The Celestron NexStar 5SE Computerised Telescope has Celestron’s signature orange-tube and combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system. It is the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price.
The NexStar 5SE's 5-inch primary mirror packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that the solar system has to offer: Saturn’s rings, the cloud bands on Jupiter, and geographic features on the surface of the Moon. When it comes to deep sky objects, take your 5SE to a dark-sky site and you will see hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and more.
We know the best telescope is the one you will use most often. That is why Celestron's engineers created NexStar SE's unique, patented single fork arm mount. It is perfectly portable and makes setup quick and easy. What is more, the NexStar SE breaks down into several lightweight and compact pieces, making it easy to transport, even in small vehicles. You will have no problem getting the NexStar SE to your favorite observing site, or setting it up quickly in your backyard.
Of course, it is what is inside the mount that really counts. Sturdy construction from high-quality components give NexStar SE the pointing and tracking accuracy needed to observe and follow your favorite targets with push-button ease. Use the included NexStar+ hand control to locate over 40,000 celestial objects, or take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible.
Aligning your telescope is simple and painless thanks to SkyAlign. This process makes alignment easy: just center three bright objects in your eyepiece and press ALIGN. For even easier alignment, attach our StarSense AutoAlign and your NexStar SE aligns itself.
The NexStar SE is compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Provide GPS coordinates to your telescope with SkySync, or add automatic alignment functionality with StarSense AutoAlign.
Its built-in wedge allows you to track long exposures. You can even remove the telescope's secondary mirror and replace it with a DSLR or astronomical CCD camera for wide field images captured at f/2 using a Fastar/HyperStar lens assembly. Or, if you are interested in imaging the Moon and planets, pair your NexStar 5SE with one of our Skyris cameras.
- Celestron's iconic orange tube design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike.
- 5 inch aperture provides excellent light-gathering ability at an affordable price. You will get impressive views of the Moon and planets, along with deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula, while retaining a compact form factor.
- 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 you are 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.
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Focal Length 1250mm
Focal Ratio f/10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 25mm
Magnification of Eyepiece 1 50x
Finderscope StarPointer red dot finderscope
Star Diagonal 1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical Tube Aluminum
Highest Useful Magnification 295x
Lowest Useful Magnification 18x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13
Resolution (Rayleigh) 1.11 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes) 0.93 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 329x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 51mm (2.0")
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 40% %
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 16.6% %
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length 330mm (13")
Optical Tube Diameter 152mm (6")
Optical Tube Weight 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
Dovetail CG-5 Dovetail bar
Mount Type Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Instrument load capacity 10 lbs (4.54 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod) 939.8mm - 2397mm (37" - 55")
Tripod leg diameter 50.8mm (2") Stainless Steel
Mount Head Weight 7 lbs (3.2 kg)
Accessory Tray Yes
Tripod Weight 10 lbs (4.54 kg)
Slew Speeds 9 slew speeds - max speed 3°/second
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South
Dovetail Compatibility CG-5 dovetail
Number of Auxiliary ports 1x Aux port
Autoguide port No
USB port Yes, Hand Control input
Power Requirements 8-AA batteries (not included) | 12 VDC-750 mA (Tip positive)
Motor Drive DC servo motors
Alignment Procedures SkyAlign, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Auto 2-Star Align, Solar System Align, EQ North / EQ South Alignment (EQ align requires an equatorial wedge)
Periodic Error Correction No
Computerized Hand Control Double line, 18 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
NexStar+ Database 38,181 accessible objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects.
Software Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight 17.6 lbs (8 kg)
Included Items: NexStar SE OTA, Single Fork Arm Mount, Tripod, Accessory Tray, Star Pointer Finderscope, Built-In Wedge, NexStar+ Hand Control, 25mm eyepiece, Star Diagonal