Celestron NexStar 4se Review

  • Overview
  • in depth Review of Features
  • comparisons

How Does It Compare?

Orion StarBlast 4.5 Equatorial

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The StarBlast has a slightly larger aperture than the NexStar 4se. The computerized tracking on the 4se puts it in a different class than the StarBlast. Still, if you're looking for a beginner scope with a nice-sized aperture and don't have as much money to spend, the StarBlast 4.5 offers nice, smooth tracking and impressive optics at a much more budget-friendly price.

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The StarMax 90mm offers great stability because of its tabletop mount. The trade-off is that it doesn't offer some of the flexibility of the 4se. Because of its Mak-Cass design, which "folds" light within the tube, the StarMax also offers a similar small package, which is a boon for those looking for a grab-and-go scope, or for one that they can travel with. But the StarMax can't match the computerized tracking offered by the NexStar 4se. It is, however, much more of a budget scope than the 4se, so it's much more likely to be your first telescope.

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The 114eq has a comparable aperture to the NexStar 4se, but the NexStar telescopes also offer more stability, which means they're a much better option for those looking for a scope they can use for astrophotography. Additionally, the computerized capabilities of the NexStar put it in a completely different category altogether.

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The GoScope, just like other the other tabletop scope on this list, offers good stability and supremely easy setup. The trade-off is the flexibility it lacks because it doesn't have a full mount and tripod. The NexStar 4se might appeal more to you if you're looking for that flexibility, or if you're looking to do some astrophotography. In the final analysis, it's hard for the beginner astronomer to beat the GoScope's optics at such a good price, although the GoScope can't match the sheer magnitude of the NexStar's aperture, nor does it offer the game-changing computerized tracking.