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Celestron NexStar 6SE Computerized Telescope Observing Accessory Bundle -Telescope of the Year for 2017
Celestron NexStar 6SE Computerized Telescope Observing Accessory Bundle -Telescope of the Year for 2017

Celestron NexStar 6SE Computerized Telescope Observing Accessory Bundle -Telescope of the Year for 2017

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Save when you buy your Celestron Nexstar 6SE with the complete observing bundle. This kit includes the Celestron Nexstar 6SE telescope, a 94303 Eyepiece and Filter Kit, 18774 7AH PowerTank, 93722 Sky Map, 93588 Night Vision red flashlight and is everything you need to get out under the stars.

Telescope of the Year

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.

Product Highlights

  • 150mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
  • 1500mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • StarBright XLT Optical Coating System
  • Single Fork Motorized GoTo Alt-Az Mount
  • 25mm Eyepiece and StarPointer Finder
  • SkyAlign Alignment Technology
  • NexStar+ Computer Hand Controller
  • 40,000+ Object Database with Sky Tours
  • Stainless Steel Tripod

Celestron's NexStar 6SE 150mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope is a powerful, portable, and user-friendly Schmidt-Cassegrain-style scope that can be used for observing everything from the Moon and planets to deep-sky objects like stars, galaxies, and nebulae. Using Celestron's proprietary StarBright XLT multi-coating system, light transmission is increased throughout the entire optical path with anti-reflection multi-coated lenses, highly reflective multi-coated mirrors, and Crown optical glass elements. While the focal ratio is a relatively slow f/10, the mount's precision tracking system and integrated equatorial wedge allow it to be a competent astrophotography imaging platform for the Moon and planets.

Driving the dual servo motors on the mount is the brains of the NexStar 6SE: the iconic NexStar+ computer hand controller. Packed with 40,000 celestial objects, it can hold up to 100 additional user-defined destinations and is updatable via the Celestron website. It has multiple alignment procedures to get you observing fast—including the super-easy SkyAlign system. Capable of being used in the Northern or Southern hemispheres, the NexStar has sidereal, lunar, and solar tracking speeds to accurately follow near and deep-sky objects, plus nine slew speeds and the ability to automatically trigger a camera's shutter release for Fastar or piggyback wide-field photography or conventional prime-focus astrophotography.

Performance
  • 6" (150mm) aperture
  • f/10 focal ratio
  • 1500mm focal length
  • Crown optical glass primary mirror
  • StarBright XLT optical coatings: Multi-layer aluminum/SiO2 (quartz)/TiO2 (titanium dioxide)/Si02 (silicon dioxide) mirror coatings with flat reflectivity across the light spectrum for both astrophotography/astroimaging and visual observation
  • Multi-layer MgF2 (magnesium fluoride) and HfO2 (hafnium dioxide) anti-reflective lens coatings
  • High-transmission water white glass corrector lens with 97.4% light transmission
  • Internal focusing mechanism
  • Resolution: 0.93 arcsec (Rayleigh); 0.77 arcsec (Dawes)
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 2.2"; 37% by diameter; 14% by area
  • Fastar capability: Secondary mirror can be removed and a DSLR or imaging rig mounted in its place for fast f/2 wide-field astrophotography
NexStar Computer Controller
  • Two-line, 16-character LCD display
  • 19 fiber optic backlit red LED buttons
  • Database of over 40,000 celestial objects plus 100 user-defined
  • Automatically slew to planets, stars, constellations, and a variety of catalogs
  • Camera control: For piggyback wide field or conventional astrophotography through the optical tube assembly, the controller can automatically trigger the shutter release to capture the image
  • Anti-backlash compensation programs-out play between gears for more precise tracking
  • Tour Mode: Shows a selection of the most popular objects for the time and date you are observing
  • Constellation Tour: Allows you to take a tour of all the best objects within a particular constellation
  • Alignment procedures: SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star, 1-Star, 2-Star, and Solar System
  • SkyAlign alignment: Takes minutes, with minimal effort or experience—point the telescope at three bright objects in the sky, and the telescope does the rest
  • Nine slew speeds: 5°/sec, 3°/sec, 1°/sec, 2x, 4x, 8x,16x, 32x, and 64x
  • Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar tracking rates for observing the fast-moving Moon to slower-moving deep space subjects
  • Tracking modes: Alt-Az (default, for general GoTo use), EQ north (sse for long-exposure astrophotography in Northern hemisphere with EQ wedge engaged), EQ south (use for long-exposure astrophotography in Southern hemisphere with EQ wedge engaged), Off (no tracking when using as a terrestrial spotting scope)
  • RS-232 communication port allows for computer control
  • Flash updatable via the Celestron website

Database details:

  • Solar system objects including the sun, Moon, and planets
  • Named objects
  • Stars: Asterims, variable stars, double stars, named stars
  • Caldwell catalog
  • Messier catalog
  • NGC catalog
  • SAO catalog
  • Constellations

 

Mount & Tripod
Mount:
  • Single fork alt-az
  • Dual-axis servo motors allow for precise tracking with virtually no vibration
  • Motor resolution: 0.26 arcsec
  • Optical encoders track mount movement to improve tracking and GoTo accuracy while allowing the mount to maintain alignment when moved manually
  • Communication ports: Autoguider port, Aux port, hand-controller
  • Runs on eight user-supplied AA batteries or optional 12 VDC power supply
Tripod:
  • Stainless steel legs
  • Adjustable height accommodates a variety of observation positions or users
  • Built-in equatorial wedge enables more precise tracking accuracy during long-exposure astrophotography
  • Tray holds accessories such as eyepieces and filters and adds stability and vibration reduction
  • Weight: 10 pounds

 

Included Accessories
Eyepieces:
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • 25mm focal length produces 60x magnification
  • Anti-reflection multi-coated glass improves color rendition and contrast
  • Threaded barrel accepts most 1.25" astronomical filters
  • Fold-down rubber eyecups for use with or without eyeglasses
  • 44' field of view at 1000 yards
Diagonal:
  • 1.25" input and output accepts most 1.25" astronomical eyepieces and accessories
  • 90° angle puts head in a comfortable position when observing at or near the zenith
  • Corrects view horizontally, but not vertically
StarPointer finder:
  • Projects a single red dot in line of sight
  • Unmagnified view ensures a wide field of view to make finding objects faster and star-hopping navigation easier


Specifications

Packaging Info
Package Weight 41.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.0 x 26.0 x 13.0"
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture 150 mm
Focal Length 1500mm
Focal Ratio f/10.0
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Diagonal 90° star
1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
Finderscope StarPointer
Motor Dual axis servo with optical encoders
GO-TO Capability NexStar computer hand controller
Mount Type Motorized alt-az single-arm fork
Power Source 8 x AA batteries
Tripod Stainless steel
Adjustable height
Weight: 10.0 lb / 4.5 kg
Optical Tube Length 16.0" / 40.6 cm
Weight 21.0 lb / 9.53 kg, full assembled

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: Good
Photography: Yes
Terrestrial Photography: Yes
Lunar Photography: Yes
Planetary Photography: Yes
Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography: Yes


In the Box
Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

  • Optical Tube Assembly
  • E-Lux 25.0mm 1.25" Eyepiece
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • Visual Back (1.25")
  • Star Diagonal - 1.25"
  • 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
  • Eyepiece and Filter Kit, PowerTank,  Sky Map,  Night Vision red flashlight
  • 2-Year Warranty



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