Powerful Astronomy Made Simple
Featuring high-quality Schmidt-Cassegrain optics, the NexStar 5 SE is an ideal telescope for observing and photographing the wonders of space. With a total weight of 28 lbs including the tripod, the ultra portable 5 SE features a precision optical system with 1,250 mm focal length (f/10) standard with our premium StarBright XLT coatings and offers 56% more light gathering power than a 4" model.
The 5 SE includes a camera control feature that allows you to remotely take a series of timed exposures using your digital SLR camera. Plus the tripod featuring a built-in wedge helps make short-exposure astrophotography a heavenly experience.
The NexStar 5 SE has all the same features as Celestron’s most advanced computerized GoTo telescopes, including revolutionary SkyAlign™ alignment technology, a sky tour feature, a database of nearly 40,000 celestial objects and easy to use hand control.
Plug the optional CN-16 GPS Accessory into NexStar’s auxiliary port and download data from orbiting GPS satellites for truly quick and easy alignments. The universe may be full of mysteries, but using the NexStar 5 SE isn’t one of them.
In the tradition of Celestron's famous orange optical tubes, the new 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 StarBright XLT coatings, revolutionary SkyAlign™ telescope alignment software and much more.
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.
Every NexStar SE includes a version of The Sky® software Level 1 Planetarium software for exploring the Universe on your PC and printing out custom star charts of the sky. In addition, you receive NexRemote software that allows you to operate your telescope via your PC. Software package valued at over $100 included free with your NexStar SE!
|Aperture (mm)||125 mm (4.92 in)|
|Focal Length (mm)||1250 mm (49 in)|
|Eyepiece 1 (mm)||25 mm (0.98 in)|
|Magnification 1||50 x|
|Mount||Single Fork Arm Altazimuth|
|Other Equipment||Camera Shutter Cable|
|Tripod||Steel with built-in wedge|
|Power Supply||8-AA batteries (not included)|
|Highest Useful Magnification||295 x|
|Lowest Useful Magnification||18 x|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||13|
|Resolution (Rayleigh)||1.11 arc seconds|
|Resolution (Dawes)||0.93 arc seconds|
|Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)||329x x|
|Angular Field of View (deg)||1 °|
|Linear Field of View (@1000 yds)||53 ft (16 m)|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction||51mm in (1295 mm)|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter||40% %|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area||16.6% %|
|Optical Coatings||StarBright XLT|
|Optical Tube Length||13 in (330 mm)|
|Telescope Weight||17.6 lbs (7.98 kg)|
|Tripod Weight||10 lbs (4.54 kg)|
|Payload Capacity||10 lbs (4.54 kg)|
|Motor Drive||Integrated D.C. Electronics|
|Slew Speeds||Nine slew speeds: 4°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, 64x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 1x, .5x|
|Tracking Rates||Sidereal, Solar and Lunar|
|Tracking Modes||Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South|
|Software Features||Camera Control|
|Alignment Procedures||SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, SolarSystem Align|
|Software Precision||24 bit, 0.08 arcsec calculations|
|Communication Ports||RS-232 communication port on hand control, Aux port, Camera Control port|
|Computer Hand Control||Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons|
|Database||38,181 accessible objects|
|Dovetail Compatibility||Quick Release Tube Clamp|
We highly recommend the Celestron 93973 SkyQ Link 2 accessory with this telescope (see below). The SkyQ Link 2 creates its own Wi Fi network which allows you to operate your NEXSTAR telescope from your iPad or smartphone!