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Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

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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 camerasstarting 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. A wedge 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.


    Celestron nexstar 8se images orion

    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.
    • StarPointer Red Dot Finderscope
    • 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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Shane A.
United States United States

Nexstar 8SE

Been loving it so far

Thomas L.
United States United States

NexStar 8SE

So much fun, east to follow instructions. The most detailed images, amazing clarity.

Miguel A.
United States United States

Fantastic! Excellent telescope.

Frank D.
United States United States

Fantastic scope ..

Not only is this great for planets .. But adding a Hyperstar makes it so much faster when imaging... Absolutely enjoy this scope!!

Phillip B.
United States United States

Celestron NexStar 8SE is amazing!

In a very short time I was able to assemble, align and view amazing stellar sights right from my backyard. I’m very impressed with this telescope.

Ann B.
United States United States

Difficulty setting up

I am trying to align my telescope and the directional buttons aren’t wanting to work for when. I go to align it with a star is there anything I need to do to get the directional buttons to work