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Hayneedle Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster Telescopes

Item # HN-CELE708

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Celestron
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Telescope Accessories Series
Celestron Telescope Motor Drives

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  • Motor drive with simple controls
  • Compatible with AstroMaster and PowerSeeker telescopes
  • Speed rate regulator knob and power regulator control
  • Compensates for the Earth's rotation
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Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes
 
4.0

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (40)
  • Strong construction (11)
  • Widely compatible adapter (8)
  • Great optics (5)
  • Good padding (4)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (8)
  • Poor fit (4)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (41)
  • Astrophotography (7)
  • Terrestrial viewing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (39), Avid adventurer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A must for serious viewing!

This drive is essential unless you like fighting to keep objects in your eyepiece. It's also a must for astrophotography. I only wish it was slightly smaller so it wouldn't interfere with the scope...Read complete review

This drive is essential unless you like fighting to keep objects in your eyepiece. It's also a must for astrophotography. I only wish it was slightly smaller so it wouldn't interfere with the scope movement as much. Other than that, it tracks well and is worth every penny!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Gets in the way

I bought this along with the Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope as a quick and easy rig for basic viewing while I do photography with my larger scope. Unfortunately it's really turned out...Read complete review

I bought this along with the Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope as a quick and easy rig for basic viewing while I do photography with my larger scope. Unfortunately it's really turned out to be more trouble than it's worth. The housing severely limits the range of positions to which the EQ mount can be adjusted, knocking out whole regions of the sky. If it was more easily removed or better yet could be easily swapped to the other side of the RA axis, it might be ok, but as-is, it's just too inconvenient. Added the fact that the first unit I received [...] wouldn't run the RA fast enough to track, I just can't give this a high recommendation.

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3.0

did not work

By Maris

from OMAHA,NE

About Me Avid Adventurer

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Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

    No go

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    easy set up and use but bad placement

    By Bryan

    from COUPEVILLE,WA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Poor Fit

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

    This device works great and is easy to use and set up. However if you want to look south at the planets it gets in the way.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Needs Improvement

    By John

    from OMAHA,NE

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

        It was in the way. The gear box should a release clutch. When this is attached you completely sacrifice your right ascension fine adjustment, thus making target acquisition nearly impossible. I am designing my own release system, but in the mean time this is a cumbersome brick.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        easy but a pain

        By Streeterama

        from Pomona, CA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

          Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

          This came along with the Celestron 114EQ bundle.

          Installation isn't too complicated; everything is pretty basic.

          It's utility, however, is questionable.

          There's no way to know what the 'right' tracking speed is; you kind of have to keep an eye on it over time to make sure that what you're watching is still within frame.

          Definitely not for astrophotographers.

          If the motor is running too slow and your object is speeding out of view, turn it clockwise. If your motor is running to fast and the object is moving out of frame, turn it counterclockwise. There is no middle; you're constantly having to adjust.

          And sometimes, I'm not even 100% certain that it's actually moving.

          Pros: Easy to install, simple directions, takes a 9V battery

          Cons: no basic tracking setting; constantly having to adjust. very noisy. bulky; often gets in the way.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The motor works fine

          By Tim

          from ELK GROVE,CA

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            Cons

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                Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

                It arrived, thank you. It works fine on light weight mounts.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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