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Celestron Astromaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope Bundle

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  • Description of bundle below in 'Details & Dimensions'
  • Perfect for beginning astronomers of all ages
  • Erect Image Eyepiece - Ideal for observing land or sky objects
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Includes everything you need to start viewing
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Description

Keep an eye on the night sky with the Celestron Astromaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope Bundle that lets you get up close and personal with planets, nebulae, star clusters, and more. Manual motion controls, all-glass optics, and a rugged tripod make this telescope ideal for beginners of all ages who want to learn more about astronomy. This telescope comes with an accessory tray, two eyepieces, a finderscope, and planetarium software to get you up and running quickly. If you get tired of searching the sky, you can also use the telescope to spot distant things on the ground with the included Erect Image Eyepiece.

 

The Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope Bundle allows you to save big when you group together our most popular accessories. Read bundle details below:

 

Celestron 114 EQ Telescope Bundle

 

Explorer Bundle includes


•    Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope
•    Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster Telescopes
•    Zhumell Eyepiece and Filter Kit

 
The Explorer Bundle is the next step in enjoyment of your AstroMaster telescope. This package includes the telescope, the motor drive and the Zhumell Eyepiece and Filter kit.  This eyepiece and filter kit includes all of the eyepieces for different levels of magnification and also includes a set of lunar and color filters.

 

About the Celestron Astromaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope

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 produces bright, clear images of the moon and planets.

 

You won't believe how easy it is to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with every one of these fine instruments. When used for astronomical viewing, AstroMasters yield breathtaking views of the moon, Saturn with its ring structure, Jupiter and its belts and moons, nebulae, and star clusters.

 

The Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector, in particular, is ideal for the novice skywatcher. It features all-glass optical elements, smooth operating steel tripod mountings with manual motion controls, and coated optics for enhanced image brightness and clarity. Quick-release, no-tool dovetail attachment makes setup a breeze, and a rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25-inch steel tube legs provides a rigid and stable platform.

 

Equipped with a permanently mounted StarPointer Finderscope lets you keep track of the stars, and a German Equatorial Mount with Setting Circles helps you accurately locate and track sky objects. A deluxe accessory tray provides convenient storage of accessories, and the included "The Sky" Level 1 planetarium software features a 10,000-object database and enhanced images.

 

This telescope combines the best in intricate technology and ease of use, and makes a great gift for any budding astronomer, young or old.

 

Features:

  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer
  • Erect image eyepiece - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
  • Quick release doevetail attachment - no tool setup
  • German Equatorial Mount with Setting Circles - to accurately locate and track sky objects
  • Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25" steel tube legs - Provides a rigid and stable platform
  • All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images
  • Deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
  • The Sky Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing Nebulae , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Plane

Warranty

2-Year Limited

Features

Equatorial Mount

Brand

Celestron

Package Components

Telescope Explorer Bundle

Weight Complete

17 lbs.

Finderscope

Fixed StarPointer

Lens Coating

Aluminum

GPS

No

GoTo

No

Telescopes Series

Celestron AstroMaster Telescopes

Optical Design

Reflector

Aperture

114mm

Focal Length

1000mm

Focal Ratio

f/9

Mount Design

CG-2 Equatorial

Eyepiece 1

20mm (50x)

Highest Useful Magnification

269x

Star Diagonal

1.25 Inch

User Level

For the Beginner

Component

10mm (100x) Eyepiece 2

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Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope
 
4.3

(based on 1084 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (523)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (461)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (24)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (737)
  • Accurate (616)
  • Quality lenses (596)
  • Compact (406)
  • Easy to use (367)

Cons

  • Difficult to focus (110)
  • Difficult to use (106)
  • Heavy (82)
  • Unstable (80)
  • Poor lens quality (45)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (938)
  • Bird watching (193)
  • Bright conditions (86)
  • Travel (63)
  • Low visibility (52)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (932), Avid adventurer (111), Professional guide (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (397), Yes (283)

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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5.0

amazing for the price

By Roberto

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Difficult To Focus

Best Uses

  • Astronomy
  • Low Visibility

Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

Had the opportunity to break in the new scope on April 15th Lunar eclipse and it was amazing. Was able to get some amazing close ups of the moon and mars.

Also a newbie like me was able to put together easily in about 12 min.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Awesome!

By Lisa

from SOMERS,CT

About Me Avid Adventurer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to Use
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

    I'm very satisfied with this product. It is well made, it was easy to set up with helpful instructions and a phone number to the company if necessary. My family is psyched to view the sky. Oh, and Kevin the sales guy, was very helpful! I was happy to upgrade my telescope paying a reasonable price. There is a reason this telescope was voted telescope of the year for 2014.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Ready to go out of box

    By Willie

    from KENT,WA

    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:

      Telescope was delivered on time. Used instructions to put it together and was viewing the moon that night. Still some fine collimating adjustments needed but was able to use right away out of the box with superb results.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really nice telescope.

      By Paul

      from BALTIMORE,MD

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope:

        I may be writing this too prematurely but my conclusion on the Celestron Astromaster 114EQ is that this is a really great beginner scope. I should mention that I am not an amateur or novice but a true beginner, I don't think I've even looked through a telescope before in my life. But anyways, I wanted one and after searching around this Celestron seemed like a great place to start.

        The price of the bundle including the eyepiece/filter set, and motor I think is a sweet deal, and a good idea if you have never owned a scope before.

        Now being ignorant it took me over an hour to put it together. The instruction book it came with seemed like overkill so just find a youtube video and you can get it all working in a reasonable amount of time. It took me so long because I was unfamiliar with everything, and it probably wouldn't be as tricky for someone with more experience.

        I didn't even bother with the finderscope it comes with (based on dozens of reviews I've read) and got another Celestron model to put on it. Took me a minute to take off the old one, figure out the new one and mount it with some double sided foam tape, but I aligned it pretty quickly.

        The filter and eyepiece set is pretty nice and comes with a Barlow X2. I've read the reviews for the pieces in the kit and they are obviously lower end quality and there is some overlap because of the X2 in there... However, I enjoy all of them in addition to learning by doing. To see what eyepiece I need for looking at various things is taking a lot of trial and error but you need to start with the basics. You could save some $ and get a nice zoom eyepiece, but I think the eyepeices in this set are great for a beginner like myself. Forces me to figure out what I need to use and I even enjoyed the 4mm which seems to be universally condemned online as being useless.

        I haven't installed the motor yet but it looks easy enough to use and set up. I didn't want to use it initially and instead thought I should manually find and follow everything I could, again to teach myself the ropes.

        So I'm figuring it out slowly and it is very basic, which a beginner should be thankful for. My first night out was amazing, the moon was great and I focused in on Jupiter and saw all four moons and two cloud bands. My mind was blown. And keep in mind I was in a horribly light polluted area. I live in the middle of Baltimore City and I am also lucky enough to have the brightest street lamp in the history of the world about 20 ft away from my yard. I cant wait to take this thing out camping and really look around.

        I would do some research on the filters and eyepieces to see if the Celestron kit is a good idea for you or you want something different, but I see nothing wrong with this scope being a first time telescope.

        Shipping was incredibly fast and makes you wonder why the rest of the internet can't ship a package like these Hayneedle guys.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Awesomeness!

        By Ariel

        from MIAMI,FL

        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:

          I'm new to using a telescope so I wanted a good beginner telescope that gave me ability to grow with and this telescope is amazing.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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