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Celestron Astromaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope Bundle

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Dimensions & Specifications

Brand
Celestron
GoTo
No
Package Components
Telescope Ultimate Bundle, Telescope Explorer Bundle, Telescope Solar Bundle, Telescope Starter Bundle
Mount Design
CG-2 Equatorial
Weight Complete
17 lbs.
Warranty
2-Year Limited
Recommended Usage
Viewing the Planets, Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Plane, Viewing the Moon
Features
Equatorial Mount
Optical Design
Reflector
Highest Useful Magnification
269x
Finderscope
Fixed StarPointer
Focal Length
1000mm
Star Diagonal
1.25 Inch
Eyepiece 1
20mm (50x)
Lens Coating
Aluminum
GPS
No
Component
10mm (100x) Eyepiece 2
Focal Ratio
f/9
User Level
For the Beginner
Aperture
114mm
Telescopes Series
Celestron AstroMaster Telescopes

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  • Perfect for beginning astronomers of all ages
  • Erect Image Eyepiece - Ideal for observing land or sky objects
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
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Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope
 
4.3

(based on 1086 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (525)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (461)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (24)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (739)
  • Accurate (618)
  • Quality lenses (598)
  • Compact (407)
  • Easy to use (369)

Cons

  • Difficult to focus (110)
  • Difficult to use (106)
  • Heavy (82)
  • Unstable (80)
  • Poor lens quality (45)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (940)
  • Bird watching (193)
  • Bright conditions (86)
  • Travel (63)
  • Low visibility (52)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (934), Avid adventurer (111), Professional guide (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (398), Yes (284)

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 transaction all around!

By Warren

from KENOSHA,WI

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

    Ordered this telescope on Wednesday evening and was viewing Jupiter and it's moons on Friday evening. Great prices and super fast shipping.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My son loves it!

    By Jeffrey

    from BOWIE,MD

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

      Bought for my five year old, he's loving looking at the moon, Saturn and Jupiter

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      amazing for the price

      By Roberto

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Difficult To Focus

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Low Visibility

      Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

      Had the opportunity to break in the new scope on April 15th Lunar eclipse and it was amazing. Was able to get some amazing close ups of the moon and mars.

      Also a newbie like me was able to put together easily in about 12 min.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Awesome!

      By Lisa

      from SOMERS,CT

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

        I'm very satisfied with this product. It is well made, it was easy to set up with helpful instructions and a phone number to the company if necessary. My family is psyched to view the sky. Oh, and Kevin the sales guy, was very helpful! I was happy to upgrade my telescope paying a reasonable price. There is a reason this telescope was voted telescope of the year for 2014.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Ready to go out of box

        By Willie

        from KENT,WA

        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:

          Telescope was delivered on time. Used instructions to put it together and was viewing the moon that night. Still some fine collimating adjustments needed but was able to use right away out of the box with superb results.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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