Excerpt: I am new to astronomy but have some knowledge of optics through photographic interests. I set this scope up in my back yard -- there was some wood smoke and light pollution. I had a difficult time using the finder and did not manage to align the scope using the 3 bright object automatic feature. However, I downloaded an iPad app with a star chart and managed to find jupiter and align the telescope using the solar system alignment option. Once aligned it worked great.
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Easy to Use, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I live in a 2nd floor condo in the middle of Washington DC and was looking for a grab and go scope for camping trips, for use in the back yard or anytime I didn't want to lug out the 8" dob that I also own. I choose the 4SE based on its weight, portability, excellent reviews and GOTO capability. <br /><br />Most of my observing is done from my VERY light polluted backyard smack in the middle of Washington DC.
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Easy to Use, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I had a bad experience with another website and was in a panic to get a telescope to my grandsons by Christmas. Hayneedle not only got it there 3 days before Christmas, they awarded me with a few extra perks I did not request. The salesman recommended I consider the Celestron NexStar 4 SE Telescope because I could get more for my money and it was a better product. He said Hayneedle had both telescopes in stock.
Summary: This is a good telescope for money. It is light & have a stable mount. The mounted wedge is good for astrophotography, but not at the telescope's native focal lenght. Perhaps a piggy back DSLR will able to take a good astrophotography. The telescope size is a bit small & maksutov Cassegrain is not as flexible as schmidt cassegrain.
Pros: Compact, light
Cons: Aperature small, Maksutov cassegrain design not as flexible as schmidt cassegrain
Excerpt: I got this for my husband and he loves it.And we are very pleased with everything we order from Hayneedle and its always ship so fast and we love getting Haybucks that we use on future purchases.
Pros: Accurate, Easy to Use, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction