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Zhumell Eclipse 114 with Motor Drive Telescope Bundle

Item # HN-ZHUP004

Dimensions & Specifications

Brand
Zhumell
Features
Equatorial Mount
Finderscope
6x30
Focal Length
1000mm
Focal Ratio
f/8.8
GPS
No
GoTo
No
Mount Design
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
Zhumell Telescopes
User Level
For the Enthusiast, For the Beginner

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  • Zhumell Eclipse 114 Telescope with Motor Drive
  • Zhumell Eyepiece and Filter Kit
  • Exploring the Night Sky Book
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Zhumell Eclipse 114 with Motor Drive Telescope Bundle
 
4.1

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (17)
  • Quality lenses (16)
  • Accurate (14)
  • Compact (12)
  • Easy to use (10)

Cons

  • Difficult to focus (4)
  • Poor lens quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (27)
  • Low visibility (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (27), Avid adventurer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Happy with the Purchase for what it is

The images the telescope produces of planets are rather small even with the 4mm and 6mm eyepieces. The smaller eyepieces do not focus well although, the barlow, 32mm and 12.5mm eyepieces are alright....Read complete review

The images the telescope produces of planets are rather small even with the 4mm and 6mm eyepieces. The smaller eyepieces do not focus well although, the barlow, 32mm and 12.5mm eyepieces are alright. I'm satisfied with the filters. Overall, I'd say this is a decent 114mm Newtonian reflector for the price. I would recommend spending more on eyepieces though.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Somewhat satisfied

This was my first telescope purchase. It's a pretty good value at this price point and fit within my budget. I didn't expect it to be as good as the more expensive ones on...Read complete review

This was my first telescope purchase. It's a pretty good value at this price point and fit within my budget. I didn't expect it to be as good as the more expensive ones on the market, but I think the Zhumell telescope is better quality than many of the cheap department store telescopes on the market.

The equatorial mount, once polar aligned, allowed me to track celestial objects by simply turning the RA axis knob occasionally. I also tried the motor drive but had some difficulty obtaining a speed that would keep the object in the center of the eyepiece for more than a minute or two. Maybe some more practice will bring better results. Also, I found some difficulty turning the motor drive on and off at will because a thumbscrew has to be tightened to fit into a notched groove on the RA axis. This groove moves whenever you turn the RA adjustment knob, which you do to center objects in the eyepiece. However, when you turn the RA knob to align it with the thumbscrew on the motor drive, it may move the object out of view in your eyepiece.

The tripod is lightweight which is a plus for portability. However, it doesn't fold up easily because of the triangular tray in the middle. The tray is nice to have for placing eyepieces however, and I'm glad it is there. The tripod is not very stable, but I don't expect that from a budget mount. In spite of the instability, objects would stay pretty steady in the eyepiece if I didn't bump the telescope.

I'd like to add a homemade piggyback mount for doing wide-angle astrophotography later. I seriously doubt the mount would be stable enough for photography of deep-space objects.

The declination circle has 0 degrees for the home position with the OTA being in alignment with the polar axis of the scope. From what I've read online, I understand this to be in error -- it should read 90 degrees in that position, so you'll need to do some mental arithmetic to use the coordinate system properly. I've read that most amateur astronomers with a mount like this use star hopping to find objects anyway, so it probably doesn't matter.

The finder scope is a little flimsy and isn't very bright. I'm afraid to bump it because it might slip out of alignment rather easily. I might add a non-magnifying finder scope on the OTA to supplement it.

The eyepiece bundle gives me a good selection of eyepieces. I like using the wide angle, 32 mm eyepiece. The 4 mm can also give a lot of magnification. I found atmosphere conditions limiting my viewing of Jupiter to 9 mm or so. Beyond that it looked blurry. I'm unsure how the eyepieces rate in optical quality, but am glad to have the extra eyepiece bundle. I haven't tried the filters yet.

The 114mm aperture isn't as big as larger scopes, but it gathers a decent amount of light for viewing the brighter objects as well as many dimmer objects that aren't visible to the naked eye. I was able to see the Orion M42 nebula last night under light polluted skies.

