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    Quick follow-up question - I'm also looking at the LT6 ACF as my first telescope, and until Dec 31 Meade has a mail-in rebate for their Series 4000 Eyepiece Set (#07169) that makes it free. The set includes 6 different eyepieces, a 2x Barlow, and several filters. Normally this set sells for $199.

    Does this change the equation any?
    Celestron also has its SE series telescopes on sale until the end of the year. You can get an 8 SE for $999.... that's a bargain tough to beat.

    About bundled accessories.... make your decision based entirely upon the telescope not any bundled accessories. The telescope is what you are buying and is what will show you the night sky, not the accessories.... accessories you can buy next year ... but not a new telescope unless you have money to burn.
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    Thanks - I got so wrapped up comparing the 6" to 6" I didn't even notice the 8SE price.

    The only downside I can see (and it's pretty small) is the Celestron only updates through PCs, not Mac, and their standard cable is a DB9 RS-232 connector - USB is an additional cost.

    Thanks again, Mike

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    Have used both systems at the low end.. thought not the newest system.
    My gut using both is Meade likes features and Celestron likes a Quality experience.. so the Meade does some cool things like programming in comets and satellites.. but I confirmed with two controllers also has a nasty bug that at some point if I go off a list vs the tour its stops doing goto properly on the DS scopes..Not fixing that level bug and moving in to a new version.. bothers me...
    My Celestron has less features but it just works..
    I had a low end Celestron and the low end Meade and the Meade has a noisier motor.
    I really don't have a preference in alignment each is fine.. Celestron does get away without any idea of where north is etc.

    I say this as a PC user..
    Celestron strategy seems a bit more Apple to me.. It may do less.. but it works with fewer issues and it looks better. Meade there are more pre-built accessories and gadgets and features.. but I am not sold on reliability based on my limited experience..
    You can update the Celestron from ANY PC probably even a Mac running windows.
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    I have an LT6 and so far it's been okay. I've had some nights where it tracks great and will slew back and forth to objects with no problem (keeping them in the FOV). Other nights it's a complete disaster, and by that I mean if I didn't have it hooked up to my laptop and the Autostar suite to 'sync' the scope, I'd be completely lost.

    But, I don't think it's the scope's fault... it's most likely mine and not carefully leveling the tripod, OTA and ensuring a true north orientation before beginning the 2-star alignment process.

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 6SE vs. Meade LT-6 ACF

    Any new insights on the 6SE vs the Meade LT-6 ACF? The last comment was posted back in January 2012. I am considering these two telescopes now and would like to hear if someone has recent experience with the Meade.

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 6SE vs. Meade LT-6 ACF

    I know this is a very old thread but I just wanted to say my piece. Now the LS6 has been introduced and the Evolution for Celestron. I have the Meade LS6 and have owned a 6SE the celestron mount was a joke. Its drive system was so sloppy I could not get the ANTI backlash to work worth a darn. It either had long pauses or jumps when thebuttons were pushed. Over the 6 months I owned it I could never get it right. I am no newbe. I have Meade LX200, advansed GT replaced by AVX mounts ETX 127 and all were better. The 6" Celestron tubes are not the works of wonder people think they are.
    Contrast due to a shiny primary Baffle tube is lower.
    The Meade optics out perform the Celestron in every single way, flatter field, no coma, incredibly sharp and high contrast! and not by a tiny bit. I had them side by side. for a week of testing every night. I sent the Celestron packing! The LT and LS6 Go-To systems were better and more accurate as well!
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    Thanks for the input.
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