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Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit

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Product Highlights

  • 1500mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Motorized Altazimuth Mount
  • "GO-TO" Capacity

You Pay: $799.00

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Featuring Schmidt-Cassegrain optics, the Celestron NexStar 6 SE is an ideal telescope for observing and photographing celestial subjects. With a weight of just 30 lb (13.6 kg) including the tripod, the portable 6 SE features a precision optical system with 1500 mm focal length at ƒ10.0, and provides 44% more light gathering than a 5" telescope.

StarBright XLT high transmission coatings for sharp, high contrast views with accurate color
SkyAlign allows alignment on any three bright celestial objects, making for a rapid, efficient alignment process. It then functions as a 'go-to' system accepting commands through the handset and pointing the optical assembly toward any one of nearly 40,000 objects stored in its database. Using the (optional) CN-16 (93963) GPS accessory connection and an external GPS (not included), alignment is entirely automatic.
NexRemote telescope control software and RS-232 cable included for advanced control of the telescope with a PC
StarPointer finderscope helps with alignment and locating objects
Flash-upgradeable handset control software and motor control units by way of downloadable updates
Robust, computerized altazimuth mount
Exceptionally sturdy steel tripod for long service and rapier-sharp astrophotography
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain Reflector
Optical Lens Diameter 5.91" (150 mm)
Focal Length 59.0" (1500 mm)
Focal Ratio ƒ10.0
Maximum Useful Magnification 360x
Resolving Power 0.77
Optical Tube Dimensions 16" (406.4 mm) in Length
Mount Type Computerized Altazimuth
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Finderscope StarPointer
Tripod Steel with Accessory Tray
Motor Yes
GO-TO Capability Yes
PC Compatible Yes
Power Source 8-AA batteries (not included)
Weight 30 lb (13.6 kg)
Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
  • Optical Tube Assembly
  • E-Lux 25.0mm 1.25" Eyepiece
  • Star Pointer Finderscope
  • Visual Back (1.25")
  • Star Diagonal - 1.25"
  • Computerized Altazimuth Mount with Handset
  • Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • The Sky CD-ROM Software for Windows
  • NexRemote Control Software CD
  • RS-232 to Serial Port Cable - for GPS 16 Accessory
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CelestronNexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit
     
    4.7

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (19)
    • Strong construction (19)
    • Quality lenses (18)
    • Accurate (16)
    • Easy to use (13)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (22)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (20), Avid adventurer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Buy!

      By Joey

      from Orlando, FL

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

        Very easy to use for myself (first telescope). Great product at a great price! Customer Service is prompt and courteous as well!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Cool Tool!

        By dengelwood

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

          The scope is terrific. Saw Messier objects I never even thought to look for before! The Moon and Jupiter were superb.

          The red-dot finder, though, is near useless. I could never get it aligned to the scope. After a night of frustration, I discarded it in favor of a Telrad finder I had on hand. I googled the supplied red-dot and found similar comments. If you're so inclined, spend an extra $40 and mount the Telrad. Worth the effort and so much easier to use!

          Once that pain was out of the way, I really got down to enjoying the scope. The computer alignment is a little off, but that could be me. At any rate, once I made the proper adjustments, the sky really popped. I'm in a light-polluted area near Philly, but saw the Beehive cluster, Andromeda, and so much more. Love this scope! Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great Product, Price and Service

          By birdfish

          from Melbourne, Australia

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

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                Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                Thanks for the speedy delivery. The telescope is fantastic at a great price.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Scope

                By ato1989

                from Houston, Texas

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy

                  Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                  Great scope! Enjoy the "go to" feature that allows one to program the scope to go to heavenly bodies. The scope is well built and constructed with very good materials. With the right accessories including different eye pieces and filters, which need to be purchased separately, this is a very rewarding purchase.

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                  5.0

                  A Great Scope at a great price

                  By John F

                  from Gold Coast Australia

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                      Does everthing asked for and more.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect purchase

                      By Jorge

                      from NY

                      Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                      Excellent attention !! Perfect telescope for beginners and specialist.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      As expected

                      By Fred e

                      from Santa Monica

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Well Packed

                      Cons

                      • Difficult to Use
                      • Lack Of Information
                      • Need To Update Materials
                      • Unclear instructions

