Celestron NexStar 8 SE Schmidt-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope

Model: 11069

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General Information

Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture (mm) 203.2 mm (8 in)
Focal Length 2032 mm (80 in)
Focal Ratio 10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm) 25 mm (0.98 in)
Magnification of Eyepiece 1 81 x
Finderscope StarPointer
Star Diagonal 1.25"
Mount Type Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Tripod Steel (sku 93593)
Power Requirements 8-AA batteries (not included)
Highest Useful Magnification 480 x
Lowest Useful Magnification 29 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.69 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes) 0.57 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power 843 x
Apparent Field of View 0.63 degree
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 33 ft (10 m)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 2.5 in (64 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 31%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 9.77%
Optical Coatings Starbright XLT
Optical Tube Length 17 in (432 mm)
Total Telescope Kit Weight 24 lbs (11 kg)
Tripod Weight 9 lbs (4.08 kg)
Slew Speeds Nine slew speeds
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South
Alignment Procedures SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Solar System Align
Communication Ports RS-232 communication port on hand control, Autoguider port, Aux port
Computer Hand Control Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
Database 40,000 objects, 200 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Warranty 2-year Telescope Warranty
User Reviews
21 December 2016

(1) Thiswas my 3rd scope in 18 months. I quickly got tired of the 90mm scope and after 4 months bought the Celestron 127SLT. Loved that scope but after one year had to get the Celestron 8SE. This is my last scope for a long time, maybe ever.

20 December 2015

So far I am impressed. The weather has not cooperated. So my actual experience is limited. The instructions are good and easy to follow. And what images I have experienced are without equal.

31 July 2010

The 8 SE is a compromise. The OTA works well enough, but dew is a constant headache.The mount can work well,although never on a consistent basis. Mount also appears to be overloaded with this OTA.I hung a weight opposite the OTA and vibration and noise were considerably lessened.It is certainly easy...

2 August 2018

I was no longer able to lift my 10" reflector to set it up outside so I donated it and purchased the NextStar. So much lighter and easier to carry, and what a difference with automatic skewing vs having to manually locate the tube of my 10" on an object.

16 December 2012

Nice Telescope. I didn't know if buy this telescope or not. I take the risk and now, I'm Very happy. It's a great telescope. Easy to use and very beautiful. I'm really happy with my purchase.

5 March 2008

PROS: go to, and tracking ability. excellent optics, 250x gives excellent planetary views and even at 400x still very good. very large object database. easily powered by 8 aa ni-mh hybrid 2100 mah rechargable battery's. I liked my 60mm celestron goto scope so much, i bought this one.

28 May 2014

Having a 40 year old Celestron telescope C8, I appreciated my new Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope with it's computerized drive to easily locate the planets and stars. The new telescope has gotten better over the course of time and it's a great bargain for what you get.

12 March 2011

Setting up the computer is difficult if trees limit what you can focus on, plus it takes too long. It would be nice if it has a quick-track option whereby you could center an object, push a button, and 5 minutes later center it again and push a button, and the scope would know which direction to...

3 March 2008

Great Scope! Good for overall use; i.e. deep space and planetary. Strong construction and great optics. Recommended.

13 January 2017

Beautiful designed telescope. Takes a little time to set up but read the directions.

Product Highlights
  • 8-inch aperture provides excellent light-gathering ability
  • Fully automated GoTo mount with database of 40,000 + celestial objects
  • SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes
  • Unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod
  • Type: Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • Aperture: 8" (203mm) Aperture
  • Series: Celestron Nexstar SE
In The Box
  • Optical Tube Assembly
  • 25mm 1.25" E-Lux Eyepiece
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • Visual Back (1.25")
  • 1.25" 90-Degree Mirror Diagonal
  • Computerized Altazimuth Mount with Handset
  • Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • NeNexRemote Telescope Control Software (Online)
  • 2-Year Warranty
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