"Celestrons signature orange-tube telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NeXStar 8SE. Its the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering impressive views at an economical price.Our Founders Vision, Reimagined for the 21st CenturyIn the 1970s, the classic Celestron 8 brought the hobby of astronomy to the masses and established Celestron as the worlds premier telescope maker. Our founder, Tom Johnson, invented Celestrons proprietary method of producing Schmidt corrector plates for superior views and maximum portability. Johnson believed in creating high-quality optical instruments at an affordable price, and inspired a generation of amateur astronomers.Four decades later, weve improved upon this design by adding cutting-edge features, while staying true to our founders intent.Big Mirror, Small PriceWith a full 8"es of aperture, the 8SE reveals details in even the faintest celestial objects. With this much light-gathering ability, youll clearly observe Cassinis Division in Saturns 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 dont forget the Moonyoull see craters and geographic features like never before.Revolutionary Single Fork Arm MountWe know the best telescope is the one you will use most often. Thats why Celestrons e|The worlds 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 beginner|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.|Fully automated, GoTo mount with database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you.|SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if youre unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any three bright objects.|Unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all break down into separate components for easy transport and quick assembly."