
      Motor Drive: DC servo motors
      Alignment Procedures: SkyAlign, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Auto 2-Star Align, Solar System Align, EQ North / EQ South Alignment (EQ align requires an equatorial wedge)
      Periodic Error Correction: No
      Computerized Hand Control: Double line, 18 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
      NexStar+ Database: 40,000 objects, 200 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
      Software: Celestron Starry Night Special Edition Software and SkyPortal App
      Total Kit Weight: 24 lbs (10.88 kg)
      Included Items: Optical tube
      Single Fork Arm Mount and Tripod
      Accessory Tray
      Star Pointer Finderscope
      NexStar+ Hand Control
      25mm eyepiece
      Star Diagonal
      Solar Warning Never look directly at the Sun with the naked eye or with an optic (unless you have the proper solar filter). Permanent and irreversible eye damage may result.
      Never use your optic to project an image of the Sun onto any surface. Internal heat build-up can damage the optic and any accessories attached to it.

      Never leave your optic unsupervised. Make sure an adult who is familiar with the correct operating procedures is with your optic at all times, especially when children are present.

      Why buy from All-Star Telescope

      We like to say that we’re the biggest astronomy shop in Canada, which is a little like bragging about being the tallest dwarf.  The reality is that we’re a small, Canadian owned, family run business.  

      We hold a large volume of inventory in our Edmonton warehouse, and ship daily.  We ship to the USA and globally, and it's worth noting that there is no duty on telescopes and accessories between Canada and the United States.  

      We work to have the best selection of astronomy and astrophotography in Canada.  We are enthusiasts and work to help others enjoy the hobby that we love so much.  We're always interested in helping, reach out with any questions.  

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 4 reviews
      Robert Barker
      New Nexstar 8se

      I have owned telescopes since my first one I purchased in 1976 when I was 10yrs old (very small n very cheap desktop model). Since then I have progressively bought something a little bigger and a little better.
      This 8se just purchased is replacing a Celestron 80mm / 900mm FL Refractor, so finally moving up.
      I have had the new scope for a few days now, unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to view any celestial bodies as it has been overcast.
      All-Star telescopes was great with immediate shipping upon ordering and follow-up questions were promptly answered, great job guys!!
      Along with purchasing the scope I have also purchased a number of accessories, including several Badaar Morpheus eye pieces.
      This certainly wont be my last telescope, in fact I will likely replace the 8se with either a CPC 9.25 HD at some point in the future.
      Thanks All -Star Telescopes !!

      Stuart Serediuk
      Awesome telescope

      I upgraded from a Heritage 150 Dobsonian to the NexStar 8SE. The NexStar is a pretty cool unit. There is a bit of a learning curve and it doesn’t seem to do a few things that I would like it to do, mainly just randomly scanning different areas of the sky, but I suspect that it can do it, I just need to learn how to do it with this unit. I am quite pleased with the step up i just made. I am still learning every time i take it out and discovering new things in the sky. The alignment process can be bit annoying sometimes especially if an alignment attempt fails, you have to start at the beginning again and re enter and re-align everything. It does not indicate what the failure was. I suspect that there are certain stars in the scopes database that are considered 'alignment stars' and if you don't use those, it won't align. I am getting much better at getting better alignments, so i guess it is just a matter of practise.

      NexStar 8SE

      I’ve been looking for a telescope for some time and I was thrilled to see the All-Star Telescope location not too far from my house. After stopping in and talking with Nicholas, I was sold and he was more than willing to provide the information necessary to make the right purchasing decision. Thanks for all your advice and guidance. I’ll definitely be back to grow my collection of accessories. JD

      Dan Friedt
      Power and Portability

      I purchased two of the Celestron Nexstar 8 SEs about 14 months ago. The device is exactly what I wanted. I struggled to get the alignment process in my head, but once I did, I was impressed with the portability and power of the device. It is definitely NOT one of those devices you buy prior to Christmas that end up sitting in the corner collecting dust. This telescope really works, provides a an exciting view of the stars and will keep any teen or adult interested in deepening their understanding of astrology. It has also helped me develop my skills as an astrophotographer. I highly recommend this telescope as a great place to start your exploration of the universe. You will need little else.