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 Telescope
  • This scope is perfect for a beginner, can be set-up in about 10 minutes, and aligns easily by pointing to three bright objects in the sky.
  • Great Telescope for 3 years now. I bought the 5" for the polar alignment feature.
  • This is hands down a fantastic instrument. I purchased this scope to have something portable for camping in the summer and something less cumbersome to set up in our pasture for impromptu star parties.
  • Love this scope, here are the pictures i took with a self made wedge and simple guider scope.
  • The tracking/goto system is sort of difficult to get set up but you don't need it to enjoy the scope.
Size & Weight
63 in.
32 in.
38 in.
26 in.
33 in.
12 in.
25 lbs.
21 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
Double line, 18 character Liquid Crystal Display with 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, 40,000 objects, 200 user defined programmable objects, Enhanced information on over 200 objects, Fast Setup with SkyAlign
AudioStar™ - 30,000+ Objects Database
Celestron's 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 Telescope
  • Great Telescope for 3 years now. I bought the 5" for the polar alignment feature.
  • Easy to use the basic features on it.
  • This is my second telescope, waited 16 years for a telescope with all these features and size.
  • Nice telescope--grab and go is a nice feature. Plenty of good things to like about this scope.
  • he auto orientate feature thing is nice, sometimes takes more than once to get right but is really helpful to a beginner like me.
Mount Information
Mount Type
Tripod mount
Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Tripod Material
EQ tilt plate
Vixen / CG-5 Dovetail bar
Maximum Height Adjustment
0 in.
56 in.
1.25" steel tube legs
50.8mm (2") 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 Telescope
  • The single arm mount seems very solid though the spur gears are not optimal for fine tracking needed for loooong exposure astrophotography.
  • Once you master this telescope, you can upgrade the mount if you want to get into more advanced photography. Keep looking up!
  • Even though it's an Alt-Azimuth mount (not an equatorial) it tracks objects pretty well.
  • I still have a lot to learn, and will eventually like to get a new EQ mount to replace the one it came with for deep sky photography.
  • The telescope is not great for astrophotography due to the Alt-Az mount.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
2 year(s)
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