Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

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Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope
Item # CE-11069
  • The Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope can be set up in a matter of minutes with no tools required! You'll be surfing the Universe in no time, and the NexStar 8SE will help you with its cutting edge goto electronics!
  • The single fork arm design makes this telescope lighter than others of the same aperture, so you can still have large 8" optics but without the extra weight!
  • The Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope will find over 40,000 objects for you with the push of a button! The hand controller is easy to use and the buttons are laid out so that you can find what you want easily in the dark.
  • The Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope comes with a sturdy metal tripod, as well as a 1.25" diagonal and quality 25mm eyepiece.


Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope Information

With the Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope, you are in the driver's seat. Simply choose an object from the menu and the telescope will find it for you. Using Celestron's patented NexStar technology, the SE scopes have the ability to locate nearly 40,000 objects. All you have to do is look through the eyepiece and enjoy the view!

In the tradition of Celestron's famous orange optical tubes, the Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope 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, superior coatings, Celestron's revolutionary SkyAlign telescope alignment software, and much more.

Celestron Nexstar 8SE Telescope Tour

The days of complicated telescope assembly and setup are over. NexStar SE telescopes can be set up in a matter of minutes with no tools required. Using Celestron's patented SkyAlign, simply input the date, time, and location into the hand control, then point the telescope at any three bright celestial objects and the telescope does the rest. You do not need to know the names of the stars...you can even pick the Moon or a bright planet!

Don't know what object to choose? Let the intelligent NexStar SE give you a guided tour of the night sky! The "Tour" feature offers a customized list of the best objects in the sky to view for your exact time and location...anywhere in the world. Not only can your NexStar SE find objects, it can teach you about them as well. Information on the most popular objects can be viewed in the LCD screen of your hand control. 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 NexStar SE will help you take a closer look.

Celestron NextStar 8SE - 8" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope Features

  • Computerized hand control with a database of nearly 40,000 objects and a motorized altazimuth mount and quick release optical tube for easy, no-tool set-up.
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright objects, for a fast and easy alignment process and StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects.
  • Flash upgradeable hand control; update your telescope's operating software via the Internet including the latest firmware for All-Star polar alignment.
  • 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 and includes NexRemote telescope control software for advanced control of your telescope via your computer.
  • "THE SKY" Planetarium software - with a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps, and enhanced images.
  • Computerized Hand Control: Double line 16 character, liquid crystal display, 19 LED backlit buttons and a database of 40,000 Objecst, 400 User defined programmable objects, and enhanced information on over 200 objects
  • Variable nine rate slewing speeds, RS-232, Auxillary and Camera Control Ports and well as Sidereal, Solar and Lunar tracking rates.

Celestron Product Number: 11069

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU CE-11069
UPC Code 050234110693
Manufacturer Celestron
Telescope Series Celestron Nexstar SE
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount Type Alt-Azimuth - GoTo
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 8"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/10
Telescope Focal Length 2032mm
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Highest Useful Magnification 480x
Optical Coatings Celestron XLT
Tube Color or Finish Celestron Classic Orange
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not provided by manufacturer
Length of Optical Tube 17"
Optical Tube Weight Not provided by manufacturer
Mount Weight N/A
Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately
Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal
Finder Included Red Dot Finder
Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm E-Lux
Hand Controller Included? Yes
Power Adapter Included None - Requires AA Batteries
CD ROMs Included The Sky Level 1, NexRemote
Alignment Procedure 1-Star Alignment, 2-Star Alignment, SkyAlign, Solar System Align
Tracking Modes Alt-Azimuth, EQ North, EQ South
Objects in Database 40,000 objects
OTA Mount Type Single Arm
Tripod Type Included Adjustable with Steel Legs
Total Telescope Weight 24 lbs.

Customer Reviews 6 item(s)

Robust equipment and nice images
As an amateur astronomer I find the equipment easy to mount and robust. The handset control and motorized mount easy to use as well. With the included eyepiece the image is quite good and sharp but limited to an 80x magnification. I also bought the 8-25 eyepiece to have more magnification.

