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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • 125mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • 1250mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • StarBright XLT Optical Coating System
  • Single-Fork Motorized GoTo Alt-Az Mount
  • 25mm Eyepiece and StarPointer Finder
  • SkyAlign Alignment Technology
  • NexStar+ Computer Hand Controller
  • 40,000+ Object Database with Sky Tours
  • Stainless Steel Tripod
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Celestron 5SE overview

  • 1Description

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
In the Box
Celestron NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope
  • StarPointer Finderscope refsszuzrcdebtyfa
  • The Sky CD-ROM Software for Windows
  • NexRemote Control Software CD
  • 25mm Eyepiece
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Celestron 5SE specs

    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
    Type Motorized; Alt-Azimuth Single Fork
    GoTo Capability Yes, NexStar
    Type Adjustable
    Material of Tripod Stainless Steel
    Batteries 8 x AA
    Weight 10.0 lb / 4.5 kg (Tripod)
    17.6 lb / 8.0 kg (Fully Assembled)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 35.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.0 x 26.0 x 12.5"

    Celestron 5SE reviews

    NexStar 5SE 125mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Erratic slewing rate I received my SE5 less than a month ago. Almost immediately I found that the slewing rate when operating manually was erratic... sometimes going fast, then slowing, then speeding up. It appears to be due to a faulty button operation on the keyboard. I have read about several similar problems on the internet: http://www.astronomyforum.net/skywatcher-telescopes-forum/100791-synscan-az-irrattic-slew-rates.html . The problem turned out to be a bad mother board in the hand controller. I don't want to send back the whole telescope from Australia. Can we exchange hand controllers?? I would like to keep using it (with difficulties) in the meantime.
    Date published: 2012-08-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice starter scope This is my first telescope, so you be the judge. On low power (25mm eyepiece) I got a nice picture from Jupiter and its moons. Using a 9mm eyepiece Jupiter was larger, but not sharper. Focusing is a bit of a problem due to 'shaken' of the tripod, evenso I tightened the tripod hand screw as much as I could. Still experimenting with tracking, one planet tracking works, but is of course not very accurate. NexRemote software will not run on my DEll laptop (Vista OS). Still trying to work the problem with Celestron. Also the RS-232 cable has a female connector, so has my PC. Overall I give it 4 stars, but consider my limited experience.
    Date published: 2013-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I hoped it would be Finally got the SE 5 outdoors lastnight and sighted it on Jupiter for a quick solar system align (which worked better than I thought it would). Quick focus and she showed up in the eyepiece with the Galilean moons. I added a 2x barlow to the included 25mm eyepeice and I could see the bands! Even with light pollution being an issue (just outside Omaha) and no filter. Tried the go-to next and looked up M42 (Orion Nebula) and the scope slewed right to it. I enjoyed that for a while and then decided that I had enough of the 0 degree weather. I am excited for my next outing complete with better apparel and I'll put the DSLR T Adapter and Piggyback mount to use for some photos. Note: make sure you plan to have a power source beyond the AA batteries in the base.
    Date published: 2015-01-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth every penny The 5 SE cost me with postage to Australia less then half the cost it would of cost me to buy it in Australia. I have just begun astro photography and it amazing to be able to see some of our plants reasonably clearly. I have taken some great shots of the moon and some reasonable shots of Saturn and Jupiter. I am going the purchase the Motofocus unit as it is a bit difficult focusing as the scope shakes when you touch it. I have only been able to use it in the city and there is a lot of light pollution, cant wait to get it away from the lights. It need some adjusting as the weight of my camera caused the tilt to slip. It also has a couple of specs of dust on the mirror.
    Date published: 2012-11-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Scope for Beginners in Astronomy I purchased this scope as a second instrument to my Meade LX90 ACF. Even though the Meade is a Go-To and fairly portable I wanted a simple lightweight scope that I could easily transport and use for the afterschool tutoring programs I volunteer for. The optics are excellent and the Go-To alignment and pointing accuracy are very good. My only complaint is that the red dot finder is cheaply made and difficult to align as the adjustments are not smooth and consistant.
    Date published: 2012-10-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Views, Great Value MY SHORT REVIEW: This is a great Telescope, Mount and Tripod. It's a good size for portability, it has exceptional image quality, it's easy to use and is made of quality materials. MY LONG REVIEW: On my first night of good seeing and clear skies I was able to see fantastic views of a Waxing Crescent Moon, Jupiter and at least 3 of it's moons and a tiny red spec called Mars. My first set up and SkyAlign(ment) took about 10 minutes (assembly, lining up the star pointer and the scope, leveling the tripod, typing in location and date info, 3 star align). The moon practically fills the field of view of the included 25mm Plssl eyepiece. And although Jupiter was clear, a shorter focal length eyepiece or barlow lens will be needed for a larger, and probably dimmer, image. My location in the city surrounded by trees in my back yard didn't allow me to see any deep space objects, so I'm looking forward to finding some nebulas and galaxies. I was originally thinking about getting the 6 or 8 NexStar SE but I was persuaded to get the 5 after doing a lot of research on viewing in the city and the fact that the 4 and 5 NexStar SE telescope tripods have an Equatorial Wedge feature that the 6 and 8 models do not have. This is important for long exposure astrophotography and that is something I may want to try in the future. I also used the scope to see distant buildings since Catadioptrics can be used for terrestrial viewing as well. But be aware that although the view is top-up corrected with the mirror star diagonal, it's not left-right corrected as it would be with a prism diagonal. I also read many reviews stating that an external power supply in conjunction with the 8 AA batteries will last longer. The AA batteries being used for those rare times the power cord is pulled out accidentally. So far I feel that this is a great investment for myself and my family to enjoy astronomy. Clear Skies!
    Date published: 2014-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from NexStar 5SE Scope The quality of the merchandise is explicit. Far above and beyond what I expected. The tri-pod is stout and most steady. The scope is very clear optically and the Go To works perfectly. The instruction are most through. Easy to understand and comply with. With plenty of supporting Extras to make operations more exciting, This is an excellent tool, gift, or educational experience. I could not recommend it Higher.
    Date published: 2012-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than I expected, actually; Not having much experience with telescopes I did a lot of looking around. I took the chance and bought the NexStar 5SE. I'm very happy with this scope. The scope is built far better than others I looked at for more money. I bought this scope to enjoy and it fits my bill fine. I must say this though, Celestron packs their products better than any company I've ever done business with. My little scope was in a train derailment getting to me and it survived without a scratch working great. Beat That!!!
    Date published: 2012-01-30
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