The Celestron NexStar 8 SE is a state of the art computerized telescope that provides excellent optics with its well recognized orange tube design. Built with an 8â€ (203.2 mm) aperture design, itâ€™s a powerful instrument that appeals to both novice stargazers and experienced astronomy enthusiasts.
The Schmidt-Cassegrain aperture is located within the 17â€ (432 mm) long orange optical tube made from aluminum which weighs in at 24 pounds. The device boasts a magnification of up to 480X with an 80â€ (2032 mm) focal length, thus giving it a focal ratio of f/10. The Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope can capture over 800 times more light than the naked eye. It retails for $1200 and operates on 8 AA batteries for its computerized mount.
The Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope comes with a well designed 9 pound aluminum tripod with an attached single arm fork mount. The telescope accessories allow for easy assembly and dismantling without the need for hand tools. An included accessory tray makes it convenient to organize parts at night. The orange optical tube can be easily attached and released from the computerized mount even in the dark with little light. The electronic components in the mount are an impressive piece of computer technology that houses a database filled with information on 40 000 celestial objects including a plethora of stars and solar systems. You can even define up to 200 of your own objects and input the associated information.
Getting started with the Celestron NexStar 8 SE telescope is a breeze with its unique SkyAlign technology which lets you select and align a group of three bright objects in the sky. SkyAlign comes with a set of alignment features such as 1 Star Align, 2 Star Align, Auto 2 star align and solar system alignment. You can connect the Celestron NexStar 8 to your laptop with an RS 232 cable and control it using the NexRemote software. The hand control LCD unit is designed to be readable and easy to use with its double line, 16 character display. It also features GPS functionality. Keeping the hand control software up to date is simple through online product update downloads.
If youâ€™re a photography buff, you can take advantage of the camera control accessories that come with the Celestron NexStar 8. Simply plug in a cable to connect your SLR camera to the autoguider port to take a series of high resolution images. When configured properly, the autoguider locks in on a star in the sky from the same angle and lets you take clear non-blurred pictures with both short and long exposures shots.