Note that the handset control was not anymore working after two days, it showed a boot loader error 80, but after upgrading the firmware (using an rs232 cable and the firmware manager software available on the Celestron website) it is now again operating perfectly.
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Review by Jean / (Posted on 10/19/2014)
The perfect all purpose scope!
I bought the Nexstar 8SE with astronomy outreach in mind, and it has met and exceeded my expectations. I was originally carting around a 10" Dob to show kids and their families the night sky in the L.A. area. Though it had good light gathering ability, it was very bulky and had no tracking ability, requiring me to move the scope each time someone had a look through it, especially when viewing planets at high power. I thought about adding a tracking wedge, but that just added to the bulk issue. After much research I decided on the Nexstar 8SE, and I'm very glad that I did. For outreach it is the best scope I have found, lightweight, reasonably steady, excellent tracking and superb optics. The 8SE blows my 10" dob out of the water when it comes to viewing planets, the optical quality is much better and the tracking allows you to take in the planet for as long as you want. In a dark sky the 8SE is about on par with my 10" dob. I could not notice an appreciable difference when viewing M51, both showed traces of spiral arms, other galaxies were similar as well; with half the weight and much less bulk compared to the 10" dob, go-to and tracking ability, the 8SE is by far the winner.
Even though Celestron does not really tout the imaging ability of this scope, I have had some success (I've included some shots I made with a webcam and DSLR). I bought a used SE wedge, and with some technical work around, practice and patience I can get very good polar alignment, go to accuracy and tracking.
If you're looking for a scope mainly for imaging, this is not the scope for you; but if you want a excellent, portable, all purpose scope for visual use, and will maybe dabble in photography, I haven't found anything better than the 8SE.
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Review by Justin / (Posted on 5/26/2014)
The tube deserves better
First, I want to stipulate that I have not used this product for imaging. Thus, my review concerns only the visual aspect of astronomy.

I purchased this unit four years ago to use as one of my primary scopes. I expected it to perform all the duties required for planetary and DSO observing. I was also interested in it's ability to find and track objects, though that was a secondary concern.
In most cases it performed as expected. First, it provides excellent views of all planetary objects. Even without considering the large secondary mirror's obstruction, the scope has consistently produced great views of the planets. Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn give up much detail. The views of all are above average for the 8" aperture. One cannot complain.

Views of DSOs are of similar quality. Various globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, and galaxies are very detailed and clear. Again, one cannot complain about the images provided by this scope. In short the optical quality is excellent

However, there are problems: The most obvious is an annoying amount of image shift that occurs when one attempts to bring objects into critical focus. The problem increases in significance proportionate to the increase in magnification. This is a common problem with any SCT, and I believe the Celestron SE8 is better than most. However, that does not mean it is acceptable.

By far my biggest complaint is with the mount. First, even though it appears to be a flimsy mount especially with the design of the single arm support, that is not a problem. Vibrations seem to occur and increase in relationship to the extension of the legs. This is a good indication that the tube is under mounted. This problem can be over come by limiting the extension of or not extending the legs. Another odd problem concerns the legs. For whatever reason, they tend to work loose from the mount. One night while preparing to observe one of the legs literally fell out of the housing I had to wrap the legs with electrical tape in an effort to bring stability to the mount. This fix worked.

There are also problems that occur as one attempts to initiate the computer system.At times I have received the dreaded alignment failure message when I was sure I had followed proper procedure. More problematic is the mount's tracking accuracy. Often, I have had to adjust tracking or an object would have drifted out of view. This problem is further compounded by the before mentioned image shift.

It should be noted that when the mount is properly aligned, it finds objects without a problem.

Another small problem concern the strangely engineered power cord input. The centered pin is not wide enough to provide the needed friction required to hold the cord in place. The result is an unanticipated and infuriating loss of power as the cord looses contact. I have been able to fix this problem by forcing open the tip of the pin with a pen knife. However, one has to be careful when working this fix as not to overly open the pin.

Taken by themselves these problems are not much more of a problem. However as a whole they tend to take away from and even interfere with the pleasure of observing. The tube itself is of such high quality, it is disappointing to see the problems produced by the mount.

