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Celestron NexStar 5SE Computerized Telescope

Manufacturer Product Number: 11036

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List Price: $699.00

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  • Celestron NexStar 5SE Maksutov-Cassegrain Computer Controlled Telescope
  • Celestron NexStar 5SE on tripod
  • Eyepiece, observing end
  • Eyepiece, observing end, overhead view
  • Focuser control
  • Objective end - corrector lens
  • OTA mount
  • Handheld remote control, removable,  connected by cable
  • Computer interface inputs
  • Battery compartment
  • Power switch and DC input
  • Tilt wedge built-in
  • Eyepiece tray
  • 25mm standard eyepiece
  • Camera shutter-release cable
  • R-232 computer communication cable
  • Bubble level, stick on
  • Tripod extension legs
  • CD-ROMs and Manuals

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Celestron item #11036

The new NexStar SE Family combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with state-of-the-art features



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.


Featuring high-quality Schmidt-Cassegrain optics, the NexStar 5SE 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 SkySync 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.


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 5SE General Features

* 5" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope

* SE combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with the latest state-of-the-art features

* StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard

* StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects

* Internal flip mirror for convenient viewing straight through (with optional diagonal) or at 90 degrees

* Quick release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup

* Sturdy computerized Altazimuth mount

* Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use

* Ultra sturdy steel tripod features built-in wedge which allows 5SE to be used for astrophotography

* Includes CD-ROM "The Sky" Astronomy Software which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps



NexStar 5SE - 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

stars; solar system 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 SkySync GPS Accessory (93969)


Technical Specifications and Dimensions:

Optical Design 



  Scope 11 lbs (4.99 kg) and Tripod/Mount 10 lbs (4.54 kg)


  102 mm (4.02 in)

Focal Length 

  1325 mm (52.17 in)

Focal Ratio 





  Single Fork Arm Altazimuth

Optical Tube 


Eyepiece 1 

  25 mm (0.98 in)

Magnification 1 

  53 x

Dovetail Compatibility 

  Quick Release Tube Clamp

Star Diagonal 

  Internal Flip mirror for straight thru or 90 viewing angle

Other Equipment 

  Camera Shutter Cable


  Steel with built-in wedge


  NexRemote V1.6.14 & "The Sky®" Level 1

Power Supply 

  8-AA batteries (not included)

Highest Useful Magnification 

  241 x

Limiting Stellar Magnitude 

  15 x

Resolution (Rayleigh) 

  1.37 arcsec

Resolution (Dawes) 

  1.14 arcsec

Light Gathering Power 

  212 x

Angular Field of View 

  1 °

Linear Field of View (@1000 yds)

  53 ft (16.15 m)

Optical Coatings 

  StarBright XLT

 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 Rates 

  Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South

Tracking Modes 

  Alt-Az, EQ North and EQ South

Alignment Procedures 

  SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, SolarSystem Align


  38,181 accessible objects

Software Precision 

  24 bit, 0.08 arcsec calculations

Communication Ports 

  RS-232 communication port on hand control, Aux port,
  Camera Control port (does not include USB connection)

Payload Capacity 

  10 lbs (4.54 kg)

  2 year manufacturer's warranty


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