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!
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
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.
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.
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
Deep Space Imaging
The 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
Questions & AnswersAsk a Question
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
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.
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.
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.
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.