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Celestron Nexstar 5SE Computerized Cassegrain Telescope

- Powerful 5" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
- Clear and crisp images using Celestron StarBright XLT high transmission coatings
- Fast alignment and focusing using StarPointer finderscope
- Full Computerized mount automatically tracks stars for easy viewing
- Over 40,000 sky objects pre-programmed for viewing
- Easy no tool set up
- Very stable Altazimuth mount with built in wedge for astrophotography
- Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
- Includes "The Sky" Software providing education on the night sky
- Classic orange tube styling with latest state of the art technology
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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!

Celestron Nexstar 5 SE Computerized Cassegrain Telescope Features
- Powerful 5" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
- Clear and crisp images using Celestron StarBright XLT high transmission coatings
- Fast alignment and focusing using StarPointer finderscope
- Full Computerized mount automatically tracks stars for easy viewing
- Over 40,000 sky objects pre-programmed for viewing
- Easy no tool set up
- Very stable Altazimuth mount with built in wedge for astrophotography
- Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
- Includes "The Sky" Software providing education on the night sky
- Classic orange tube styling with latest state of the art technology

NexStar 5 SE Computerized Mount Features
- 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

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Specification

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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 Aluminium
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 and "The Sky®" Level 1
Tripod Steel with built-in wedge
Power Supply 8-AA batteries (not included)
Highest Useful Magnification 295 x
Lowest Useful Magnification 18 x
Limiting Stella Magnitude 13
Resolution (Rayleigh) 1.11 arcsec
Resolution (Dawes) 0.93 arcsec
Light Gathering Power 319 x
Angular Field of View 1 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 53 ft (16.15 m)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 1.75 in (44.45 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 12.6 %
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 35.6 %
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 with 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
Manufacturer Celestron
Recommended Usage Astrophotography, Viewing Galaxies/Stars, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets
User Level For the Hobbyist

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I have purchased items from Oz Scopes for the past 4 years and the service has always been exceptional. This is my first GoTo scope and what a scope it is! The image is very crisp and clear, my last scope was a 10" Dob and the 5se is a better performer. Extremely versatile, compact and powerful for such a small aperture size. I will try a focal reducer soon to get 6.3/f speed for some Astrophotography. High quality complete packaged scope, great to take camping as well. Just ensure you have battery pack or the power tank to run it. SCT is the way to go, little ripper! Thank you Oz Scopes.
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Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability, Decent glass, great first telescope, Beautifully crisp image!
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!

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Very nice telescope... - Review by
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Great first telescope to buy, It's alignment process is a little frustrating at first, but becomes easier with time. Good telescope.
But you will need to buy more eye-pieces in order to see more. It's limited in the way of only having a 25mm eye-piece supplied.

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Pros: portability, light weight, Good price, great first telescope


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Service from Ozscope is first class. Received the telescope within 2 business days. Haven't worked out how to use it as yet. (either no time or cloudy skies).
We wanted a powerful, portable (as practical) and relatively light telescope. This fitted our criteria and the price was excellent. Looking forward to using it. Hopefully I will be able to rate it as 5 stars.

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Pros: easy to carry, portability, light weight, Good price, great first telescope


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Software in hand set was faulty for southern hemisphere at first so I updated to the latest version. I tried it last night and it seems ok. I am new to the game so it will take some time for me to comment properly.
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Pros: light, easy to carry, Good price, portable


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Celestron warrants its products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the length of time specified by this product to the original owner. Each product will list the warranty for it on our website.

Celestron will repair or replace the product which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship and within the definitions of the limits described below.

This warranty is effective January 1, 2012, and supersedes all other warranties as noted in brochures, instruction manuals, product packaging, etc.

This warranty does not cover products that have been subject to abuse, misuse, physically damaged, altered, or had unauthorized repairs or modifications. This warranty does not cover defects due to normal wear and tear and other conditions.

Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any binocular or spotting scope covered by this warranty within thirty calendar days of receipt. If it takes longer, the customer will be notified.

If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your product, please contact our Customer Service.

FAQ

Q:
Can the Celestron Nexstar 5 SE Computerized Cassegrain Telescope be plugged into a laptop and controlled using an astronomy program? If not, can you recommend a scope which is good for astrophotography?
A:
You most certainly can control the Celestron Nexstar 5 SE from a laptop! The scope itself comes with an RS-232 cable as well as the Celestron NexRemote software which will allow you to do this. I will let you know, that with this setup you won't actually be able to display what the telescope can see on the computer screen. You would need a camera to connect to the telescope eyepiece such as the Celestron NexImage Solar System Imaging Kit which can be found on our website here: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-neximage-solar-system-imaging-kit.html The 5 SE is perfect for astrophotography! Cassegrain telescopes produce the best image and will allow you take take better quality photos.
Q:
Is it possible to add a digital SLR camera on the Celestron NexStar SE range? If so, what is required and what extra costs will it involve?
A:
It is absolutely possible to attach a SLR camera to the Nexstar SE range of telescopes. You need two items to do so: A T-Adapter which fits into the eyepiece socket on the telescope and A T-Ring to attach the camera to the T-Adapter The T-Adapter is either Universal or Telescope specific. The T-Ring is specific to the Camera brand. T-Adapters are $50-$60. T-Rings are $25 and you can find them all on our website here: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/accessories/astrophotography
Q:
I am looking to buy the 4se. Is the 5se much better for a few dollars more?
A:
The main difference between the two telescopes is the aperture, the 5 SE has 5" aperture compared to the 4 SE's 4". This will allow you to see more in the sky, and also have a clearer, brighter image.

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