The Celestron NexStar 4SE combines extreme portability and tack sharp Maksutov-Cassegrain optics with the convenience of Celestron's NexStar computer go-to system. This is an ideal telescope for beginners who are primarily interested in the moon, planets, and brighter deep space objects, or for urban dwellers who are limited to these objects by local light pollution conditions. We find the Maksutov-Cassegrain optics of the NexStar 4SE to be preferable to Schmidt-Cassegrains when viewing the moon and planets because they offer higher contrast.
Celestron NexStar 4SE: Excellent for Beginning Lunar / Planetary Observers
Let a Celestron NextStar SE help you find the moon, planets, thousands of stars,
and even galaxies and nebulae at the touch of a button! In the tradition of
Celestron's famous orange optical tubes, the NexStar 4SE combines the classic
heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with state-of-the-art
features including a fully computerized operating system,
flash upgradeable software, superior coatings, and Celestron's
revolutionary SkyAlign telescope alignment software. SkyAlign is arguably
one of the fastest and easiest go-to alignment methods available.
Once the NexStar 4SE is aligned, you are in the driver's seat. Simply
choose an object from the menu and the telescope will find it
for you. Using Celestron's patented NexStar technology, the SE scopes
have the ability to locate nearly 40,000 objects. All you
have to do is look through the eyepiece and enjoy the view!
But what if you are a beginner and don't know what object to choose?
Not to worry - let the intelligent NexStar 4SE
give you a guided tour of the night sky! The "Tour"
feature offers a customized list of the best objects in the
sky to view based upon the time, date and your location.
Not only can your NexStar 4SE find objects, it can teach you
about them as well. Information on the most popular objects
can be viewed on the LCD screen of the keypad. (Note: Celestron
literature refers to the keypad as a "hand control.")
Whether you are a seasoned astronomer looking for a portable
scope with advanced features, or just starting your astronomy
adventure and looking for an easy way to enjoy the night sky,
a NexStar SE will help you take a closer look.
Celestron's Revolutionary SkyAlign
Using Celestron's patented SkyAlign, simply input the date and
time, pick the nearest city to your location, then point the
telescope at any three bright celestial objects. The on board NexStar
computer does the rest, triangulating those three stars and mapping out
a model of the night sky. You do not need to know the names of
the alignment objects, and you can even pick the moon or bright planets. SkyAlign is fast, accurate, and above all, easy to use.
NexStar SE Key Features
Computerized hand control unit with nearly 40,000 object
database and motorized altazimuth mount
Quick release optical tube for easy no-tool setup
StarBright XLT enhanced coatings for maximun light
transmission and clarity
SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright objects,
for a fast and easy alignment process.
StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and
accurately locating objects
Flash upgradeable hand control (keypad); update your telescope's
operating software via the internet
Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during
Includes NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced
control of your telescope via computer
THE SKY planetarium software - with 10,000 object database,
printable sky maps, and enhanced images
Now you can take your telescope anywhere with this portable rechargeable power supply. Whether you have a computerized telescope or operate your telescope using motors, Celestron specially designed this product with the amateur astronomer in mind
Astrozap flexible dew shields are the ultimate flexible dew shield made of lightweight durable ABS plastic with a felt lined interior. These shields will delay the formation of dew for several hours under average conditions.
The Sirius Technologies soft case is a great way to transport your Celestron NexStar 4, 5, or 6 SE telescope. This case uses the original packaging foam from the Celestron shipping box.
The Celestron NexStar 4SE comes equipped with a single 25mm Plossl eyepiece. This will yield 53X magnification and a true field of view just slightly less than one degree. The full moon is 1/2 degree wide, and thus will fit entirely within this field. Planetary observing will be more enjoyable at 150X magnification or more. An eyepiece in the 6.7mm to 8.8mm range would be a fine addition to this telescope. See a list of these eyepieces by clicking here.