Comparing Celestron NexStar 8SE and Meade ETX-125


Celestron NexStar 8SE

Meade ETX-125

Lowest price found: $1199
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Lowest price found: $699
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Rank: #25 out of 98.
  • NEXSTAR COMPUTERIZED TELESCOPE: The NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope features Celestron's iconic orange tube design with updated technology and the latest features for amazing stargazing for beginners and experienced observers.
  • 8-INCH APERTURE: The eight-inch primary mirror in this Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for adults and kids to be used together packs enough light-gathering ability to observe the best that our Solar System has to offer, while retaining a compact form factor.
  • FULLY-AUTOMATED GOTO MOUNT: Featuring a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects, the GoTo mount built into our telescopes for astronomy beginners automatically locates and tracks objects for you.
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE AND BREAK DOWN: The single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all assemble and break down from separate components for easy transportation. SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready in minutes.
  • BONUS FREE STARRY NIGHT SOFTWARE: The NexStar 8SE Telescope includes a FREE download of one of the top consumer rated astronomy software programs for an interactive sky simulation.
  • UNBEATABLE WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the world's #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You'll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
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  • Apeture 127mm/ Focal length 1900mm, Ratio: f/15, multi-coated optics / Internal Flip Mirror System for dual viewing
  • Two 1.25" 9.7mm and 26mm Super Plossl Eyepieces / Red-dot viewfinder
  • Fork Mount with DC Servo Motors, Full Size Steel Tripod with EQ tilt plate
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24 lbs

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Release Date
1 Nov 2003
25 Oct 2018
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2 Years
1 Year Warranty
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Celestron NexStar 8SE is a top selling option in the middle of the catadioptric telescopes price range. It's a #1 bestseller in catadioptric telescopes category and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Celestron 9.25" Schmidt Cassegrain or Celestron VX 6 Schmidt .

Celestron NexStar 8SE was released in 2003. There are quite a few newer catadioptric telescopes on the market. Show newer Catadioptric Telescopes

Celestron NexStar 8SE price is about the same as the price of the average catadioptric telescope ($1199).

Key features
  • Removable Optical Tube Assembly
  • Super Plossl 9.7mm Eyepiece
  • Red Dot Finder
  • AutoStar Hand Controller
  • Neutral Density Filter

Meade ETX-125 is a very popular and one of the cheaper options. It's in the top 3 bestselling catadioptric telescopes and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Orion StarSeeker IV 127mm or Levenhuk SkyMatic 127 GT MAK .

Meade ETX-125 was released last year in October. There are a few newer catadioptric telescopes on the market. Show newer Catadioptric Telescopes

Meade ETX-125 is $500 less expensive than an average catadioptric telescope ($1199).

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