Celestron Nexstar 4SE - No Tripod
  • Celestron Nexstar 4SE - No Tripod

Celestron Nexstar 4SE - No Tripod

Featuring high-quality Maksutov-Cassegrain optics, the NexStar 4SE is an ideal telescope for observing and photographing the wonders of space. With a total weight of 21 lbs including the tripod, the ultra portable 4 SE features a precision optical system with 1,325 mm focal length (f/13) and is the first Maksutov system to ever feature our premium StarBright XLT coatings.

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NEW & sold without tripod but works extremely well on a table-top. So if you want the quality of view but not the space that a tripod needs - this is for you.

The 4 SE includes a camera control feature that allows you to remotely take a series of timed exposures using your digital SLR camera. Plus the Flip Mirror Control, Straight Through Photographic Port and Tripod featuring a built-in wedge help make short-exposure astrophotography a heavenly experience.

The NexStar 4 SE has all the same features as Celestron’s most advanced computerized GoTo telescopes, including our revolutionary SkyAlign™ alignment technology, a sky tour feature, a database of nearly 40,000 celestial objects and easy to use hand control.

Plug the optional CN-16 GPS Accessory into NexStar’s auxiliary port and download data from orbiting GPS satellites for truly quick and easy alignments. The universe may be full of mysteries, but using the NexStar 4 SE isn’t one of them.

In the tradition of Celestron's famous orange optical tubes, the new NexStar SE Family combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with state-of-the-art features including a fully computerized operating system, flash upgradeable hand control, our superior StarBright XLT coatings, our revolutionary SkyAlign™ telescope alignment software and much more.

Whether you are a seasoned astronomer looking for a portable scope with advanced features, or just starting your astronomy adventure and looking for an easy way to enjoy the night sky, a NexStar SE will help you take a closer look.

Every NexStar SE includes a version of The Sky® software Level 1 Planetarium software for exploring the Universe on your PC and printing out custom star charts of the sky. In addition, you receive our NexRemote software that allows you to operate your telescope via your PC. Software package valued at over $100 included free with your NexStar SE!


  • 4" Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope

  • SE combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with the latest state-of-the-art features

  • StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard

  • StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects

  • Internal flip mirror for convenient viewing straight through (with optional diagonal) or at 90 degrees

  • Quick release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup

  • Sturdy computerized altazimuth mount

  • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use

  • Ultra sturdy steel tripod features built-in wedge which allows 4 SE to be used for astrophotography

  • Includes CD-ROM "The Sky" Astronomy Software which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps

  • Proven NexStar computer control technology

  • Nearly 40,000 object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects

  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process

  • Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet

  • Includes a camera control feature and shutter release cable that allows you to remotely take a series of exposures using your digital SLR camera

  • Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number; the most beautiful double, triple and quadruple stars; variable star; solar systems; objects and asterisms

  • DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes

  • Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features

  • Optional NexRemote telescope control software and RS-232 cable available seperately for advanced control of your telescope via computer

  • GPS-compatible with optional SkySync GPS Accessory (93969)


EYEPIECE 1: 25 mm (0.98 in)
STAR DIAGONAL: Internal Flip mirror for straight thru or 90 viewing angle 
OTHER EQUIPMENT: Camera Shutter Cable 
TRIPOD: Steel w/ built-in wedge 
CD ROM: NexRemote V1.6.14 & The Sky L1 
RESOLUTION: 1.36 arc seconds
RESOLVING POWER: 1.14 arc seconds
LINEAR FIELD OF VIEW (@1000 YDS): 52.5 ft (16 m)
TELESCOPE WEIGHT: 11 lb (4.99 kg)
TRIPOD AND MOUNT WEIGHT: 10 lb (4.54 kg)
MOTOR DRIVE: Integrated D.C. Electronics 
COMPUTER HAND CONTROL: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display w/ 19 fibre optic backlit LED buttons 
SLEW SPEEDS: Nine slew speeds: 4

Warranty: 2 years

Our view

Very popular Celestron telescope with those new to astronomy. Highly portable complete small GOTO telescope with a useful built-in tilt platform that makes a wedge for equatorial mounting. This means the 4SE can be used for longer exposure photography, something the SLT telescopes cannot be used for. The tube assembly has a flip mirror at the rear of the telescope so that it can be moved aside for when a dSLR needs to be attached to the rear port.
Requirements. You will need a 12v DC Powertank or a regulated 230v AC to 12v DC adapter power supply. The SEs can run on AA batteries, but a set of these may only last one night’s observing.


Budget for a power supply, a weak sky pollution filter such as the Baader 1.25 Neodymium, a Neutral density filter or Baader polarising set for the moon. Also budget for a an A4 sheet of Baader Astrosolar for white light solar observation.

With any Cassegrain telescope you will have to consider the affect dew fall. The cheapest solution is a lens hood but when dew is a real problem then heater straps will evaporate dew off.


PDF Specification sheet for filters and dew straps


Data sheet

Optical Design
Maksutov Cassegrain
4 inch
Mount Type
Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Focal Length
1325 mm
Focal Ratio
Optical Coatings
Starbright XLT Coating
Optical Tube Length (mm)
13.5 inch
Normally on display?
Yes - But Check First If Making A Special Journey!

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