A great starter computerized telescope. Easily portable with high quality optics. Be sure you take the time to read the manual and familiarize yourself with the StarAlign setup procedures using the hand controller!
- Celestron’s iconic “orange tube” design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike.
- 5-inch aperture provides excellent light-gathering ability at an affordable price. You’ll get impressive views of the Moon and planets, along with deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula, while retaining a compact form factor.
- Fully automated GoTo mount with database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you.
- SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any three bright objects.
- Unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all break down into separate components for easy transport and quick assembly.
Celestron’s signature orange-tube telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 5SE. It’s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price.
View the Universe’s Most Impressive Celestial Objects
The 5SE’s five-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 5SE 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.
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!
Advanced Features 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.
If you want to explore the world of astroimaging, the 5SE is a perfect choice. Its built-in wedge allows you to track long exposures. You can even remove the telescope’s secondary mirror and replace it with a DSLR or astronomical CCD camera for wide field images captured at f/2 using a Fastar/HyperStar lens assembly. Or, if you’re interested in imaging the Moon and planets, pair your NexStar 5SE with one of our Skyris cameras. From your first observing session and for years to come, the NexStar SE is your trusted companion.
SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, SolarSystem Align
125 mm (4.92 in)
Apparent Field of View
RS-232 communication port on hand control, Aux port, Camera Control port
Computer Hand Control
Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
38,181 accessible objects
1250 mm (49 in)
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 ...
25 mm (0.98 in)
Highest Useful Magnification
Light Gathering Power (Comp...
Limiting Stellar Magnitude
Linear Field of View (@1000...
53 ft (16 m)
Lowest Useful Magnification
Magnification of Eyepiece 1
Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Optical Tube Info:
Optical Tube Length
13 in (330 mm)
8-AA batteries (not included)
0.93 arc seconds
1.11 arc seconds
Secondary Mirror Obstructio...
Secondary Mirror Obstruction
51mm in (1295 mm)
Nine slew speeds
Total Telescope Kit Weight
17.6 lbs (7.98 kg)
Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South
Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Steel with built-in wedge
10 lbs (4.54 kg)
2-year Telescope Warranty
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