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Celestron NexStar 8SE GoTo Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
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  • Classic design, large aperture, and innovative features make this Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope a great portable field observatory
  • Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain optics & computerized GoTo control mean outstanding performance, ease-of-use, and value
  • Hand-figured optics & StarBright XLT coatings ensure sharp views of deep-space and the solar system
  • Patented one-arm GoTo mount with hand controller puts 40,000 celestial objects at your fingertips
  • Metal tripod, visual back for 1.25" accessories, 1.25" mirror diagonal, & 25mm 1.25" Plossl eyepiece included

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Item #  09756
Mfg Model #  11069

8 inches of light-gathering aperture doesn't get more portable than this!

An 8 inch telescope is the right amount of aperture for viewing just about anything in the night sky. The Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope sets up and breaks down quickly (check out the video) and is great for taking to dark sky locations.

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

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

The universe may be full of mysteries, but using the NexStar 8 SE isn't one of them.

Whether you are a seasoned astronomer looking for a portable scope with advanced features, or just starting your astronomy adventure and looking for an easy way to enjoy the night sky, a Celestron NexStar SE telescope will help you take a closer look.

Every Celestron NexStar SE telescope includes a version of The Sky« software Level 1 Planetarium Software for exploring the Universe on your PC and printing out custom star charts of the sky. In addition, you receive the Celestron NexRemote software that allows you to operate your telescope via your PC. Software package valued at over $100 included free with your NexStar SE Telescope!

General Features

  • 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • SE combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with the latest state-of-the-art features
  • StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard
  • Quick release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup
  • Celestron's unique patented single fork arm with integral hand control design provides a rigid and smooth operating structure for the optical tube
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Sturdy computerized altazimuth mount
  • Ultra sturdy steel tripod with accessory tray
  • Star diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky
  • Computerized
  • Proven NexStar computer control technology
  • 40,000 object database with 200 user-definable objects and 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
  • Autoguider port for long exposure astrophotography
  • Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features
  • NexRemote telescope control software and RS-232 cable included for advanced control of your telescope via computer


This product is serviced and supported by its manufacturer according to the terms and conditions included in the packaged product. Orion's limited warranty does not apply. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support.


Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

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  • Best for viewing
    Brighter deep sky
  • Best for imaging
    Deep sky
  • User level
  • Optical design
  • Optical diameter
  • Focal length
  • Focal ratio
  • Eyepieces
    Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
  • Resolving power
  • Lowest useful magnification
  • Highest useful magnification
  • Highest theoretical magnification
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    Reflex sight
  • Focuser
  • Diagonal degrees
    1.25" 90° Mirror Star
  • Secondary mirror obstruction
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by area
  • Mount type
  • Astro-imaging capability
    Lunar, planetary & long exposure
  • Computerized compatibility
    Go-To included
  • Alignment procedure
    SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, SolarSystem Align
  • Number of objects in database
  • Tracking rates
    Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
  • Motor speeds
    5°/sec, 3°/sec, 1°/sec, 64x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 1x, .5x
  • Motor type
    DC Servo motors with encoders
  • Power requirement
    8-AA batteries or 12-volt DC-750mA
  • GPS
    Sold separately
  • Backlash compensation
  • Setting circles
    Electronic, via the hand controller
  • Available ports
    RS-232, Aux, autoguider
  • Tube material
  • Tripod material
  • Length of optical tube
    18.0 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    12.5 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    9.0 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    33.0 lbs.
  • Warranty
    Two year
Celestron optical tube assembly
25mm telescope eyepiece (1.25")
90║ Star diagonal (1.25")
Celestron metal tripod
Computerized base unit
Computerized hand controller
Star Pointer finder scope
RS232 Cable
The Sky Level 1 Astronomy Software
NexRemote telescope control software

Orders received by noon Pacific Time for in-stock item the same business day. Order received after noon will ship the next business day. When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available. You have the option in check out to request that your order ship complete, if you'd prefer.

