Item Number: 3131100
The Largest Aperture of the NexStar SE Family
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!
|Aperture (mm)||203.2 mm (8 in)|
|Focal Length (mm)||2032 mm (80 in)|
|Eyepiece 1 (mm)||25 mm (0.98 in)|
|Magnification 1||81 x|
|Mount||Single Fork Arm Altazimuth|
|Tripod||Steel (sku 93593)|
|Power Supply||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 (Compared to human eye)||843 x|
|Angular Field of View (deg)||0.63 °|
|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)|
|Telescope Weight||24 lbs (11 kg)|
|Tripod Weight||9 lbs (4.08 kg)|
|Payload Capacity||12 lbs (5.44 kg)|
|Motor Drive||Integrated D.C. Electronics|
|Slew Speeds||Nine slew speeds: 5°/sec, 3°/sec, 1°/sec, 64x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 1x, .5x|
|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|
|Software Precision||24 bit, 0.08 arcsec calculations|
|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|
|Dovetail Compatibility||Quick Release Tube Clamp|
We highly recommend the Celestron 93973 SkyQ Link 2 accessory with this telescope (see below). The Sky Ling 2 creates its own Wi Fi network which allows you to operate your NEXSTAR telescope from your iPad or smartphone!
To really take advantage of your new Celestron telescope, remember to download the FREE Celestron Planetarium App to your smart device (available at the App Store and Google Play).
“I know the night sky pretty well but sure enough the other night I needed this app to help me locate Saturn. We would never travel a long distance in our cars without a navigation system. The Celestron Sky Portal App is incredible!!!” – Customer Ed M., Florida.