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Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope


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  • UPC: 050234310420
  • Weight: 3.99 kg
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 83.8 x 139.7 cm ; 8 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 13 Kg
  • Item model number: 31042
  • ASIN: B000MLL6R8
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: June 14 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,280 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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If you're looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. Each AstroMaster model is capable of giving correct views of land and sky. The AstroMaster Series produce bright, clear images of the Moon and planets. It is easy to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with every one of these fine instruments. For views of the brighter deep space objects like galaxies and nebulae, we recommend the larger aperture and light gathering ability of the Newtonian reflectors.

From the Manufacturer

If you're looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. Each AstroMaster model is capable of giving correct views of land and sky.

The AstroMaster Series produce bright, clear images of the Moon and planets. It is easy to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with every one of these fine instruments. For views of the brighter deep space objects like galaxies and nebulae, we recommend the larger aperture and light gathering ability of the Newtonian reflectors.

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By Michael Kilkenny on July 26 2014
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Great starter telescope. Couldn't be happier. Spotter scope is kinda tricky, but everything elseois great.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Myschuff on May 19 2013
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This turned out to be a little more expensive than other sites. I searched for a long time and for the price this was what I was looking for. I paid for just the scope $247 but found it on another site with bundle of accessories worth $79. Celestron Astromaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope Bundle $239.98 They should match the price. I wish I could have afforded the Orion XT8 Telescope.

Am I happy... I'll see when it gets here.
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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
Not Too Shabby (4 1/2 stars) March 3 2012
By DapperFatty - Published on Amazon.com
This telescope is great but daunting. This is my first telescope. It was very easy to assemble, and the instructions are very simple to follow. it is also very light weight and pretty compact making it easy to travel with. I live in Mesa, AZ and there are a few mountains around here that I can hike up, and taking this with me is no trouble at all.

Red Dot Scope:
The Red Dot Scope has proven itself pretty much useless. I cannot tell where i'm supposed to put my head in order to have it lined up with the view of the scope itself. it is slightly adjustable, but I have not been able to line it up with what I see in the scope. Because of this i usually find myself just pointing the red dot at an object and then moving the scope in mini circles while looking through the eye piece. *(Tip: if you are looking for a bright object you can pull the eyepiece all the way out of focus. This will make the object look like a big bright disc with a cross in it. When you see this disc you can start focusing while adjusting the angle of the scope. It makes the hunt sooo much easier. Do not use this method with the moon. It's just too big.)*

Balancing:
You cannot perfectly balance this scope. Because of the aesthetics on the scope i cannot center the scope in the rings where it will be perfectly balanced, however i have not tried mounting the scope just off center of it's bracket to change the position of its axis of rotation. At the same time i feel that i shouldn't have to. Since i cannot perfectly balance the scope i find at certain extreme angles the scope will rotate on its own, however because of the method i use to find objects with this scope that balance issue does not really affect me since i'll be holding the scope the entire time until i lock it in.*(Tip: While locking the scope into position, the scope will move. So be sure to look through the eyepiece while locking the axes(axes is plural for axis)so you know which direction the object went. Right and left are flipped with the 25mm eyepiece, and up/down are flipped with the 10mm eyepiece.)

Fine Tuning Knobs:
The fine tune knobs look cheap, but they are flexible for a reason.

The Mount:
Using an equatorial mount for a novice is very daunting at first. However it is important to learn how to use this mount if you plan to get into Astrophotography. Also the movement of the scope does not take long to get use to, and all of the aggravation accumulated while getting your object into view is immediately dissipated when you finally get the object in sight.

What You Will See:

The Moon: They moon will take up the entire scope of view with the 20mm eyepiece. It is Awesome. Very Awesome. And if you find it too bright the center of the scope cover pops out so you can limit the amount of light coming into the scope. Very awesome.

Jupiter: You will see Jupiter. You will even be able to see a few of Jupiter's bands. You will also see some of Jupiter's moons.

Venus: It is super bright. every time i see it through the scope i also see a lens flare, but you still will be able to make out its shape.

Saturn: You will see Saturn. You will also be able to see its rings,(it will look like 1 ring) as well as 1 color band. The reason i bought this scope was to see Saturn and it does not disappoint. *(With the 10mm eyepiece Saturn will take up about 1/100th of your viewing area. Still awesome.

Mars: You will see mars, but because of its color, it will seem feint. I have found the view of Saturn, Jupiter, and Orion's Nebula to be much more satisfying.

M42/M43(Orion's nebula): You will not really be able to see the nebula since it is very feint, but you will see the star clusters with ease which is still very breath taking.

