Introducing the Celestron NexStar SE, our bestselling computerized telescope, perfect for telescope newbies and seasoned amateur astronomers alike. The Celestron NexStar 6SE combines a large 6" aperture with smart design and grab-and-go convenience, making it an ideal choice for your first serious telescope.
The NexStar 6SE has enough light gathering ability to show you all the best celestial objects in crisp detail. Go beyond the basics and view Cassini’s Division in Saturn’s rings, separation between double stars, hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, and more. Celestron’s XLT optical coatings aid in light transmission so you get brighter views.
Despite its 6" primary mirror, the NexStar 6SE is anything but bulky. The Schmidt-Cassegrain optical design condenses the light path so the optical tube is just 16" long. With a lightweight single fork arm computerized mount and collapsible tripod, you can easily transport your 6SE in any small car and carry it to your favorite observing site.
The Celestron NexStar SE is a pleasure to use under the night sky. To get started, the hand control guides you through the simple SkyAlign procedure. Center any three objects in the eyepiece and your telescope can calculate its exact location and generate a list of objects currently visible. Choose from a database of 40,000 objects or let your telescope take you on a Sky Tour of tonight’s best objects.
Reminiscent of Celestron’s classic orange tube telescopes from the 1970s, but with all the latest technological advances, the NexStar SE is designed to grow with you. It’s compatible with all of Celestron’s latest telescope accessories: StarSense AutoAlign, which aligns your telescope automatically in less than three minutes, the SkyQ Link 2 WiFi Module for navigating the sky with your smartphone or tablet, and more.
Discover for yourself why the NexStar 6SE is a Telescopes.com customer favorite.
Celestron NexStar SE Fast Facts
- Computerized altazimuth mount locates and tracks more than 40,000 celestial objects automatically.
- No tools are required for setup.
- All air-to-glass surfaces are coated with StarBright XLT optical coatings to increase transmission.
- It’s easy to keep your telescope’s database up-to-date; download the latest software for your NexStar+ hand control anytime at the Celestron website.
- NexStar SE runs on batteries, AC power (with optional adapter), or an optional rechargeable Celestron PowerTank.
- Control your telescope via your PC with the included NexRemote software.
- Included planetarium software features printable sky maps and enhanced images.
How Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes Work
Since their design was perfected by Celestron founder Tom Johnson in the 1960s, the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope has been a superior all-around performer for both terrestrial and astronomical viewing as well as astroimaging. Celestron’s versatile, cost-effective design has reigned as a top choice for most amateur astronomers.
Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and other “catadioptrics” use mirrors and specialized lenses to shorten the light path, giving them a much more compact design than other telescopes of a similar focal length.
First, the light passes through the Schmidt corrector lens on the outermost edge of the telescope. Although it appears flat to the naked eye, the Schmidt corrector is actually aspherical; its glass is figured for hours to achieve the desired shape. After passing through the corrector, the light strikes the primary mirror and reflects up to the secondary mirror. From there, it bounces back down and travels through to an eyepiece or imaging sensor at the back of the telescope.
- Best all-purpose telescope design; works for terrestrial observing, astronomical observing, planetary imaging, and deep sky imaging.
- Bright, razor sharp views.
- Extremely compact and portable.
- Easy to use, durable and virtually maintenance-free.
- Much less expensive than refractors of equal aperture.
- Compatible with a wide variety of telescope accessories.
- More expensive than Newtonians of equal aperture.
- Slight light loss due to secondary mirror obstruction compared to refractors.
NexStar 6SE Telescope, full-height tripod, 25mm eyepiece, StarPointer red dot finderscope, NexRemote software, The Sky planetarium software
Dimensions & Specifications
Good for Astrophotography
Highest Useful Magnification
Single Fork Arm-Altazimuth
Objective Lens Size Code
Viewing the Moon
Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters
Viewing the Planets
Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes
For the Expert
For the Enthusiast
DocumentationDownload Celestron NexStar 6SE Instruction Manual
Download Celestron NexStar 6SE Quick Set-Up Guide
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Q1: Does this scope swivel 360 degrees on the mount? Or 180 and flip the OTA for viewing on the other side?
A: The Celestron NexStar 6 SE's mount rotates 360 degrees.
Q2: How is the aperture rating?
A: The aperture of the Celestron NexStar 6 SE telescope is found by measuring the diameter of the scope's primary mirrors: 6 inches.
Q3: I have a Canon EOS 30D and I am wanting to get into astrophotography. Is this a good scope for me, if not, could you tell me which scope would be best for me?
A: Yes, the NexStar 6 SE telescope will do a nice job for you. There are more expensive scopes that will perhaps do better, but the NexStar 6 SE is a good scope with which to begin a career in astrophotography.
Q4: Is the "Starbright XLT" an option or integrated?
A: StarBright XLT coatings are standard in the NexStar SE telescope series.
Q5: What is the shipping weight and dimensions of the 6 SE?
A: The shipping weight of the Celestron 6SE at shipment is 46lbs. The box dimensions are 33"L x 27"W x 13"H.