Brand: Celestron

Celestron NexStar 6SE Computerized Telescope (11068)


Brand: Celestron

Celestron NexStar 6SE Computerized Telescope (11068)


This is a shop favourite. It's a really nice 6" optical tube for impressive planetary views and a simple goto mount to find and follow celestial objects. It's also a great option for starting planetary astrophotography.
  • Celestron's iconic orange tube sign is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike.
  • 6-inch aperture with excellent light-gathering ability provides impressive views of the Moon and planets, along with deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula, while retaining a compact form factor.
  • Fully automated GoTo mount with database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you.
  • SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you're unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any three bright objects.
  • Unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all break down into separate components for easy transport and quick assembly.
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Why we love the Celestron NexStar 6SE Computerized Telescope (11068)

The Celestron Nexstar 6SE Computerized Telescope (11068) is instantly recognizable because of the orange paint job.  This is a nod back to the original C8 tubes that drove Celestron’s early success.  The SE series come with computerized mounts, a good quality eyepiece, and great quality optics.  These scopes will stand up well to quality eyepieces and high magnification.  They’re ideal for viewing the moon and will show great detail on the planets (Cassini division in the rings of Saturn, bands on Jupiter).  The 6” will also introduce you to deep sky objects like open clusters, globular clusters, and some galaxies.  Celestron's signature orange-tube telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 6SE.

We like to joke that the best telescope you can buy is the one that you'll actually use.  The NexStar is an easy-to-use computerized telescope.  There is an incredible ecosystem of accessories built around the NexStar series of telescopes that can make it even easier to use.  The 6SE strikes a balance between ease of use, portability, and aperture for viewing the deep sky and our solar system.  It’s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering impressive views at an economical price.

Celestron makes 13 different versions of the NexStar. For more information on the collection or to see why we think that the NexStar is often the best telescope you can buy, read our article here.

Product Description

The Original, Reimagined for the 21st Century

More than 50 years ago, Tom Johnnson founded Celestron and revolutionized the world of amateur astronomy with large aperture, long focal length telescopes at affordable prices.The Celestron 8 brought the hobby of astronomy to the masses and established Celestron as the world’s premier telescope maker.

The current range of Celestron NexStar Telescopes build on this heritage by offering easy to use, telescopes with apertures that offer great views of our solar system and beyond. The Celestron NexStar SE comes loaded with a database of more than 40,000 objects it can track and display.

View the Universe's Most Impressive Celestial Objects

The 6SE's six-inch primary mirror packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that the solar system has to offer: Cassini's Division in Saturn's rings, the cloud bands on Jupiter, and geographic features on the surface of the Moon. When it comes to deep sky objects, take your 6SE to a dark-sky site and you'll see hundreds of pinpoint stars in the Hercules Globular Cluster, the spiral arms of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and more.

Revolutionary Single Fork Arm Mount

We know the best telescope is the one you will use most often. That's why Celestron's engineers created NexStar SE's unique, patented single fork arm mount. It's perfectly portable and makes setup quick and easy. What's more, the NexStar 6SE breaks down into several lightweight and compact pieces, making it easy to transport, even in small vehicles. You'll have no problem getting the NexStar 6SE to your favourite observing site, or setting it up quickly in your backyard.

Of course, it's what's inside the mount that really counts. Sturdy construction from high-quality components give NexStar 6SE the pointing and tracking accuracy needed to observe and follow your favourite targets with push-button ease. Use the included NexStar+ hand control to locate over 40,000 celestial objects, or take a Sky Tour and let your telescope show you the best objects currently visible.

Aligning your telescope is simple and painless, too, thanks to SkyAlign. This process makes alignment as easy as 1-2-3: just center three bright objects in your eyepiece and press ALIGN. For even easier alignment, attach our StarSense AutoAlign and your NexStar 6SE aligns itself!

Advanced Features Let the NexStar 6SE Grow with You

The NexStar 6SE is compatible with all the high-tech accessories advanced users love. Provide GPS coordinates to your telescope with SkySync, or add automatic alignment functionality with StarSense AutoAlign.

