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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 1113 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (544)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (466)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (27)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (755)
  • Accurate (631)
  • Quality lenses (615)
  • Compact (420)
  • Easy to use (387)

Cons

  • Difficult to focus (114)
  • Difficult to use (106)
  • Heavy (85)
  • Unstable (82)
  • Poor lens quality (47)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (961)
  • Bird watching (197)
  • Bright conditions (87)
  • Travel (63)
  • Low visibility (52)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (958), Avid adventurer (113), Professional guide (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (418), Yes (290)

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

By Javier

from WALNUT CREEK,CA

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:

    Great telescope and easy to use.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Enjoy alot!

    By Ashley

    from LIBERTY,TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

    It was easy to set up, but trying to use was harder the. It appeared. When aligning the telescope it took 15 mins to find the moon lol. And it was a huge, full moon! Now I'm not sure if its because I'm learning or if its just that hard to align the dots to find the objects in space. However, once we did it was amazing!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Fast

    By Anne Marie

    from MERTZTOWN,PA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

        Our telescope order came really fast and it was easy to put together! It is lightweight and very portable!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        1.0

        Won't achieve balance

        By BD

        from Missouri

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

          Cons

          • Unstable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

            I've had major issues achieving balance with the equatorial mounting system. Telescopes.com wouldn't exchange the produce 33 days after purchase so they referred me to celestron.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            good

            By Jeffery

            from scottsville VA.

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

              verey good quality

              • 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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