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Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle

Item # HN-CELE329

Dimensions & Specifications

Brand
Celestron
GoTo
Yes
Mount Design
Single Fork Arm-Altazimuth
Model Type
2 Inch Eyepiece and Filters, 1.25 Inch Eyepiece and Filters
Recommended Usage
Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters, Viewing Nebulae
Features
Alt-Az Mount, GoTo
Good for Astrophotography
Yes
Optical Design
Schmidt-Cassegrain
Finderscope
StarPointer
Focal Length
2032mm
Highest Useful Magnification
480x
Star Diagonal
1.25 Inches
Object Database
40000 objects
Eyepiece 1
25mm (81.28x)
Component
.68 Arc Seconds Resolution, 14 Limiting Magnitude, .57 Arc Seconds Resolving Power
GPS
No
Lens Coating
StarBright XLT
Focal Ratio
f/10
User Level
For the Enthusiast, For the Beginner
Aperture
203mm
Telescopes Series
Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes

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  • Includes an AC Adapter for power near an outlet
  • Features Celestron Power Tank for power in the field
  • Celestron Eyepiece & Filter Kit gets magnification
  • Observe urban areas using Zhumell Urban Sky Filter
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Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle
 
4.6

(based on 147 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (104)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (106)
  • Quality lenses (104)
  • Accurate (94)
  • Easy to use (81)
  • Compact (66)

Cons

  • Heavy (14)
  • Difficult to focus (8)
  • Unstable (6)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (138)
  • Travel (12)
  • Bird watching (10)
  • Bright conditions (8)
  • Astrophotography (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (119), Avid adventurer (27)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (105), Yes (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Total Astronomical Package!!!

I'm finally able to see everything the sky has to offer. The telescope is great. It large aperture draws in every light source possible. This allows me to see even the faintest sky...Read complete review

I'm finally able to see everything the sky has to offer. The telescope is great. It large aperture draws in every light source possible. This allows me to see even the faintest sky objects. Although it isn't a spectacular sight, I found Pluto, which is a magnitude 14!!! I had to go to a very dark sight to see Pluto. The only real problem with the telescope is the tripod. It feels a bit weak and is difficult to level. If the tripod was more heavy and sturdy, it would really benefit easier viewing. The leveling bubble included with the telescope is worthless. I went to a local hardware store and bought a small bubble level that is larger and easier to use. This powerful telescope combined with the UHC/LPR filter, makes almost everything jump out. I've been in my front yard, surrounded by street lamps, and the faintest objects are still visible. The filter is a necessity for any telescope. It makes viewing more objects possible. The eyepiece and filter kit is very versatile. It compliments the telescope nicely. The large range of of the eyepieces makes viewing deep sky objects great. I've not used the highest power eyepieces yet. The kit comes with a barlow, which makes the highest power eyepieces unnecessary. The filters are great and of good quality. There is lots of unused space it the eyepiece case. I've put one more eyepiece, the diagonal included with the telescope, and the UHC filter, in the case and there is still room. It is well padded and has a very strong shell. The Celestron power tank is a life saver. Plug your telescope into it and you hours of viewing time. The red flashlight makes quick searches easy and doesn't affect night vision. The large flashlight makes moving to and from your viewing sight a cinch. Also included in this kit is a power cord to plug into an outlet. I feel this accessory is really unncecessary. I've never used it for in the 3 weeks I've had the telescope. The powertank is really all that is necessary to use the telescope. Either way, you have ample power for the scope. It's a great combination of accessories and highly recommended for any amateur astronomer. I'm very pleased.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Where to begin?

