Celestron NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Celestron NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope Observation Kit

Celestron NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope Observation Kit

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Product Highlights

  • 5" NexStar 5SE SCT Telescope
  • 1250mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • Computerized/Motorized Fork Mount
  • SkyPortal WiFi Module
  • Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Power Tank 12-Volt Power Supply
  • 12 VDC Outlets with White and Red Lights
  • Eyepiece and Filter Kit with Carry Case
  • 5 Plossl Eyepieces with 2x Barlow Lens
  • 6 Planetary and 1 Moon Filters
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Celestron 5SE overview

  • 1Description

B&H has put together the Celestron NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope Observation Kit to give you everything you'll need to get out and sky watch. It includes a 5" NexStar 5SE Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT) with a stainless steel adjustable-height tripod, the SkyPortal WiFi module that directly connects to your smartphone running the free SkyPortal app, a Power Tank power pack, an AC-to-DC power adapter, a five-piece 1.25" eyepiece set, six planetary filters, a Moon filter, a 2x Barlow lens, and a foam-lined hard carrying case for the eyepieces and filters. No matter where you are, or what you want to observe, this kit has you covered.

  • Celestron NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

    Celestron's NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope is a powerful, versatile, and user-friendly Schmidt-Cassegrain-style scope that can be used for observing everything from the Moon and planets to bright deep-sky objects like stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Using Celestron's proprietary StarBright XLT multi-coating system, light transmission is increased throughout the entire optical path with anti-reflection multi-coated lenses, highly reflective multi-coated mirrors, and crown optical glass elements. While the focal ratio is a relatively slow f/10, the mount's precision tracking system and integrated equatorial wedge allow it to be a competent astrophotography imaging platform for the Moon and planets.

    Driving the dual servo motors on the mount is the brain of the NexStar 5SE: the iconic NexStar+ computer hand controller. Packed with 40,000+ celestial objects, it can hold up to 100 additional user-defined destinations and is updatable via the Celestron website. It has multiple alignment procedures to get you observing fast—including the super-easy SkyAlign system. Capable of being used in the Northern or Southern Hemispheres, the NexStar has sidereal, lunar, and solar tracking speeds to accurately follow near- and deep-sky objects, plus nine slew speeds and the ability to automatically trigger a camera's shutter release for Fastar or piggyback wide-field photography or conventional prime-focus astrophotography.

