Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope

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    Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope

    Celestron’s popular NexStar 5SE offers a perfect combination of power and portability.

    Initially released in 1971 the 5″ f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain configuration offered amateurs a powerful telescope that was highly transportable. The NexStar 5SE features the same high quality Schmidt-Cassegrain optics but benefits from the modern improvements including: a smooth computerized altazimuth mount, StarBright XLT optical coatings, SkyAlign, and even a built-in astroimaging wedge on the tripod. 

    The NexStar5 SE is a superb all-around setup that astronomers of all experience levels will take out again and again to experience the delights of the night sky.


    Celestron NexStar 5SE TelescopeWith a generous 5 inch aperture the Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope provides excellent light-gathering ability at an affordable price. You’ll be thrilled with views of the Moon and planets, along with deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula while retaining a compact size. Its fully automated GoTo computerised mount with database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you.


    SkyAlign Technology

    SkyAlign makes aligning a computerized telescope fast, easy, and accurate. Simply point at any three bright objects in the sky and the telescope aligns itself. From there, navigation and tracking is as easy as pushing a button.


    Unique Single Fork Mount Design

    Celestron NexStar 5SE TelescopeDebate about the “best” telescope is nearly as endless as the Universe itself.  But we know one thing quite well – the best telescope is the one you will use most often! That’s why Celestron’s engineers created NexStar SE’s unique, single fork arm mount. It’s perfectly portable and makes for quick and easy set up. The NexStar SE disassembles into several lightweight and compact pieces, making it easy to transport, even in small vehicles. You’ll have no problem getting the NexStar SE to your favorite observing site, or setting it up quickly at home.

    Of course, it’s what’s inside the mount that really counts. Sturdy construction from high-quality components give the Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope the pointing and tracking accuracy needed to observe and follow your favorite targets with push-button ease. Use the included NexStar+ hand control to locate over 40,000 celestial objects, or take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible.

    Advanced Features Let the Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope Grow with You

    The Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope is compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Provide GPS coordinates to your telescope with SkySync. If you want to explore the world of astroimaging, the 5SE is a perfect choice. Its built-in wedge allows you to track long exposures. Or, if you’re interested in imaging the Moon and planets, pair your NexStar 5SE with one of our ZWO planetary imaging cameras.

    Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope

    Suggested Accessories

    Suitable Solar Filter

    If you’d like accessories for your new telescope,  we suggest this Observer’s Kit would be an ideal add-on:



    Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope Specifications

    Optical Design


    Aperture (mm)

    125 mm (4.92 in)

    Focal Length

    1250 mm (49 in)

    Focal Ratio


    Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm)

    25 mm (0.98 in)

    Magnification of Eyepiece 1

    50 x



    Star Diagonal


    Mount Type

    Single Fork Arm Altazimuth


    Steel with built-in wedge

    Power Requirements

    8-AA batteries (not included)

    Highest Useful Magnification

    295 x

    Lowest Useful Magnification

    18 x

    Limiting Stellar Magnitude


    Resolution (Rayleigh)

    1.11 arc seconds

    Resolution (Dawes)

    0.93 arc seconds

    Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)

    329x x

    Apparent Field of View

    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)

    Total Telescope Kit Weight

    17.6 lbs (7.98 kg)

    Tripod Weight

    10 lbs (4.54 kg)

    Slew Speeds

    Nine slew speeds

    Tracking Rates

    Sidereal, Solar and Lunar

    Tracking Modes

    Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South

    Alignment Procedures

    SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, SolarSystem Align

    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


    38,181 accessible objects


    2-year Telescope Warranty


    Visit Celestron for Further Information

    From your first observing session and for years to come, the Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescpope is your trusted companion. For further information, including manuals and videos visit the Celestron website.



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