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Celestron NexStar 6SE Computerized Cassegrain Telescope

- Powerful 6" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
- Excellent image contrast and sharpness with StarBright XLT lens coatings
- Quick and easy no tool setup
- Smooth and fully automated computerized mounts makes sky viewing easy
- Fast focusing with mounted StarPointer finderscope
- Rugged mount and tripod stabilizes viewing platform
- Convenient accessory tray included
- Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
- Star diagonal for more comfortable viewing position
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Retail Price $2,000.00


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Portable Performance

Portability and serious performance come together in the NexStar 6SE. Celestron's first new Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system in over a decade is now available in a high performance Altazimuth computerized telescope. With a total weight of 30 lbs including the tripod, the ultra portable 6SE features a precision optical system with 1500mm focal length (f/10) and offers 44% more light gathering than a 5" telescope.

The NexStar 6 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 over 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 6 SE isn’t one of them.

Computerized Convenience

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!

NexStar 6 SE General Features
- Powerful 6" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
- Excellent image contrast and sharpness with StarBright XLT lens coatings
- Quick and easy no tool setup
- Smooth and fully automated computerized mounts makes sky viewing easy
- Fast focusing with mounted StarPointer finderscope
- Rugged mount and tripod stabilizes viewing platform
- Convenient accessory tray included
- Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
- Star diagonal for more comfortable viewing position
- Classic orange tube styling with latest state of the art technology

NexStar 6 SE Computerized Mount Features
- Proven NexStar computer control technology
- 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
- Autoguider port for long exposure astrophotography
- DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes
- 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
- 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 (93963)

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Additional Info

Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture 150 mm (5.91 in)
Focal Length 1500 mm (59.06 in)
Focal Ratio
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"
CD ROM NexRemote V1.6.14 and "The Sky®" Level 1
Tripod Steel leg
Power Supply 8-AA batteries (not included)
Highest Useful Magnification 354 x
Lowest Useful Magnification 21 x
Limiting Stella Magnitude 13.4
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.93 arcsec
Resolution (Dawes) 0.77 arcsec
Light Gathering Power 459 x
Angular Field of View 0.83 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 44 ft (13.41 m)
Optical Coatins StarBright XLT
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 2.2 in (55.88 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 13.9 %
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 37.3 %
Optical Tube Length 16 in (406.4 mm)
Tripod and Mount Weight 9 lb (4.08 kg)
Telescope Weight 21 lb (9.53 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
Alignment Procedures SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, SolarSystem Align
Database 40,000+ 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 Professional


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The Nexstar 6SE only costs about $700 in North America..Maybe these prices are wrong..I don't know.....Anyway these are amazing telescope packages .I bought one about a year ago,and it's done everything that they advertise it'll do..Pretty frickin cool
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Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability

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This is my first telescope, and it's been a huge learning experience for me. One bit of advice that I want to pass on to anyone getting a GOT telescope, have an external power source, do not rely in the internal batteries. They will move the motor and allow the telescope to slep, but for some reason the GOTO function will be like a drunken uni student: all over the place. The telescope hunts and looks, never being able to find the target. This is simply fixed by providing it an external power source. After that it will track perfectly and provide you wonderful imagery. The moon will completely fill the standard 25mm eye piece without even a barlow magnifier. This is a great first telescope.
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Pros: Good price, great first telescope

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Love this scope. I did a lot of research before buying and read a lot of reviews. I’m a fan of technology but was on a budget. I have this connected to a laptop running some shareware astrology software (Stellarium). I use an old USB GPS plugged into the laptop for GPS interface (just about any PC connectable GPS could be used). You will need some extra leads and/or adapters to do the laptop stuff. I align the scope and then select the object to view from the laptop; the scope slews to the object selected, simple. This scope only comes with one eyepiece; it is worth buying an eyepiece kit with filters
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Pros: Good price, Beautifully crisp image!

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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.


I have a Nexstar Celestron purchased at National Geographic in Cairns Australia...do you know where I can direct a warranty issue with Mirror Coating coming off?
Thanks for your email, yes you can direct a warranty issue with the suppliers of Celestron. The company is called Sheldon and Hammond: http://www.sheldonandhammond.com.au/ Their number in Queensland is 07 3393 1488.
I am a complete novice with this but as well as viewing the stars etc can I look at the landscape too with the 6SE(this is the one I am thinking of getting) and do I need to buy anything extra to be able to photograph what I view.
The 6 SE is a great Telescope for the Night sky and Astrophotography. However, it is not 100% suitable for land viewing as the images are inverted left to right. I would recommend a Refractor telescope if you wanted something for Land Viewing as well. The Celestron 102SLT would be a good option which is computerized as well. (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/refractor-telescope-celestron-nexstar-102-slt.html) As for Photography, you will need a T-Adapter (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-t-adapter-universal-1-25-in.html) and a T-Ring which is camera dependent. A range of T-Ring's can be found here (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/catalogsearch/result/?q=T-Ring)
I would love to buy a Celestron Nexstar telescope from you, but may I ask why they are so much more expensive in Australia than the US? For example Ozscopes are the cheapest in Australia with the 6SE at $2000 but in the US it averages around $800?
The prices are different because we purchase our telescopes from an authorised Australian distributor who imports the stock from the US. This means our overheads are higher, but our products do get the Australian warranty, which is handled by the Australian supplier. As Celestron is a US brand and their products are manufactured there, the cost of telescopes there are generally much cheaper. However, the warranty that comes with any telescope purchased from overseas will not be covered by the suppliers here, and any warranty procedures would need to be directed to the US.
How to align when looking from balcony with only one directional viewing? Ie: 180 degrees, I am unable to select 3 objects, only 2?
It is strange that you can't see more that 2 objects in the sky. The SkyAlign feature of the 6SE is designed to be a 3 star alignment as this will product the most accurate setup. However, the 6SE can also be configured using a 2 or even a 1 star alignment. You can choose these settings from the controller menu.
I'm new to astronomy and want to look at stars,galaxies, nebula's and planets. I am looking at Celestron Nexstar 4 SE Computerized Cassegrain Telescope and Celestron Nexstar 6 SE Computerized Cassegrain Telescope. The 4 says beginner and the 6 says professional. If I got the money would it matter if I got the better one???
With telescopes, it is always best to get the biggest aperture size you can afford. The Nexstar 6 SE has a 6" aperture which is a huge step up from the Nexstar 4 SE's 4" aperture. A bigger lens means a wider viewing area, higher useful magnification and greater light collection. You will certainly be able to see a lot more with the 6" aperture. That being said, in terms of functionality and computerization, both telescopes are identical. They have the same mount and the same computer database. The only difference is the aperture, which is a significant deciding factor.

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