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy

                      Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                      The telescope was fairly easy to set up, but I did not fair so well in doing the 3 star alignment. I eventually found out that the finder or star scope was not aligned to the telescope. Rather basic error after I realized it, but it was not mentioned in the instructions. The software package led me to believe you needed to install it, but was really only for backup. A RS-232 to USB cable was not included despite that connection has not been on laptops for many years. Called tech support about it and star scope and received some good tips (that all should have been included in the instructions). There seems to be some resistance from the company to update and modernize. All in all it all worked OK.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent telescope for newbie

                      By photochickie

                      from Mackay, QLD

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Quality Lenses
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Astronomy

                        Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                        I have studied the stars for 30years with an old refractor telescope.
                        so happy i choose the NexStar 6 SE for my new purchase.. beautiful optics.it's pretty big so glad i didn't choose the 8". easy to set up and use. I don't use the goto. just use the arrows to navigate the sky as I already know where everything is. Hope to take some astrophotography as i have seen some good results.Chuffed!

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        This is the best for it's size

                        By RV7 pilot

                        from Arlington, Wa.

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Astronomy

                          Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                          Big but not to big to take anywere you may go.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Easy to Use & Lots of Fun

                          By John

                          from New Orleans, LA

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Quality Lenses

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Astronomy

                            Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                            The Nexstar6 is easy to use and a lot of fun. Fantastic views of Jupiter and Saturn with a 10mm Celestron Luminos lens. Extremely sharp views.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Opened my eyes to the space above!

                            By Jo69

                            from Queensland , Australia

                            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 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                              This telescope is better then I thought it would be. Everything I read about this telescope is real and not hyped up just to sell the product.
                              Love it.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Amazing, Great Quality and Great Picture

                              By HulK

                              from Brisbane, Australia

                              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 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                                This is a wonderful surprise. The build quality is high, and the views from this telescope are amazing. I have a few add ons like Skyscout etc etc, but even stand alone this amazes!

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                                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Works like magic!

                                By SP

                                from Victoria, Australia

                                About Me Professional Guide

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Astronomy
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                                  I have been working as an astronomy educator for ten years. The telescopes I use at work are fairly big (16+" reflector) and involve a lot of manual work.
                                  The automated SkyAlign technology of the 6SE is amazing. The entire sky is at the press of a few buttons on the NexStar remote. The telescope accurately points to the selected object and tracks it. Even when I manually locate and centre an object, the telescope still tracks it, awesome!
                                  This technology does require a bit of learning. If the quick setup guide is followed, then there should be no dramas! It is very important to have a level tripod; an un-level tripod is enough for the SkyAlign to fail. Also Celestron power tank (or equivalent) is a must have, using batteries only will be very costly. Do note that rechargeable batteries are not powerful enough to use in this scope, as they are only 1.2v each compared to 1.5v each for alkaline (total 12v required). I use AA even when I am using the power tank. If for any reason the power tank gets disconnected I do not lose any of my settings or sky-alignment. The scope only uses batteries when power tank is not connected. Additional eyepieces are also useful for magnification.
                                  I bought this compact telescope for backyard astronomy and travel astronomy. When I require serious power and optics, I use telescopes at work. So far, with the 6SE, I have seen the Moon, Mars, Saturn, Alpha Centauri, Jewel Box Cluster (NGC 4755), Butterfly Cluster (M6), Ptolemy Cluster (M7), Omega Centauri (NGC 5139), Sombrero Galaxy, Stargate Cluster and I am just getting started. All objects were found using the NexStar remote, no manual work!
                                  This scope works like magic, no complaints at all! Thank you B&H for shipping internationally.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great compromise with size and features

                                  By DV Steve

                                  from Salt Lake City, UT

                                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Astronomy

                                    Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                                    I debated between this and the 8" for some time. Obviously, I wanted the 8", but I could not justify the large difference in price for something I don't use on a daily basis. That being said, I really like the 6". Small and portable enough for camping trips, star parties, etc. I previously had a much larger scope that I never took with me anywhere because it was so cumbersome, so this new one really comes in useful now. Plus, dealing with a manual EQ mount like I had on my old one was a bit of a pain. I love being able to dial in a target and have the scope follow it/keep it in the field of view for me. About the only negative is the need for an external 12v power source. There is a lot of junk out there, and even the reviews of the Celestron powertanks are pretty wishy washy.

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    When net observation time matters

                                    By Tycho B.

