Celestron NexStar 6se Review

  • Overview
  • in depth Review of Features
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How Does It Compare?

Orion StarBlast 4.5 Equatorial

Check out our full review of the StarBlast 4.5 here.

Of course, the NexStar 6se has an extra 1.5 inches of aperture, but that extra inch makes a huge difference in aperture size, and thus means that it has a significantly larger field of view. The computerized tracking on the 6se 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.

Our full review of the StarMax 90mm is here.

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 6se. Because of its Mak-Cass design, which "folds" light within the tube, the StarMax also offers a smaller 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 sheer aperture size and computerized tracking offered by the NexStar 6se. It is, however, much more of a budget scope than the 6se, so it's much more likely to be your first telescope.

You can check out our full AstroMaster 114eq review here.

The 114eq has a smaller aperture, which results in a smaller field of view and brighter images. 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.

One of our favorites. Check out our full review of the GoScope here.

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 6se 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.