To spend a night with the stars, you only need to get away from the city and its light pollution and take the Celestron NexStar 4SE computerized telescope with you. This portable telescope is small enough to stow away in your backpack, and its tripod is lightweight. Just set up the Celestron computerized telescope under a starlit sky and lose yourself in the joy of astronomy as you peer deep into space.
Why tell your friends about the majestic beauty of the Orion Nebula when you can show them? Besides spying such extraterrestrial wonders, you can also capture sharp images of celestial bodies with this Celestron astronomical telescope. Share the rings of Saturn or the craters on the moon with your friends. The Celestron NexStar 4SE computerized telescope can turn you into a budding astronomer. You can even pair this telescope with a camera to capture breathtaking images.
A Pro Scope in an Orange Tube
The NexStar 4SE is a short orange tube inspired by the iconic design of Celestron's first telescopes. Besides its vintage appeal, it is very much a modern Celestron astronomical telescope with high-end optics and cutting-edge technologies. This scope has the following features:
- A 13.5-inch optical tube with StarBright XLT coating for brighter images
- Steel tripod with a built-in wedge
- Computerized hand control with an LCD screen and 19 backlit buttons
- 4-inch primary mirror with 212x light-gathering power
- Optional communication ports for a hand control and a camera control
The NexStart 4SE computerized telescope features Celestron's unique StarBright XLT optical coating, an anti-reflective coating that reduces the amount of light lost on each optical surface. This coating significantly improves the light reflection and transmission capabilities of the scope's lenses and mirrors. The result is more efficient light-gathering capabilities and brighter, clearer images. The coating, paired with the high-end optical elements of the telescope, result in a high light-gathering power of 212x. This means that the Celestron computerized telescope can process 212 times more light than the human eye.
The Making of a Stellar Telescope
This Celestron astronomical telescope features a Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design, which uses lenses and mirrors. Light passes through the lens, reflects off the primary and secondary mirror before entering the focal plane. This telescope also features a StarPointer finderscope, an optical finder that makes it easy to locate a specific object and center it in the eyepiece. These features help this device achieve a performance that rivals telescopes twice its size. In addition to these features, this scope also has a:
- 4-inch aperture to gather more light for a clear image
- 52-inch focal length for a wider field of view
- 241x maximum magnification to help you see deep space objects
Also, the Celestron NexStar 4SE computerized telescope is capable of nine slew speeds to help you reach your target quickly. It runs on eight AA batteries (not included), and has three tracking rates and three tracking modes to help keep the object centered in the eyepiece.
Besides StarBright XLT, Celestron equipped this device with many telescope technologies. All-Star™ Polar Alignment is essential for long-exposure astrophotography. In the Celestron NexStar 4SE computerized telescope, its purpose is to align the telescope with the North Celestial Pole to accurately track the motion of the night sky. Another technology is NexRemote™ which allows you to replace the built-in digital hand control with a wirelessly connected PC or laptop. This allows you to use your computer to:
- Align the telescope in tracking mode
- Hibernate the Celestron NexStar 4SE computerized telescope remotely
- Use other planetarium software alongside NexRemote
- Create custom astronomy tours
- Access the built-in database of celestial objects
SkyAlign™ is a patented Celestron technology for quickly and accurately aligning the brand's telescopes. It works in this Celestron computerized telescope by using time and location data to identify stars. To use it, simply point the NexStar 4SE at any three bright celestial objects and SkyAlign automatically tells you what those objects are. With this information, the Celestron NexStar 4SE computerized telescope aligns itself in relation to the night sky and can then accurately find any of the thousands of celestial objects pre-programmed into it.
Compatibility with Astrophotography Accessories
Celestron designed the NexStar 4SE to double as an excellent telescope for astrophotography. It features a built-in wedge on its sturdy tripod to provide the stability required for tracking and taking long-exposure shots. A second astrophotography feature is that you can replace the secondary mirror of the telescope with the astroimaging camera of your choice. For those who plan to use this telescope for deep-space pictures, Celestron recommends the following:
- A DSLR camera
- A Celestron Skyris camera for imaging the moon and planets
- An astronomical CCD camera with a Fastar/HyperStar lens
The Celestron NexStar 4SE computerized telescope is easy to set up so you can spend more time marveling at the many wonders of the universe. To fully enjoy stargazing and master astrophotography, you need the best Celestron telescope for astroimaging – you need the Celestron NexStar 4SE.