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Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Telescope Review

Celestron Astromaster 114 EQ is already a very popular model for beginners, since it is very user friendly. It is best suited to those who are new to astronomy and is made for terrestrial and celestial Object observation.

Novice users may use it to view the moon, the planets, the nebulae and star clusters with a decent amount of detail. Every aspect has been well thought out to make this appropriate for the less skilled. I had no trouble with the setup, and no additional tools are required to assemble this. Let’s have a deeper look at what it has to offer.

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Modified Newtonian dual-purpose reflector telescope

Being a modified Newtonian design telescope, this means that it’s got a main concave mirror and a flat diagonal one and will provide high-quality images. This kind of reflective telescope features optical elements made entirely of glass, suitable for land and night sky viewing. There are a built-in corrector lens and a primary mirror with short focal length (40” with a tube of just 18”). The eyepiece is a compound lens with a high magnifying power and, no matter what, will always show objects best when these are present at its center. For better viewing, experts recommend using the CELE705 Lens Kit.

Complete starter package

Although I do advise to try the enhancements presented in this review, the initial package has all that it needs to allow for a quick and easy operation right as it’s received. Its optics gather light at a triple power and thus the images are bright. You get not one, but two eyepieces, with a total range of magnification of up to 150x. With the red dot finder, the simple setup and operation and the astronomy software, plus the printed instructions, you have the complete start package for your sky exploration – no need for extra expenses or downloads.

Specifications

The AstroMaster 114 EQ has an aperture of 114 mm and 1000 mm focal length. It comes with a 20 mm eyepiece and a 10 mm one, with magnifications of 100x, 50x, respectively. The optics coating enhances both brightness and clarity. The package is complete with an accessory tray and a sturdy tripod. This telescope comes with Planetarium software (The SkyX – First Light Edition) and thus benefits of a database of 10,000 objects – the standard for the beginner level. This can be enhanced through the free SkyPortal app by Celestron, which gives you access to over 100,000 objects. The tripod mounting is easy to operate thanks to the manual controls. The steel elements ensure the much-needed durability and reliability. The design is compact, and so the telescope can be carried on a trip.

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Performance

This mounted stargazing device can be used to observe the sky and the land too. Note that it does not feature the same advanced star alignment technology as the other well known Celestron telescopes. However, the motor drive accessory (Celestron Single Axis Motor Drive for the AstroMaster) lets you track sky objects continually, without having to touch the device (sold separately). The Earth moves as you observe the sky, but this accessory counters this movement.

As for the viewing itself, I tested it on the Moon, probably like any curious amateur astronomer would do first. The image was bright and sharp. Upon zooming, I could view the Moon craters. Then, moving on to Saturn, I was surprised by how clear its rings appeared. I could even spot the moons of Jupiter. This isn’t to say that the telescope provides details at an impressive level, but it certainly satisfies the requirements of people who are tapping into astronomy for the first time. The nebula formations in the deeper regions of the sky are also visible.

Conclusions

The Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ is probably the best reflector telescope under $250. It provides recognizable images, with planets appearing bright and also allows you to have a deeper view into space. This makes for an entry level choice suitable for children and adults alike. Although there are Celestron models with a larger aperture, the 114 level is almost just as good in terms of brightness. There is no need to pay more for a higher aperture alone, not when you are at an amateur level.

In spite of being well built and sturdy, the model has excellent portability. You may take this one with you as you travel, but you must find an appropriate case for it since the original packaging is only good for home storing.

All in all, this is a very safe buy if you’ve never used or owned a star finder before. Its best feature is the viewing duality – close space objects show well, but also the deep space formations. With prices between $170 and $250, it stands for quality, as well as affordability.





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