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Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope

Item # HN-CELE257

Dimensions & Specifications

Aperture
150mm
Brand
Celestron
Component
.77 Arc Seconds Resolving Power, 13.4 Limiting Magnitude, .92 Arc Seconds Resolution
Eyepiece 1
25mm (60x)
Features
Alt-Az Mount, GoTo
Finderscope
StarPointer
Focal Length
1500mm
Focal Ratio
f/10
GPS
No
GoTo
Yes
Good for Astrophotography
Yes
Highest Useful Magnification
354x
Lens Coating
StarBright XLT
Mount Design
Single Fork Arm-Altazimuth
Object Database
40000 objects
Optical Design
Schmidt-Cassegrain
Recommended Usage
Viewing the Planets, Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters, Viewing Nebulae, Astrophotography, Viewing the Moon
Star Diagonal
1.25 Inch
Telescopes Series
Celestron NexStar SE Telescopes
Warranty
2-Year Limited
Weight Complete
30 lbs.

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Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope
 
4.6

(based on 85 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (60)
  • Accurate (58)
  • Quality lenses (52)
  • Compact (40)
  • Easy to use (33)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)
  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (70)
  • Bright conditions (8)
  • Travel (8)
  • Bird watching (7)
  • Low visibility (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (60), Avid adventurer (12), Professional guide (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply Superb!

An excellent piece of work. I have been wanting to buy this product for a while but for some reason or the other( mostly due to financial constraints) it lead to my purchasing...Read complete review

An excellent piece of work. I have been wanting to buy this product for a while but for some reason or the other( mostly due to financial constraints) it lead to my purchasing other scopes. I was not getting the feel for those products. I returned them and finally got this one and the moment I opened the box and saw the sturdy tripod I knew I made the right choice. I assembled the scope and the orange tube was a beauty. I aligned the finderscope and the target appeared right in the center. Tried Jupiter with all the eyepieces. The views were great except for the 4 mm eyepiece which was understandably producing magnification that was beyond the highest useful magnification. A extraordinary scope. I am not at all surprised why the SE series is such a success.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not to sure

this was my first telescope and i bought it because it had the skyalign and i figured i could use it to learn more and find things in the sky well ive taken it out...Read complete review

this was my first telescope and i bought it because it had the skyalign and i figured i could use it to learn more and find things in the sky well ive taken it out 3 times now and not once have i got it to align correctly i did some reading on this and it said to use the two star align i have not yet done this since it has gotten cold. This is my second telescope i have recived since my first one had a battery problem and had to send it back. This telescope has amazing optics very clear and also has a very stable tripod but i think once ive played with this more i will get it down and it will make everything better

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Beginner Scope

By steve n Maryland

from Baltimore, MD

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Lenses

Cons

  • Tripod Is A Little Shaky

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope:

I've now had this item about 2 years with lots of use so I feel I'm well versed in it's capabilities. This scope can be AMAZING. Remember that you need quality optics AND GOOD/GREAT VIEWING CONDITIONS w/ANY SCOPE. Views of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus & the moon are exceptional. DSOs like Orion, Ring, Dumbell nebulas & a host of others can be jaw dropping. I use it in light polluted areas as well as Star Party dark sites and I've had great results. Suggest you get the bundle + A/C adapter, upgrade the diagonal & some above average EPs - $100 range or a premium zoom & sky chart. Note in early spring or late fall when humidity is low, a blustery day (to blow away the pollution) followed that night with a clear sky & calm conditions = eye popping views. ENJOY!!!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Underwhelming

By Buck

from Townsend, Tn

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Difficult To Focus
  • Poor Lens Quality

Best Uses

  • Bird Watching

Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope:

I was able to see two atmospheric bands of Jupiter with some difficulty (I used several lenses and verified the collimation) and the Orion Nebula was very faint smudge. I expected more from the telescope of the year.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ramirez

By Richard

from SAN ANTONIO,TX

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to Use
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Difficult To Focus

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope:

First telescope. Have not had the opportunity to use it much. Did manage to align with three star method fairly quickly . The packaging was great and received the the telescope quickly . The Construction of the scope is very good. However, The wired key pad Is sort of hard to read, especially when your in the dark. We'll I need more time with telescope to discover its capabilities and limits.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Working well so far

By Andrea

from ORLANDO,FL

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope:

    Package got here very quickly, even over a holiday week. Nothing was damaged and everything was in great condition on arrival. Props to Celestron for their packaging. Had to leave town after getting it but tried it out quickly and got great views of the lunar surface and Jupiter and its moons. I could even see the bands of Jupiter, just with the eyepiece that comes with the telescope! I am going to be buying the accessory pack as well as I've read many users say it is a must.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    BEWARE: outer box spoils the surprise!!

    By Misha

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Packaging Ruins Surprise

      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope:

        I had to write a review just to alert buyers, especially around the holidays, that this product arrives in a box with "Celestron" written in huge letters and the telescope model/name written beneath it. This COMPLETELY ruined the Christmas surprise for the person for whom I bought it. I emailed and called Hayneedle customer service, but they didn't offer any resolution.

        So, please make sure you make appropriate delivery arrangements if this is a gift and there's a chance the person for whom you're buying it could see the package when it arrives!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        Customer Q & A

        5 Questions About This Product
        Q: "Is the "Starbright XLT" an option or integrated?"
        A: StarBright XLT coatings are standard in the NexStar SE telescope series.
        Q: "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.
        Q: "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.
        Q: "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.
        Q: "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.
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