Review: Celestron NexStar 8SE GoTo Telescope

The NexStar 8SE provides the consumer with a powerful, yet compact, stargazing tool. Its 8-inch aperture and updated technological advancements allow it to capture incredible details from objects in the night sky. Its SkyAlign technology makes it easy for even novices to find and identify these objects, while its clarity and ease of use make it ideal for both beginners and experienced star gazers alike.


• Item number: 11069
• Weight: 35.3 pounds
• Dimensions: 24 in. x 24 in. x 41 in.
• Aperture: 203 mm (7.99 in.)
• Eyepiece magnification: 81x
• Mount: Single fork arm
• Warranty: 2-year warranty on the telescope for damage and defects
• Focal length: 2032mm
• Eyepiece size: 25mm
• Focal ratio: 10
• Objects in database: 40,000+

The Celestron NexStar 8SE is one of the company’s unique SE telescopes. The scope joins the other SEs by sporting a Schmidt-Cassegrain design that combines refraction and reflection into one portable unit. The combination of star gazing methods allows the scope to achieve the maximum clarity and detail in the nighttime sky by capturing the very best advantages of both methods. In addition, the combination of methods allows Celestron to create a remarkably compact scope that, with its single fork arm construction, makes it easy to set up and take down in a matter of minutes. The result is a scope that allows the star gazer to easily enjoy the nighttime sky whenever and wherever they choose.

The 8SE sets itself apart from the other SE scopes by its 8-inch aperture. This size allows the scope to capture enough light to emphasize clarity and accuracy in the viewing experience. As a result, some consumers report being able to use the scope in combination with certain accessories to achieve effective and appealing astrophotography. In addition, consumers support Celestron’s claim to provide remarkable detail during the stargazing experience. For instance, they can see details such as the dust storm on Mars, the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, and the rings on Saturn. They also report that the images are very clear and sharp, and that the scope is capable of accurately aligning itself with whatever nighttime object the viewer desires. In addition, the StarAlign technology allows consumers to easily align the scope by focusing it on three nighttime objects and provides a database of 40,000 objects to help stargazers identify and view the objects they wish to see.

The 8SE does receive some complaints for noisy operation, vibration, and minor design inconveniences. However, its high reviews for portability, clarity, and accuracy, combined with its relatively low price tag, make it an appealing choice for many star gazing enthusiasts. Because of its portability, it is easy to carry from place to place, and its easy set up make it an appealing choice for short star gazing ventures. In addition, its good optics and ease of use make it a good choice even for more experienced star gazers who want an easier telescope to handle while enjoying advanced technology and excellent views.

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