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Celestron NexStar 5 SE Computerised Telescope

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  • Includes CD-ROM "The Sky" Astronomy Software which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps
  • SE combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with the latest state-of-the-art features
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Sturdy computerized Altazimuth mount
  • 5" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 81.3 x 66 x 33 cm ; 7 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 17 Kg
  • Item model number: 11036
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Nov. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,734 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Celestron NexStar Telescopes , ,The new NexStar SE Family combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with state-of-the-art features including a fully computerised operating system, flash upgradeable hand control, superior StarBright XLT high transmission coatings, CelestronÕs revolutionary SkyAlign telescope alignment software and much more. , ,Including everything you need to get started viewing the night sky, the NexStar even comes with its own ultra-sturdy steel tripod with accessory tray and built-in wedge, making it the perfect companion for any budding astrophotographer. , ,Perfect for Astronomers of any Level , ,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. , ,Beginners can sit back and let the Next-StarÕs built in Sky Tour feature do all the hard work for them, prompting the computer to automatically find the most interesting objects in the sky and move between each one. For those more experienced with the night sky, the comprehensive database of almost 40,000 objects, including a list of the best deep-sky objects for viewing, will be sure to keep you busy for a while! , ,In addition to this integrated database, users can also enjoy a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images provided by the included ÒTheSkyX Ð First Light EditionÓ astronomy software to further expand their knowledge of the great beyond. The possibilities are endless. , ,Less Time Setting Up, More Time Exploring the Sky , ,Extremely quick and easy to set up and use, no tools required, you can align your NexStar SE telescope in minutes with SkyAlign technology. Just point the telescope at three bright stars and let the computer do the rest. You donÕt even need to know the names of the stars! , ,The integrated flash upgradeable hand controller with backlit LE

Manufacturer's 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 £120 included free with your NexStar SE!

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Harrison on 2 Jan. 2013
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Attached it a video of Jupiter using a cheap 2x barlow about £25 and a 8mm televue eyepiece(quite expensive, i payed 45 used) but a normal celestron will do the same job.

The scope: I bought this because i was sick of using a manual telescope and my 130eq wasn't good enough

Compact: can easily be travelled and isn't heavy to pick up, i can pick up the whole setup with one hand!
Xlt coatings means better contrast, so visuals are amazing even if it gets dusty or dirty on the lens/mirrors
Non manual, good for impatient people like me who can't be bothered to move the scope manually
Can see rings of saturn, bands of jupiter, highly details images of the moons surface and can see faint object such as andromeda galaxy and orion nebulae

Power, it eats up 8 AA batteries or you can spend ages finding somekind of power supply that goes with it
Is not intended for people who don't know much about the hobby, i broke my glass lens taking it apart to clean(please don't bother doing that)
although visuals are excellent please don't expect hd quality visuals of galaxies unless you live miles away from street lights

Highly recommended if you know what you are doing and you have the money.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 1 May 2012
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I am a beginner to Astronomy and this is the perfect scope to get started. I found it very easy to set up with very little knowledge of Astronomy.

As a suggestion to get started, use the 3 star alignment, its really simple. Within 10 minutes I was up and running with a whole queue of people wanting to have a look. Great fun! The presets work great too.

Downside is that is weighs around 16kg including the tripod, but it fits nicely into my large rucksack, and I can tie the tripod onto the back of my Bike and cycle off somewhere with it.

To do astro photography with it, you will need the universal T Ring adaptor and T-Ring for your dslr camera, then learn how to do a polar alignment. I've not yet worked out how to do that properly because I am a noob, and the weathers not been so great either, but I think drift align is what you need to do, and maybe interface with a laptop to get spot on accuracy.

I've now gone on to buy the Eye piece and filter kit for it for better magnification and viewing pleasure..

Really happy with it all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bev on 15 Feb. 2013
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A good powerful telescope on a solid tripod. Found the finder scope a bit cheap and nasty and not very secure. Overall, with a few good lenses, this is an excellent telescope.
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By AFL on 5 Mar. 2015
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Just as expected. Very nice.
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127 of 137 people found the following review helpful
Good telescope, but Celestron does not give full specs upfront 4 Oct. 2008
By Hrishikesh Murukkathampoondi - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very nice telescope. I have been using it the past week and have viewed the Moon, Venus, Jupiter. Overall the optics are excellent. But there are a few issues, which had I known earlier I may not have purchased this scope.

