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Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle

Item # HN-CELE329

Dimensions & Specifications

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

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  • Celestron Power Tank for power in the field
  • AC Adapter for power near an outlet
  • Zhumell 1.25" High Performance Urban Sky Filter
  • The Celestron Eyepiece and Filter Kit for getting all magnification levels
  • Amazing savings for this telescope package deal
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Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle
 
4.6

(based on 155 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (112)
  • Quality lenses (108)
  • Accurate (100)
  • Easy to use (89)
  • Compact (70)

Cons

  • Heavy (14)
  • Difficult to focus (9)
  • Unstable (6)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (146)
  • Travel (12)
  • Bird watching (10)
  • Bright conditions (8)
  • Astrophotography (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (126), Avid adventurer (28)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (112), Yes (21)

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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4.0

Celestron 8 SE

By Lisa

from Brookston, IN

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 Telescope Bundle:

    Our son very pleased with this telescope.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    This purchase has opened a new world

    By James

    from PEARCY,AR

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle:

      I was able to see planets in our solar system for the first time live. Pictures are not the same as seeing it yourself. I still try to look at Saturn every chance I get.

      Pro's: makes you want to learn about astronomy
      Con's: makes you want to learn about astronomy

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      perfect telescope

      By Qun

      from Calgary,ZZ

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Bundle:

        it's perfect.
        and delivery service also very good.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Excellent!

        By Michael

        from SUN PRAIRIE,WI

        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:

          Great telescope

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Awesome product

          By Lauren G

          from BRISTOL,CT

          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 Telescope Bundle:

            This was an incredible deal. The bundle with the filters and eyepieces was an awesome deal! I couldn't be more pleased with this product,or the service I recieved ordering this. I would happily recoment this product, and your site,to anyone.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            Customer Q & A

            4 Questions About This Product
            Q: "I just bought the Celestron 8 SE telescope and I was wondering if there is anyway to hook it to my Nikon D60 Camera?"
            A: You will only need two pieces to begin astrophotography. You will need a t-ring and a t adapter. The t adapter is a standard 1.25inch size that will fit on any telescope. You can select any brand as it is a standard fit. The t-ring that attaches to your camera is going to have to fit the make and model of the camera in use. T rings are brand specific to your camera so we advise you consult Nikon and ask what size of a t-ring you will need. Once you have these two pieces you are ready to thread them together on your telescope and begin taking pictures.
            Q: "Other than on the list what are the main benefits from a viewing perspective between the Celestron 8" SE and the 8" CPC?"
            A: Both OTA's are identical, the difference is in the mounting system. The CPC utilizes a robust dual fork arm mount while the SE uses a single arm mount. The CPC mount is a more stable mount if you plan on doing any time of astrophotography.
            Q: "Will this scope also work as a terrestrial viewer?"
            A: Yes, you'll be able to use the 8SE for terrestrial viewing as well as celestial viewing.
            Q: "Does this package contain the tripod as well?"
            A: The Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope ULTIMATE PACKAGE does come with a tripod.
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