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Hayneedle Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector

Item # HN-CELE706

Dimensions & Specifications

Aperture
114mm
Brand
Celestron
Component
10mm (100x) Eyepiece 2
Configuration
Without Motor Drive
Eyepiece 1
20mm (50x)
Features
Equatorial Mount
Finderscope
Fixed StarPointer
Focal Length
1000mm
Focal Ratio
f/9
GPS
No
Gender
Boys, Girls
GoTo
No
Highest Useful Magnification
269x
Lens Coating
Aluminum
Model Type
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
Usage
For the Beginner
User Level
For Kids, For the Beginner
Warranty
2-Year Limited
Weight Complete
17 lbs.

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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 1124 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (550)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (469)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (27)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (760)
  • Accurate (634)
  • Quality lenses (617)
  • Compact (425)
  • Easy to use (391)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (969)
  • Bird watching (197)
  • Bright conditions (88)
  • Travel (65)
  • Low visibility (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (965), Avid adventurer (115), Professional guide (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (425), Yes (293)

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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2.0

Broken Parts

By Megan

from Baltimore, Maryland

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

        I purchased this telescope for my husband as a wedding gift. He was very excited since it was his first telescope. He was eager to put it together and use it, but soon discovered that not one, but two parts were broken. We have emailed Celestron about this issue and have yet to hear back from them. If you assist in this matter it would be greatly appreciated.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        4.0

        Good telescope

        By Mark

        from Indianapolis, IN

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

          I would recommend this telescope to anyone beginning astronomy or recreationally stargazing.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Looks great

          By Jason

          from FARMINGTON HILLS,MI

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

              Looks great easy to put together, haven't had a clear day yet to test it out.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great product and customer service

              By Starkeisha

              from Leesburg Va

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Bright Conditions
                • Low Visibility
                • Travel

                Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

                Live this scope! Tons of features and best but through hayneedle! Speedy transaction too and lots of help from customer service. Thumbs up!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                 
                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

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