                                    from Norway

                                    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 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                                      Buying a scope is never easy, many considerations must become reconciled. One of the easiest to forget is time: Many scopes end up stuffed away because the process of setting them up is too time consuming. Compared to most of its competitors, preparing Celestron's NexStar for a session under a starry sky is child's play. That was critical for my deciding to buy this scope (I live i Norway and must, due to the northern latitude, do most observing during cold winter months) as I do want to get as much observation time as possible. In hindsight, purchasing a NexStar 6 was a wise choice.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great service and prompt delivery

                                      By Omar

                                      from Brisbane, QLD

                                      Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                                      Telescope is superb and BH were very helpful in assisting delivery to my overseas location. Will definitely deal with them in the future.

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Love it so far

                                      By Ray

                                      from NE Illinois

                                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                      • Difficult To Focus
                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Astronomy
                                      • Bright Conditions

                                      Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                                      Seemed like a great value w/in my budget. Most problems I've had so far are due to lack of experience on my part or bad weather conditions. Accurately finds/tracks objects once it is calibrated, and has given me great views of Jupiter, which has been easily visible. Heavy duty tripod, doesn't seem to budge. There is a bit of a learning curve on setting up the controls, but again, with practice I should get better. Would love a electronic focus, as I'm just not that steady, but views have been great when the sky is clear.

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                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      First Telescope to explore the sky

                                      By realistgva

                                      from Switzerland

                                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Quality Lenses

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Astronomy
                                        • Bird Watching

                                        Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                                        This was a gift for my wife.[...]The telescope is very bright we had limited clear sky but already saw the moon really close. Stars are easy to point have not managed to get the go to work but reading the documentation I found the issue (the timezone we are in officially is not inline with the one expected by the scope.Documentation could be more detailed.I also tested it as a super-tele on my full-frame camera.I am not completely happy with that setting there are some issues around the edges but when you get a shot even close to sunset is still very bright for a 1,5000mm tele F10. Manual focusing takes some work and the T-adapter is the real issue for me. It dropped my camera to the floor(thank good in the grass not rocks)

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                                        4.0

                                        Easy Out and About

                                        By Tony

                                        from Sewickley PA

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult to Use

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Astronomy

                                        Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                                        The packaging and set up was simple and fast and we were able to get the telescope ready for use immediately.

                                        The tracking software is a little difficult to use and my son had problems setting up himself.

                                        Otherwise its easy to use and a pleasure for an amateur family enjoying the star together.

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                                        5.0

                                        This scope rocks!

                                        By scopeguy

                                        from Central NJ

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate
                                        • Compact
                                        • Quality Lenses
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Astronomy

                                          Comments about Celestron NexStar 6 SE 6"/150mm Catadioptric Telescope Kit:

                                          Saw the lunar eclipse in great detail.
                                          Got photo of it in newspaper!

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                                          Batteries & Power Supply

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                                          Required item: Don't get caught in middle of a star party without power. Mount powered by 8 AA batteries.

                                          Duracell - AA 1.5v Alkaline Coppertop Battery (4-Pack)
                                          • You Pay: $2.79
                                           
                                          Watson - 8-Bay Rapid Charger Kit with AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh, 8-Pack)
                                          • You Pay: $58.50
                                           

                                          Eyepieces, Lenses & Diagonals

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                                          Eyepieces will enhance your stargazing experience.

                                          Celestron - X-Cel LX 2.3mm Eyepiece (1.25")
                                          • You Pay: $52.15
                                           

                                          Accessory Kits

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                                          Save by purchasing eyepieces and filters in an accessory kit.

                                          Celestron - PowerSeeker Accessory Kit
                                          • You Pay: $35.99
                                           

                                          Filters

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                                          Filters are a great enhancement for lunar and planet viewing.

                                          Celestron - Moon Filter (1.25") - For Viewing the Moon When Bright
                                          • You Pay: $9.99
                                           

                                          Cleaning and Anti Fog

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                                          Help keep your optics clean & fog free with these tools.

                                          Pearstone - Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
                                          • You Pay: $4.99
                                           

                                          Navigation & Alignment

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                                          Aim your scope at an object in the sky with a guiding system.

                                          Celestron - SkySync GPS Accessory
                                          • You Pay: $189.95
                                           

                                          Astrophotography

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                                          Take stunning portraits of constellations, nebulas, star clusters, and our home galaxy.

                                          Celestron - NexImage Solar System Eyepiece CCTV Imager
                                          • Price: $99.95
                                           

                                          Cases, Coverings & Storage

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                                          Cover, carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag, cover or case.

                                          Celestron - Carrying Case for 4/5/6" NexStar Telescope
                                          • You Pay: $179.95
                                           

                                          For 4-6" NexStar style Optical Tube

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