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Hayneedle Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope

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  • Newtonian reflector with 114mm aperture
  • 50x and 100x magnification eyepieces
  • 20mm and 10mm focal length eyepieces
  • Sets up quickly without any tools required
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Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope
 
4.3

(based on 1132 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (555)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (472)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (27)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (762)
  • Accurate (639)
  • Quality lenses (620)
  • Compact (427)
  • Easy to use (394)

Cons

  • Difficult to focus (115)
  • Difficult to use (107)
  • Heavy (88)
  • Unstable (82)
  • Poor lens quality (47)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (975)
  • Bird watching (198)
  • Bright conditions (90)
  • Travel (66)
  • Low visibility (54)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (972), Avid adventurer (115), Professional guide (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (427), Yes (299)

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

Nice

By Nancy

from Central NJ

Verified Buyer

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        Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

        Bought this as a gift therefore I personally haven't used it. I can tell you that its is a large package, a heavy package and is pleasing to the eye. I have no doubt that it will be enjoyed.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        TO THE STARS AND BACK

        By Cathy

        from TEXAS

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

            PURCHASED AS GIFT. HAVE NOT OPENED. CHECKED ON MANY AND DECIDED ON THIS ONE. HOPE IT'S AS NICE AS IT LOOKS.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            good purchase!

            By Randi

            from Fortson,GA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

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            • Accurate

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

              Bought for Christmas present. Very pleased!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great telescope.

              By Melissa

              from Moultrie,GA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

              Great price

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Quality equipment

              By Scott

              from Metairie,LA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Quality Lenses

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Bright Conditions

                Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

                Very happy with the quality of the lenses compared to other entry-level or intermediate level product...

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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