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Celestron NexStar 8SE 203 x 2032mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope

Model Number: 11069
Web Code: 12643797

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Overview

Expand your star and planetary explorations with the Celestron NexStar 8SE 203 x 2032mm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. The compact design is easy to transport, allowing you to take it almost anywhere. An 8" aperture delivers optimal light-gathering functionality for enhanced clarity, and it includes a database for locating over 40,000 celestial objects.
$1649.99

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Overview

Expand your star and planetary explorations with the Celestron NexStar 8SE 203 x 2032mm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. The compact design is easy to transport, allowing you to take it almost anywhere. An 8" aperture delivers optimal light-gathering functionality for enhanced clarity, and it includes a database for locating over 40,000 celestial objects.

Why it's a great gift

  • Good for daytime terrestrial use because images appear right-side up
  • Compact design makes it easy to grab-and-go
  • Includes a database to help you locate over 40,000 celestial objects

Other features

  • Schmidt-Cassegrain compound telescope delivers an exceptional stargazing experience
  • Suited for seasoned astronomers to experience spectacular views of the moon and planets, as well as viewing deep sky objects like the Whirlpool Galaxy and Hercules Globular Cluster
  • 8" aperture offers optimal light-gathering abilities for a sharper, brighter view
  • Powerful 2032mm focal length produces a larger image and smaller field of view
  • Fully automated Alt-Azimuth GoTo mount with unique fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod for speedy set up and dismantling
  • 25mm eyepiece delivers 81x magnification
  • SkyAlign technology gets your telescope ready to observe in minutes
  • Highly portable, compact telescope design goes anywhere and weighs only 15kg including the tripod, making it ideal for adventurers who want to take their telescope to new places, or for use in smaller spaces
Lunar & Planetary
Yes
Deep Space Observing
Yes
Terrestrial
Yes
Dual Purpose (Astronomical & Terrestrial)
Yes
Optical Design
Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture
203 mm
Focal Length
2032 mm
Focal Ratio
10
Magnification(s)
81x
Expertise Level
Enthusiasts
Eye Piece(s)
25 mm
Field of View
33 Ft
Finderscope
Yes
Computerized
GoTo Computerized
Smartphone/Tablet Compatibility
None
Highest Useful Magnification
480x
Lowest Useful Magnification
29x
Resolution (Rayleigh)
0.69 arcsec
Resolution (Dawes)
0.57 arcsec
Optical Tube Length
432 mm
Mount Type
Alt-Azimuth
Table Top
No
Alignment Procedure
SkyAlign; Auto 2-Star Align; 1-Star Align; Solar System Align
Slow Motion Controls
No
GPS
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Tool-Free Setup
Yes
Width - Folded
63.5 cm
Height - Folded
35.56 cm
Depth - Folded
86.36 cm
Width - Expanded
68.58 cm
Height - Expanded
99.06 cm
Depth - Expanded
86.36 cm
Weight (Including Tripod)
14.97 kg
  • NexStar SE OTA
  • Single Fork Arm Mount
  • Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • NexStar+ Hand Control
  • 25mm eyepiece
  • Star Diagonal

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Of the 9 reviewers who responded, 9 would recommend this product.

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  • Excellent Telescope
    Reviewed by GunnyD - June 8, 2011

    I did all my research online and then went in to the store to order. They were kinda shaky at first telling me to go online to order it. I gently persisted and finally found someone that would try. I had them add the next day delivery for $15 and it all worked. Next day I had my new 8SE. It only comes with one eyepiece (25mm) so no 480x yet but we got to see the rings of saturn!!! The moon is stunning!! Unit comes with very good software. Get the GPS and power supply. Need tips to make it work, like finding point of balance and don't put it together upside down, not kidding. Line up index marks, eyepiece should be on right, won't track if opposite.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Celestron Nexstar 8 SE
    Verified BuyerReviewed by mst252 - June 10, 2016

    I received my telescope 7 days after ordering. I have found the mount to be stable the optics are of high quality. You definitely want to get an alternate power supply. I have the Celestron power tank. With the power tank I have easily gotten 6 hours of use each night for several nights before needing to re-charge. The views of deep space objects are incredible and exceeded my expectations. I have gotten truly inspiring views of Saturn, Jupiter and mars as well. I would definitely recommend this for anyone. The Goto computer is easy to use and is reasonably accurate once aligned.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Terrific Scope (a little confusing for a novice)
    Reviewed by MRobber - February 2, 2019

    This is a holiday gift for my college-age daughter, who is taking and loving several astronomy courses. The scope and mount are terrific! However, learning the basics of sophisticated telescopes is daunting. Constantly aligning the scope, adding a GPS, WiFi Adapter, StarSense Alignment camera, auto-focuser, and power supply, and then identifying and installing PC software to update drivers and smartphone software, is a challenge. Not done yet! She has already loved closeups of the moon (including during the Super Wolf Blood Moon eclipse) and the truly amazing number of stars that suddenly become visible with the scope. Next step is planets, nebula, etc., once alignment and controls are perfected. She already appreciates more than ever the visual evidence of the vast number of stars and the size of the universe. Seeing is believing!

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.


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