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Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope
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|Item Dimensions||11 x 17 x 32.25 inches|
|Item Display Weight||12.7 Kilograms|
|Magnification Minimum||16 x|
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|Shipping Weight||28.44 pounds|
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Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ telescope is a great dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing. The AstroMaster 114EQ is capable of giving correct views of land and sky. This telescope can produce bright, clear Images of the moon and planets. It is easy to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with this fine instruments. This telescope is great for beginning and advanced astronomers
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
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Here's what I would want to know if I was new to telescopes and considering buying this. You MUST by the extra lense kit for an additional $150. The lense that comes with it is not that powerful. You'll thank yourself by taking the time to learn how to set up the equitorial mount correctly. And also learn about lenses - you can't just pop in the most powerful lense and get a clear image. Download the celestron app and plan out what you want to see before you're standing outside excited to see something. Astronomy is a lot of fun, but there's a lot to learn.
Finally, temper your expectations. You will get great close-ups of the moon. Mars will appear as a reddish dot with no detail. You won't see the colors of Jupiters stripes like a picture from NASA. You'll see that Saturn has a ring, yes it will appear as one light band, not several. And with this scope, nebulae will appear as more of a haze than a colorful exploding cloud. Unlikely be able to make out a galaxy except if you're on a mountain top on a very clear night.
If you're a beginner, buy this scope with the additional lense kit and patiently learn how to use it. If you're not a beginner, save your money and get an 8" at least.
So, OTA is well suited for moon, planets bright celestial bodies.
But, embedded red dot finderscope & bundled equatorial mount is quite disappointing.
If OTA gets finderscope upgrade and mounted on firm Alt Az mount, it could be good candidate for grab-and-go telescope specialized for moon, planets and bright targets.
After about an hour of putting it together, which wasn't to bad seriously tho how much fun is putting anything together but it was painless and easy.
Tripod fairly sturdy better than I expected, mount is heavy duty and simple to install, telescope is big (or at least I thought) but we'll build and simply slides and you lock it in place. This makes it easier to move around in your house and to the great outdoors.
After setting up outside when the sun went down I had a little trouble finding Saturn, but a little patience and very slight tuning here and there I found it in about 15 minutes. I could see clearly the round planet with a perfectly visible ring. I used a 20mm to find it and switched out lenses to get a closer view. It was spectacular! I have never seen it through my own telescope.
The finder scope is kinda useless it's hard to tell where to put your head to align, after giving on that I stood behind the telescope and bent way down looking straight up the tube on the top and aligned it that way and found Saturn within a few minutes.
Now I'm waiting on the T adapters for my camera to see what I can capture. My viewing ended early tonight due to clouds rolling in or I would have stayed out there instead of writing this review.
Definitely worth the money and a great starter telescope. If I can work it so can you.
I now can't wait for the moon( it's a new moon right now so I have to wait)
I'm not real happy with the equatorial mount. The quality is fine, it's the adjustment methods I have a problem with. I admit to being a novice with little experience. The mount has 3 adjustments. Up & down, left & right and tilt left or right. In my limited experience the most used controls are up & down and left & right. The only use I can see for the tilt control is to get the eyepiece to a position where you can look through it. Yet they put one of the slow motion controls on the tilt. The other is on left & right. To go up & down you have to turn a screw with a sliding bar and it's not very smooth. The only other scope I've used had the slow motion controls on up/down and left/right. Seems to me that's where they're needed. Overall, I'm very happy with the scope & the mount problems, while annoying, can be worked around.
Update: Belay what I said about the mount. In all the pictures (like the one shown here) the scope is shown aiming perpendicular to the up/down axis. Simply rotating the scope 90 degrees corrects the axis so the slow motion controls can be used as intended. My bad.
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