|✔ Staff Pick|
Note: This item is for the Optical Tube only. If you want the full NexStar 8SE with mount, click here.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 impressive views at an economical price.
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.
|Aperture (mm)||203.2 mm (8 in)|
|Apparent Field of View||0.63 "|
|Focal Length||2032 mm (80 in)|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 ...||25 mm (0.98 in)|
|Highest Useful Magnification||480 x|
|Light Gathering Power (Comp...||843 x|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||14|
|Linear Field of View (@1000...||33 ft (10 m)|
|Lowest Useful Magnification||29 x|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 1||81 x|
|Optical Coatings||Starbright XLT|
|Optical Tube Length||17 in (432 mm)|
|Resolution (Dawes)||0.57 arc seconds|
|Resolution (Rayleigh)||0.69 arc seconds|
|Secondary Mirror Obstructio...||9.77%|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction||2.5 in (64 mm)|
|Total OTA||12.5 lbs|
|Warranty||2-year Telescope Warranty|