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. Requires 8 AA batteries (user-supplied).
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, 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.
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-upgradable hand control; update your telescope's 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 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescopes
Celestron's Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes are similar to Schmidt-Cassegrain models in regards to ease, durability, versatility, and minimal maintenance, but trade smaller fields of view for better resolution in planetary observation.
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 mirror is typically smaller than the Schmidt's which gives it slightly better resolution for planetary observing.
Advantages of Maksutov-Cassegrain Compared to Schmidt-Cassegrain
- Smaller secondary obstruction results in a slight increase in planetary detail and contrast
- Less expensive to manufacture
- Longer focal lengths resulting in higher magnifications for planetary viewing
Disdvantages of Maksutov-Cassegrain Compared to Schmidt-Cassegrain
- Slightly heavier because of the thick meniscus correcting lens
- Increased time to reach thermal stability in larger apertures over 90 mm
- Longer focal lengths resulting in smaller field of view
Dimensions & Specifications
25mm E-Lux (53x)
Good for Astrophotography
Highest Useful Magnification
Single Fork Arm-Altazimuth
Objective Lens Size Code
Viewing the Planets
Viewing the Moon
Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters
Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes
For the Enthusiast
For the Beginner
Documentation Download Celestron NexStar 4SE Telescope User Manual