For planetary imaging, pair your NexStar SE with one of our planetary cameras. Or, experiment with wide-field deep sky astroimaging by replacing the telescope's secondary mirror with a DSLR or astronomical CCD camera with a Fastar/HyperStar lens assembly. From your first observing session and for years to come, the NexStar 6SE is your trusted companion.

Recommended Accessories

The Celestron NexStar 6SE is ready to use right out of the box, but there are a couple of items that will really enhance your experience with the telescope.

  1. A rechargeable battery pack, for this scope we recommend the PowerTank Lithium (18771).
  2. A higher power eyepiece, for this scope we recommend the Celestron Luminous 10mm (93431).
  3. A neutral density moon filter, for this scope we recommend the Antares 13% (ND13).

The battery pack will mean you won't be hunting around for a fresh set of AA batteries every time you want to go observing.The higher power eyepiece will increase the magnification from the 60x that you get out of the box to 150x magnification that's ideal for planetary viewing.The moon filter will add contrast and cut down on the brightness of the moon under magnification.These accessories will help you get the best out of your NexStar 6SE.Give us a call with any questions you have about accessories.

What can I see with a Celestron NexStar 6SE Computerized Telescope (11068)?

Here are some simulated views of common objects. Results with your telescope will vary with viewing conditions, obrits, equipment and more.

Jupiter with

25mm Eyepiece - 60x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Jupiter with

10mm Eyepiece - 150x Magnification

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Jupiter with

5mm Eyepiece - 300x Magnification

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Moon with 25mm Eyepiece

60x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Moon with 10mm Eyepiece

150x Magnification

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Moon with 5mm Eyepiece

300x Magnification

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Andromeda with 36mm Eyepiece

42x Magnification

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Andromeda with 25mm Eyepiece

60x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Andromeda with 10mm Eyepiece

150x Magnification

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What's in the Box

  • Optical tube
  • Single Fork Arm Mount and Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • NexStar+ Hand Control
  • 25mm eyepiece
  • Star Diagonal


Optical Design: Schmidt-Cassegrain
Aperture: 150mm (5.91")
Focal Length: 1500mm (59")
Focal Ratio: f/10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 25mm (.98")
Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 60x
Finderscope: StarPointer red dot finderscope
Star Diagonal: 1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical Tube: Aluminum
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: 14.00%
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: 38.1mm (1.5") Stainless Steel
Mount Head Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg)
Accessory Tray: Yes
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 and EQ South
Dovetail Compatibility: CG-5 dovetail
Number of Auxiliary Ports: 1x AUX Port
Autoguide Port: Yes
USB Port: Yes, Hand Control input
Power Requirements: 8-AA batteries (not included) and 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 Starry Night Special Edition Software and SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight: 21 lbs (9.5 kg)
Solar Warning Never look directly at the Sun with the naked eye or with an optic (unless you have the proper solar filter). Permanent and irreversible eye damage may result.
Never use your optic to project an image of the Sun onto any surface. Internal heat build-up can damage the optic and any accessories attached to it.
Never leave your optic unsupervised. Make sure an adult who is familiar with the correct operating procedures is with your optic at all times, especially when children are present.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Amazing Telescope

This telescope is great for any beginner or professional. I am having a bit of trouble getting the automatic alignment to work but the conditions when I tried were very poor with tons of light pollution. I’m sure once the conditions are better I’ll figure it out. Views from the moin are amazing and perfectly clear and sharp.

Amazing Product

We are thrilled with out telescope. We have bought several inexpensive models with very little success but we are incredibly happy with our Nexstar 6SE.

Great to deal with

Had a few issues with the courier and All Star made it right.

really love it

really good scope to learn on ,when you get all the gear with it

Great little telescope!

After using entirely traditional, manual equipment for years this little “GoTo” telescope sure speeds up an evening of star gazing. It’s good for any level of experience, easy to transport using the recommended optional case, and very good optics, especially when the eye pieces are upgraded from the basic 25mm Celestron piece that comes with it. I highly recommend getting the dew shield and external power source right off the bat. No wonder it is one of, if not the most popular scopes out there.

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