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Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

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Product Highlights
  • 2032mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity

Featuring Schmidt-Cassegrain optics, the Celestron NexStar 8 SE is an ideal telescope for observing and photographing celestial subjects. With a weight of just 33 lb (15 kg) including the tripod, the portable 8 SE features a precision optical system with 2032mm focal length at ƒ10, and provides 78% more light gathering than a 6" model.

StarBright XLT high transmission coatings
SkyAlign allows alignment on any three bright celestial objects, making for a rapid, efficient alignment process. It then functions as a 'go-to' system accepting commands through the handset and pointing the optical assembly toward any one of nearly 40,000 objects stored in its database. Using the (optional) CN-16 GPS accessory connection and an external GPS (not included), alignment is entirely automatic.
NexRemote telescope control software and RS-232 cable included for advanced control of the telescope with a PC
StarPointer finderscope helps with alignment and locating objects
Flash-upgradeable hand control software and motor control units by way of downloadable updates
Robust, computerized altazimuth mount
Star Diagonal internal flip mirror for straight or 90-degree viewing angle. May also be used to rapidly switch from the eyepiece to a camera without disturbing telescope alignment
Exceptionally sturdy steel tripod for long service and rapier-sharp astrophotography
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector
Optical Lens Diameter 7.99" (203mm)
Focal Length 80" (2032mm)
Focal Ratio ƒ10.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 480x
Resolving Power 0.57
Optical Tube Dimensions 17" (432mm) in Length
Mount Type Computerized Altazimuth
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Finderscope StarPointer
Tripod Steel, with accessory tray
Motor Yes
GO-TO Capability Yes
PC Compatible Yes- RS232 port on hand control
Power Source 8-AA batteries (not included)
Weight 33 lb (15 kg)
Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
  • Optical Tube Assembly
  • E-Lux 25.0mm 1.25" Eyepiece
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • Visual Back (1.25")
  • Star Diagonal - 1.25"
  • Computerized Altazimuth Mount with Handset
  • Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • The Sky CD-ROM Software for Windows
  • NexRemote Control Software CD
  • RS-232 to Serial Port Cable - for GPS 16 Accessory
  • 2-Year Warranty
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    CelestronNexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
     
    4.5

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Accurate (14)
    • Strong construction (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Quality lenses (9)
    • Compact (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (19)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (15), Avid adventurer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (15)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Serious Aperture Meets Portability

      I have been involved in astronomy for some 30 years and have found if you want a nice aperture scope you usually sacrifice portability. Not so with the Nexstar 8 SE. The entire three...Read complete review

      I have been involved in astronomy for some 30 years and have found if you want a nice aperture scope you usually sacrifice portability. Not so with the Nexstar 8 SE. The entire three piece setup - OTA, Forkarm,and Tripod- weighs only 33 pounds when assembled. Not only is it quick and easy to set up you are also treated to Celestron's legendary optics - second to none. The Go-To feature is awesome - you can now spend your evening viewing Deep Sky objects instead of searching for them! Also, I really like the retro orange finish on the OTA Celestron is now using - like their original scopes from the '80's that I remember.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Bad components inside

      This product is [*] I have a lot of problems with the arm mechanism, it have poor quality components inside. And it easy to be damage by cold weather conditions for example....Read complete review

      This product is [*] I have a lot of problems with the arm mechanism, it have poor quality components inside. And it easy to be damage by cold weather conditions for example. read some reviews on internet if you have doubts. Look for: Celestron No response 16, on internet and you will find what I am talking about.

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      5.0

      Great Telescope!

      By Grant

      from Coeur d' Alene, Idaho

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Bird Watching

        Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

        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. The optics are very sharp and the whole telescope is well built. I plan to do some astronomical as well terrestrial photography with it.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again

        By Flavio Cavalcanti

        from São Paulo, Brazil

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

          Before deciding on the type, model and brand of telescope to buy, I researched a lot, I sought information from several people who know the world of telescopes and astronomy. The research result was the Celestron NexStar 8 SE.
          After three months of use, I concluded that I did a great deal
          I am very pleased with all the features of this telescope
          Thanks to everyone who helped me

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          • No

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          5.0

          No hesitation required!

