Celestron Nexstar 6SE
- 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.
- 6-inch aperture with excellent light-gathering ability provides 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 6SE. It’s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price. Our Founder’s Vision, Reimagined for the 21st Century In the 1970s, Celestron’s Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes brought the hobby of astronomy to the masses and established Celestron as the world’s premier telescope maker. Our founder, Tom Johnson, invented Celestron’s proprietary method of producing Schmidt corrector plates for superior views and maximum portability. Johnson believed in creating high-quality optical instruments at an affordable price and inspired a generation of amateur astronomers. Four decades later, we’ve improved upon this design by adding cutting-edge features, while staying true to our founder’s intent. View the Universe’s Most Impressive Celestial Objects The 6SE’s six-inch primary mirror packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that the solar system has to offer: Cassini’s Division in 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 6SE 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 garden. Of course, it’s what’s inside the mount that really counts. Sturdy construction from high-quality components gives NexStar SE the pointing and tracking accuracy needed to observe and follow your favorite targets with push-button ease. Use the included NexStar+ hand control to locate over 40,000 celestial objects, or take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible. 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. For planetary imaging, pair your NexStar 6SE with one of our Skyris cameras. Or, experiment with wide-field deep sky astro imaging by replacing the telescope’s secondary mirror with a DSLR or astronomical CCD camera with a Fastar/HyperStar lens assembly. From your first observing session and for years to come, the NexStar SE is your trusted companion.
OPTICAL TUBE INFO: Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain Aperture 150mm (5.91") Focal Length 1500mm (59") Focal Ratio f/10 Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 25mm (.98") Magnification of Eyepiece 1 60x Finderscope StarPointer Star Diagonal 1.25" Star Diagonal Optical Tube Aluminum Highest Useful Magnification 354x Lowest Useful Magnification 21x Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13.4 Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.93 arc seconds Resolution (Dawes) 0.77 arc seconds Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 459x Secondary Mirror Obstruction 56mm (2.2") Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 37% Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 14% Optical Coatings StarBright XLT Optical Tube Length 406mm (16") Optical Tube Diameter 181mm (7.1") Optical Tube Weight 8 lbs (3.6 kg) MOUNT INFO: Mount Type Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm Instrument load capacity 12 lbs (5.44 kg) Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod) 965.2mm - 1422.4mm (38" - 56") Tripod leg diameter 50.8mm (2") Stainless Steel Mount Head Weight 11 lbs (5 kg) Accessory Tray Yes Tripod Weight 9 lbs (4.08 kg) Slew Speeds 9 slew speeds - max speed 5°/second Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar Tracking Modes Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South GPS N/A Dovetail Compatibility CG-5 dovetail Number of Auxiliary ports 1x Aux port Autoguide port Yes USB port Yes, Hand Control input Power Requirements 8-AA batteries (not included) | 12 VDC-750 mA (Tip positive) Motor Drive DC servo motors Alignment Procedures SkyAlign, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Auto 2-Star Align, Solar System Align, EQ North / EQ South Alignment (EQ align requires an equatorial wedge) Periodic Error Correction No Computerized Hand Control Double line, 18 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons NexStar+ Database 40,000 objects, 200 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects Software Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App Total Kit Weight 21 lbs (9.5 kg) Included Items NexStar SE OTA | Single Fork Arm Mount | Tripod | Accessory Tray | Star Pointer Finderscope | NexStar+ Hand Control | 25mm eyepiece | Star Diagonal