    Performance
    • 5" aperture
    • f/10 focal ratio
    • 1250mm focal length
    • Crown optical glass primary mirror
    • StarBright XLT optical coatings: Multi-layer aluminum/SiO2 (quartz)/TiO2 (titanium dioxide) mirror coatings with flat reflectivity across the light spectrum for both astrophotography/astroimaging and visual observation
    • Multi-layer MgF2 (magnesium fluoride) and HfO2 (hafnium dioxide) anti-reflective lens coatings
    • High-transmission water white glass corrector lens with 97.4% light transmission
    • Resolution: 1.11 arcsec (Rayleigh); 0.91 arcsec (Dawes)
    • Secondary mirror obstruction: 2"; 40% by diameter; 16.6% by area
    • Secondary mirror can be removed and a DSLR or imaging rig mounted in its place for fast f/2 wide-field astrophotography
    NexStar+ Computer Controller
    • 2-line, 16-character LCD display
    • 19 fiber optic backlit red LED buttons
    • Database of over 40,000 celestial objects plus 100 user defined
    • Automatically slew to planets, stars, constellations, and a variety of catalogs
    • Camera control: For piggyback wide-field or conventional astrophotography through the optical tube assembly, the controller can automatically trigger the shutter release to capture the image
    • Anti-backlash compensation programs out play between gears for more precise tracking
    • Tour Mode: Shows a selection of the most popular objects for the time and date you are observing
    • Constellation Tour: Allows you to take a tour of all the best objects within a particular constellation
    • Alignment procedures: SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star, 1-Star, 2-Star, and Solar System
    • SkyAlign alignment: Takes minutes, with minimal effort or experience—point the telescope at three bright objects in the sky, and the telescope does the rest
    • Nine slew speeds: 4°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, 0.5°/sec, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, and 32x
    • Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar tracking rates for observing the fast-moving Moon, to slower-moving deep-space subjects
    • Tracking modes: Alt-Az (default, for general GoTo use), EQ North (use for long-exposure astrophotography in Northern Hemisphere with EQ wedge engaged), EQ South (use for long-exposure astrophotography in Southern Hemisphere with EQ wedge engaged), Off (no tracking when using as a terrestrial spotting scope)
    • RS-232 communication port allows for computer control
    • Flash updatable via the Celestron website
    Database Details:
    • Solar system objects including the Sun, Moon, and planets
    • Named objects
    • Stars: Asterims, variable stars, double stars, named stars
    • Caldwell catalog
    • Messier catalog
    • NGC catalog
    • SAO catalog
    • Constellations
    Mount & Tripod
    Mount:
    • Single-fork alt-az
    • Dual-axis servo motors allow for precise tracking with virtually no vibration
    • Motor resolution: 0.26 arcsec
    • Optical encoders track mount movement to improve tracking and GoTo accuracy while allowing the mount to maintain alignment when moved manually
    • Communication ports: Autoguider port, Aux port, hand controller
    • Runs on eight user-supplied AA batteries or optional 12 VDC power supply
    Tripod:
    • Stainless steel legs
    • Adjustable height accommodates a variety of observation positions or users
    • Built-in equatorial wedge enables more precise tracking accuracy during long-exposure astrophotography
    • Tray holds accessories such as eyepieces and filters and adds stability and vibration reduction
    • Weight: 10 pounds
    Included Accessories
    Eyepiece:
    • 1.25"-diameter barrel
    • 25mm focal length produces 50x magnification
    • Anti-reflection multi-coated glass improves color rendition and contrast
    • Threaded barrel accepts most 1.25" astronomical filters
    • Fold-down rubber eyecup for use with or without eyeglasses
    • 52.5' field of view at 1000 yards
    Diagonal:
    • 1.25" input and output accepts most 1.25" astronomical eyepieces and accessories
    • 90° angle puts head in a comfortable position when observing at or near the zenith
    • Corrects view horizontally, but not vertically
    StarPointer Finder:
    • Projects a single red dot in line of sight
    • Unmagnified view ensures a wide field of view to make finding objects faster and star-hopping navigation easier
    UPC: 050234110365
  • Celestron PowerTank 7-Amp 12 VDC Power Supply

    Power your motorized/computer-controlled telescope with Celestron's PowerTank 7-Amp 12 VDC Power Supply. This versatile accessory features two 12VDC car/vehicle plugs to power the telescope and peripherals, plus two USB ports to charge small electronics such as phones or GPS sets. To help get you to your observation spot it is equipped with a powerful spot light, and when you're setting up, switch to the smaller flashlight. When it's time for observation, put the red lens cap on the flashlight to light your way without affect your night-adjusted vision. A built-in circuit breaker protects all your equipment and devices from damage.

    Power
    • 7 amp hour capacity
    • Two 12VDC car/vehicle plugs with adapter cord
    • Two 5V USB ports to charge small electronics
    Lights
    • Large white LED spotlight to navigate and set-up with tilt-head
    • Smaller flashlight for tasks
    • Red lens cap for flashlight to preserve night-adjusted vision
    Additional Features
    • Built-in circuit breaker to protect electronics
    • 110-220VAC switchable universal power adapter included
    • Charging/battery-power LED indicators
    UPC: 050234187749
  • Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter

    The Celestron AC to DC Power adapter has a standard 2-prong North American power plug on a ~6' cord on one end, and a 5.5mm circular DC output jack on a ~6 cord on the other side; in between is a transformer box.  The North American plug cord is detachable from the transformer; the cord with the 5.5mm DC plug point is permanently attached to the transformer.  Output of this unit is consistently 12 volts DC.

    This allows AC 120-240V, 50-60 Hz AC current supplies to power any of the Celestron telescopes with the 5.5mm DC input on their drive base, a long list of items which includes the Advanced, Celestar 8, CG9/11/14, CI700, CPC, CGE, NexStar i, NexStar SE, Celestron NexStar i, NexStar SE, Ultima 2000 series and others.

