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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 1103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (537)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (465)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (25)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (749)
  • Accurate (626)
  • Quality lenses (610)
  • Compact (415)
  • Easy to use (381)

Cons

  • Difficult to focus (114)
  • Difficult to use (106)
  • Heavy (83)
  • Unstable (81)
  • Poor lens quality (47)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (953)
  • Bird watching (195)
  • Bright conditions (86)
  • Travel (63)
  • Low visibility (52)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (949), Avid adventurer (112), Professional guide (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (409), Yes (289)

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

Great telescope for a great price

By Alexander

from AKRON,OH

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to Use
  • Great Value
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

    This was my first telescope as I began delving into amateur astronomy, and it is without question, absolutely wonderful. I received it promptly and have used it every night. There's a bit of a learning curve for it being my first actual telescope, but it was quick and easy to overcome after some simple instruction and toying around a bit. I live in the suburbs with usually only fair seeing conditions due to light pollution, but even with that in mind, faint yet unmistakable deep sky objects of visual magnitudes 9.00 and greater were visible. The moon was quite amazing too, as its features at 100x magnification are stunning to a beginner like myself. All around, this telescope was a great buy and I am thoroughly satisfied with the price and the quality. I'd definitely recommend it to any beginners and novices who want to go a bit further in their exploration of the infinite abyss of our universe.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great!

    By April

    from MARION,SC

    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:

      I bought this for my husband as an anniversary gift and he loved it. It was so easy to put together! The quality is amazing. We took it out last night and it only took few seconds to find the moon abs were able to see the craters! Best gift ever!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      this should be your first telescope!

      By Bryan

      from COUPEVILLE,WA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Difficult To Focus

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

      Easy to set up, easy to use. The only thing that stinks is the finder scope. It is uterly useless. Speed the $45 on a telrad and enjoy. The only other thing I don't like is that fine adjustment is tough. Other than that it is as great as the view of saturn through it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Awesome!

      By Christifer

      from LONDON,KY

      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:

        This was bought for my daughter, she is an aspiring astronomer, she was so filled with joy using this the first and that doesn't get any better! We ordered this on Monday and it arrived on Thursday! Uber fast shipping so thats a bonus! The setup was easy and understandable. The software is easy to use. The extra filter an lens kit helps out so much. We have nothing but good things to say about this product and I have already recommended this to others! We will definitely order from Telescopes.com again!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love love love

        By Lara

        from Lake Worth,FL

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Quality Lenses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

          Just gotta figure out how to use it, and these cloudy skies lately are making me super bummed!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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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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