Summary: Celestron Nexstar 5SE is A Compact Portable Mini Observatory. It Is Ligth Weight (Less Than 10Kg) And Have An 5'' Aperature. SCT design optical have better protability and wider field of view. supports for 2'' accessories. Wedge for long exposure photography.
Summary: I have yet to try out my 5se as I have had a few problems with it. Powertank really needed as batteries only last around 10 minutes. Just make sure you have a fully charged powertank or AC adaptor. Optics seem very good, tripod very stable and well made, drive motors could be better. Have not yet tried sky align but looks easy enough when you set up the finderscope for the first time.
Summary: This telescope is the lightest for the size in nexstar SE series family. It have a 127mm Aperature capable to collect good amount of light. It is also easy to set-up and can be used with equatorial mode. The set back is with the price difference from Nexstar 6SE, most people tend to go for Nexstar 5SE.
Summary: I got this telescope for my birthday a while ago. It took me some time to get to know the setup procedures. The manual is a bit terse about the polar alignment. But once you get it all working, it's a remarkable piece of equipment! I did some modest astrophotography with it with nice results, especially considering the diameter of the primary mirror.
Pros: NexStar computer, precise goto
Cons: Manual could be better, battery option is nonsense
Summary: Awesome scope. Read all the reviews from astronomy sites and magazines and they were all right! This is a great scope. Great views and extremely portable. Tripod is solid and the 5" has a built in wedge. Larger appature would give better views but at a hefty price and you loose mobility. Nexstar hand control and software appears on par with Meade. Slight learning curve but isn't everything worth learning.
Pros: Expandability. Price. Mobility.
Cons: Color of ota is to Tennessee for this gamecock :)
Summary: I love it!!! Easy to used and very stable tripod. Only thing i was disappointed with was the switch. On my 6th time using it, the switch wouldn't turn on the computer rendering it useless. Overall, Its wonderful.
Summary: I actually thought this seemed pretty pricy but man this is actually the best value you can get. If I could give Value for your money something higher than 5 I definitely would. The goto function works exactly as it should, unlike on some of my Meade scopes.
Summary: Have had this scope for two summers now, and I have seen so many more solar system and ds objects in that time than I did in twenty years with my faithful old (1977) C-8 Super Polaris. This scope is so quick and easy to setup that I get it out about three times as often, so I see more stuff. As usual, Celestron doesn't disappoint. I have had nothing break, and the drive and optics have performed 100% of my expectations.
Summary: Did not work - returned the yoke to Celestron - very disappointed - they are going to fix a brand new item instead of replacing with new working one!! Wouldn't know how to rate a brand new non-working item. Disappointed with your company that had to return whole thing not just the non-working item!!!