The Celestron NexStar 4 SE is an awesome telescope. It has a lot of neat features for what is considered a beginners telescope. It has a very unique flip-mirror, and a polar wedge mounted to its sturdy tripod.
The Celestron NexStar 4 SE telescopes utilizes the awesome Maksutov-Cassegrain design. This design uses a Maksutov lens at the front, which also holds the secondary mirror in place.
The unique flip mirror on this telescope allows a camera to be attached at the rear (with the necessary adapter) and an eyepiece to drop in just above that. Switching between camera and eyepiece couldn’t be simpler.
The NexStar 4 SE is a very quiet telescope. Whether you are tracking in Equatorial or Altitude-Azimuth mode it will be nearly silent. Quick slew speeds also compliment this telescope nicely.
Of all the telescopes I have ever owned, this comes close to my favorite. It has been a very reliable, durable and portable telescope. Camping trips, car rides, and other outings are perfect for this telescope, and you don’t have to worry about losing collimation with the Maksutov-Cassegrain design.
With a 4″ diameter mirror, and an extremely solid mount this telescope can do it all. Beginner astrophotography? No problem. Quick trips? Check.
I can’t say enough about this fantastic telescope, other then I highly recommend it!