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NewThe most comprehensive instructional video ever on setting up and aligning your Celestron NexStar.  Free access to online video with purchase of any Celestron NexStar telescope.  ($49.95 value)

NexStar SE Essentials Package: The following items will allow you to make the most of your new Celestron NexStar SE telescope:

For an overview of Celstron's NexStar SE telescopes watch All-Star Telescope's video on Celestron NexStar SE Features .

Watch this video of the NexStar SE connected to a digital single lens reflex camera for daytime and nighttime photography. 

 Plus receive a 10% discount on this Celestron Case when purchased with NexStar 5SE.  Discount will be applied to your online order before payment is processed.

Recommended Accessories: 
  
StarSense Accessory automatically aligns your telescope 
PowerTank12
Celestron 1.25" Eyepiece Accessory Kit
Observer Package
 
You may also find the following useful:
SkySync GPS
Vibration Suppression Pads
Baader Hyperion 10mm Eyepiece 
Celestron Case
Connect your DSLR camera to this telescope with these pieces:
SCT Photo Adapter
Celestron 6.3 Reducer - Corrector 
T-ring (Choose Canon, Nikon )
Backyard Astronomer's Guide - best resource for all things astronom


General
5" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
SE combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with the latest state-of-the-art features
StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard
StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
Quick release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup
Sturdy computerized altazimuth mount
Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
Ultra sturdy steel tripod features built-in wedge which allows 5 SE to be used for astrophotography
Includes CD-ROM "The Sky" Astronomy Software which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps

Computerized
Proven NexStar computer control technology
Nearly 40,000 object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
Includes a camera control feature and shutter release cable that allows you to remotely take a series of exposures using your digital SLR camera
Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number; the most beautiful double, triple and quadruple stars; variable star; solar systems; objects and asterisms
DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes
Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features
NexRemote telescope control software and RS-232 cable included for advanced control of your telescope via computer
GPS-compatible with optional CN16 GPS Accessory

DESCRIPTION
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 our 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, our superior StarBright XLT coatings, our 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 our NexRemote software that allows you to operate your telescope via your PC. Software package valued at over $100 included free with your NexStar SE!

SPECIFICATIONS
OPTICAL DESIGN Schmidt-Cassegrain
APERTURE 125 mm (4.92 in)
FOCAL LENGTH 1250 mm (49.21 in)
FOCAL RATIO 10
FINDERSCOPE StarPointer
DOVETAIL COMPATIBILITY Quick Release Tube Clamp
MOUNT Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
OPTICAL TUBE Aluminum
EYEPIECE 1 25 mm (0.98 in)
MAGNIFICATION 1 50 x
STAR DIAGONAL 1.25"
OTHER EQUIPMENT Camera Shutter Cable
CD ROM NexRemote V1.6.14 & The Sky L1
TRIPOD Steel w/ built-in wedge
POWER SUPPLY 8-AA batteries (not included)
HIGHEST USEFUL MAGNIFICATION 300 x
LOWEST USEFUL MAGNIFICATION 18 x
LIMITING STELLAR MAGNITUDE 13
RESOLUTION 1.1 arc seconds
RESOLVING POWER 0.91 arc seconds
LIGHT GATHERING POWER 329 x
ANGULAR FIELD OF VIEW 1 °
LINEAR FIELD OF VIEW (@1000 YDS) 52.5 ft (16 m)
OPTICAL COATINGS StarBright XLT
SECONDARY MIRROR OBSTRUCTION 1.75 in (44.45 mm)
SECONDARY MIRROR OBSTRUCTION BY AREA 12 %
SECONDARY MIRROR OBSTRUCTION BY DIAMETER 35 %
OPTICAL TUBE LENGTH 13 in (330.2 mm)
TRIPOD AND MOUNT WEIGHT 10 lb (4.54 kg)
TELESCOPE WEIGHT 17.6 lb (7.98 kg)
MOTOR DRIVE Integrated D.C. Electronics
COMPUTER HAND CONTROL Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display w/ 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
SLEW SPEEDS Nine slew speeds: 4°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, 64x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 1x, .5x
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
DATABASE 38,181 accessible objects
SOFTWARE PRECISION 24bit, 0.08 arcsec calculations
COMMUNICATION PORTS RS-232 communication port on hand control, Aux port, Camera Control port
TRACKING RATES Sidereal, Solar and Lunar

A Quick Start Guide will be included with your Celestron NexStar SE telescope or may be downloaded from Celestron. 


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