The Celestron NexStar 4SE is a worthy beginner telescope which comes with a 102mm (4″) aperture, which will be powerful enough to capture impressive details of many objects in our solar system, including the moon, Jupiter, Mars and other planets. Deep-sky objects, however, will appear less impressive than with a bigger apertured telescope.
This telescope is Maksutov-Cassegrain designed meaning it is a hybrid using both mirrors and lenses. As such it is elegant, compact and highly portable. Being computerized and motorized ensures that finding its over 40,000 cataloged objects is extremely simple, especially with its GOTO tracking. An additional feature of the Celestron NexStar 4SE is that it is enabled for astrophotography as it has a camera control option for your digital SLR camera. This should prove useful mostly for planetary imaging.
Verdict: Fair price and great option for a first telescope
– Nearly 40,000 computerized object database
– 4″ Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope
– 1,325 mm focal length (f/13)
– 25mm Eyepiece
– StarPointer finder scope
– Sturdy altazimuth mount which can be used for astrophotography, plus camera control cable