Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope
The world’s most beloved telescope! The classic, 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain revolutionized amateur astronomy in the 1970s. Now, the iconic “orange tube” design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike.
1 year warranty on all products. 30 days money back guarantee..
3-5 days worldwide free delivery via UPS & DHL.
14 days no hassle return policy. If you’re not happy, you get 100% of your money back.
It's a GREAT telescope
This telescope is perfect for a beginner, can be set up in about 10 minutes, and is easily aligned by pointing at three bright objects in the sky. I am very satisfied with this purchase.
All in all very happy with my order, would recommend this to anyone looking to add a more advanced telescope to their collection. The telescope can be a little intimidating for those new to the hobby, but with a little research, you will like it! We are still learning this telescope and every thing we learn only improves our experience. It's a great choice for those just entering the hobby or coming out of a starting scope.
I'm very impressed after my first night out with the Nexstar 8. The build is high quality even though some plastic components are, well, plastic! :-) The optics seem well made and sharp. The mechanical elements are robust. Installation and disassembly are a breeze. The whole rig fits in the trunk of my mini cooper which means I can get to a better viewing site easily.
Our Founder’s Vision, Reimagined for the 21st Century
In the 1970s, the classic Celestron 8 brought the hobby of astronomy to the masses and established Celestron as the world’s premier telescope maker. Our 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, we’ve improved upon this design by adding cutting-edge features, while staying true to our founder’s intent.
Big Mirror, Small Price
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.
Revolutionary Single Fork Arm Mount
We know 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 pushbutton 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 our StarSense AutoAlign and your NexStar SE aligns itself!
Advanced Features Let the NexStar SE Grow with You
The NexStar SE is compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Control your telescope using your iPhone or iPad with our SkyQ Link, or add GPS functionality with SkySync.
If you’re interested in astroimaging, the NexStar SE is Fastar-compatible for ultra-fast, wide field imaging. For planetary imaging, there’s no better choice than a NexStar 8SE paired with one of our Skyris cameras. From your first observing session and for years to come, the NexStar SE is your trusted companion.
Your Journey Through The Cosmos Begins Here
Celestron’s signature 'orange tube' telescope, designed to deliver one of the best stargazing experience for users of all levels.
Fully automated GoTo mount
Choose from a database of over 40,000 stars, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, solar system objects, and more. Your NexStar SE locates them all with pinpoint accuracy and tracks them automatically.
Compact and portable
The 8SE is ideal for camping weekends or trips to dark sky sites. Its compact form factor is easy to transport and assemble just about anywhere.
The 8-inch aperture provides excellent light-gathering ability. You'll get impressive views of the Moon and planets, as well as deep sky objects, all while keeping a compact form factor.
You receive a StarPointer red dot finderscope, a 25mm Plossl eyepiece, a visual back and a mirror star diagonal.
A life of astronomy
Compatible with all of Celestron's most popular accessories, including StarSense AutoAlign and SkyPortal WiFi Module, the NexStar SE can grow with you.