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Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope

Item # HN-CELE248

Dimensions & Specifications

Aperture
114mm
Brand
Celestron
Component
10mm (100x) Eyepiece 2
Eyepiece 1
20mm (50x)
Features
Equatorial Mount
Finderscope
Fixed StarPointer
Focal Length
1000mm
Focal Ratio
f/9
GPS
No
GoTo
No
Highest Useful Magnification
269x
Lens Coating
Aluminum
Model Type
With Motor Drive, Without Motor Drive
Mount Design
CG-2 Equatorial
Optical Design
Reflector
Recommended Usage
Viewing the Planets, Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon
Star Diagonal
1.25 Inch
Telescopes Series
Celestron AstroMaster Telescopes
Warranty
2-Year Limited
Weight Complete
17 lbs.

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  • Perfect for new astronomers
  • Observe land or deep space
  • Easy to set up and operate
  • Pro optics - everything included
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Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope
 
4.3

(based on 1120 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (548)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (468)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (27)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (759)
  • Accurate (633)
  • Quality lenses (617)
  • Compact (423)
  • Easy to use (388)

Cons

  • Difficult to focus (115)
  • Difficult to use (107)
  • Heavy (85)
  • Unstable (82)
  • Poor lens quality (47)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (967)
  • Bird watching (197)
  • Bright conditions (87)
  • Travel (64)
  • Low visibility (52)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (963), Avid adventurer (113), Professional guide (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (423), Yes (291)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent all around starter scope!

The finderscope is the only thing I can honestly complain about. I solved that by installing a Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope. Now it's simple to find objects.

I have seen...Read complete review

The finderscope is the only thing I can honestly complain about. I solved that by installing a Celestron Star Pointer Finderscope. Now it's simple to find objects.

I have seen nice views of the moon, the bands of Jupiter, the Flame Nebula, and many other wonders. Once I got the feel for using an equatorial mount, things became much easier.

The images submitted were my first try at imaging. Jupiter in the 10mm Eyepiece was much brighter and sharper.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent optics/mount, bad finderscope!

I'm an amateur astronomer and have a good deal of experience with more advanced telescopes. I bought this for my nephew as an introductory scope. Overall, I'm very pleased with the mirror optics...Read complete review

I'm an amateur astronomer and have a good deal of experience with more advanced telescopes. I bought this for my nephew as an introductory scope. Overall, I'm very pleased with the mirror optics and mount. It delivers good views of the planets and the Orion Nebula. The mount and focusing are stable. The telescope seems mostly rugged and is relatively lightweight.

The main con: I read about people having problems with the finderscope, and can confirm that the finder is absolutely a nightmare. For starters, the battery casing was broken and I could not get the finder to work. Others online recommended taking it apart to solder a wire that tends to break inside the battery compartment. Sure enough, I opened it up and found the wire broken. The finder lit up after I soldered the connector back together. I was shocked to discover that the design of the finder is completely useless for pointing the telescope in the dark. The red dots are not even remotely comparable to better designed Telrad or even Celestron red dot (1x dot projected at infinity) finders. To point the finder, you have to line up two red dots and while your eye is focused on the sky it is impossible to focus on the red dots. So, after trying for several hours, I was unable to calibrate the red dots such that they would help me to point the scope in the correct place. Instead, I had to get it approximately in the correct part of the sky and then scan around. This was frustrating for me, and I know it would be very frustrating for a new user. If you buy this telescope, it is extremely important to also buy and install a finder that works, such as the Celestron red dot finder.

My other complaint concerns the poor quality of the 20 mm eyepiece. It was lightweight, plastic, and inverts the image (bad for astronomical viewing). While the image of the orion nebula was pleasant, the 20 mm does not provide an exceptionally wide field of view. To get the most out of this telescope, consider buying a 40 mm super plossl. You'll be able to see through the scope easier, see the whole moon, and find small objects that are hard to hit with higher magnification. The 10 mm eyepiece was acceptable, but will not deliver a very high level of magnification. Consider also buying a 2x or 3x barlow to enlarge the planets and to use with your 40 mm plossl or just buy a 5 mm plossl eyepiece.

Aside from the finder and the eyepiece, the telescope was a good deal at the discounted price, but I would not recommend buying this scope without also buying a better finder.

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5.0

Awesome scope!

By Bradley

from New jersey

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

    Easy assembly. Great for beginners. Light weight. Not too bulky.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    My Meade ETX 125 broke to much to repair

    By Tim

    from Washington State

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

      I broke my ETX 125 cost to much to repair needed something till i can afford a new larger one. This will get me by till then i will miss the computer control but now i will learn more about astronomy now that i have to do everything manually.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Purchase process was easy

      By Charles

      from ALBANY,NY

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Difficult To Focus
      • Difficult to Use

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

      The Hayneedle website was quick and easy through the purchasing process. My item was delivered ahead of schedule.
      Most of the assembly instuctions were straightforward, yet for a first-time telescope owner, some instuctions were lacking or had terminology I was not familiar with. It will take some time to learn all the nuances for seamless operation.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      Telescope is nice but the directions...

