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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.

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.

  • 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

Included Technology


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.

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!


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Aperture203 mm (7.99")
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