Review: Celestron NexStar 6SE GoTo Telescope

The NexStar 6SE offers consumers the proven quality of the Celestron brand in a compact, portable, and technologically advanced telescope. The scope’s 6-inch aperture, portable design, fully functional computer, and extensive database, among other features, make it easy to use, easy to transport, and easy to enjoy regardless of experience level.


• Item number: 11068
• Weight: 30
• Dimensions: 33 in. x 27 in. x 13 in.
• Aperture: 150 mm (5.91 in.)
• Eyepiece magnification: 60x
• Mount: Single fork arm
• Warranty: 2-year warranty on the telescope for damage and defects
• Focal length: 1500mm
• Eyepiece size: 25mm
• Objects in database: 40,000

The NexStar 6SE is part of Celestron’s line of SE telescopes. These telescopes are a combination reflector-refractor telescope that offer consumers a smaller, more compact design that either type of telescope by itself. Also called Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, they are easily recognizable by their single fork arm mounts and orange tubes. Their smaller design means that they are far more portable than typical telescopes. For instance, this models weighs a total of only 30 pounds, and breaks down easily, due to its single arm mount, into multiple pieces that make it easier to carry. In addition, the design makes the scope quick and easy to set up and take down, so easy, in fact, that some consumers are able to do so without extensive consultation of the instruction manual.

Besides easy set up and take down, the 6SE is designed to be simple to use, even for those are just entering the field of star gazing. For instance, the 6SE, along with the rest of the SE line, possesses SkyAlign technology. This technology allows the consumer to align the scope by focusing it on three objects in the sky. The telescope also comes with a database of 40,000 nighttime objects that can help the consumer to locate and identify objects in the sky. In addition, the consumer may input a desired object, such as a particular planet, into the telescope and the telescope will automatically move to show the consumer the desired object. Other features that make this model easy to use include very low maintenance and a full computer. In addition, the 6SE provides technological advancements that make it a quality product instead of simply an easy product to use. For instance, this model boasts a 6-inch aperture designed to let in enough light to get incredible images and an intense magnification of 60x. The combination of reflection and refraction in these telescopes also enables them to provide the consumer with both clarity and accuracy in the viewing experience.

The 6SE makes a good choice for consumers living in light-polluted areas who are looking for clarity and accuracy in their viewing experience. It is also an ideal telescope for beginners who are willing to invest a fair sum of money into the hobby in order to learn more about the star gazing experience. Finally, the 6SE is a good choice even for more experienced star gazers who wish to have a more portable scope for easier transport.

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