1. Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope


The Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope is an incredibly popular and highly rated telescope in the world of star gazing. By rule of thumb, 8 inch telescopes are relatively expensive compared to entry level and amateur telescopes and spotter scopes. The Celestron NexStar 8 SE has a list price of $1,199, but you can find them online, such as Amazon, for $999.

These telescopes are for the serious astronomer, sky gazer, or hard core enthusiast.

The technical features that make this model by Celestron so popular include the following:

  • 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • Star Bright XLT high transmission coatings included
  • Star Pointer finder-scope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup
  • Sky Align allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Nearly 40,000 object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 celestial bodies
  • 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, Star Bright XLT high transmission coatings come standard
  • Star Pointer finder-scope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup
  • Sky Align allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Nearly 40,000-object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects

Needless to say, this telescope is packed with the best, high-tech gear that upholds Celestron’s reputation for quality optics. Celestron’s patented Sky Align system makes this telescope incredibly easy to use. You simply choose the nearest town to you from the list built-in to the system, enter the current date and time, and then point the telescope at three bright stars. You don’t need a sky chart, because the Sky Align system identifies those stars for you. Personally, this is an incredibly amazing piece of technology and has got to have some of the most advanced tracking technology available.

The excellent optics and the easy, computerized GoTo tracking makes this portable and light telescope worth every penny. For the price, you are getting an SCT telescope with a ton of accessories, upgradability, and a plethora of options in which to use this telescope to scan the skies for casual use, hard core astronomy, and discovery.

2. Celestron Advanced VX 8 Inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope 12026


The Celestron Advanced VX 8 Inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT) 12026 is a pricier option as far as 8 Inch models go. However, with a listing price of $2,639.95, you can still save money and find it for around $1,599.00 on Amazon and similar websites. However, the price is not just tacked on for good business—it reflects the high quality and advanced optics and technology that this telescope boasts.

The follow features and innovative technology is what makes the Advanced VX 8 Inch SCT so popular among users of 8 Inch telescopes:

  • A parabolic primary mirror that minimizes spherical aberration in order to produce a better image
  • 8″ (200mm) f/5 optical design that offers excellent wide field views
  • Integer gear ratios and permanently programmable Periodic Error Correction that eliminates recurring track errors from the worm gear
  • Improved latitude range—this SCT can be used between 7 – 77 degrees latitude
  • New motors offer improved tracking performance & provide more power to overcome load imbalances
  • Improved electronics that provide increased memory for future expansion
  • Updated industrial design offers more rigidity, less flexure, and improved aesthetics
  • New design allows viewing or imaging across the meridian without interference from the motors housing
  • NexStar+ hand control offers multiple language programming (such as English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, etc…)

The VX 8 inch Newtonian SC telescope provides an incredible 78% greater light-gathering ability compared to the 6 inch model. The parabolic primary mirror provides the viewer with sharper images near the edge of the field of view, which not many telescopes in this grade can boast about on the current market.

There is no doubt that this telescope is an incredible and high quality SCT from the reputable Celestron line, and deserves a stop on the most popular 8 Inch Celestron telescopes. This telescope is incredibly popular, despite the higher price. This is because the enthusiasts, intermediate professionals, and astronomers utilize this telescope beyond the back yard.

Astro-imagers seeking a large aperture with a lot of light-gathering power need to look no further. As you grow in your astronomy hobby, this VX 8 inch SCT can grow with you, and you can upgrade it and enjoy the high-level features for years to come.


 3. Celestron CGEM 800 – 8” SCT Telescope on CGEM Equatorial Mount 11097


The Celestron CGEM 800 – 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT) utilizes a CGEM mount, which is a computerized Equatorial Mount similarly found in other Celestron products. This Ultra Sturdy 2 inch steel tripod with accessory tray makes it easy to use and allows for a stable and safe viewing experience without tipping.

The large aperture collects plenty of light, even in the dead of night, when star gazing is in its best environment. What I find to be a cool piece of technology, is the computer compensates for the Earth’s rotation automatically.

Included with this incredible SC telescope, is Celestron’s premium Star Bright XLT coatings on the optics, which allows for clearer and sharper viewing of celestial bodies and objects viewed in the sky. The SCT mechanism moves the primary mirror to adjust the focus and the 6 x 30 finder-scope helps to accurately find objects in the sky.

The Celestron CGEM 800 is delivered in three boxes: one for the telescope, the second for the tripod and counter weight, and the third for the computerized mount. I found that constructing the telescope is straight forward, but make sure to put this telescope together on a non-scratch able surface, as the weight can scratch wood flooring during assembly.

This is a pretty heavy telescope, with a delivery weight of all of the additional components adding to about 50 pounds; however, this is not so much of an issue for those who purchase this telescope for the mind-blowing viewing capabilities. However, it should be noted that for flooring or any surface that you do not want scratched or dented, that you should purchase a rubberized mat to perch the tripod on, just to ensure flooring is not damaged. Celestron offers vibration suppression pads that you can use that would make for the perfect pad to set your CGEM 800’s tripod on.

Overall, Celestron amazes yet again with their CGEM 800 – 8 inch Schmidt-Cassagrain Telescope. This high-tech and fun scope is perfect for intermediate hobbyists, astronomers, serious star gazers, and those looking to learn about the night’s sky and the celestial bodies using this model’s state of the art computerized mount. This rounds off the best 8 inch Celestron telescopes on the market quite well, and shows us that Celestron’s product line varies in price, functionality, technology, and ease of use. This means that no matter what type of telescope you are seeking, you will find the right one with Celestron.