          By Salvo

          from Helena, MT

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Easy to Use
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

            Easy setup, clear directions, crystal optics and precision computer operation make this scope a no-brainer for both newcomers and seasoned amature astronomers. It is relatively easy to align if you're careful to level your tripod and you choose alignment objects according to the directions. This system is great for entertaining/educating your family and the entire neighborhood! The go-to system along with object-specific information given in the NexStar+ hand control instantly make you an amature astronomer genius! Do not hesitate to buy this product.

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            5.0

            Excellent scope

            By Southpaw

            from New Ulm, TX

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

              Very high quality telescope. Alignment process is easy, though takes some time ( 5 minutes or so). Once aligned, the goto feature makes it a snap to find sky objects.

              B&H shipped quickly, scope arrived on schedule and in perfect condition. Highly satisfied!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Telescope !!

              By Sumith

              from Gampaha, Sri Lanka

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Easy to Use
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy

                Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                For me buying this telescope about a week ago was really a dream come true. I have been using some low quality products through out last year and ce when I opened the boxes, I was really astonished at once by the finish of the telescope. Assembling was very easy and instructios were clear and easy. On the first day I managed to do some Lunar observations and it really proved the highst quality of it's optics. Being living in a tropical country, I am frequently disturbed by cloudy skies, so I had no chance to check the GoTo mount until today early mornings. Initialy had some problem with Skyalign, but once the telescope was aligned with Two-Star method it worked perfectly very well!! The only problem I had during my short session was to lock the hand control to it's base in darkness but hope it will be OK in future sessions. I am 100% satisfied with this telescope and will recommend it to any body who wish to by their first scope!!!

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                4.0

                Big Bang for your buck!

                By Shackles

                from Queensland Australia

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Easy to Use
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy

                  Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                  This is truly an awesome telescope. My main use is basic star gazing and planetary viewing. The view is sharp and crystal clear. The telescope was easy to assemble and was well packed. Since it is not a small telescope I thought that moving it indoors and outdoors was going to be awkward. Not so, it is fairly easy to move with some care. The alignment procedure is not all that easy but this is my first go-to telescope so I assume this will get easier as I become more familiar with the scope. It is a feature packed telescope in a reasonable price range. I suppose there are always a few things that are not so great like the star pointer. I find it to be less than robust and could be improved. The included eyepiece is obviously not one of Celestron's better ones. It takes some getting used to in order to get a solid image in your eye. All in all I am very happy with this telescope and can recommend it to other amateur astronomers.

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                  • No

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                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Telescope spins upside down Faulty unit

                  By Cruzr944

                  from Sydney

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy

                      Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                      Telescope faces East correct way up and rotates on its axis upside down when it does a goto in the western direction, Great at seeing Saturn glimsed Mars , the hardware is good , the new software is not working I have MC 5.14 and it drives scope upside down. Its brand new and has not worked from new. Cost a lot of money and is not performing . BH told me contact Celestron, brushed

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                      • No

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Delivered to Sydney in a week

                      By Robo

                      from Sydney Australia

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Pros

                      • Great

                      Cons

                      • Pans 360 deg when gotoing

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy

                      Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                      Great scope still working out some of its capabilities, I bought the small lenz kit with it very useful filters.
                      Got hit with $213 GST and duty upon landing.
                      Still heaps cheaper than buying in OZ
                      Glen

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      8SE - Excellent Scope

                      By snowman

                      from Hudson, MA

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Need good foundation

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy

                      Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                      After reading hundreds of reviews, the scope performs exactly as advertised. It is easy to set-up and use. My first alignment was ok, but the learning curve was small and my 2nd and later alignments were right on. I can now share the skies with my daughter without waiting minutes (or longer) between views.

                      The drawbacks are well documented but easy to workaround. The mount is a little shaky so a good foundation is required and when focusing at high power there is vibration that requires you to wait a bit.

