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Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope

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  • Great for beginning and advanced astronomers!
  • Includes 2 different eyepieces
  • Includes Celestron exclusive software and instructions
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Celestron
  • Model: 31042

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 33 x 55 inches ; 17 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 31 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B000MLL6R8
  • Item model number: 31042
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

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B000MLL6R8 Celestron’s AstroMaster 114 EQ reflector telescope offers more than three times the light gathering power of 60mm beginner scopes in a system that is compact yet powerful. The package includes a new version of Celestron’s CG-2 equatorial mount with a rugged steel tripod. Two eyepieces are included, the 20mm eyepiece is an erect-image design with 50x magnification and the 10mm eyepiece produces 100x magnification. The AstroMaster 114 EQ also features a built-in red dot finder, fully illustrated instructions, and easy no-tool setup. The package even provides a student version of “The Sky” astronomy software to help you find stars and planets.

The AstroMaster 114 is a modified Newtonian design. Using a short focal length primary mirror and built in corrector lens, the AstroMaster 114 has an effective focal length of 40 inches (1000mm) in a tube only 18 inches long. Both eyepieces provide images that are pleasingly sharp. The 20mm eyepiece (50x magnification) nicely frames the Moon, and daylight images are sharp with plenty of contrast. The 10mm eyepiece (100x magnification) does a nice job zooming in on lunar craters or on the planets. With the 10mm eyepiece or with my own 6mm eyepiece (166x) I can clearly focus in on Saturn’s rings and pick up details like the shadow cast by the rings on the planet.

I also like the solid design of Celestron’s new CG-2 equatorial mount. With the help of Celestron’s fully illustrated quick set-up guide it took only a few minutes to assemble the equatorial mount and clamp the optical tube in place. The whole telescope is compact enough to carry outside in one trip. Aligning the telescope is a simple matter of pointing the equatorial axis at Polaris, the North Star. Then I can track the motion of stars and planets by simply turning one slow motion knob. The AstroMaster 114 EQ seems quite stable on its CG-2 mount, a little wobble while focusing damps out quickly as soon as I let go of the focus knob.

With good optics, a solid mount, two eyepieces, and fully illustrated instructions, the AstroMaster 114 EQ reflector telescope is a very good introductory telescope. The one feature that is not so easy to use is the built in star pointer, which is best suited only for finding bright objects like the Moon and planets. I can overcome the narrow field of view somewhat by using an optional 32mm plossl eyepiece while looking for deep space objects because its wider field of view makes stars and planets easier to locate. --Jeff Phillips

Shot at 50X with Powershot camera
Shot at 50X with Powershot camera
Shot at 200X with NexImage camera
Shot at 200X with NexImage camera
Shot at 200X with NexImage camera
Shot at 200X with NexImage camera
Shot at 50X with Powershot camera
Shot at 50X with Powershot camera

 

 Pros:

  • Compact yet powerful optics
  • Easy no-tool setup
  • Fully illustrated instructions
  • Three times brighter than 60mm scopes

  • Cons:

  • Star pointer not so easy to use

  • Product Description

    If you're looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. Each AstroMaster model is capable of giving correct views of land and sky. The AstroMaster Series produce bright, clear images of the Moon and planets. It is easy to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with every one of these fine instruments. For views of the brighter deep space objects like galaxies and nebulae, we recommend the larger aperture and light gathering ability of the Newtonian reflectors.

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    So all in all, this in my opinion is the best bang for the buck telescope out there for beginners on a budget!
    Jesse Block
    Great Telescope my only complaint would by the tripod height and settings other then that very good for the beginner that i am.
    aj blum
    If you just use the 20mm eyepiece to find your object (because the red dot star aiming device on it is pretty much a joke.
    Szalasi Ferenc

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By DapperFatty on March 3, 2012
    This telescope is great but daunting. This is my first telescope. It was very easy to assemble, and the instructions are very simple to follow. it is also very light weight and pretty compact making it easy to travel with. I live in Mesa, AZ and there are a few mountains around here that I can hike up, and taking this with me is no trouble at all.