Can the Celestron GoTo scopes be connected directly to a computer? If so, are they compatible with Apple computers?
Unfortunately the software that comes with all Celestron GoTo telescopes is not compatible with Apple computers. They require a Windows driven PC for direct connection.

Can you clearly see galaxies and the planets in them?
Yes, you can see galaxies and planets clearly in the Celestron NexStar 8 SE. Your view will not be like the pictures from the Hubble Telescope, however. The Hubble is a much larger telescope and is located in space, where there is no atmosphere to distort or obscure your views.

Could you please tell me the dimensions of the package(s) which contain the Celestron NexStar 8 SE when it is sold.
The Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope ships in one box that measures about 42 x 24 x 13 inches.

Do the NexStar telescopes (or any of this type) come with diagonals, or are they a separate item? The pictures all show one, but the descriptions don?t mention one.
The NexStar telescopes come standard with a built on diagonal.

Does the 8 SE weigh 33 lbs including the tripod? Or does the tripod weigh much more?
Total weight of the Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope is 33 pounds. That includes the weight of the tripod.

I have a Nexstar 130 SLT, but I cannot see much detail on the planets, so I planned to upgrade and I was planning on buying Celestron C10-NGT because it seemed really adequate to planetary viewing. Any recommendations?
The Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope will do a nice job for you with planetary or deep space viewing. It will not quite give the crystal-clear, crisp views of a refractor when used for viewing the planets, but it does offer MUCH more light-gathering ability than any affordable refractor, allowing you to do a better job of viewing deep space objects.

If I travel, can I use this scope in the Middle East and Southeast Asia?
There is no reason we're aware of that you could not use the Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope in the Middle East or Southeast Asia.

Is the Nexstar 8 suitable for astro-imaging?
Yes, you can do astrophotography with the Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope.

Is the software for the 8 SE compatible with the Vista operating system. And does it have a USB connection?
Unfortunately this telescope does not work with Vista. There should be an option on your computer that will allow you to Run Using XP. In this mode the software will be able to operate. As long as you are running XP mode, you can drive the telescope with your computer and utilize all of the software.

Is this a Schmidt or a Maksutov? What does the 8 SE mean?
The Celeston NexStar 8SE telescope is a Schmidt-Cassegrain. SE stands for Special Edition.

Is this scope for a beginner who is not all that mechanically inclined?
Yes, the NexStar 8 SE will work for a newbie who isn't all that mechanically inclined. Its SkyAlign and GoTo systems make easy work out of setup and object location. The NexStar 8 SE 8-inch aperture will gather much more light than the 4-inch aperture of the ETX-105, allowing you to see farther and dimmer objects. It also will give you brighter, more detailed views of closer objects. No matter how big a telescope you have, an individual star is going to be a small pinpoint of light. However, Nebulae, Galaxies and the planets, as well as the moon, will show up in some detail. The Ring Nebula will be about dime-size. Saturn will be about the size of a dollar coin. Jupiter will be a little larger, and the Moon will more than fill your eyepiece. All this, of course, depends on how much magnification you are using, which in turn depends on how dark the sky is and how steady the atmosphere is on any given night.

The tripod seems to be much sturdier than the one I currently own. However, I cannot imagine a single arm on the alt/az mount providing stable, shake free images. How does the single arm work to keep the telescope stable?
The Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope does surprisingly well with a single fork arm. Images are rock-steady.

Using this telescope can you easily take clear pictures and upload to a computer for archiving?
Yes, the Celestron NexStar 8 SE will work seamlessly with most digital cameras and CCD imagers to capture images of the sky and transmit them to your computer.

What do I need to get to use 2" eyepieces with this scope?
You will need a 2-inch diagonal to use 2-inch eyepieces in the Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope.

What is the range of this Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope? I mean can I see the planets like Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto from here clearly? Can I see its surface from here?
The maximum magnification on this telescope is 480x. The range of what you can see is based solely upon the eyepiece you have in the telescope when viewing. The smaller the millimeter of the eyepiece, the more magnification the telescope will have. At its highest magnification, you would be able to locate all of the planets, as well as objects that are further away such as star clouds and clusters.

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