                      Overall an excellent scope for the price.

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Celestron Nexstar 8 SE

                      By Murf

                      from Launceston, Australia

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Quality Lenses
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Astronomy

                        Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                        Good quality at an affordable price.
                        Thanks B&H!

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Brilliant product

                        By BazAuz

                        from Perth Australia

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quality Lenses
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Astronomy

                          Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                          This product has all the features we are looking for - clarity and ease of use as well as being reasonably portable for remote area viewing. Excellent value for money.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Optimum item !

                          By Giuseppe

                          from Brescia,It

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Lenses
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Astronomy

                            Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                            Useful instrument that can open various fields of interest !

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            a wonderful telescope

                            By Norbert

                            from Ciales,P.R.

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Quality Lenses
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Astronomy
                            • Distance landscape
                            • Ships

                            Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                            Very beautiful design,controls easy to use and program.
                            very accurate.Is heavy and this make this telescope more reliable and accurate.

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                            • No

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                            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Serious Aperture Meets Portability

                            By Roy G Biv

                            from Westerville, OH

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate go-to feature
                            • Easy to set up
                            • Nice fit and finish
                            • Portable
                            • Quality Optics

                            Cons

                            • Slight vibration-high mag

                            Best Uses

                            • Astronomy
                            • Solar with filter

                            Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                            I have been involved in astronomy for some 30 years and have found if you want a nice aperture scope you usually sacrifice portability. Not so with the Nexstar 8 SE. The entire three piece setup - OTA, Forkarm,and Tripod- weighs only 33 pounds when assembled. Not only is it quick and easy to set up you are also treated to Celestron's legendary optics - second to none. The Go-To feature is awesome - you can now spend your evening viewing Deep Sky objects instead of searching for them! Also, I really like the retro orange finish on the OTA Celestron is now using - like their original scopes from the '80's that I remember.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Simply Awesome

                            By Mariusz

                            from Sydney, Australia

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Compact
                            • Quality Lenses
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Astronomy
                              • Terrestrial

                              Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                              From the first moment I looked through this scope, the detail and quality is breath taking.

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                              • No

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                              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Generally good

                              By Martin

                              from Seattle, WA

                              About Me Avid Adventurer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Compact

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Focus
                              • Unstable

                              Best Uses

                              • Astronomy

                              Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                              Very good optical quality, nice tripod, easy to use alignment system, and nice goto capability.

                              The only real issue for me is the sturdiness of the fork mount with a 8" SCT. It is not stiff enough and any significant wind messes up the view. It is also difficult to focus because of the blurring. The eyepiece that it comes with is low quality.

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                              4.0

                              Pretty good overall

                              By Martin

                              from Seattle, WA

                              About Me Avid Adventurer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Compact

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Focus
                              • Unstable

                              Best Uses

                              • Astronomy

                              Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                              Very nice optical quality on this scope. The tripod is stable and the goto system is easy to use. It performs nicely for the price you pay.

                              On the delta side, the fork arm is not stiff enough to rigidly support an 8" SCT. The eyepiece is comes with is low quality. The biggest problem for me is vibration while focusing, due to the fork arm.

                              Overall, a nice product that I would recommend to others.

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                              • No

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                              (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Bad components inside

                              By fmerel

                              from France

                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Quality Lenses

                              Cons

                              • Parts Quality
                              • Strong Construction

                              Best Uses

                              • Astronomy

                              Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                              This product is [*] I have a lot of problems with the arm mechanism, it have poor quality components inside. And it easy to be damage by cold weather conditions for example. read some reviews on internet if you have doubts. Look for: Celestron No response 16, on internet and you will find what I am talking about.

                              Share this review

                              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Very nice scope

                              By davehilltop

                              from Bangor, Pa

                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Comfortable Eyepiece
                              • Quality Lenses
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Astronomy

                                Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE 8"/203mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                                Very good optics, Saturn and Jupiter the first night out looked great. Go to system works very well and alignments are easy.

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