Product Comparison: Meade Instruments ETX125 (205005) vs Celestron NexStar 6 SE

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General Specifications
Meade Instruments
ETX125 (205005)
NexStar 6 SE
About the Product
The return of the extremely popular ETX125 takes mobile astronomy to the next level. This large 127mm aperture and 1900mm (f/15) focal length marry the portability of the ETX with Meade’s premium optics.
Celestron’s signature orange-tube telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 6SE. It’s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering striking views at an economical price.
Key Specs
Optical Design
127 mm
150 mm
Focal Length
1900 mm
1500 mm
Focal Ratio
Highest Useful Magnification
354 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
21 x
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Meade Instruments ETX125 (205005) Observer Telescope with Tripod
  • Excellent telescope. Been a Meade user for over 20 years. For what this scope is designed for, namely the moon and planets, it excels.
  • This is a great scope. Beats the Monkey Wards (refractor) I got as a kid in the early 70's.
  • It's a great little grab and go scope, though I dearly wish it (the hand controller) would accept an autoguider (without venturing to adapting whatever skinny phone line it uses).
  • The backpack is also pretty cheezy, and the tripod is super flimsy. Good starter scope that quickly becomes aggravating.
  • If you want to see the moon, this scope is OK. Anything else is hardly worth it.
Celestron NexStar 6 SE Computerised Telescope
  • It was easy to assemble and the images are fantastic.
  • The telescope is very good.
  • It delivers good images.
  • The telescope works perfectly. The assembly is very simple.
  • This is a great telescope, it gives you a very nice and clear image.
Size & Weight
63 in.
25.98 in.
38 in.
32.01 in.
33 in.
12.01 in.
25 lbs.
21.38 lbs.
Optical Coatings
StarBright XLT
Red Dot with mounting bracket
Accessory Tray Included
Two (2) Super Plossl Eyepieces 9.7mm & 26mm, 1.25” diameter, AudioStar™, Internal 90° Degree Diagonal & Flip Mirror System, Computerized, GoTo Dual-Fork Mount with DC Servo Motors
Fully automated GoTo mount, SkyAlign technology, NexStar+ Hand Control, 25mm eyepiece
AudioStar™ - 30,000+ Objects Database
Celestron Starry Night Special Edition Software / SkyPortal App
Optical Tube Length
406mm (16")
Star Diagonal
1.25" Star Diagonal
What customers say about "Features"
Meade Instruments ETX125 (205005) Observer Telescope with Tripod
  • Surprisingly good optics for the price point. Solid views of Saturn and Jupiter, both with pinpoint clear moons, on the first night out of the box.
  • I feel the optics are great and the GoTo works well.
  • Small, compact, easy to actually pack and go. The optics are great, and can easily be transported.
  • The optics and electronic control are second to none.
Celestron NexStar 6 SE Computerised Telescope
  • Extremely well made and robust.
  • Good quality of materials.
  • Very surprised at the quality for the money.
  • Terrific build quality. Very precise control.
  • Good price, good build quality.
Mount Information
Mount Type
Tripod mount
Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Tripod Material
EQ tilt plate
CG-5 Dovetail bar
Maximum Height Adjustment
0 in.
56 in.
1.25" steel tube legs
38.1mm (1.5") Stainless Steel
What customers say about "Mount Information"
Meade Instruments ETX125 (205005) Observer Telescope with Tripod
  • It is a dual mount for alignment, and has a good reputation for the wide field work I've been doing with a standard Photography Tripod.
  • The AutoStar audio dialog was extremely annoying, had to turn it off in the controller. The tripod is rock sold.
  • Even with the tripod lashed on the front of the pack, the whole operation is super lightweight and yet low vibration compared to others I've used in this price class.
  • The tripod is very lightweight, and not totally in a good way.
  • The optics are great, and can easily be transported. For the price, the tripod is stable enough and it is easy to align.
Celestron NexStar 6 SE Computerised Telescope
  • The telescope is good and the tripod is very sturdy.
  • Easy to assembly. Nice viewing experience.
  • Relatively easy to assemble and use.
  • Nice piece of kit. Good quality, worth the price.
  • The telescope is easy to assemble and is packed well.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
2 year(s)
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