    UPC: 050234187787
  • Celestron Eyepiece and Filter Kit (1.25")

    Celestron put together this 1.25" Eyepiece and Filter Kit to give users essential accessories for planetary observation. This kit includes five Plossl eyepieces that provide a wide range of magnifications on any given telescope, six of the most popular colored planetary filters to enhance the views, a Moon filter that reduces glare from the lunar surface while enhancing contrast, and a 2x Barlow lens which essentially doubles the magnification of any eyepiece used with it. An included hard aluminum carrying case protects the accessories while custom die-cut foam on the inside cushions them.

    Eyepieces
    • 1.25" diameter barrels
    • Accepts most standard 1.25" eyepiece filters
    • Anti-reflection multi-coated optics improves light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
    • 52° apparent angle of view
    • 6mm offers highest magnification potential
    • 8mm produces a high magnification, but with a slightly longer eye relief than the 6mm
    • 13mm produces a comfortable mid-range magnification
    • 17mm offers a higher magnification potential than the 32mm without sacrificing brightness
    • 32mm has the lowest magnification potential with the longest eye relief and highest light transmittance
    Filters
    • Fits standard 1.25" eyepieces
      #80A Blue:
    • Most popular for the study of detail on Jupiter and Saturn
    • Enhances the contrast on Jupiter's cloud belts
    • Enhances details of the Great Red Spot
    • Brings out detail in Saturn's belts and polar features
    • Also very useful for lunar observing
      #58 Green:
    • Rejects red and blue wavelengths
    • Increases the contrast on the lighter parts of the surface of Jupiter
    • Useful for enhancing the cloud belts and polar regions on Saturn
    • Increases the contrast in Mars polar ice caps
    • Increases the contrast of atmospheric features on Venus
      #56 Light Green:
    • Excellent for the observation of Martian polar ice caps and for the yellow tinted dust storms on the planet's surface
    • Increases the contrast of the red and blue regions in Jupiter's atmosphere and cloud belts
    • Great for lunar observing
      #25 Red:
    • Blocks the transmission of blue and green wavelengths
    • Sharply defines the contrast between the cloud formations and the lighter-toned surface features on Jupiter
    • Useful for definition of the Martian polar ice caps and maria
      #21 Orange:
    • Reduces transmission of blue and green wavelengths
    • Increases the contrast between these blue/green areas and red/yellow/orange areas
    • Sharpens the boundaries between these areas on the Martian surface
    • Sharpen the contrast in Jupiter's belts and to bring out the Great Red Spot
    • Slightly increases surface details on Saturn
      #12 Deep Yellow:
    • Enhances red and orange features on Jupiter and Saturn, while blocking blue and green wavelengths
    • Lightens the red and orange features on Mars, while reducing, or blocking, the transmission of blue and green areas - increasing the contrast between the two
    • Enhances the blue clouds in the Martian atmosphere
      Moon:
    • Makes viewing the Moon safe when at or near full phase
    • Reduces glare to bring out more surface detail and improve contrast
    • Also useful to bring out surface details on Venus
    Barlow Lens
    • 1.25" diameter barrel and eyepiece holder
    • 2x magnification doubles the magnification of any eyepiece used
    • Increases magnification while preserving eyepiece's native eye relief for easier viewing at high magnifications
    Case
    • Hard aluminum case with reinforced corners and edges
    • Dual latch-locks
    • Hinge carrying handle
    • Custom interior die-cut foam protects and cushions accessories
    • Extra room for additional accessories - simply pluck foam for a custom-fit space
    UPC: 050234943031
  • Celestron SkyPortal WiFi Module

    Transform your smartphone or tablet into a wireless controller for your computerized telescope with Celestron's SkyPortal WiFi Module. It plugs into the Hand Control or AUX port and begins to generate it's own WiFi signal to directly connect to your mobile device without the need for a router. Since it uses the telescope's power there are no batteries, plugs, or cables required.

