In the tradition of Celestron's famous orange optical tubes, the Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with state-of-the-art features, including a fully computerized operating system, flash-up-gradable hand control, superior coatings, and much more. Requires 8 AA batteries (user-supplied).
With the NexStar 5 SE, you are in the driver's seat. Simply choose an object from the menu and the telescope will find it for you. Using Celestron's patented NexStar technology, the SE scopes have the ability to locate nearly 40,000 objects. All you have to do is look through the eyepiece and enjoy the view!
Don't know what object to choose? Let the intelligent Celestron NexStar 4 SE Telescope give you a guided tour of the night sky! The "Tour" feature offers a customized list of the best objects in the sky to view for your exact time and location anywhere in the world!
Explore The Cosmos
Not only can your Celestron NexStar SE Telescope find objects, it can teach you about them as well. Information on the most popular objects can be viewed in the LCD screen of your hand control.
Whether you are a seasoned astronomer looking for a portable telescope with advanced features, or just starting your astronomy adventure and looking for an easy way to enjoy the night sky, a Celestron NexStar SE Telescope will help you take a closer look.
- Computerized hand control with nearly 40,000-object database and motorized altazimuth mount
- Quick-release optical tube for easy no-tool setup
- StarBright XLT enhances coatings for maximum light transmission and clarity
- Flash-upgradable hand control; update your telescope's software via the Internet
- Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
- Includes NexRemote telescope control software, for control of your telescope via computer
- "THE SKY" Planetarium software - with 10,000-object database and printable sky maps
- Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number
- Quick release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup
- Sturdy steel tripod features built-in wedge which allows 4 SE to be used for astrophotography
- Includes a camera control feature and shutter release cable that allows you to remotely take a series of exposures using your SLR camera
View The Universe's Most Impressive Celestial Objects
The 4SE’s four-inch primary mirror packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that the solar system has to offer: Saturn’s rings, the cloud bands on Jupiter, and geographic features on the surface of the Moon. When it comes to deep sky objects, take your 4SE to a dark-sky site and you’ll see hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and more.
Revolutionary Single Fork Arm Mount
We know the best telescope is the one you will use most often. That’s why Celestron’s engineers created NexStar SE’s unique, patented single fork arm mount. It’s perfectly portable and makes setup quick and easy. What’s more, the NexStar SE breaks down 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 in your backyard.
Of course, it’s what’s inside the mount that really counts. Sturdy construction from high-quality components give NexStar SE 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.
Aligning your telescope is simple and painless, too, thanks to SkyAlign. This process makes alignment as easy as 1-2-3: just center three bright objects in your eyepiece and press ALIGN. For even easier alignment, attach our StarSense AutoAlign and your NexStar SE aligns itself!
Let The NexStar SE Grow With You
The NexStar SE is compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Provide GPS coordinates to your telescope with SkySync, or add automatic alignment functionality with StarSense AutoAlign.
Its built-in wedge allows you to track long exposures. if you’re interested in imaging the Moon and planets, pair your NexStar 4SE with one of our Skyris cameras. From your first observing session and for years to come, the NexStar SE is your trusted companion.
Celestron 2 Year Warranty
Celestron warrants your product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Celestron will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Celestron to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Celestron together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Celestron.
In the late 1950s, Tom Johnson, founder of Valor Electronics, built a telescope from scratch to introduce his sons to the wonders of stargazing. What began as a hobby soon grew to be Johnson’s driving passion, and in 1960, he formed an Astro-Optical Division within his company. That department eventually became Celestron.
Prior to Celestron, skilled opticians painstakingly produced high-quality Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes one by one, hand-figuring the glass for hours. Johnson wanted to bring observatory-grade optics to the masses, but achieving his dream required streamlining the manufacturing process. Johnson’s solution was developing ultra-precise match plates, allowing for mass production of the Schmidt corrector. With this groundbreaking new technique, Johnson created Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes of unparalleled quality, and brought them to market at a surprisingly low price. Celestron telescopes were an instant smash success that catapulted the hobby of astronomy to new heights.
In 1970, Johnson unveiled his landmark product: the Celestron 8, with its standout orange tube, high-end optics, and $1,000 price tag. Armed with the “C8,” thousands of amateur astronomers observed celestial objects previously seen only in professional observatories. The C8 cemented Celestron as an industry game-changer and the world’s premier telescope brand.
For more than 50 years, Celestron has continued to lead the market, creating dozens of revolutionary new products including telescopes, sport optics, and microscopes. With more than 80 employees around the world, Celestron remains guided by our founding principles as we commit to ever-increasing global growth. Today, we still produce our flagship product—the 14-inch Edge HD optical tube—at our headquarters in Torrance, California, using Tom Johnson’s signature method.
Celestron Nexstar 5 SE Telescope., Optical Tube Assembly, StarPointer Finderscope, Computerized Alt-Azimuth Mount w/Handset, Tripod, Accessory Tray, "The Sky" CD ROM Software, "NexRemote" Software, Serial Port Cable, E-Lux 25mm Eyepiece
Dimensions & Specifications
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1:
Magnification of Eyepiece 1:
Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Steel with built-in wedge
Highest Useful Magnification:
Lowest Useful Magnification:
Limiting Stellar Magnitude:
1.11 arc seconds
0.93 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power:
Apparent Field of View:
Linear Field of View:
53 ft @ 1000 Yards
Secondary Mirror Obstruction:
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter:
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area:
9 Slew Speeds
Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar
Alt-Az, EQ, North & EQ South
SkyAlign, Auto 2 Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, SolarSystem Align
RS-232 Communication Port On Hand Controls, Aux Port, Camera Control Port
Computer Hand Control:
Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display
38,181 Accessible Objects
Optical Tube Length:
Celestron 2 Year
DocumentationDownload Celestron NexStar 5SE Instruction Manual
Download Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes Information Sheet
We stand behind all the products we sell, and your satisfaction is our top priority. If you're not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, simply send the item back to us in its original packaging within 30 days of its delivery.
Celestron has a limited lifetime binocular and spotting scope warranty and all other products have a 2 year manufacturer's warranty covers against defects is provided. If you have specific questions about this product's warranty please contact Celestron's Customer Service department at 310-328-9560.
Return & Exchange Policy
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Q1: How large, i.e. what are the dimensions of the Celestron NexStar 5 SE - I am new to telescopes and am thinking of portability. The product attribute information gives the weight (27 lbs) but not its size.
A: The Celestron NexStar 5 SE's optical tube is 11 inches long. Stowed length is about 20 inches because of the fork arm. The tripod folds to about 36 inches.
Q2: What is the shipping weight and dimensions of the 5 SE?
A: The shipping weight of the Celestron 5SE at shipment is 40lbs. The box dimensions are 33"L x 27"W x 13"H.