1. Celestron advertises that the scope can be used with 8 AA batteries. This is not completely true. The batteries drain very quickly and will probably not even last one viewing session (say 30 mins).

2. Without power the telescope cannot be moved along the azimuth (left-right direction). So you cannot use it at all.

So essentially if you want to take this telescope out of the city to some dark sky location you have to buy a powertank (or maybe run it off your car). I would have liked a design that allows me to use the goto feature when I want it but still be able to slew the telescope manually, without power.

Why do I still give it 3 stars. Well, Celestron tech support is very responsive (over e-mail). The telescope itself is excellent (optically). I have gotten very good views of planets. It has been a little too cloudy and light polluted (I live in a city) for me to try seeing nebulae.

The DC motors that slew the telescope are very sensitive to the voltage and current of the power supply. If you use the telescope for 20-30 minutes after that the batteries drain down and the scope becomes unusable (till you replace the batteries of course). Celestron tech support told me that they recommend using the battery only as an emergency back up!!! Strange that they don't mention on their website that batteries are only for "backup" and you have to run the telescope on wall socket, or a "power tank".
52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Celestron Nexstar 5 SE 2 Mar. 2008
By W. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
It was cold as heck out, but I've owned my Celestron NexStar 5 SE telescope (my first scope) for three days now and the sky was fairly clear; so out I go. I whip through the Sky Align auto alignment process and then ask the telescope to show me Saturn (FYI: I had already aligned my finder scope during the day, something I highly recommend). There it was, rings and all, as advertized near the center of my eyepiece. Awesome!! I took a quick peak at Mars and then went back inside before my fingers fell off from frostbite. I am hooked!
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Excellent telescope for the beginning amateur astronomer 1 Sept. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great telescope for those who are getting into amateur astronomy. First of all, the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope design offers great focal length at a compact size and are generally cheaper than refractors. Portability was one of my biggest purchasing points. Celestron's reputation was another buying point for me, in addition to other reviews about this particular telescope. I have used it a couple times since receiving it this week and I'm very happy with my purchase. For those who are considering buying the Celestron NexStar 5SE and are just getting into this hobby, I strongly recommend that you read the manual prior to using it, for you are investing a decent chunk of money on this telescope, and it deserves to be taken care of and used as intended.

On to the good stuff, the pros and the cons.

PRO's: The optics are very impressive, and the telescope is collimated at the factory, so there's no need to worry about that when you take it out of the box. Images are razor sharp and the light-gathering amount (aperture) is more than good enough to view your typical solar system objects like the moon and the planets. I was especially impressed with the fact that I was able to see the following objects under considerably light polluted conditions (including the moon in a late Waxing Gibbous phase): M57 (Ring Nebula), M11 (Wild Duck Cluster), M16 (Eagle Nebula), NGC 869 and NCG 884 (Double Cluster), M6 (Butterfly Cluster), and of course--Saturn. The tracking on the NexStar 5SE is acceptable to say the least. Additionally, I'm very happy with the portability of this telescope, especially considering the high focal length compared to its size. Also, I was able to put it together in less than 10 minutes.

CON's: Battery life. The NexStar 5SE can run on 8 AA batteries, but that won't be enough if planning on extended observing. I'm running my 5SE on 8 rechargeable Energizer 1400 mAh NiMH batteries, and I was able to squeeze a little less than 2 hours out of it before the declining tracking accuracy and motor stalling made it obvious that the batteries were drained. I strongly recommend purchasing a Celestron power tank and an AC adapter for extensive observing, which in itself has it limitations because the adapter is subject to cord wrap. Also, if the batteries are taken out of the telescope, one has to reconfigure the time, date, and coordinates when batteries are re-inserted. The finder scope was a little tedious to align as well, but with time and patience, aligning it right will give you the most accurate tracking possible. The tracking is also not perfect--when I found the ring nebula, it went just outside my eye piece's field of view, but with a slight manual tweak, I got it back into view and was very amazed at what I had seen!

SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS: I'm giving it four stars because of the battery life, the cord wrap when using an AC adapter, and the considerable effort put into aligning the finder scope, which I strongly recommend doing during the day on a distant object like a street light or a communication tower. Aside its limitations, I was very impressed with the quality of the images, the portability, and the ease of assembly. My recommendations are as follows: READ THE MANUAL BEFORE USING THE TELESCOPE! Buy an AC adapter and a Celestron power tank if viewing is planned for several hours. Also, buy a Barlow lens, which will increase the magnification of your eye pieces. I purchased a Celestron Omni 2x Barlow. Eye pieces can make all the difference in the world, but why settle for a set that can cost you hundreds of dollars? I recommend the Celestron 8-24mm zoom eyepiece (93230); it will save you money and space. In conclusion, I highly recommend this telescope for the beginning stargazer. Learn the ropes of this excellent product before graduating to the bigger, more sophisticated telescopes.

One last word of advice--the images seen through the telescope are NOT going to be like the Hubble or Kepler telescope photos seen on the Internet. Those photos are the result of long exposure astrophotography and the complete absence of atmospheric turbulence. Our eyes are very poor at processing colors in the dark, so deep sky objects like nebulae and galaxies will be seen in shades of grey, or black-and-white. Nevertheless, seeing those things through a NexStar 5SE was a truly amazing experience for me, and this was under considerably light polluted skies that also included the light from the moon in a very late Waxing Gibbous phase (where it's nearly full). I can only imagine how much more star clusters and nebulae are going to stand out with the absence of moonlight. I can hardly wait!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Pound for pound, a winner 31 Dec. 2012
By Susan Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I've owned a 10" dob (Coulter 10" f/4.5) and an ETX-90 (the original non-computerized model). This scope is my re-entry into amateur astronomy after being away for a few years. I live right smack in the middle of a heavily light polluted metropolitan area (Toronto), and it would take at least two hours to get to a genuinely dark site. So I wound up looking for a small scope that would give me good views of solar system objects.

I've been pleasantly surprised. There have been only two nights since I got thing that the sky hasn't been completely socked in by clouds, and the moon has been down for both of them. So I haven't gotten the scope on the moon yet, but Jupiter has been beautifully placed, and it looks fantastic! I get a ton more detail off the planetary disc than I ever got from either previous instrument, and it compares favourably with views I've had through an assortment of friends' scopes. (I used the supplied 25mm Plössl, and a 7mm Nagler.)

It's light enough that I can grab it and take it out to the end of the driveway for a quick look at the moon or a planet. I just wish that it either got decent battery life on internal power, or could slew around in altaz mode with the power off. I added a Power Tank after reading reviews of the scope's internal battery life. The tank is awkward enough to compromise the scope's ease of deployment, but I suppose I can throw it in a backpack. I'll definitely want to invest in an adjustable chair; the eyepiece wound up at a very awkward height when Jupiter was up near the zenith. For objects closer to the horizon, the height of the tripod makes the eyepiece position much less bad.


* Really sharp optics
* Light weight
* Low price, especially compared to what computer-controlled SCTs sold for when I owned my previous scope
* Star Pointer instead of a crappy 5x24 finder
* Some attempt at including a built-in wedge


* Azimuth locks up when power turned off, which prevents you from using it in altazimuth mode with the drive switched off
* Really needs a Power Tank for use, which degrades the value of the scope's light weight
* Built-in wedge is very rudimentary
* Won't take a 2" diagonal for wide-angle views without vignetting

The NexStar 6 gets all the attention, and for 36% more light gathering area for 18% more money, it's a great value. But at 45 pounds vs. the 28 of the NexStar 5, it's 50% heavier for that extra 36% light, more if you add a wedge. The 5 is a big small instrument; I scaled up to it after looking at the computerized ETX-90. The 6 is a small primary instrument; I can imagine scaling down to one after looking at an 8" SCT. For shallow-sky observing in the light-polluted city, and for an instrument that I can carry a long way from my car in one trip with the tripod, single-arm fork, and tube mated up, I think this is a winner.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Yes! I absolutely love this scope. 3 Dec. 2013
By Shelbee - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my first scope and it could not be any better!! It's great when paired to a laptop using Stellarium it just zooms right around!! I'm using it for photos as well so having the alignment is perfect!
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