Celestron NexStar Telescope 6SE Review
I have considered myself an amateur hobbyist astronomer for the past 15 years, and I have seen my fair share of different telescopes. With that said, you can believe me when I say that the NexStar 6SE Telescope is definitely one of the best bangs for your buck out there! This telescope combines beginner simplicity with the power of a professional lab quality set-up. 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.
Celestron NexStar Telescope 6SE – Build
With a total weight of 30 pounds (including the tripod), the ultra portable 6SE features a precision optical system with 1500mm focal length and offers 44% more light gathering than a 5″ telescope. The NexStar 6SE Telescope is super light and very compact making it very portable, while at the same time a very sturdy and dependable setup. The Schmidt-Cassegrain design balances the advantages of both a reflector and a refractor while keeping the size of the scope down, while still packing the punch of a lab quality scope. It normally runs on an AC wall adapter, but this model also has the option to run on batteries. The days of complicated telescope assembly and setup are over. In fact, it only took 4-5 minutes to set up once I took it out of the box, and because it’s so portable you’ll find yourself using it more often; take it with you hiking, on trips to the mountains, deserts and see what it can do in the darkest of skies!
Celestron NexStar Telescope 6SE – Features
It features an automated star-map with over 40,000 objects in the directory, with new objects continually being added. Not only will it automatically point at the objects you want to see, but using the Identify feature it will tell you what an object is just by manually pointing at it! If automatically finding objects and identifying what you point at isn’t enough, it also comes with a Tour mode. In Tour mode the controller provides you with a list of objects that are considered prime viewing based on your time and position, so you can literally let the NexStar 6SE Telescope do all of the work. In addition to the controller mounted on the telescope, every NexStar SE comes with a version of “The Sky” software Level 1 Planetarium program letting you explore and navigate the Universe from your laptop or PC. You also get the NexRemote software which allows you to connect and control the telescope straight from your laptop or PC.
Celestron NexStar Telescope 6SE – Testing
I have to admit, once the package arrived I was a little bit intimidated. I guess I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but the size of the box overwhelmed me, it appeared gargantuan in nature. Once out of the box I realized that a lot of the size had to do with the safety of the scope itself, it was very professionally and safely packaged in to assure no damage would happen. There were two major components (the scope itself which was attached to the computerized arm, and the tripod), along with several smaller components to help with installation. I had the entire thing assembled in just under 5 minutes, I simply set the tripod up with the reinforcements and placed the base of the scope on the head of the tripod, 6 screws later I was done and waiting until night time to get started. I used the three star alignment and I was ready to go in just under 10 minutes. It was nothing short of amazing! I had read what the telescope was supposed to do, and the detail that it was supposed to have, but wow! With this telescope, not only was I able to tell it I wanted to see Saturn, but once it aligned and I looked through the eyepiece, I actually saw the rings! That’s right, you can see the rings of Saturn with this telescope. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’ve been a hobbyist for the past decade and a half, but with this telescope I felt like the young boy who was just getting started again!
Celestron NexStar Telescope 6SE Review – Summary
All in all this telescope has something to offer to everybody, no matter what your level of experience is. It’s easy enough for someone who has never laid hands upon a telescope, and has all of the bells and whistles to satisfy that of an experienced star gazer! The quality of the construction makes the NexStar 6SE Telescope a sturdy and enjoyable telescope that will stand the test of time. All of the features combined with the sturdy build and attractive price will keep this telescope at the top of the buyers list for years to come! We are nominating the Celestron NexStar 6SE Telescope for a 2015 Reviewboard Magazine Best Buy Award.