Hi Samantha -
One suggestion, I found using a Celestron 8mm-24mm zoom eyepiece gives me the opportunity to easily increase the magnification (lower the eyepiece 'number') for very good views of the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter plus its many moons. And all that is here in Chicagoland fighting against tremendous light pollution.
My scope is just a Nexstar 127SLT, nothing jumbo fancy like your 8SE. That scope should provide amazing views, especially out in the country with dark skies.
Realistic expectations are key - Jupiter is 'about' 450 MILLION miles from Earth, Saturn almost twice that. While getting 100+ magnification will increase the size of a planet bigger than the naked eye, it's not like it's going to fill the eyepiece like a major observatory can or anything. The planet will still be 'tiny'.
Even if you had a world class observatory telescope the stars will still be small dots of lights. their distance away from Earth is almost impossible to appreciate.
Just MY opinion, but if you gain even a tiny bit of experience with that 8SE, you might consider returning that StarSense gizmo for credit. IMHO it is NOT needed at all for aligning a Nexstar.
As others have ably posted, FORGET about the stunning color pictures you see in magazines and online featuring nebulae and galaxies etc. The BEST we will ever actually SEE are dim faint grey fuzzies.
Edited by chicagorandy, 19 August 2019 - 04:02 PM.