Celestron NexStar 4SE Telescope

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  • Bundle and Save! NexStar 4SE Telescope Ultimate Bundle
  • Celestron's signature Schmidt-Cassegrain optics with StarBright XLT coatings for brighter images
  • GoTo computerized mount with 40,000-object database and Sky Tour feature
  • Easy SkyAlign alignment procedure has you ready to observe in minutes
  • Single fork arm design is sturdy yet portable
  • 4" aperture for sharp, detailed images
  • Built-in wedge allows you to polar align your telescope for astrophotography
  • What's Included

    NexStar 4SE Telescope, Tripod, 25mm Eyepiece, StarPointer Finderscope, Camera Control Shutter Release Cable, NexRemote Software, \The-Sky\" CD-ROM"


    Introducing NexStar SE, Celestron’s bestselling computerized telescope, perfect for telescope newbies and seasoned amateur astronomers alike. The Celestron NexStar 4SE combines 4" of aperture with smart design and grab-and-go convenience, making it an ideal choice for your first telescope.

    The NexStar 4SE has enough light gathering ability to show you all the best celestial objects. View the cloud bands on Jupiter, separation between double stars, craters on the Moon, and of course the rings of Saturn. At a dark sky location, you'll see hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, galaxies, and more. Celestron’s XLT optical coatings aid in light transmission so you get brighter views.

    Celestron's NexStar 4SE is anything but bulky thanks to the ultra-compact 4" Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube. With a lightweight single fork arm computerized mount and collapsible tripod, you can easily transport your 4SE anywhere and carry it to your favorite observing site.

    The Celestron NexStar SE is a pleasure to use under the night sky. To get started, the hand control guides you through the simple SkyAlign procedure. Center any three objects in the eyepiece and your telescope can calculate its exact location and generate a list of objects currently visible. Choose from a database of 40,000 objects or let your telescope take you on a Sky Tour of tonight’s best objects.

    Reminiscent of Celestron’s classic orange tube telescopes from the 1970s, but with all the latest technological advances, the NexStar SE is designed to grow with you. It’s compatible with all of Celestron’s latest telescope accessories: StarSense AutoAlign, which aligns your telescope automatically in less than three minutes, the SkyQ Link 2 WiFi Module for navigating the sky with your smartphone or tablet, and more. A built-in wedge even allows you to polar align your NexStar SE for long exposure astrophotography.

    Discover for yourself why the NexStar 4SE is a Telescopes.com customer favorite.

    Celestron NexStar SE Fast Facts

    • Computerized altazimuth mount locates and tracks more than 40,000 celestial objects automatically.
    • No tools are required for setup.
    • All air-to-glass surfaces are coated with StarBright XLT optical coatings to increase transmission.
    • It’s easy to keep your telescope’s database up-to-date; download the latest software for your NexStar+ hand control anytime at the Celestron website.
    • NexStar SE runs on batteries, AC power (with optional adapter), or an optional rechargeable Celestron PowerTank.
    • Control your telescope via your PC with the included NexRemote software.
    • Included planetarium software features printable sky maps and enhanced images.

    How Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes Work

    Since their design was perfected by Celestron founder Tom Johnson in the 1960s, the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope has been a superior all-around performer for both terrestrial and astronomical viewing as well as astroimaging. Celestron’s versatile, cost-effective design has reigned as a top choice for most amateur astronomers.

    Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and other “catadioptrics” use mirrors and specialized lenses to shorten the light path, giving them a much more compact design than other telescopes of a similar focal length.

    First, the light passes through the Schmidt corrector lens on the outermost edge of the telescope. Although it appears flat to the naked eye, the Schmidt corrector is actually aspherical; its glass is figured for hours to achieve the desired shape. After passing through the corrector, the light strikes the primary mirror and reflects up to the secondary mirror. From there, it bounces back down and travels through to an eyepiece or imaging sensor at the back of the telescope.

    Schmidt-Cassegrain Advantages

    • Best all-purpose telescope design; works for terrestrial observing, astronomical observing, planetary imaging, and deep sky imaging
    • Bright, razor sharp views
    • Extremely compact and portable
    • Easy to use, durable and virtually maintenance-free
    • Much less expensive than refractors of equal aperture
    • Compatible with a wide variety of telescope accessories

    Schmidt-Cassegrain Disadvantages

    • More expensive than Newtonians of equal aperture
    • Slight light loss due to secondary mirror obstruction compared to refractors

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      Shipping Restrictions

      Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.

      Dimensions & Specifications





      Eyepiece 1

      25mm E-Lux (53x)


      Equatorial Mount
      Alt-Az Mount



      Focal Length


      Focal Ratio


      Good for Astrophotography






      Highest Useful Magnification


      Lens Coating

      StarBright XLT

      Mount Design

      Single Fork Arm-Altazimuth

      Object Database

      40000 objects

      Objective Lens Size Code


      Optical Design


      Recommended Usage

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

      Star Diagonal

      1.25 Inch

      Telescopes Series

      Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes

      User Level

      For the Beginner
      For the Enthusiast


      2-Year Limited

      Weight Complete

      21 lbs.


      Download the Celestron NexStar 4SE Telescope User Manual
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      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.

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    Customer Q&A

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    • Q1: I live in the Philippines, does the Go-to accept long.-lat. for my location like the ones on Meade telescopes or does it only have city inputs?

      A: The GoTo system that this telescope runs on is universal and will work with your location.

    • Q2: I'm interested in viewing (in good detail) the ISS but do not see any information on each scope saying it can be used in this way.

      A: The ISS moves too fast to stay in focus using a telescope. The only way to view the ISS with detail would be to use some astronomical hand held binoculars.

    • Q3: I'm planning on getting this scope, could you give me a summary of what it can see object wise?

      A: You should be able to see lunar features less than 2 miles across; dark surface features on Mars, detail in Jupiter's cloud belts and the cloud belts on Saturn, faint stars down to about magnitude 13, plus hundreds of star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, with hints of spiral structure in some galaxies. You'll also be able to see all the Messier objects, plus many NGC and IC objects under dark skies.

    • Q4: Is this scope good for terrestrial viewing?

      A: The Celestron NexStar 4 SE is good for land and sky viewing.

    • Q5: Is your free shipping offer valid for shipping to Canada?

      A: Unfortunately, free shipping is available only within the continental U.S.

    • Q6: Will I be able to move the scope manually if the batteries die, or will this cause damage to the motor?

      A: The Celestron NexStar 4 SE Telescope must have batteries to operate. Moving the scope manually will harm the motor.

    • Q7: Will I be able to see details on planets like Pluto/Neptune using this telescope?

      A: No the NexStar 4SE is not capable of viewing Pluto or Neptune. You need a telescope at least 6" in diameter to view Neptune. Pluto is always unviewable because it is so small and dark that even the Hubble cannot clearly view it.

    • Q8: Will I be able to see nebula and galaxies with this telescope?

      A: The Celestron NexStar 4 SE Telescope is very capable of seeing planets, star clusters, galaxies as well as nebulae.

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