Celestron NexStar 8SE SCT OTA - Orange Tube - 11069-OTA

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  • Celestron's signature Schmidt-Cassegrain optics with StarBright XLT coatings for brighter images
  • GoTo computerized mount with 40,000-object database and Sky Tour feature
  • Easy SkyAlign alignment procedure has you ready to observe in minutes
  • Single fork arm design is sturdy yet portable
  • 8" aperture for sharp, detailed images
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    Celestron NexStar 8SE SCT OTA - Orange Tube


    This Celestron NexStar 8SE includes only the optical tube assembly, StarPointer Finder, 25 mm eyepiece, and 1.25" star diagonal. Enjoy the freedom of choosing your own setup!

    Our bestselling computerized telescope, perfect for telescope newbies and seasoned amateur astronomers alike. The Celestron NexStar 8SE combines a large 8” aperture with smart design and grab-and-go convenience, making it an ideal choice for your first serious telescope.

    The largest of the NexStar SE family, with 78% more light gathering than a 6” model, the NexStar 8SE will enable you to see deep into the universe. Go beyond the basics and view Cassini’s Division in Saturn’s rings, the separation between double stars, hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, and more. Celestron’s XLT optical coatings aid in light transmission so you get brighter views.

    Despite its 8” primary mirror, the NexStar 8SE is anything but bulky. The Schmidt-Cassegrain optical design condenses the light path, making the optical tube is just 17" long. With a lightweight single fork arm computerized mount and collapsible tripod, you can easily transport your 8SE in any small car and carry it to your favorite observing site.

    Reminiscent of Celestron’s classic orange tube telescopes from the 1970s, but with all the latest technological advances, the NexStar SE is designed to grow with you. It’s compatible with all of Celestron’s latest telescope accessories: StarSense AutoAlign, which aligns your telescope automatically in less than three minutes, the SkyQ Link 2 WiFi Module for navigating the sky with your smartphone or tablet, and more. You can also attach an astronomical camera or your DSLR to get started with astrophotography.

    Discover for yourself why the NexStar 8SE is a TelescopesPlus.com customer favorite.


      How Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes Work

      Since their design was perfected by Celestron founder Tom Johnson in the 1960s, the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope has been a superior all-around performer for both terrestrial and astronomical viewing as well as astroimaging. Celestron’s versatile, cost-effective design has reigned as a top choice for most amateur astronomers.

      Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and other “catadioptrics” use mirrors and specialized lenses to shorten the light path, giving them a much more compact design than other telescopes of a similar focal length.

      First, the light passes through the Schmidt corrector lens on the outermost edge of the telescope. Although it appears flat to the naked eye, the Schmidt corrector is actually aspherical; its glass is figured for hours to achieve the desired shape. After passing through the corrector, the light strikes the primary mirror and reflects up to the secondary mirror. From there, it bounces back down and travels through to an eyepiece or imaging sensor at the back of the telescope.

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        What's Included

        • Celestron NexStar 8SE Schmidt-Cassegrain Aluminum OTA with StarBright XLT Coatings
        • StarPointer Finder with 3V CR2032 Lithium Button Battery
        • 25 mm Eyepiece
        • Vixen-Style CG-5 Dovetail Bar
        • 1.25" Star Diagonal

      • Dimensions & Specifications





        Eyepiece 1

        25mm (81.28x)





        Focal Length


        Focal Ratio


        Good for Astrophotography






        Highest Useful Magnification


        Lens Coating

        StarBright XLT

        Mount Design

        Single Fork Arm-Altazimuth

        Object Database

        40000 objects

        Objective Lens Size Code


        Optical Design


        Recommended Usage

        Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters
        Viewing Nebulae
        Viewing the Planets
        Viewing the Moon

        Star Diagonal

        1.25 Inch

        Telescopes Series

        Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes

        User Level

        For the Expert


        2-Year Limited

        Weight Complete

        33 lbs.


        Download Celestron NexStar 8SE Instruction Manual
        Download Celestron NexStar 8SE Quick Set-Up Guide
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