The Celestron NexStar 8SE is the most popular 8-inch computerized telescope on the market, especially for beginner astronomy. Use it for bothdeep-space and planetary astrophotography at the touch of a button. Its aperture (the internal part of the telescope that captures light) is powerful enough to provide spectacular views of the Moon, planets, and deep-sky objects (like the Whirlpool Galaxy and the Hercules Globular Cluster).
Celestron NexStar 8SE Top 3 Features
A fully automated GoTo mount, with a database of 40,000 plus celestial objects, will automatically locate and track objects for you.
SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. For beginners, easily set up your telescope on any three bright objects in the sky.
Its unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod can be disassembled and reassembled into separate components for easy transport.
Astrophotography with the Celestron NexStar 8SE
With planetary imaging cameras starting as low as $85, you'll be taking planetary images in no time. They are lightweight and will fit right into the 1.25-inch barrel of your telescope so you don’t need any special parts to get started.
The NexStar 8SE is capable of taking deep space photos with a few additional accessories. Awedge can convert the Alt-Azimuth mount into an equatorial fork (a fork-shaped tool that holds the optical tube between it and above the mount)giving it the ability to take exposures for more than 30 seconds. This will capture the faintest details in galaxies and nebulae. Check out the image below! It was taken with the NexStar 8SE on a wedge with a Pentax K DSLR.
The Celestron NexStar 8SE 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 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 the camera sensor is spaced 55 mm from the back of the threads of the T-adapter. If you need any help with this feel free to contact us.
203 mm (8")
DC Servo motors
.26 arc sec
Onboard DC Motors
Light Gathering Power
5 Degrees Per Second
2 Year Warranty
8-inch NexStar SE Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA.
NexStar SE Mount: Motorized Alt-Azimuth/ GoTo.
Tripod with Adjustable Steel Legs.
StarPointer Red Dot Finderscope
NexStar+ Hand Controller.
1.25-inch Star Diagonal.
1.25-inch, 25 mm Eyepiece.
Insert Card w/ Starry Night Software.
2 Year Warranty.
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Many choices out there, happy thus far with this purchase. Well built. Every scope has its quirks and a learning curve, but having a blast with it thus far. Should last me for years and years. Shipping damage to tripod legs promptly rectified by OPT and Celestron.