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Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Cassegrain Telescope

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  • Very Powerful 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • Excellent image contrast and sharpness with StarBright XLT lens coatings
  • Quick and easy no tool setup
  • Smooth and fully automated computerized mounts makes sky viewing easy
  • Fast focusing with mounted StarPointer finderscope
  • Rugged mount and tripod stabilizes viewing platform
  • Convenient accessory tray included
  • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
  • Star diagonal for more comfortable viewing position
  • Classic orange tube styling with latest state of the art technology

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    Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Cassegrain Telescope

    The largest of the NexStar SE family with 78% more light gathering than a 6" model, the 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.

    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 over 40,000 celestial objects and easy to use hand control.

    Plug the optional CN-16 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, our superior StarBright XLT coatings, our revolutionary SkyAlign™ telescope alignment software and much more.

    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.

    Every NexStar SE 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 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!

    NexStar 8 SE General Features
    - Very Powerful 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
    - Excellent image contrast and sharpness with StarBright XLT lens coatings
    - Quick and easy no tool setup
    - Smooth and fully automated computerized mounts makes sky viewing easy
    - Fast focusing with mounted StarPointer finderscope
    - Rugged mount and tripod stabilizes viewing platform
    - Convenient accessory tray included
    - Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
    - Star diagonal for more comfortable viewing position
    - Classic orange tube styling with latest state of the art technology

    NexStar 8 SE Computerized Mount Features
    - 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
    - GPS-compatible with optional CN16 GPS Accessory (93963)


    Additional Info

    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Aperture 203.2 mm (8 in)
    Focal Length 2032 mm (80 in)
    Focal Ratio
    Finderscope StarPointer
    Dovetail Compatibility Quick Release Tube Clamp
    Mount Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
    Optical Tube Aluminium
    Eyepiece 1 25 mm (0.98 in)
    Magnification 1 81 x
    Star Diagonal 1.25"
    CD ROM NexRemote V1.6.14 and "The Sky®" Level 1
    Tripod Steel leg
    Power Supply 8-AA batteries (not included)
    Highest Useful Magnification 480 x
    Lowest Useful Magnification 29 x
    Limiting Stella Magnitude 14
    Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.69 arcsec
    Resolution (Dawes) 0.57 arcsec
    Light Gathering Power 843 x
    Angular Field of View 0.63 °
    Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 33 ft (10.06 m)
    Optical Coatins StarBright XLT
    Secondary Mirror Obstruction 2.5 in (63.5 mm)
    Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 9.8 %
    Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 31.3 %
    Optical Tube Length 17 in (431.8 mm)
    Tripod and Mount Weight 9 lb (4.08 kg)
    Telescope Weight 24 lb (10.89 kg)
    Motor Drive Integrated D.C. Electronics
    Computer Hand Control Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
    Slew Speeds Nine slew speeds: 4°/sec, 2°/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, SolarSystem Align
    Database 40,000+ objects
    Software Precision 24bit, 0.08 arcsec calculations
    Communication Ports RS-232 communication port on hand control, Aux port, Camera Control port
    Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
    User Level For Advanced
    Telescope Type Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Aperture Size 203mm
    Focal Length 2032mm
    Focal Ratio f/10
    Highest Practical Magnification 480x
    Finderscope StarPointer
    Eyepieces 25mm
    Mount Type Computerized Mount
    Tripod Steel
    Warranty 2 Years Limited Warranty



    Celestron Limited Warranty

    Celestron warrants its products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the length of time specified by this product to the original owner. Each product will list the warranty for it on our website.

    Celestron will repair or replace the product which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship and within the definitions of the limits described below.

    This warranty is effective January 1, 2012, and supersedes all other warranties as noted in brochures, instruction manuals, product packaging, etc.

    This warranty does not cover products that have been subject to abuse, misuse, physically damaged, altered, or had unauthorized repairs or modifications. This warranty does not cover defects due to normal wear and tear and other conditions.

    Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any binocular or spotting scope covered by this warranty within thirty calendar days of receipt. If it takes longer, the customer will be notified.

    If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your product, please contact our Customer Service.


    What is the warranty and is it fully functional without any extras having to be purchased?
    The Celestron Nexstar 8 SE comes with a 2 year warranty. The telescope does work straight out the box with no additional accessories, the only think extra you would need is 8 Batteries to power the motor. However, we do recommend purchasing Eyepieces to go with the Telescope (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/accessories/eyepieces) to give you a good range of magnifications when looking at various items in the night sky.
    Does the nexstar series list southern objects as well? Because I've seen one advertised that says "U.S. Version"
    The Nexstar series will be configured for the southern hemisphere if they go through the Australian distributor, who gets them properly configured for Australia. If you buy the telescope overseas they are usually only configured for the US / the northern hemisphere. We have had people who bought them overseas and experienced problems with their telescope in Australia, so it's best that you purchase one that's made for Australia.
    Is the Nexstar 8 SE ComputerizedCassegrain the same telescope as the Nexstar 8 SE 8.0'' 203MM Catadioptric telescope. Which is the better one if they are different?
    Yes they are the same telescope, just named differently. If you are looking to getting an 8" telescope, I would recommend the CPC 8" instead as they are a better scope (GPS enabled, dual fork mount for better stability) and at a cheaper price: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-8-inch-cpc-schmidt-cassegrain-telescope.html
    Hi I am sourcing a Telescope that can be operated by a Apple Macbook, do you know of any software that can be used to control the Nexstar 8SE. Can it use the iphone as a GPS device. Andrew
    Controlling the telescope from your macbook or PC for that matter would not be possible but is also unnecessary. You can control the movement of the telescope by using the hand held controller. As for GPS functionality, you can use the iphone to attain the information you need such as longitude, latitude and exact time, which is what you need to align the telescope. Something you might consider however, is mounting a camera onto the telescope which is controlled with a macbook and therefore producing live shots of images etc.
    I have a Celestron NexStar 4 SE. I would like at some stage to upgrade to an 8 inch scope. Is it possible to mount a NexStar 8 SE OTA on the 4 SE (CG-5) mount and tripod?
    You can't actually mount the 8SE tube onto the 4SE Mount because the weight of the 8inch tube is too heavy for the mount and the length is longer than the allowed space (which means it can't turn the full circle). For this reason Celestron doesn't normally sell the Nexstar SE's in OTAs.

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