Still when I consider the entire package I still like this scope/mount combo. Why? Because the views are so dramatic. When one can get the mount to properly track, and learn to compensate for it's short comings, the problems with it are indeed tolerable. Finally, the price is very attractive.

Thus, I can recommend the scope/mount combo, but with some reservations. Beware of unwanted vibrations and remember, the tube deserves better. Review by lenny / (Posted on 2/25/2014)
I am speechless...
After ordering my scope on March 2, 2012, my scope arrived undamaged on March 8, 2012. I also received a few extra goodies from a package deal I had noticed on another site and OPT matched it. OPT came through with flying colors and I am already buying extra accessories from them. I will soon be buying more eyepieces and eventually the Meade 12 LX90 GoTo. OPT is the place to go for all your astro needs. (I was not paid to say that.

I just got back in from observing for about 2 hours in 32° weather. I must say, the 8SE performed beyond my expectations. The alignment was a little off, probably because I did not level the scope prior to aligning, but I will be more careful in the future. But it wasn't a major factor as I was only interested in two things: Mars and Saturn.

The collimation was spot on, both inside and outside of focus were perfect concentric rings. The drive worked great, keeping both objects in the field of view for well over 30 minutes each. I would go inside my car to warm up when my fingers got cold and when I went back, the object was still in the center of view.

Now on to the optics. Mars was simply superb! I could see the white of the north polar cap, Syrtis Major, Uchronia, Utopia, Mare Boreum and many other features. I was using a Magenta filter in an Orion 4 filter wheel, the other filters were light blue, yellow and green. Although there was an occasional wind gust around 10mph, the scope quickly settled down and viewing resumed. Mere words cannot express how well the scope performed on Mars. Just Awesome will have to do.

Saturn was equally impressive. I saw 3 moons for sure and suspected 2. But the moon was only 15° away, so it hampered further scrutiny of the moons visible. Using a green filter, I observed a split band and a slight hint of a polar hood on Saturn. I could clearly see rings A, B and C, with c being a gossamer wisp near the planet itself. Cassini's division was visible. I could see the shadow of the planet itself on the rings and I noticed limb darkening. The scope really did a great job on Saturn.

I would have to say I am very pleased with how the scope performed this night on Mars and Saturn. I was only able to go out after a brief snow squall came through. I missed Jupiter and Venus of because of this. I should mention that I was observing from my apartment's parking lot under the full glare of not fewer than 3 sodium spotlights.

I thank Celestron for a great product. It is too bad they only make the 11 OTA, I cannot lift the 14 and it is too expensive for me to buy, which means I will be buying the Meade 12 LX90 in the near future.

I thank OPT for offering great customer service from Tanya and their constant ability to answer my questions when I had some to ask. Great job OPT!
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Review by David Aucoin / (Posted on 3/9/2012)
Great family scope
I bought this telescope as our kids have shown an interest in science. The Nexstar 8SE is lightweight and portable, but gathers a good amount of light so you can see a lot more than the moon and the planets. It is very easy to setup, as evidenced by the fact that my 12 year old daughter can get it set up in about 5 minutes. We have had a lot of fun with the telescope in the backyard and look forward to taking it out to dark skies soon.
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Review by Jim Morey / (Posted on 12/2/2008)
NexStar 8SE
Sky align is very easy, but can sometimes be off by a little. Very lightweight, portable and easy to assemble. I am able to see many objects with it and it is overall a great telescope.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/26/2007)
Included Items

Included Items

  • 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • 25mm Eyepiece
  • Tripod
  • Quick Release Tube Clamp
  • StarPointer Finderscope
  • CD-ROM "The Sky" Astronomy Software
  • Flash Upgradeable Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with Backlit LED
  • NexRemote Telescope Control Software
  • RS-232 For Computer Connection
  • SkyAlign Alignment Software
  • Accessory Tray
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Does the 8se accept both 1.25 and 2" eyepieces?
Will the orion 9x50 finder scope fit this scope?  What other 9x50 finder scopes will fit this scope?
Can I use a Schmidt- Cassegrain telescope right angle correct image finderscope on my Nexstar 8 se telescope? The bracket doesn't seem to fit?
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