Celestron NexStar 8SE f/10 GoTo Telescope

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Celestron NexStar 8SE f/10 GoTo Telescope

The Celestron NexStar 8SE is the most popular 8-Inch Computerized Telescope on the market. A NexStar SE can help you find thousands of stars, planets, galaxies and more at the touch of a button! It's so easy to setup you can be exploring the night sky in minutes.

This telescope is one of the best choices for a beginner getting into astronomy, It's has a large 8-inch aperture that is powerful enough to resolve details in galaxies. It is lightweight and can be run on batteries which will make it easy to take on trips. It is also versatile enough to be used for both Deep Space and Planetary astrophotography.

Celestron Nexstar 8SE Highlights

  • 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 will automatically locate and track 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 set up your telescope on any three bright objects in the sky.
  • Unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all break down into separate components for easy transport and quick assembly.

Using the 8SE Visually

A 1.25-inch visual back, 1.25-inch Mirror diagonal and 1.25-inch 25 mm Plossl eyepiece comes standard with this telescope. This eyepiece and diagonal combination will make the moon appear 81 times bigger than your naked eye! The 25 mm eyepiece is a great for beginners because of its medium level of brightness and mid-range magnification.

Here at OPT, we know that you one eyepiece is not going to cut it, so we have included a 15 mm Plossl, 40 mm Plossl, 2x Barlow and ND filter AT NO COST!

TPO ND96 Moon Filter & Case

The TPO ND filter is a must-have accessory when viewing the moon. The moon is the brightest object in the night sky. It can get so bright that it can feel like you are shining a flashlight into one of your eyes. The TPO ND filter will darken the image of the moon so that it will be comfortable to view all night long. This filter will fit any 1.25-inch barrel, so it can fit onto any  

TPO 15mm Plossl Eyepiece

The TPO 15 mm eyepiece is a medium-high magnification eyepiece. This eyepiece is ideal for looking at fine details of nebulae or galaxies. When paired with a 2x Barlow it will give some of the best views of the large planets.

TPO 40mm Plossl Eyepiece

The TPO 40 mm Plossl eyepiece is a great eyepiece for a bright and wide field of view. We recommend that this is the first eyepiece that you use when observing since it makes very easy to find the object that you are looking for. It is also the best choice when looking at large and faint objects. When paired with a 2X Barlow It works like mid-range magnification eyepiece.

TPO 2x Barlow Lens

The TPO 2X Barlow is in an extremely useful tool. When used, it will double the magnification of any eyepiece that you put inside of it. This vastly extends the versatility of your 3 eyepieces to give you the versatility of 6 eyepieces.

Check out how the Simulated view below to see how each and the barlow effects what you would see.

Astrophotography with the Nexstar 8SE

Planetary Imaging

Jupiter shot With Nexstar 8SEThis telescope works really well for planetary imaging. With planetary cameras starting as low as 85 dollars, you will you can be taking planetary images in no time. Planetary cameras are lightweight and will fit right into the 1.25”  barrel of your telescope so it will not require any special parts to get started. We do recommend using the included 2X barlow to the maximum resolution possible.
Here are some cameras we recommend:

Deep Space Imaging

Nexstar 8 SE on Nexstar SE & Evolution WedgeThe Nexstar 8SE is capable of taking deep space astrophotos with a few additional accessories. To take exposures longer than 30 seconds the optional wedge will convert the Alt-Az mount into an equatorial fork. You’ll now be able to take exposure long enough to get the faintest details in galaxies and nebulae. The Shot below was taken with the Nexstar 8SE on a wedge with a Pentax K DSLR

For DSLRs & Telescope Cameras:

If you want to use this telescope with a Canon, Nikon, or Sony E-mount APS-C sized DSLRs, or a dedicated CCD/CMOS Telescope camera, you will need several accessories.

For CCD/CMOS Deep Space Telescope Cameras, Most will fit to the threads of the rear of the Celestron t-adapter. Depending on the model of camera you are using you will likely need to add additional spacers. To have it come to focus, you need to make sure that camera sensor is spaced 55mm from the back of the threads of the T-adapter.

