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Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope

by Celestron
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
Price: CDN$ 247.05 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • UPC: 050234310420
  • Weight: 3.99 kg


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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.

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Celestron PowerSeeker telescopes are a great way to open up the wonders of the Universe to the aspiring astronomer. The PowerSeeker series is designed to give the first-time telescope user the perfect combination of quality, value, features and power. Amateur astronomy is a great family hobby that can be enjoyed year round, and Celestrons PowerSeekers are the ideal choice for an affordable and high quality telescope that will provide many hours of enjoyment for the entire family. PowerSeekers are quick and easy to set up even for the novice. No tools are required for assembly! Their sturdy equatorial mounts are perfect for tracking objects in the night sky, and the collapsible alt-azimuth mounts are perfectly suited for terrestrial viewing as well as astronomical use. 14 mm (4.5) diameter Newtonian reflector 900 mm focal length (f/8) German Equatorial mount with RA and DEC slow-motion controls and setting circles 5x24 finderscope 20 mm erect image eyepiece (45x) 1.25 4 mm eyepiece (225x) 1.25 Barlow lens 3x 1.25 Focuser 1.25 Adjustable aluminum tripod with accessory tray The Sky X First Light edition CD-ROM Metallic charcoal black tube color


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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better deals 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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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.)
63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.)
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the money, and the spotting scope provides some humor June 5 2013
By BrianY - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of reviews already for this, and I won't bother with a ton of details. For the money, it's the best scope I've used, ever. It's not perfect, but for my 8 year old son, it's a wonder.

PROS:

Easy set up, light, very portable, excellent images. Excellent brightness of even faint, distant objects. This thing really does produce very bright, vivid images. Moons of Jupiter? You bet. Bands of Saturn? Sure, under ideal viewing conditions. And the moon, wow. Super crisp and vivid - and you do need the moon filter for that, it really should be included (mentioned as a CON, below). Color is really great, too...there's enough light gathered that colors are surprisingly distinct. I'm having a lot of fun with it, and my boy is, too - again, very good viewing for the money.

CONS:

Breathing hard on the thing, much less working the focuser roughly, will throw you off target. Steady hands, go slowly, light touches. The tripod is adequate, but even the slightest wobble or position shift will require re-finding your target. As long as the tripod is on a solid base (concrete, firm deck, whatever), it's fine. In the grass? Not so good.

The spotting scope is not completely useless, but close. If you're very precise lining up the dots, and holding your head steady, and have perfect vision, it WILL get a single star somewhere in the viewing field. Larger objects are easier to find. But be prepared to spend 5 minutes fussing with it every time you change your target. Still, it gets the job done if you're very careful and precise with it.

There's quite a bit of play in the adjustment knobs, so fine tuning something into the center of the field takes a steady hand. Treat the knobs as you would a kitchen timer or barbecue grill flame knob, and you'll do better. Turn a knob a bit past your desired position until you take up the "slack", then turn back the direction you want to go while there's good tension on the knob. Works much better that way.

With a DSLR attached to the optional camera mount, you get very impressive photos...but again, you need a very steady hand. I use the remote to snap the shutter, because just touching the camera body to press the shutter button can throw my image off.

The moon filter is necessary, really, but you have to buy it separately [Celestron Telescope Moon Filter - 1-1/4" 94119-A].
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