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Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope

Item # HN-CELE256

Dimensions & Specifications

Aperture
125mm
Brand
Celestron
Component
13 Limiting Magnitude, 1.1 Arc Seconds Resolution, .91 Arc Seconds Resolving Power
Eyepiece 1
25mm (50x)
Features
Alt-Az Mount, GoTo, Equatorial Mount
Finderscope
StarPointer
Focal Length
1250mm
Focal Ratio
f/10
GPS
No
GoTo
Yes
Good for Astrophotography
Yes
Highest Useful Magnification
300x
Lens Coating
StarBright XLT
Mount Design
Single Fork Arm-Altazimuth
Object Database
40000 objects
Optical Design
Schmidt-Cassegrain
Recommended Usage
Viewing the Planets, Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters, Viewing Nebulae, Astrophotography, Viewing the Moon
Star Diagonal
1.25 Inch
Telescopes Series
Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes
Warranty
2-Year Limited
Weight Complete
27 lbs.

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  • View and learn about over 38,000 deep-sky objects
  • Choose one and the scope automatically finds it for you
  • Enjoy sky tours that are tailored to the date and your location
  • 40,000 object database with 200 user-definable objects
  • Built-in wedge for optimal EQ alignment
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Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope
 
4.2

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (25)
  • Quality lenses (19)
  • Accurate (15)
  • Compact (14)
  • Easy to use (11)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (25)
  • Bird watching (4)
  • Bright conditions (4)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (26)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT SCOPE

This is my second telescope from celestron and I must say the optics on this one is much better than my previous one. Images are bright and sharp and the overal quality of this...Read complete review

This is my second telescope from celestron and I must say the optics on this one is much better than my previous one. Images are bright and sharp and the overal quality of this model feels much better. The skyalign process can be a little trying sometimes but if you level the tripod and have a map of the night sky it can make things alot easier .Iphone users should note that there is an app. that will give accurate starmaps based on your location using the phones built in gps & compass system,this was a lifesaver for me when doing star alighnments. The other great thing about this telescope is that it is not that heavy and can be carried by one person with only one trip.A big plus if you live in a suburban area and have to take your scope to darker skyies for better views.Overall this is a great begginers scope.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Save your money

I recent purchased this scope and have to say I was completely disappointed. Out of the box it was missing a cover for the battery compartment. Then when I tried to use it I...Read complete review

I recent purchased this scope and have to say I was completely disappointed. Out of the box it was missing a cover for the battery compartment. Then when I tried to use it I found out that it had about a 90 degree dead region in the azithmutal drive. Even worse was the remote thought the scope was in fact moving through this zone. so the alignment would be lost if the drive got into this region.



Then there is the software for computer controlling the telescope. This is a joke. All it does is show an image of the hand controller on the computer monitor. Now you get click the controller buttons with your mouse instead of directly on the hand controller. Duh...why would anyone want to do that? I was expecting a star map that I could click on and the scope would then go to that star. But it does not do that. And to make the software even dummer, they use an old style RS232 serial cable and,get this, it has to plug into the hand controller. Unless your computer is 5 to 10 years old it probably doesn't even have this kind of port. You can go out and spend $25-$30 for an adapter. But that would be a waste considering the software. My impression is that Celestron just wanted to say the scope copuld be computer controlled.



With all of these problems you would think that Celestron would help. I tried calling their number but got a message to leave an email address. Customer service has been obviously outsourced oversees so you will not get to actually talk to anyone.



The manual is also poorly written with essentially no information on how to fix anything. The lack of information in it was amazing.



On the positive side I will say that the optics seemed crisp and sharp. But then I thought I was buying a complete telescope.



After wasting a two weeks on it, I returned it. I would not but this scope or any other in the Celestron Nexstar series. Poor quality control and no support.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Set up problems with no easy support

By Thomas

from GARNER,NC

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Nexremote Setup Difficult

Best Uses

    Comments about Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope:

    The cables supplied to connect Laptop with NexRemote do not match any current computers. The cables are out of date by several years!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Compact and Easy

    By Adam

    from CORPUS CHRISTI,TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope:

      Received this today (5 days ahead of the date promised during checkout). Like a kid at Christmas I immediately opened it and set it up in my living room. 1st time took 10 minutes. It functions as advertised with the power-supply I also bought from this site. Simple to assemble, easy to figure out the hand control, adequate instruction manual (answered my questions -- I don't read directions until stumped), and smother motor operations. The electric motor base and the manual latitude wedge on the tripod make it versatile.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A couple of small caveats

      By Frank

      from DENVER,CO

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to Use
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope:

        The controller hooks to a computer via a serial port. A USB connector is available for an extra cost. The tripod requires a bit of disassembly before it can be collapsed.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great scope with easy setup!

        By Gregory

        from RIVERVIEW,FL

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope:

            Set up took less than 30 minutes and I was able to see some great views of the moon and other objects. I look forward to using the GoTo feature this week!

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Comfort Driven
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wonderful!!!!!!!

            By Michael

            from SPOTSYLVANIA,VA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to Use
            • Good Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope:

                I ordered this after a purchase made for another telescope (from the manufacturer's website) wouldn't ship for 5 to 8 weeks. I then ordered the Nexstar 5SE and a Power Tank. The telescope arrived in 2 days and the Power Tank 4 (due to FedEx error). The website is well designed and very informative. Shipping was fast and cheap. Hayneedle/Telescopes really seems interested in making their customers happy. I am already looking forward to future purchases for accessories and upgrades. Thanks!!!!!

                • What Is Your Gear Style:
                • Comfort Driven
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                Customer Q & A

                2 Questions About This Product
                Q: "How large, i.e. what are the dimensions of the Celestron NexStar 5 SE - I am new to telescopes and am thinking of portability. The product attribute information gives the weight (27 lbs) but not its size?"
                A: The Celestron NexStar 5 SE's optical tube is 11 inches long. Stowed length is about 20 inches because of the fork arm. The tripod folds to about 36 inches.
                Q: "What is the shipping weight and dimensions of the 5 SE?"
                A: The shipping weight of the Celestron 5SE at shipment is 40lbs. The box dimensions are 33"L x 27"W x 13"H.
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