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Celestron NexStar 4SE Computerized Telescope  -  Best Telescope for the Money
Celestron NexStar 4SE Computerized Telescope

Celestron NexStar 4SE Computerized Telescope - Best Telescope for the Money

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Part Number:11049
Celestron NexStar 4SE Computerized Telescope (11049)

Telescope of the Year

Celestron NexStar SE Series Telescopes

In 2017, the Celestron NexStar SE telescope reigns supreme, winning our Telescope of the Year award for six straight years! Our team is continually impressed with this workhorse. It’s the perfect combination of aperture, portability, features, and value. Whether you’re buying your first telescope or ready to upgrade, this is a telescope you can invest in and enjoy for years to come.

What makes NexStar SE so special? You won’t be asking once you look through its Maksutov-Cassegrain or Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system. From 4” to 8” in aperture, these compact, grab-and-go scopes pack serious light gathering ability. Celestron has been manufacturing Cassegrain telescopes since the 1950s, and their expertise shows when you look through the eyepiece. Proprietary StarBright XLT optical coatings further enhance brightness and clarity.

When you get your observing site, setting up a NexStar SE is quick and easy. What’s more, you’ll always have a rewarding night of viewing thanks to the hand control’s internal database of more than 40,000 celestial objects.

The NexStar SE series held onto its title again this year thanks to some key technology breakthroughs at Celestron. Now, the SE is compatible with both the StarSense AutoAlign and SkyPortal WiFi Module accessories. Use them together and you can turn this telescope into a 100% automated tour guide of the night sky. The StarSense analyzes star patterns overhead to automatically align the telescope’s computer and SkyPortal turns your smartphone or tablet into a wireless hand control. Simply hold your device up to the night sky and tap any object you wish to view. In seconds, your NexStar SE has it centered in the eyepiece and will track it as it moves across the sky. (Check out our Innovation of the Year award to learn more.)

Another key update for 2017: Celestron has released a wedge accessory for the 6” and 8” models. That means you can now use your NexStar SE for long exposure astrophotography with your DSLR camera. Our favorite telescope just got even more versatile.

Key Technologies
SkyAlign Technologe, StarBright XLT, Falsh Upgradeable, NexRemote, All-Star Plolar Alingment
 
Quick Overview

General Features

  • 4" Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope
  • SE combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with the latest state-of-the-art features
  • StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard
  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
  • Internal flip mirror for convenient viewing at 90 degrees or imaging straight through (with optional adapter).
  • Quick release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup
  • Sturdy computerized Altazimuth mount
  • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use
  • Ultra sturdy steel tripod features built-in wedge which allows 4 SE to be used for astrophotography
  • “TheSkyX – First Light Edition” astronomy software with a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images

Computerized Mount Features

  • Proven NexStar computer control technology
  • Nearly 40,000 object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
  • Includes a camera control feature and shutter release cable that allows you to remotely take a series of exposures using your digital SLR camera
  • Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number; the most beautiful double, triple and quadruple stars; variable stars; solar system objects and asterisms
  • DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes
  • Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features
  • NexRemote telescope control software and RS-232 cable included for advanced control of your telescope via computer
  • GPS-compatible with optional SkySync GPS Accessory (93969)
Specification
 
 
Optical Design Maksutov-Cassegrain
Aperture (mm) 102 mm (4.02 in)
Focal Length (mm) 1325 mm (52 in)
Focal Ratio 13
Eyepiece 1 (mm) 25 mm (0.98 in)
Magnification 1 53 x
Finderscope StarPointer
Star Diagonal Internal Flip mirror for straight thru or 90 viewing angle
Mount Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Optical Tube Aluminum
Other Equipment Camera Shutter Cable
Tripod Steel with built-in wedge
Power Supply 8-AA batteries (not included)
Highest Useful Magnification 241 x
Lowest Useful Magnification 15 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 12.5
Resolution (Rayleigh) 1.37 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes) 1.14 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 212 x
Angular Field of View (deg) 1 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 53 ft (16 m)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 1.38 in (35 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 34 %
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 12 %
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length 13.5 in (343 mm)
Telescope Weight 11 lbs (4.99 kg)
Tripod Weight 10 lbs (4.54 kg) lbs (4.54 kg)
Payload Capacity 10 lbs (4.54 kg)
Motor Drive Integrated D.C. Electronics
Slew Speeds Nine slew speeds: 4°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, 64x, 16x, 8x, 4x, 1x, .5x
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South
Software Features Camera Control
Alignment Procedures SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, SolarSystem Align
Software Precision 24 bit, 0.08 arcsec calculations
Communication Ports RS-232 communication port on hand control, Aux port, Camera Control port
Computer Hand Control Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
Database 38,181 accessible objects
Dovetail Compatibility Quick Release Tube Clamp
 
 
 
Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .
Terrestrial Observation: Yes
Lunar Observation: Great
Planetary Observation: Good
Binary and Star Cluster Observation: Good
Galaxy and Nebula Observation: Fair
Photography: Yes
Terrestrial Photography: Yes
Lunar Photography: Yes
Planetary Photography: No
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography: No
 
What's in the Box
Celestron NexStar 4 SE 4"/102mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
  • Optical Tube Assembly
  • E-Lux 25.0mm 1.25" Eyepiece
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • Computerized Altazimuth Mount with Handset
  • Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • The Sky CD-ROM Software for Windows
  • NexRemote Control Software CD
  • RS-232 to Serial Port Cable - for GPS 16 Accessory
  • 2-Year Warranty

 

Best Telescope for the Money – Celestron NexStar 4 SE

There are thousands of different telescopes that are available on the market, but when looking at price vs features, the Celestron NexStar 4 SE Telescope is by far the best telescope for the amount that it costs. This telescope has a state-of-the-art computerized operating system, and this will allow you to be able to view a number of excellent and beautiful celestial objects. Although this telescope can be used by beginners, it is designed more for a more advanced astronomy observer. With the single touch of a button, you will be able to find thousands of different planets, galaxies, and stars, and you will be able to enjoy the entire world of astronomy from the privacy of your own backyards or your favorite star gazing spot.

According to the people who have used this particular telescope have given it an overall excellent review, but there are a couple of things you should be aware of before purchasing this telescope. First off, this telescope can actually use rechargeable batteries, but these batteries are not included with the actual telescope. Therefore, you will need to purchase them separately. Plus, due to its size, it can be rather limited when it comes to being able to view deeply into space. However, its size is also one of its best tributes. Thanks to this, it is both small and portable, which means you can carry it around a lot easier to the places that you wish to star gaze from.

The computerization components of this telescope are also very trackable, which means you will be able to keep track of the different celestial bodies that you observe with the telescope. Another thing that actually makes this the best telescope for the money it costs is the fact that you can also take part in amateur astrophotography. You will be able to take pictures with it, but it will be rather limited. They will not be as high quality as a telescope that was designed for such things. This telescope is motorized, and therefore, you can actually align the telescope to be able to track whatever you want from planets, nebulae, galaxies, and stars.

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