    The SkyPortal module works in conjunction with the free SkyPortal mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. The app features a database of over 100,000 objects with astroimages and audio descriptions of hundreds of them including the history, mythology, and key features of them. It can assist with the telescope alignment and if you hold the screen up to sky, it will identify the objects based on your location, date, and time. If you don't know what you want to look at, the SkyPortal app will take you on a guided tour.

    Use and Handling
    • Plugs into the telescope's Hand Control or AUX port
    • Emits its own WiFi signal to directly connect to smartphones and tablets
    • Lets you use your device as a wireless hand controller
    • Powered by telescope: no batteries, cables, or plugs required
    SkyPortal Planetarium App
    • Free mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
    • Tap any celestial object you see in the sky to identify it, tap again to slews to that object
    • Directly interfaces with SkyQ Link II WiFi module
    • Assists in alignment procedures, except with SkyProdigy models
    • Over 100,000 celestial objects from the Moon and planets to galaxies and nebulae
    • Provides guided tours of available objects based on location, date, and time
    • Works as a stand-alone planetarium app
    • Astroimages and audio descriptions for the most popular objects
    • Explains the history, mythology, and key features of the most popular celestial objects
    • Hold your screen up to the sky to identify objects in Compass Mode
    Compatibility
    • Astro Fi
    • NexStar SE Series
    • NexStar SLT
    • NexStar Evolution
    • CPC, CPC DX
    • NexStar GT, with required #93919 splitter - sold separately
    • CGE, CGE Pro
    • Advanced VX
    • CG-5, with required #93923 splitter - sold separately
    • CGEM, CGEM DX
    • LCM, with required #93919 splitter - sold separately
    • CGX
    • CGX-L
    • CGEM II
    UPC: 050234939737
In the Box
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  • 1Description
  • Celestron NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope
    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Schmidt Cassegrain
    Aperture 125 mm / 4.9"
    Focal Length 1250 mm
    Focal Ratio f/10
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal Yes, 90 Star
    Finderscope Yes
    Optical Tube Dimensions Length: 13" / 33 cm
    Mount
    Type Motorized; Alt-Azimuth Single Fork
    GoTo Capability Yes, NexStar
    Tripod
    Type Adjustable
    Material of Tripod Stainless Steel
    General
    Batteries 8 x AA
    Weight 10.0 lb / 4.5 kg (Tripod)
    17.6 lb / 8.0 kg (Fully Assembled)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.0 x 26.0 x 12.5"
  • Celestron PowerTank 7-Amp 12 VDC Power Supply
    Capacity 7 Amp amp hr
    Inputs 1 x 15 VDC charging port
    Outputs 2 x USB ports, 5 V 1.5 A
    2 x 12 VDC car/vehicle plugs
    LED spotlight
    LED flashlight
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight 7.0 lb / 3.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.2 x 10.4 x 6.2"
  • Celestron AC to DC Power Adapter
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.7 x 2.95 x 2.15"
  • Celestron Eyepiece and Filter Kit (1.25")
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.8 x 11.7 x 5.2"
  • Celestron SkyPortal WiFi Module
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.65 x 2.5 x 2.3"

Celestron 5SE reviews

NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope Observation Kit is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could be so much better. First off B&H is great, I usually need items overnighted due to my schedule and they always deliver! On to the telescope, the bad first. 1. You won't be able to use it out of box except by manual control, firmware must be updated first. 2. You can't update the firmware because the package comes with a computer cord from 1980s. So you will have to buy USB adapter before you can update the firmware. 3. The power tank works but you can't use it out of the box because they don't give you a cord. You must buy a cord for this also. 4. The red led light flashlight broke after one hour of use. Now for the good. 1. Terrific telescope for viewing moon, planets and solar system objects. 2. Terrific for imaging planets with CCD. Not as good with DSLR. 3. Light & easy to disassemble / travels well for camping etc. 4. Eye piece & filter set is great.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of stuff in the box! Looked for the right telescope for me and my kids. We are beginners and wanted flexibility and quality. Celestron came up each time. B&H had the best price over the other online and local stores, so we bought. Looking forward to Santa bringing it so we can start having fun.
Date published: 2015-12-19
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