    Red Dot Scope:
    The Red Dot Scope has proven itself pretty much useless. I cannot tell where i'm supposed to put my head in order to have it lined up with the view of the scope itself. it is slightly adjustable, but I have not been able to line it up with what I see in the scope. Because of this i usually find myself just pointing the red dot at an object and then moving the scope in mini circles while looking through the eye piece. *(Tip: if you are looking for a bright object you can pull the eyepiece all the way out of focus. This will make the object look like a big bright disc with a cross in it. When you see this disc you can start focusing while adjusting the angle of the scope. It makes the hunt sooo much easier. Do not use this method with the moon. It's just too big.)*

    Balancing:
    You cannot perfectly balance this scope. Because of the aesthetics on the scope i cannot center the scope in the rings where it will be perfectly balanced, however i have not tried mounting the scope just off center of it's bracket to change the position of its axis of rotation. At the same time i feel that i shouldn't have to. Since i cannot perfectly balance the scope i find at certain extreme angles the scope will rotate on its own, however because of the method i use to find objects with this scope that balance issue does not really affect me since i'll be holding the scope the entire time until i lock it in.
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    67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Block on February 1, 2008
    I bought this as my first telescope to explore the sky and I am VERY pleased. It's a high quality scope, and the mount and tripod are the kind you get with higher end models. Mine came with an incorrect piece, I contacted the Celestron, and I had a new piece in 3 days. Very nice service. I to had problems finding stars at first, so I went to an astronomy forum and found out the correct way to do it. From there, I haven't had a problem finding anything.

    The 2 main things are 1) calibrate your finder first and 2) use the right eye piece when looking for something (this scope comes with a 10mm and a 20mm, so you would want to use the 20 to find and 10 to magnify once you found what it is your looking for). I have found Astronomy is not a hobby where you can easily learn stuff through trial and error, and most frustration comes when you try just that.

    The only thing it's lacking is an eyepiece that goes to it's full magnification. I'm buying a 5mm for this, but if they included that, they would have to up the price. So all in all, this in my opinion is the best bang for the buck telescope out there for beginners on a budget!
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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John L. Montes on December 16, 2009
    The telescope was definitely easy to setup with the quick setup guide, was ready to go in 15 minutes. We looked at the moon first with the 20mm supplied lens, saw lots of detail, craters etc. The user manual could be simplified a bit related to more of the technical setup/balancing methods.

    The second night out we viewed Jupiter and at least 3 of the 4 moons with the supplied 10mm eyepiece after initially getting it into the field of view with the 20mm eye piece. The Jupiter images looked white, will probably have to add filters and a different eye piece to the set in order to bring out more of the color and gas cloud bands of Jupiter.

    This is our first family telescope and the kids really enjoy it.
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    29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By G. Gonzalez on February 2, 2010
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    I bought this as a Christmas gift for myself and my 7 year old son (OK, mostly for me). It's put together very well. As a Newtonian, its hollow, which makes it feel somewhat odd, but certainly doesn't have that "plasticy" feel. Feels nice and sturdy. The stand is great and makes for an overall good setup. It's been cloudy throughout all of January, so we haven't had much chance to actually use it. We did manage to get out and find Mars during a rare (albeit cold) clear night. The finder scope is nearly impossible to use, though. We spent about an hour just trying to point it at Mars, and by the time we got the planet aligned with the scope I couldn't seem to be able to adjust the finder scope to actually be useful. I'll play with the finder scope more on a warmer night - perhaps I'm just doing it wrong? Overall, though, I'm quite satisfied. A definite upgrade from the "toy" telescope I bought from a department store years ago. Also, it just looks like a scientific instrument - so much so that my wife doesn't mind it standing quietly on display in the corner of our living room. (Of course, we're both aerospace engineers, so our tastes for decor might be a bit different than the norm.)
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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BrianY on June 5, 2013
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    Lots of reviews already for this, and I won't bother with a ton of details. For the money, it's the best scope I've used, ever. It's not perfect, but for my 8 year old son, it's a wonder.

    PROS:

    Easy set up, light, very portable, excellent images. Excellent brightness of even faint, distant objects. This thing really does produce very bright, vivid images. Moons of Jupiter? You bet. Bands of Saturn? Sure, under ideal viewing conditions. And the moon, wow. Super crisp and vivid - and you do need the moon filter for that, it really should be included (mentioned as a CON, below). Color is really great, too...there's enough light gathered that colors are surprisingly distinct. I'm having a lot of fun with it, and my boy is, too - again, very good viewing for the money.

    CONS:

    Breathing hard on the thing, much less working the focuser roughly, will throw you off target. Steady hands, go slowly, light touches. The tripod is adequate, but even the slightest wobble or position shift will require re-finding your target. As long as the tripod is on a solid base (concrete, firm deck, whatever), it's fine. In the grass? Not so good.

    The spotting scope is not completely useless, but close. If you're very precise lining up the dots, and holding your head steady, and have perfect vision, it WILL get a single star somewhere in the viewing field. Larger objects are easier to find. But be prepared to spend 5 minutes fussing with it every time you change your target. Still, it gets the job done if you're very careful and precise with it.

    There's quite a bit of play in the adjustment knobs, so fine tuning something into the center of the field takes a steady hand.
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