Celestron NexStar 6SE GoTo Telescope Overview
Updated with all the latest features but still sporting the iconic orange tube, the NexStar series telescopes offer superior views and portability. Find out why this telescope is still a top choice for stargazers today.
NexStar 6SE Schmidt-Cassegrain Features
Powerful 6-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain f/10 optics - This telescope is a planetary viewer's dream - using just an average focal-length eyepiece, it produces impressive magnification. Cassini’s Division in Saturn’s rings, the cloud bands on Jupiter, and geographic features on the surface of the Moon are all on offer. The six-inch primary mirror provides enough light-gathering ability to view faint, deep sky objects too, like pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster and the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy.
Fully-automated GoTo system - Using the hand-controller (which fits conveniently in the mount arm), you can direct the telescope to automatically point to any of the objects in its 40,000 item database. Or take a guided tour customized for your location and time of night. The firmware is flash upgrade-able, so you'll never be out of date.
Three-star alignment - The SkyAlign technology takes the frustration out of aligning your telescope. Simply center the eyepiece on three bright objects and press ALIGN.
Advanced tracking features - The Nexstar 6E can has multiple tracking speeds, so that you can track planets, the sun, and stars or other deep-sky objects. Plus, there are 9 slewing speeds. Finally it includes the ability to automatically trigger a camera's shutter release for Fastar or piggyback wide-field photography or conventional prime-focus astrophotography. There is also an autoguider port.
Sturdy and convenient mount and tripod - Of course advanced tracking features don't mean much if your mount is flimsy. The all-steel tripod keeps your image stable. The patented single-fork arm mount is portable and easy to set-up. There is an internal battery compartment which eliminates dangling parts, and there is a tray for your eyepieces.
No-tool set-up and portability - The entire Nexstar system can be broken down into light, perfectly portable pieces and put together again without the use of any tools. Great for quick, backyard set-ups or car transport to a dark site.
Nexstar 6SE Specifications:
|OPTICAL TUBE INFO:|
|Focal Length||1500mm (59")|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 1||25mm (.98")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 1||60x|
|Star Diagonal||1.25" Star Diagonal|
|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 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)|
|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|
|Dovetail Compatibility||CG-5 dovetail|
|Number of Auxiliary ports||1x Aux port|
|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|