Overall, I'm happy with this scope as my first purchase. I've mentioned several negative aspects, but I'm able to accept them because I had lower expectations for this price point. If I had more money to spend, I would look elsewhere, but I think this was a good value for my budget.

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5.0

Just as described

By William

from STURGEON BAY,WI

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Lenses

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Travel

    Comments about Zhumell Eclipse 114 with Motor Drive Telescope Bundle:

    Came just as advertised the lens kit is good quality

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    Very Poor Packaging

    By Stephen

    from Quad Cities, IL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Lens Quality

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Zhumell Eclipse 114 with Motor Drive Telescope Bundle:

      The scope arrived with minor damage to the front dust cover and evidence that the heavier parts were bouncing around during shipment. Will most likely need to collimate the scope prior to using it, adding what should be an unnecessary expense to this purchase. The lenses that come with the scope are your basic throwaway Kellner lenses - glad I opted for the Plossl bundle.

      Overall, a OK value for what I paid.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Love it!

      By Kina

      from MARION,IN

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zhumell Eclipse 114 with Motor Drive Telescope Bundle:

            Shipping was extremely fast! This is my first telescope. It was easy to assemble using the video on the website. I did watch some videos on youtube to help me understand the equatorial mount. I am pleased with my purchase!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            NOT easy to use

            By Jo Anne

            from Fairview, Oregon

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult to Use
              • Large Cumbersome
              • Unstable

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Zhumell Eclipse 114 with Motor Drive Telescope Bundle:

              I was given some money as a gift and I had always wanted a telescope. We bought the Zhumell 114 w/motordrive and the extra Eyepiece Kit. It is billed on Hayneedle.com website as easy to use: "It's also very easy to use, making it a perfect choice for the beginning astronomer, yet advanced enough for the more technically adept." It is not easy to use, very touchy on callibration - says to callibrate in the daytime, then try to use it at night. Also talks about (in the book) a laser collimator to align the optical components and that this must be done periodically. Not included, and wasn't interested in spending any more money on this telescope.

              We had also purchased the carrying case. Worthless! VERY large, so large the telescope does not fit in the safely and ours was falling apart when we first took it out of the box! They did give me my money back on the carrying case since it was defective.

              Pay CLOSE attention that you only have 30 days to return anything for a refund of your money! I did not pay attention to that and when I called to return the telescope at about 45 days I have to take a store credit at Hayneedle.com. I know they have a lot of stuff, but this was purchased with gift money and I wanted to purchase something special with it (not sheets, kitchen stuff, etc). The store credit was my only option since I cannot afford to waste $200+.

              This is the first purchase from Hayneedle.com

              After I somehow use my $200+ credit, I will not buy anything from Hayneedle.com again. The customer service people were nice, but their return policy is very restrictive. No chance for a Customer Service Rep or a Supervisor to look at things on a case by case basis.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Was very dissapointed

              By Jennifer

              from MOUNTAIN TOP,PA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Focus
                • Difficult to Use

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Zhumell Eclipse 114 with Motor Drive Telescope Bundle:

                  I have always wanted a telescope sence i was a kid and now that i have kids i thought it would be a great time to get one. I had no idea what i was looking for or what to get i looked on dozens of web sites an read countless comments and reviews after a little over a month of trying to decide i went with this one because it says its beginner friendly and quick and easy set up well being the kind of person who likes putting things together and never payd extra to have the store do it. These 7 setp instructions were awfule it took me over 2 hrs to figure it out and get it together and even then it seemed it was wrong. Only when i went online to look at pics of the telescope did i see there was a screw missing which the instuctions didnt tell u about. I thinks its together right now i still have a few extra pieces hanging out and am having a hard time seeing out of the eyepieces I guess i should have looked for the telescope that was rayed good for clueless people because if this is easy for beginers i must be in the under beginers bracket. I was just so excited for this to come in the mail and have now had it for 3 days and still dont think its working right. Just very dissapointed

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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