Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope

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Price:$699.00

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  • View and learn about over 38,000 deep-sky objects
  • Choose one and the scope automatically finds it for you
  • Enjoy sky tours that are tailored to the date and your location
  • 40,000 object database with 200 user-definable objects
  • Built-in wedge for optimal EQ alignment
  • What's Included

    NexStar 5SE Telescope, Tripod, 25mm Eyepiece, StarPointer Finderscope, Camera Control Shutter Release Cable, NexRemote Software, \The-Sky\" CD-ROM"

    Description

    Astronomy Made Simple

    Let a NexStar SE help you find thousands of stars, planets, galaxies, and more at the touch of a button!


    In the tradition of Celestron's famous orange optical tubes, the NexStar SE Family combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with state-of-the-art features including a fully computerized operating system, flash upgradeable hand control, superior coatings, and much more.


    With the NexStar SE, you are in the driver's seat. Simply choose an object from the menu and the telescope will find it for you. Using our patented NexStar technology, the SE scopes have the ability to locate nearly 40,000 objects. All you have to do is look through the eyepiece and enjoy the view!


    Don't know what object to choose? Let the intelligent NexStar SE give you a guided tour of the night sky! The "Tour" feature offers a customized list of the best objects in the sky to view for your exact time and location anywhere in the world!


    Not only can your NexStar SE find objects, but it can teach you about them as well. Information on the most popular objects can be viewed in the LCD screen of your hand control.


    Whether you are a seasoned astronomer looking for a portable scope with advanced features, or just starting your astronomy adventure and looking for an easy way to enjoy the night sky, a NexStar SE will help you take a closer look.


    The days of complicated telescope assembly and setup are over. NexStar SE telescopes can be set up in a matter of minutes with no tools required!

     

    Celestron NexStar SE Key Features

    • Computerized hand control with nearly 40,000 object database and motorized altazimuth mount.
    • Quick release optical tube for easy no-tool setup.
    • StarBright XLT enhances coatings for maximum light transmission and clarity.
    • Flash-upgradeable hand control; update your telescope's operating software via the internet.
    • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use.
    • Includes NexRemote telescope control software for advanced control of your telescope via computer.
    • "THE SKY" Planetarium software - with 10,000 object database, printable sky maps, and enhanced images.

     

    About Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes

    Celestron’s excellent Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes are compact and portable and represent the best all-purpose design for a wide variety of uses from terrestrial and deep sky viewing to astrophotography.


    Catadioptrics use a combination of mirrors and lenses to "fold" (reflect) the light path and form an image. In a Schmidt-Cassegrain, the light enters through a thin aspheric Schmidt correcting lens. It then strikes the spherical primary mirror. It is reflected back up the tube and intercepted by a small secondary mirror which reflects the light out an opening in the rear of the instrument where the image is formed at the eyepiece.


    Catadioptrics are the most popular and most modern type of telescope optical design and are marketed throughout the world in 3.5" and larger apertures. Catadioptric telescopes combine the practical advantages of lenses and mirrors while eliminating their disadvantages. They offer the clarity and contrast of refractors with the low aberration of reflectors. Catadioptrics have an average focal ratio of f/10, which is wide enough for all types of photography. They are also easier to maintain because all optical elements are solidly mounted and rigidly collimated. Catadioptric telescopes provide the best possible combination of light gathering power, long focal length, portability and affordability.

     

    Schmidt-Cassegrain Advantages

    • Very versatile, best all-purpose telescope design
    • Combines the optical advantages of both lenses and mirrors while eliminating their disadvantages
    • Excellent optics and razor sharp images over a wide field
    • Excellent for deep sky observing and astrophotography as well as terrestrial viewing
    • Very good for lunar, planetary and binary star observing
    • Focal ratio generally around f/10, it also has the best near focus capability of any type of telescope
    • Closed tube design reduces image-degrading air currents
    • Extremely compact and portable
    • Easy to use, durable and virtually maintenance free
    • Large apertures at reasonable cost and less expensive than equivalent aperture refractors
    • More accessories available than with other types of telescopes

     

    Schmidt-Cassegrain Disadvantages

    • More expensive than Newtonians of equal aperture
    • Slight light loss due to secondary mirror obstruction compared to refractors The Maksutov-Cassegrain is similar to the Schmidt-Cassegrain with essentially the same advantages and disadvantages. It uses a thick meniscus correcting lens with a strong curvature and a secondary mirror that is usually an aluminized spot on the corrector. The Maksutov secondary

    Supplier SKU

    11036

    Shipping Restrictions

    Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.


    Dimensions & Specifications

    Aperture

    125mm

    Brand

    Celestron

    Eyepiece 1

    25mm (50x)

    Features

    GoTo
    Equatorial Mount
    Alt-Az Mount

    Finderscope

    StarPointer

    Focal Length

    1250mm

    Focal Ratio

    f/10

    Good for Astrophotography

    Yes

    GoTo

    Yes

    GPS

    No

    Highest Useful Magnification

    300x

    Lens Coating

    StarBright XLT

    Mount Design

    Single Fork Arm-Altazimuth

    Object Database

    40000 objects

    Objective Lens Size Code

    125

    Optical Design

    Schmidt-Cassegrain

    Recommended Usage

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

    Star Diagonal

    1.25 Inch

    Telescopes Series

    Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes

    User Level

    For the Beginner
    For the Enthusiast

    Warranty

    2-Year Limited

    Weight Complete

    27 lbs.

    International Shipping

    Canada


    Documentation

    Download Celestron NexStar 5SE Instruction Manual
    Download Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes Information Sheet
  • Product Guarantee

    We stand behind all the products we sell, and your satisfaction is our top priority. If you're not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, simply send the item back to us in its original packaging within 30 days of its delivery.

    Manufacturer Warranty

    Celestron has a limited lifetime binocular and spotting scope warranty and all other products have a 2 year manufacturer's warranty covers against defects is provided. If you have specific questions about this product's warranty please contact Celestron's Customer Service department at 310-328-9560.

    Return & Exchange Policy

    At our site, returns are easy! You may return new, unused, and resalable items for a refund or exchange. Simply ensure that the item is returned in its original product packaging within 30 days of delivery.

Customer Q&A

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  • Q1: How large, i.e. what are the dimensions of the Celestron NexStar 5 SE - I am new to telescopes and am thinking of portability. The product attribute information gives the weight (27 lbs) but not its size.

    A: The Celestron NexStar 5 SE's optical tube is 11 inches long. Stowed length is about 20 inches because of the fork arm. The tripod folds to about 36 inches.

  • Q2: What is the shipping weight and dimensions of the 5 SE?

    A: The shipping weight of the Celestron 5SE at shipment is 40lbs. The box dimensions are 33"L x 27"W x 13"H.

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