Celestron NexStar 8SE f/10 GoTo Telescope

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    Celestron NexStar 8SE f/10 GoTo Telescope

    The Celestron NexStar 8SE is the most popular 8-Inch Computerized Telescope on the market. A NexStar SE can help you find thousands of stars, planets, galaxies and more at the touch of a button! It's so easy to setup you can be exploring the night sky in minutes.

    This telescope is one of the best choices for a beginner getting into astronomy, It's has a large 8-inch aperture that is powerful enough to resolve details in galaxies. It is lightweight and can be run on batteries which will make it easy to take on trips. It is also versatile enough to be used for both Deep Space and Planetary astrophotography.

    Celestron Nexstar 8SE Highlights

    • 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 will automatically locate and track 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 set up your telescope on any three bright objects in the sky.
    • Unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all break down into separate components for easy transport and quick assembly.

    Using the 8SE Visually

    A 1.25-inch visual back, 1.25-inch Mirror diagonal and 1.25-inch 25 mm Plossl eyepiece comes standard with this telescope. This eyepiece and diagonal combination will make the moon appear 81 times bigger than your naked eye! The 25 mm eyepiece is a great for beginners because of its medium level of brightness and mid-range magnification.

    Astrophotography with the Nexstar 8SE

    Planetary Imaging

    Jupiter shot With Nexstar 8SEThis telescope works really well for planetary imaging. With planetary cameras starting as low as 85 dollars, you will you can be taking planetary images in no time. Planetary cameras are lightweight and will fit right into the 1.25”  barrel of your telescope so it will not require any special parts to get started. We do recommend using the included 2X barlow to the maximum resolution possible.
    Here are some cameras we recommend:

    Deep Space Imaging

    Nexstar 8 SE on Nexstar SE & Evolution WedgeThe Nexstar 8SE is capable of taking deep space astrophotos with a few additional accessories. To take exposures longer than 30 seconds the optional wedge will convert the Alt-Az mount into an equatorial fork. You’ll now be able to take exposure long enough to get the faintest details in galaxies and nebulae. The Shot below was taken with the Nexstar 8SE on a wedge with a Pentax K DSLR

    For DSLRs & Telescope Cameras:

    If you want to use this telescope with a Canon, Nikon, or Sony E-mount APS-C sized DSLRs, or a dedicated CCD/CMOS Telescope camera, you will need several accessories.

    For CCD/CMOS Deep Space Telescope Cameras, Most will fit to the threads of the rear of the Celestron t-adapter. Depending on the model of camera you are using you will likely need to add additional spacers. To have it come to focus, you need to make sure that camera sensor is spaced 55mm from the back of the threads of the T-adapter.

    If you need any help with this feel free to contact us.

    • 8-Inch NexStar SE Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
    • NexStar SE Mount: Motorized Alt-Azimuth/ GoTo
    • Tripod with Adjustable Steel Legs
    • Accessory Tray
    • NexStar+ Hand Controller
    • 1.25-inch Star Diagonal
    • 1.25-inch, 25mm Eyepiece
    • TPO 15mm Eyepiece
    • TPO 40mm Eyepiece
    • TPO 2x Barlow
    • TPO ND Filter
    • StarPointer Optical Finderscope (Red Dot)
    • Mini-USB Port
    • Insert Card w/ Starry Night Software
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Additional Information

    Aperture203 mm (7.99")
    Camera/Eyepiece Connection1.25" Nosepiece
    Database40000+ Objects
    Dawes Limit0.57 arcseconds
    Drive TypeDC Servo motors
    Encoder Resolution.26 arc sec
    Encoder TypeOnboard DC Motors
    Focal Length2032 mm
    Focal Ratiof/10
    Free ShippingYes
    Hightest Magnification406x
    Light Gathering Power841x
    Limiting Magnitude15.3
    Optical DesignSCT
    PortsCamera Control
    PortsHand Control
    Secondary Obstruction35mm
    Slew Speed5 Degrees Per Second
    Total Weight21 lbs
    Tracking RatesAz
    Tracking RatesEQ North
    Tracking RatesEQ South
    Tracking RatesLunar
    Tracking RatesSidereal
    Tripod Weight10 lbs
    Tube Diameter226mm
    Tube Length432mm
    Tube Weight12.5 lbs
    Warranty2 Year Warranty

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    Questions & Answers

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    • Will the orion 9x50 finder scope fit this scope?  What other 9x50 finder scopes will fit this scope?

      You can make either the Orion, Celestron, or StellarVue 50mm finders work on this scope, but only the Celestron version includes the complete bracket. The Orion one requires an additional foot and the StellarVue version has the bracket sold separately. Th

    • Does the 8se accept both 1.25 and 2" eyepieces?

      The 8SE supports 1.25" eyepieces natively, but it will accept 2" eyepieces if you purchase an optional 2" SCT compatible diagonal.

    • 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?

      The Celestron 93781 will work if you remove the red dot finder bracket. https://www.optcorp.com/celestron-9x50-illum-ra-correct-image-finderscope-93781.html. If you are using a third party finder, please contact us to discuss adaptation.

    • How heavy is the Tak FSQ 106

      The base weight of the scope is just under 15 lbs. Adding a tube holder, a dovetail, camera, and needed camera adapters will increase the weight from there.

    • How do you attach the optical tube to the fork arm?

      The optical tube connects via a V-style dovetail on the side of the tube which attaches to a clamp on the fork arm.