Celestron NexStar 8SE SCT GoTo Telescope

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Celestron NexStar 8SE SCT GoTo Telescope

  • Celestron NexStar 8SE Schmidt-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope
    • 8-Inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly
      • 25mm 1.25-Inch Eyepiece
      • StarPointer Finderscope
    • 1.25-Inch Star Diagonal
    • NexStar SE
      • Single Fork Arm Altazimuth Mount
      • Steel Tripod with Accessory Tray
    • NexStar+ Hand Control

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Celestron NexStar 8SE SCT GoTo Telescope

Celestron’s signature orange-tube telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 8SE. It’s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price.


In the 1970s, Celestron’s Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes brought the hobby of astronomy to the masses and established Celestron as the world’s premier telescope maker. The founder, Tom Johnson, invented Celestron’s proprietary method of producing Schmidt corrector plates for superior views and maximum portability. Johnson believed in creating high-quality optical instruments at an affordable price, and inspired a generation of amateur astronomers. Four decades later, Celestrons improved upon this design by adding cutting-edge features, while staying true to their founder’s intent.

Revolutionary Design

The best telescope is the one you will use most often. That’s why Celestron’s engineers created NexStar SE’s unique, patented single fork arm mount. It’s perfectly portable and makes setup quick and easy. What’s more, the NexStar SE breaks down into several lightweight and compact pieces, making it easy to transport, even in small vehicles. You’ll have no problem getting the NexStar SE to your favorite observing site, or setting it up quickly in your backyard.

Of course, it’s what’s inside the mount that really counts. Sturdy construction from high-quality components give NexStar SE the pointing and tracking accuracy needed to observe and follow your favorite targets with push-button ease. Use the included NexStar+ hand control to locate over 40,000 celestial objects, or take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible.

Aligning your telescope is simple and painless, too, thanks to SkyAlign. This process makes alignment as easy as 1-2-3: just center three bright objects in your eyepiece and press ALIGN. For even easier alignment, attach Celestrons StarSense AutoAlign and your NexStar SE aligns itself! Celestron added their proprietary StarBright XLT optical coating to enhance light transmission making your images brighter and more detailed.

Advanced Features

The NexStar SE is compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Provide GPS coordinates to your telescope with SkySync, or add automatic alignment functionality with StarSense AutoAlign. Its built-in wedge allows you to track long exposures. You can even remove the telescope’s secondary mirror and replace it with a DSLR or astronomical CCD camera for wide field images captured at f/2 using a Fastar/HyperStar lens assembly. Or, if you’re interested in imaging the Moon and planets, pair your NexStar 8SE with one of Celestron's Skyris cameras. From your first observing session and for years to come, the NexStar SE is your trusted companion.

View the Universe

With a full 8 inches of aperture, the 8SE reveals details in even the faintest celestial objects. With this much light-gathering ability, you’ll clearly observe Cassini’s Division in Saturn’s rings, the cloud bands on Jupiter, and the Great Red Spot. Beyond the solar system, your 8SE will show you hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and more. And don’t forget the Moon—you’ll see craters and geographic features like never before.

Celestron NexStar 8SE SCT GoTo Telescope

  • Optical design: Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Aperture: 203.2 mm (8 inch)
  • Focal length: 2032 mm (80 inch)
  • Focal ratio: 10
  • Focal length of eyepiece 1 (mm): 25 mm (0.98 inch)
  • Magnification of eyepiece 1: 81x
  • Finderscope: StarPointer
  • Star diagonal: 1.25 inch
  • Mount type: Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
  • Tripod: Steel
  • Power requirements: 8-AA batteries (not included)
  • Highest useful magnification: 480x
  • Lowest useful magnification: 29x
  • Limiting stellar magnitude 14
  • Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.69 arc seconds
  • Resolution (Dawes): 0.57 arc seconds
  • Light gathering power (Compared to human eye): 843x
  • Apparent field of view: 0.63 degrees
  • Linear field of view: 33 feet (10 m) at 1,000 yards
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 64 mm (2.5 inch)
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by Diameter: 31%
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by Area: 9.77%
  • Optical coatings: Starbright XLT
  • Optical tube length: 432 mm (17 inch)
  • Total telescope kit weight: 33 lb (15 kg)
  • Tripod weight: 9 lb (4.08 kg)
  • Slew speeds: Nine slew speeds
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
  • Tracking modes: Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South
  • Alignment procedures: SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Solar System Align
  • Communication ports: RS-232 communication port on hand control, Autoguider port, Aux port
  • Computer hand control: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
  • Database: 40,000 objects, 200 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects

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