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  • The world’s most beloved telescope! The classic, 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain revolutionized amateur astronomy in the 1970s. Now, the iconic “orange tube” design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike.
  • Large, 8-inch aperture with excellent light-gathering ability provides spectacular views of the Moon and planets, along with deep sky objects like the Whirlpool Galaxy and Hercules Globular Cluster.
  • Fully automated, GoTo mount with database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you.
  • SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any three bright objects.
  • Unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all break down into separate components for easy transport and quick assembly.

General Features

  • 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • SE combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with the latest state-of-the-art features
  • StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Internal flip mirror for convenient viewing straight through (with optional diagonal) or at 90 degrees
  • Quick release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup
  • Sturdy computerized altazimuth mount
  • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
  • Ultra sturdy steel tripod features built-in wedge which allows 4 SE to be used for astrophotography
  • Includes CD-ROM "The Sky" Astronomy Software which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps

Computerized Features

  • Proven NexStar computer control technology
  • Nearly 40,000 object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
  • Includes a camera control feature and shutter release cable that allows you to remotely take a series of exposures using your digital SLR camera
  • Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number; the most beautiful double, triple and quadruple stars; variable star; solar systems; objects and asterisms
  • DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes
  • Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features
  • NexRemote telescope control software and RS-232 cable included for advanced control of your telescope via computer
  • GPS-compatible with optional CN16 GPS Accessory

Specifications

  • Aperture: 203.2 mm (8 in)
  • Focal Length: 2032 mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Optical Tube: Aluminum
  • Eyepiece: 25mm (81x)
  • Star Diagonal: 1.25"
  • Telescope Weight: 24 lb (10.89 kg)
  • Tripod Weight: 9 lb (4.08 kg)