Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope


Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope Review


With its iconic orange tube, stargazing fans would instantly recognize the Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope. Since the 1970s until today, it is the world's most beloved telescope. But it is likely to be more in demand now that it comes with updated features.

Large, 8-inch aperture, SkyAlign Technology and a unique single fork arm design are just some of the features that will provide beginners and experienced observers the best stargazing experience. The easy-to-use system is what makes the NexStar 8SE the ideal choice if you're looking for your first serious telescope, especially because of its economical price point.



The NexStar 8SE comes with a full, 8-inch aperture that lets you see even the faintest celestial objects in detail, thanks to its excellent light gathering ability. Believe it or not, you will clearly see geographic features and craters on the moon. You will also see hundreds of pinpoint stars beyond the solar system. 

In terms of design, the NexStar 8SE is built with a unique, patented single fork arm mount that makes for easy setup and adjustment of the telescope. Made with convenience in mind, the telescope also breaks down into compact and lightweight pieces, making it portable enough to take with you when camping or travelling. To align your telescope, simply use the SkyAlign Technology and get a clear view of that celestial body that you want to see. All you have to do is center the eyepiece on 3 bright objects and press Align.

But what really makes the NexStar 8SE 21st-century ready is it's compatibility with high-tech accessories and mobile devices. Using your iPad or iPhone, you can easily control your telescope through the SkyQ Link, or add GPS functionality using SkySync. Pair it with other advanced features and effectively increase the capabilities of the telescope. Achieve wide field imaging super-fast with Fastar imaging. Get planetary imaging using Skyris cameras. And with a database of over 40,000 celestial objects, you can easily track and locate them.

Of course, if you want to take the manual route, the telescope includes the NexStar+ hand control that allows you to see beyond the skies with just a push of different buttons.


Pros and Cons



  • Offers rapid, efficient alignment process through SkyAlign and a database filled with over 40000 celestial objects.
  • Boasts of excellent optics with a large aperture and a basic 25mm eyepiece
  • Weighing just 24 pounds, the NexStar 8SE is lightweight and portable.
  • It is one of the most affordable and economical telescopes


  • Short but pricey battery life. You will need 8 AA battery to use the telescope, which can only last as long. Depending on how often you use the telescope, you might need to bring several batteries with you.
  • The motor is a bit noisy, although it is accurate
  • It comes with plastic accessories
  • The telescope can be moved along the azimuth without power, rendering it useless



Despite the issue of battery life, NexStar 8SE is a great a telescope overall. If you're not using it outdoors, you can always connect it to an AC adapter, which will solve the power problem. An affordable telescope suitable for beginners and experienced observers, you won’t go wrong with this device.


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