To be honest i have found these sights to be so satisfying i haven't even begun to look for other object. I have seen all of these with ease in my apartment complex, which is filled with light pollution. All of these have been seen as described using only the eyepieces that came with the scope. There are also many filters and many eyepieces that can be used to enhance your view of the heavens.

Maximum Magnification:
This scope has a maximum useful magnification of 269x. This means that the smallest useful eyepiece is 3.71mm. This magnification can also be obtained with a 7.40mm eyepiece and a 2x Barlow lens. *(Tip: The smaller the number on your eyepiece the higher its magnification. So, if you cannot find these exact eyepieces go for a larger number so that you do not exceed the Max. Mag. This does not apply to the Barlow Lens)*

Summation:
All in all this is a very good beginner telescope; especially for its price. Not only will you get decent views of bright astral bodies, but the scope itself is challenging enough to develop real astronomical skills that will prove useful if you decide to delve deeper into the world of amateur astronomy.

The only thing keeping this scope from attaining 5 stars is the red dot sight. (this took me too long to write for proofreading so sorry for any typos or grammatical errors.)
75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Very good bang for the buck Feb. 1 2008
By Jesse Block - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this as my first telescope to explore the sky and I am VERY pleased. It's a high quality scope, and the mount and tripod are the kind you get with higher end models. Mine came with an incorrect piece, I contacted the Celestron, and I had a new piece in 3 days. Very nice service. I to had problems finding stars at first, so I went to an astronomy forum and found out the correct way to do it. From there, I haven't had a problem finding anything.

The 2 main things are 1) calibrate your finder first and 2) use the right eye piece when looking for something (this scope comes with a 10mm and a 20mm, so you would want to use the 20 to find and 10 to magnify once you found what it is your looking for). I have found Astronomy is not a hobby where you can easily learn stuff through trial and error, and most frustration comes when you try just that.

The only thing it's lacking is an eyepiece that goes to it's full magnification. I'm buying a 5mm for this, but if they included that, they would have to up the price. So all in all, this in my opinion is the best bang for the buck telescope out there for beginners on a budget!
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Very pleased Dec 16 2009
By John L. Montes - Published on Amazon.com
The telescope was definitely easy to setup with the quick setup guide, was ready to go in 15 minutes. We looked at the moon first with the 20mm supplied lens, saw lots of detail, craters etc. The user manual could be simplified a bit related to more of the technical setup/balancing methods.

The second night out we viewed Jupiter and at least 3 of the 4 moons with the supplied 10mm eyepiece after initially getting it into the field of view with the 20mm eye piece. The Jupiter images looked white, will probably have to add filters and a different eye piece to the set in order to bring out more of the color and gas cloud bands of Jupiter.

This is our first family telescope and the kids really enjoy it.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Good beginning-to-intermediate telescope Feb. 2 2010
By G. Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this as a Christmas gift for myself and my 7 year old son (OK, mostly for me). It's put together very well. As a Newtonian, its hollow, which makes it feel somewhat odd, but certainly doesn't have that "plasticy" feel. Feels nice and sturdy. The stand is great and makes for an overall good setup. It's been cloudy throughout all of January, so we haven't had much chance to actually use it. We did manage to get out and find Mars during a rare (albeit cold) clear night. The finder scope is nearly impossible to use, though. We spent about an hour just trying to point it at Mars, and by the time we got the planet aligned with the scope I couldn't seem to be able to adjust the finder scope to actually be useful. I'll play with the finder scope more on a warmer night - perhaps I'm just doing it wrong? Overall, though, I'm quite satisfied. A definite upgrade from the "toy" telescope I bought from a department store years ago. Also, it just looks like a scientific instrument - so much so that my wife doesn't mind it standing quietly on display in the corner of our living room. (Of course, we're both aerospace engineers, so our tastes for decor might be a bit different than the norm.)
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Bang for your Buck Jan. 17 2014
By C W - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, don't believe the negativity surrounding this scope. The internet seems to be full of naysayers putting it down, but they fail to understand a critical concept in today's market: the idea of "bang for your buck", and believe me, this scope has plenty of it.

There are plenty of haters out there who will try to tell you it's junk (and they always try to sound like some sort of physics expert when they do it), but they're usually the same dorks that refer to everything by it's Messier or NGC name. But if you're like me and just want to get a closer look at some cool stuff in the sky but aren't willing to pay more for a telescope than you did for your car, this is the perfect solution.

For the price, you really can't beat it. Sure, you could spend three times as much to get a scope that's twice as good, but if money is no object why don't you just launch you own orbiting scope?

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