      By Robert

      from South Windsor, CT

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

        This is a very nice telescope for a beginner but the directions leave a lot to be desired. Set up took way longer than it should have plus the description of one of the lenses (directions said 20mm lens when it was only a 10mm) was described incorrectly. This made for a scramble through the box only to find that the directions were incorrect.
        Other than the extended set up time so far so good.
        Purchase through Hayneedle was easy and painless. Shipping was very quick.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        3.0

        Nice features. Hard to collimate!

        By Philip

        from GALENA,IL

        About Me Professional Guide

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Dove Tail Mounting
        • Equatorial Mount
        • Good Mirrors
        • Lightweight
        • Long Focal Length
        • Stable mount
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Hard To Collimate
        • Plastic Focuser

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Travel

        Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

        I am only giving this 3 stars for it is complicated to collimate "align" the mirrors. And, reflectors need continuous collimation. So, as a beginners telescope, you REALLY need to know what you are doing to keep the mirrors aligned. But, I wouldn't give the scope one star because there are many things which are good about it.

        Pros:

        1. The mount is nice and stable.
        2. Catadioptric lens which basically doubles it's power by giving it a 1000mm (f/9) focal length unlike other short tube designs that have f/4.5 focal length.
        3. You get an equatorial mount which can track objects in the sky as they move across the heavens and declination and right ascension axis's with dials to help you find objects you normally would not find with the naked eye. And, with a motor drive, the telescope will track by itself.
        4. The mirrors are of sensible quality.
        5. It has a dove tail mount for quick mounting of the optical tube to the equatorial mount.

        Cons:

        1. By using a catadioptric lens, it's complicated to align the mirrors.
        2. The scope uses a plastic focuser, which doesn't help in aligning the mirrors either.
        3. Comes with two 20mm lenses (One of them erecting,) so, you have no higher power eye pieces. Just a Barlow lens 2X.

        When the telescope arrived, it was shipped in shipping container the same size as the retail box. The retail box had only cardboard holding the optical tube in place, so, the tube was completely out of alignment from all the jarring during shipment. The focuser uses a plastic sleeve. Once I removed it, I found the catadioptric lens form fitted into the sleeve. And, there is no way to adjust it's angle. Also, the eyepiece holder is screwed on plastic threads and was off alignment, which meant using a laser collimator as you would normally use it to be completely impossible. Long tube crosshair sight tube collimators won't work on this model, either.

        I was able to collimate it accurately and got very nice sharp images, but it took a lot of work and experimentation, trying different ideas and tricks until I figured it out.

        IF you are going to buy this model, I would suggest that you understand and have experience in collimating a reflector telescope or find someone who does. To gain that extra magnification power of having the special lens in a short tube design is a trade off in my opinion. Short tubes are less bulky, but the long tubes are far easier to align when alignment is needed.

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        Customer Q & A

        7 Questions About This Product
        Q: "Will images in this telescope be upside down?"
        A: Good question.  The images in this telescope will be right side up as long as you use the 20mm eyepiece that comes with it.  This eyepiece features Erect Image Optics which corrects the image making it ideal for land viewing in addition to sky viewing.  Any other eyepiece will show the image upside down, which is common in reflecting telescopes.
        Q: "The focal ratio between the 130 EQ and the 114 EQ are quite different.  What does this effect?"
        A: More important is the difference in the aperture size, 130mm or 114mm, the larger the aperture, the more light you can gather. The 130 features a shorter focal length and will magnify objects less than the 114mm telescope will, however the more important feature of a telescope is the light gathering ability, so we would always suggest larger aperture over more magnification ability. Most objects in the night sky are viewed between 40x-100x, making either the 130 and 114 qualified. The larger aperture of the 130 makes for a better view of objects.
        Q: "Can you see Saturn with this telescope?
        A: Saturn is easily viewed in this telescope, and actually in most telescopes. Saturn with its rings will be easy to view in most any telescope. Jupiter and its moons will also be easily visible from this, and all other telescopes. Planets are very bright and easy to view in all telescopes. Galaxies and other deep space objects are also able to be seen with this telescope. The larger your aperture, the more light your telescope can gather. Try not to think of it in “distance” but rather in how much light can you gather, the larger your aperture, your telescope will be able to gather light from these very distant objects.
        Q: "Can you use it on a computer?"
        A: The Celestron Astromaster is not computerized so the unit itself cannot connect to a computer.  This telescope does come with software that will give you a tutorial on the use of the telescope and also provides some star charts.
        Q: "In what packing is it delivered and is it save to carry in that packing from place to place , and whether the packing is rugged and save for carriage?"
        A: This telescope comes with no case and the packing is a large cardboard box with foam fitted to protect the scope during shipment.  You could carry the telescope in the packaging but it would not offer rugged protection.  The packaging is recommended for storage rather than travel.
        Q: "Is there a case available for purchase for this telescope?"
        A: The best case would be the Zhumell Medium Telescope Case.  The item number is ZHUL043.
        Q: "What is the weight and size/dimension of packing box during shipment?"
        A: The box dimensions of the Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ are 33"L x 17"W x 12"D.  This product ships as 32lbs.
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