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Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

SKU : CE-11069

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  • 8-inch Aperture with Excellent Light-gathering Ability.
  • f/10 Focal Ratio for High Magnification.
  • Computerized GoTo System Will Track Objects for You.
  • Unique Design, Simple Disassemble for Easy Transport.

Product Details


    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

    Planetary Imaging

    Jupiter shot With Nexstar 8SEWith 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.

     Here are some cameras we recommend:

    Deep Space Imaging

    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.

  • specifications

    Aperture203 mm (8")
    Camera/Eyepiece Connection1.25" Nosepiece
    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
    Highest Magnification406x
    Light Gathering Power841x
    Limiting Magnitude15.3
    Optical DesignSCT
    PortsCamera Control
    PortsHand Control
    Secondary Obstruction35mm
    Slew Speed5 Degrees Per Second
    Tracking RatesEQ North
    Tracking RatesEQ South
    Tracking RatesLunar
    Tracking RatesSidereal
    Tripod Weight10 lbs
    Tube Diameter226mm
    Tube Length432mm
    Tube Weight12.5 lbs
    Warranty2 Year Warranty
  • included items

    • 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, 25 mm Eyepiece.
    • Mini-USB Port.
    • Insert Card w/ Starry Night Software.
    • 2 Year Warranty.


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douglas b.
United States United States
New Celestron SE8

Well packaged. Easy to set up. Impressive images. Unfortunately too cold and cloudy to really work with it yet. Pleased so far.

United States United States
Celestron 8se

Great 8 inch scope for the money. Use a 2 ft level when leveling the tri pod and enter location GPS coordinates from Google Earth to get the best star alignment for the go to operation. Just keep rotating the level cross the 3 legs with an up or down adjustment to the leg and it will be level on about the 3rd time around. This takes maybe 5 minutes. Not good for photography but fine for viewing. You can get a better scope (gears, etc) for a lot more money but the optical tube and lens will be the same so the viewing is the same as an expensive scope. The only thing I don’t like is it won’t look straight up without the the tube hitting the base. If that happens you have to redo the star alignment.

Gail S. Dale
United States United States
Not happy

Had to buy a laser collimater. The eyepiece you provide doesn’t allow me to view anything celestial. Very hard to align scope. I have yet to align telescope. Not happy. The scope is very heavy and I can’t pick it up by myself.

Adeline C.
United States United States

Delivery was quicker than expected. I have not opened yet because it's a christmas gift for husband.

Joseph B.
United States United States
No extra eyepieces and barlow lens yet

Before ordering I was told that the telescope plus extra eyepiece package was due in 2 weeks. I received the telescope a week ago no problem. But extra eyepieces were not included. Now I'm told by customer service the eyepiece package will take another 2-3 weeks ( new Order 148677). Telescope is difficult to align and use for a beginner without a lower power eyepiece. Anything you can do to expedite shipment of Order 148677 will be appreciated.

OPT Telescopes

Hi Joseph, We greatly appreciate you as a customer and apologize for the delay in shipping as the extra eyepiece package was back-ordered by the manufacturer. The purchase order with your item is due to arrive to us this week, so it should ship out to you by the end of the week! Thank you, OPT

Daniel Y.
United States United States
nexstar 8se

The telescope is excellent. The view shakes so much when adjusting the focus, or trying to take a picture with a DSLR.