Okay, I've been using the scope for about 3 months now so I feel like I can give a fairly decent review. [...]After everything was unpacked, it took about 10 minutes...Read complete review

Okay, I've been using the scope for about 3 months now so I feel like I can give a fairly decent review. [...]After everything was unpacked, it took about 10 minutes total to get it completely set up. The setup is great; VERY easy and to the point. I took the scope out during one of my astronomy club meetings and the views through the scope were amazing...even near the light polluted skies of the metro-Atlanta area! After a quick (3-5 minutes) 3 star alignment, the goto worked great (HINT: when aligning a star, use the highest powered eyepiece you can after centering the star in an average powered eyepiece). The selected object was in the FOV every time. The biggest complaint that I have here is the focus. Because of the single fork design, the focus is EXTREMELY wobbly. You have to have very steady hands to get the focus just right, and even then it is quite difficult to get used to. I then borrowed a wedge to try my hand at astrophotography. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCOPE IF YOU WANT TO DO AP! If AP is what you are looking for, go with a german equitorial mount. You will find your money much more well spent going that route as there are several adjustments and upgrades needed for successful long exposure astrophotography with an Alt-Azimuth mount. Overall, this is a wonderful scope for viewing! If viewing is simply what you want to do, then putting your money in this scope is a good investment and I would recommend it. If AP is what you want to try...DO NOT GET THIS SCOPE and go with one of the scopes with the german equitorial mount. I hope that this will help future observers! Wishing you clear, dark skies!

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5.0

Wow ! What a great telescope !!!

By Victor

from ROTONDA WEST,FL

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle:

    I have waited awhile to do this review so I can give a educated review .First off shipping was right on time. Everything was well packed with no damage of any kind. There was two boxes and they are big !
    Set up is easy the only thing is be careful the first few times attaching the telescope to its tripod stand it has a lot more weight to it then you would think and can be a little bit tricky to mount .
    Speaking off weight this thing is built very well trust me it's solid .
    Optically this scope is great! All the mirrors and lens were Krystal clear . The view are amazing out of this telescope ! The goto is great tracks perfect , sky tour is a lot of fun.
    Things you must have and do with this telescope.
    1. Battery pack . Internal battery will not cut it.
    2. Dew shield . The front lens will fog up fast this is a must have!
    3. One and half hour cool down time . Looks like it is out of collamation until Cools then it's perfect.
    4. Clear skies ! Wait to seeing conditions are prime and enjoy!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Serious Beginners Scope

    By Meredith

    from ROANOKE,VA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography

      Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle:

      After much research, this is a gift for my son.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      Very Satisfied

      By Mark

      from PROVIDENCE,UT

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Difficult To Focus

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle:

      I am a novice at astronomy, but learning as much as I can. The information that is available from Telescopes.com has been very helpful in my decision-making. I am looking forward to looking into the heavens!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Nice Package for the Star Gazer

      By Randy

      from CLOVIS,CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle:

        Nice package with all the necessities to enjoy the night sky. Still working to get the bugs out, mine, not the equipment. Fairly easy to use, very easy to set up, not to heavy, and the directions are simple and helpful. Need to have some knowledge of the stars to set up the automatic tours, but shouldn't be to difficult with all the information available through the web. You can use your smart phone or tablet to help with the star alignments. I think you will enjoy this telescope.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        Defective Flashlight

        By Gary

        from Murfreesboro,TN

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle:

        We received our NextStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle very quick! I was really surprised how quick we got it. I think I placed the order on Sunday and we received it on Tuesday and I didn't select any special shipping...and it was the week of Christmas to boot! I haven't had a chance to try it yet but it looks really well with high quality. I did notice that the flashlight didn't work on the Power Tank so I contacted Hayneedle (Telescopes.com) and they refunded the value of the Power Tank immediately and asked that I donate the defecive Power Tank and allow them to charge my credit card for another one so they could ship it to me. I told them to wait for me to contact the manufacturer first to see if we could troubleshoot the issue. At any rate, I feel that it's hard to find customer service that good so I rated the scope at five stars. I do feel that the instructions for using the scope aren't detailed enough. Hopefully I won't have any trouble understanding them when I get a chance to really use it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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