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Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope 11036 - 5" Computerized Schmidt-Cassegrain
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Missing NexStar 5SE

by Waiting, from United States, OR Written on December 8, 2014
The NexStar 5SE was ordered on 11-16-2014 and has not been delivered as it was lost at your shipping facility and since then has been recently found yet the item status shows on order and a tracking number has not been generated yet....
Would recommend: No
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Great product!

by Vicki, from United States, WI Written on December 7, 2014
This is a wonderful product! The optics are great and it is very easy to use. Aligning is simple with Sky Align. I bought this telescope because I wanted something that was more portable than my 11 inch telescope. This one is perfect for me. I can see myself using this telescope the majority of the time. I have not had a chance to use much of the eyepiece/filter kit yet, but I am happy with the eyepiece that came with the telescope. I am still waiting for the adapter....
Pros:
  • easy to use
  • good optics
  • Portable
Cons:
  • None
Would recommend: Yes
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Light Weight, Portable And Stable Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on November 12, 2013
Celestron Nexstar 5SE is A Compact Portable Mini Observatory. It Is Ligth Weight (Less Than 10Kg) And Have An 5'' Aperature. SCT design optical have better protability and wider field of view. supports for 2'' accessories. Wedge for long exposure photography. Great amature telescope overall...
Would recommend: Yes
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Nexstar 5se

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on August 8, 2013
I have yet to try out my 5se as I have had a few problems with it. Powertank really needed as batteries only last around 10 minutes. Just make sure you have a fully charged powertank or AC adaptor. Optics seem very good, tripod very stable and well made, drive motors could be better.
Have not yet tried sky align but looks easy enough when you set up the finderscope for the first time.
Would probably recommend spending more to get the 6se or even 8se which has better tripod and motor arm. Brought my 5se secondhand and was good value.
Pros: Well built, great optics,easy to assemble
Cons: Poor manual, needs external power, expensive...
Would recommend: Yes
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Compact portable computerized telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on November 29, 2012
This telescope is the lightest for the size in nexstar SE series family. It have a 127mm Aperature capable to collect good amount of light. It is also easy to set-up and can be used with equatorial mode. The set back is with the price difference from Nexstar 6SE, most people tend to go for Nexstar 5SE. But if you want a scope with light weight mount and capability to do simple astrophotography, this is the telescope to go For
Pros: Light Weight, Good aperature (127mm)
Cons: For the price, can go for 6SE...
Would recommend: Yes
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Excellent beginners SCT telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on October 31, 2012
I got this telescope for my birthday a while ago. It took me some time to get to know the setup procedures. The manual is a bit terse about the polar alignment. But once you get it all working, it's a remarkable piece of equipment! I did some modest astrophotography with it with nice results, especially considering the diameter of the primary mirror. Especially the PRECISE GOTO has helped me find faint objects (like comets and deepsky objects) in this light polluted area. The telescope became much nicer to work with when I got myself the GPS and a proper power source. The battery option has never worked for me. The motors of the telescope drain the batteries too quickly. In conclusion: an excellent telescope for the price, but do get yourself a proper power supply, a GPS and read about setup procedures on the internet.
Pros: NexStar computer, precise goto
Cons: Manual could be better, battery option is nonsense...
Would recommend: Yes
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The best value for your money

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on December 14, 2009
I actually thought this seemed pretty pricy but man this is actually the best value you can get. If I could give Value for your money something higher than 5 I definitely would. The goto function works exactly as it should, unlike on some of my Meade scopes.
Pros: Everything works great...
Would recommend: Yes
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Still love it

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on December 12, 2009
Have had this scope for two summers now, and I have seen so many more solar system and ds objects in that time than I did in twenty years with my faithful old (1977) C-8 Super Polaris. This scope is so quick and easy to setup that I get it out about three times as often, so I see more stuff.
As usual, Celestron doesn't disappoint. I have had nothing break, and the drive and optics have performed 100% of my expectations.
The only issue is I used an old laptop to update the drive and controller firmware and plugged the includud cable into the Acc. port on the drive base instead of the hand controller, thus frying that nasty old laptop graveyard dead. MY BAD, I should have read the manual, dud.
As for observing, the real value in this scope is the great optics combined with the very accurate drive. I can slew from object to object, lunar, planetary or deep space, in just a few seconds after a 2 star alignment,(VERY easy to do)and see all of the good observable objects in a section of the night sky in about an hour, taking time to really view and look for more detail than what I saw last timr. and then change to another section of the sky and start again. I love it!
One thing I did is to put on an old skylight filter/dust seal and that gave clearance on the focuser for my 20 year old 2" diag, and let me use a 55mm 2" eyepiece, which is just about as low power as you can go. WOW what a view of a huge chunk of the sky, encompassing a large share of the Andromeda galaxy AND bot...
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Would recommend: Yes
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Ms Very Disappointed

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on January 10, 2009
Did not work - returned the yoke to Celestron - very disappointed - they are going to fix a brand new item instead of replacing with new working one!! Wouldn't know how to rate a brand new non-working item. Disappointed with your company that had to return whole thing not just the non-working item!!!...
Would recommend: No
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Great for Aspiring Astronomers

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on December 2, 2008
Love this scope! Taught my son how to use it and he mastered it very quickly! Now he can't stop looking out the window at stars. Free shipping is amazing too.
Pros: Computerized Interface, Worth the Price
Cons: none yet...
Would recommend: No
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