Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope
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.
- A rechargeable battery pack, for this scope we recommend the PowerTank Lithium (18771).
- A higher power eyepiece, for this scope we recommend the Celestron Luminous 10mm (93431).
- 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.
|OPTICAL TUBE INFO:|
|Focal Length:||2032mm (80")|
|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)|
|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|
|Dovetail Compatibility:||CG-5 dovetail|
|Number of Auxiliary Ports:||1x AUX Port|
|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|
|Star Pointer Finderscope|
|NexStar+ Hand Control|
|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.