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Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope
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- 5-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope; StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard
- StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
- Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube, and accessory tray for no-tool setup
- SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
- Nearly 40,000-object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
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The excellent optics of Celestron's classic C5 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope have been updated with premium Starbright XLT optical coatings. This telescope consistently delivers crisp, high contrast views of the moon, the planets, and brighter deep space objects. The standard equipment 25mm plossl eyepiece produces a magnification of 50x, powerful enough to show the rings of Saturn, the cloud bands of Jupiter, and the changing face of the Lunar disk. Optional eyepieces can be added to bring out significantly more detail. I like to use a 12.5mm plossl (100x magnification) or a 7.5mm Ultrascopic eyepiece (166x) for high power views of the planets. With the 7.5mm Ultrascopic eyepiece I can usually see the Cassini Division in Saturn's rings and cloud bands on the planet itself. I like to use a 32mm plossl eyepiece for great low power views of deep space highlights like the Orion Nebula or the Double Cluster in Perseus.
The NexStar 5 SE package also includes a sturdy adjustable tripod, a motorized alt-azimuth mount, and the NexStar hand held computer controller. You won't need a GPS receiver or star charts to operate this telescope. The SkyAlign procedure is easy to use, and experienced observers will like the two-star align and solar-system align options because they are even quicker to set up. The steel tripod and alt-azimuth mount provide a solid base for the NexStar 5 SE. Vibration is not a problem, even while focusing at high power. The computerized tracking is also very good, easily keeping planets in the field of a high power eyepiece. The disadvantage of a computerized telescope, of course, is battery consumption. I like to use a rechargeable Celestron Power Tank because the standard AA alkaline batteries only last a few hours.
This telescope is perfect for visual observing, and allowed me to capture some sweet images of the moon and planets using a Celestron NexImage web-cam. For long exposure deep space photography, however, I'd take a look at Celestron's Advanced Series equatorial telescopes such as the C6 N-GT --Jeff Phillips
- Excellent optics
- Light and portable
- Computerized GoTo tracking
- Short battery life
- Too light for deep space photography
Top Customer Reviews
Battery Life: 4/10
Strength of tripod: 10/10
Light Gathering: 9/10
So this telescope is really cool and fun to use and I will buy an AC adapter later. This telescope is the best I have Ever Had and Is worth the $800.00
I live in a very heavy light polluted sky and no deep sky objects are visible to the naked eye. But when I look through the telescope I see the Orion Nebula(M42) very bright and clear. But when I type in Dumbbell Nebula(M27) I don't see a thing except several tens of stars. To see it you have to image it, I took 10 images 10 second exposure each (10x10s) and stacked them for a total of 100 second exposure . The Nebula was big, bright, and colorful(you can see the image in the product image gallery). So to see brighter/faint deep sky objects in a light polluted sky you have to image them with a camera. the faintest thing I have ever detected in any image is about magnitude 12(244 times fainter you can ever see with the naked eye).
I knew that a telescope, much like a camera, is a device that needs accessories. Therefore, before I bought the scope I purchased (used) a 9mm ocular, a barlow lens, a better star diagonal and a battery pack to power this thing. The car battery adapter I purchased with the scope. A lot of people don't use a case so I can understand why Celestron didn't include one with this to keep the price down. One of those plastic storage boxes should work well if you use the foam that comes with the scope to keep it in place.
The optics of the telescope and the special coatings on the optics are a great improvement over what I experienced 20 years ago with my first 5" SCT scope. The images are sharp and this scope is suitable for both planetary viewing and deep space objects. However, the deep space objects will require you to find a dark site to be really visable. Our first night of viewing included a look at M13, a globular cluster.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this now for about 2 weeks, and needless to say, I am in love with it. I have found using the manual 2 star method or the solar system method for alignment works the... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Warren Landis
Finally decided i would get the telescope i always wanted and this was it. Not so big as to take up a lot of room in my RV but excellent quality and workmanship. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mikall
States that its for beginner's or pros but let me tell you its not for some one that has never used one. It has taken my quite a few weeks to get comfortable using it.Published 16 days ago by Terri Mitchell
This telescope is at least 16 years behind current technology. Look for something that uses Tablet or Smartphone control. Still Uses old RS232. I got mine from planetarium. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Dave
The telescope itself is fine, a good product. The ancillary items are not worthless but nearly so. They cheapen the entire package. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Reuben W. Mccallum
My wife surprised me with this for Father's Day, (4se) it is my second telescope and my second celestron product. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Neutronhelix
This is a good telescope. I am an experienced amateur astronomer and although I know this scope has gotten some great reviews, here is mine. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MISCHASAFDIE
Wonderfully clear, excellent tracking, a novice like me can locate planets and lots of heavenly bodies with ease!!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maui2soon
Extreme disappointment! Hubby bought it for me as a gift - ive had nothing but problems using sky align. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mimi K