If you need any help with this feel free to contact us.

Included Technology

All-Star Polar Alignment

Get ready for a night of astroimaging with your mount faster than previously thought possible with All-Star Polar Alignment. This innovative software solves the time-consuming problem of trying to pinpoint the North Celestial Pole.


This telescope control software replaces the hand control and allows the user to remotely control their Celestron computerized telescope from their personal PC or laptop.


SkyAlign alignment technology makes setting up a computerized telescope simple, fast, and accurate. Just point the telescope at any three bright objects — stars, bright planets, or even the Moon — and your telescope can orient itself with the night sky.

Compatible Technology


The new Lithium Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery chemistry has significant advantages over other battery chemistries, great for those Astronomers on the go.

Starsense Technology

Celestron’s patented StarSense Technology makes it easier than ever to locate objects in the night sky, even if you’ve never used a telescope before. Turn it on and push ‘Align.’ In about three minutes, you’re ready to observe!


WiFi technology encircles the globe in a web of connectivity, knowledge, and information. Now, Celestron is using that same technology to allow stargazers to connect to the night sky and enhance their experience of the cosmos in fun and unique ways.


Aperture203 mm (8")
Camera/Eyepiece Connection1.25" Nosepiece
Database40000+ Objects
Dawes Limit0.57 arcseconds
Drive TypeDC Servo motors
Encoder Resolution.26 arc sec
Encoder TypeOnboard DC Motors
Focal Length2032 mm
Focal Ratiof/10
Free ShippingYes
Hightest Magnification406x
Light Gathering Power841x
Limiting Magnitude15.3
Optical DesignSCT
PortsCamera Control
PortsHand Control
Secondary Obstruction35mm
Slew Speed5 Degrees Per Second
Total Weight21 lbs
Tracking RatesAz
Tracking RatesEQ North
Tracking RatesEQ South
Tracking RatesLunar
Tracking RatesSidereal
Tripod Weight10 lbs
Tube Diameter226mm
Tube Length432mm
Tube Weight12.5 lbs
Warranty2 Year Warranty


  • 8-Inch NexStar SE Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
  • NexStar SE Mount: Motorized Alt-Azimuth/ GoTo
  • Tripod with Adjustable Steel Legs
  • Accessory Tray
  • NexStar+ Hand Controller
  • 1.25-inch Star Diagonal
  • 1.25-inch, 25mm Eyepiece
  • TPO 15mm Eyepiece
  • TPO 40mm Eyepiece
  • TPO 2x Barlow
  • TPO ND Filter
  • StarPointer Optical Finderscope (Red Dot)
  • Mini-USB Port
  • Insert Card w/ Starry Night Software
  • 2 Year Warranty

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Ask a Question
  • How do you attach the optical tube to the fork arm?

    The optical tube connects via a V-style dovetail on the side of the tube which attaches to a clamp on the fork arm.

  • How heavy is the Tak FSQ 106

    The base weight of the scope is just under 15 lbs. Adding a tube holder, a dovetail, camera, and needed camera adapters will increase the weight from there.

  • Can I use a Schmidt- Cassegrain telescope right angle correct image finderscope on my Nexstar 8 se telescope? The bracket doesn't seem to fit?

    The Celestron 93781 will work if you remove the red dot finder bracket. https://www.optcorp.com/celestron-9x50-illum-ra-correct-image-finderscope-93781.html. If you are using a third party finder, please contact us to discuss adaptation.

  • Does the 8se accept both 1.25 and 2" eyepieces?

    The 8SE supports 1.25" eyepieces natively, but it will accept 2" eyepieces if you purchase an optional 2" SCT compatible diagonal.

  • Will the orion 9x50 finder scope fit this scope?  What other 9x50 finder scopes will fit this scope?

    You can make either the Orion, Celestron, or StellarVue 50mm finders work on this scope, but only the Celestron version includes the complete bracket. The Orion one requires an additional foot and the StellarVue version has the bracket sold separately. Th