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Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Telescope - Best Telescope for Beginners
Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Telescope

Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Telescope - Best Telescope for Beginners

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Your Price: CAD339.00
Retail Price:CAD349.00

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Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Telescope

Back-to-Back Winner! The Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ goes 2-for-2 in 2013, and it really wasn't close. This perennial best-seller is responsible for more new astronomy enthusiasts every year than any other on the market. The simple design introduces users to the principles of alignment, tracking objects, and making adjustments to see what they've always dreamed of through their telescope. With a complete package (telescope, tripod, mount, and accessories) available under $250, we recommend the AstroMaster as a gift for kids or adults who've expressed interest in looking skyward.

Ideal for near and deep-sky observation, Celestron's AstroMaster 114EQ 114mm f/8.8 Reflector Telescope features a long focal length and a large parabolic mirror that produce detailed images of the Moon, clear views of the planets, and the ability to resolve distant objects such as nebulae and galaxies. The scope is outfitted with a 1.25 rack-and-pinion focuser and two eyepieces to get new users started, and an unmagnified red-dot finder to help set-up, align and navigate easier.

The included manual equatorial mount features slow-motion control cables make it easy to track objects, even when wearing gloves, while also minimizing vibrations caused by handling the mount with your hands — as well as clearly visible indicators on the Right Ascension and Declination axes. An adjustable-height aluminum tripod rounds out the rig with a tray for accessories such as eyepieces, filters, and lights.

Optical Tube
  • 114mm aperture
  • f/8.8 focal ratio
  • 1000mm focal length
  • Highly-reflective aluminum-coated mirrors improve light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
  • Resolution: 1.22 arcsec, Rayleigh; 1.02 arc sec, Dawes
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 31% by diameter, 10% by area
  • 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser
Mount and Tripod
    CG-2 Mount:
  • Manual German equatorial
  • Dual slow-motion control cables enable fine adjustments with reduced vibrations
  • Altitude adjustment screws locks setting
  • Etched Right Ascension and Declination scales
  • Removable counterweight bar
  • 2.6-pound counterweights (2 x) to properly balance OTA and accessories for smooth movement
  • Dovetail plate enables fast assembly and break-down
    Tripod:
  • Adjustable-height
  • 1.25" diameter stainless steel legs
  • Tray to hold eyepieces, lights, and accessories
  • Spiked feet add stability on uneven/soft ground
Included Accessories
    Eyepieces:
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical filters
  • 10mm focal length produces 100x
  • 20mm focal length produces 50x
    SkyPointer Finder:
  • Unmagnified to make finding objects easier and star-hopping navigation faster
  • Illuminated red center aiming dot is easy to see without affecting night-adjusted vision
Specifications
Optical Design Newtonian reflector
Aperture 114 mm
Focal Length 1000mm
Focal Ratio f/8.8
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Diagonal None
Finderscope StarPointer
Tripod Stainless steel
Adjustable height
1.25" diameter legs
Mount Type Manual equatorial
Power Source None
Counterweights 2 x 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
Optical Tube Dimensions 18.0" / 45.7 cm
Weight 17.0 lb / 7.7 kg, assembled

Packaging Info
Package Weight 29.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.0 x 17.0 x 11.0"

In the Box
Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ 114mm f/8.8 Reflector Telescope
  • 20mm Eyepiece
  • 10mm Eyepiece
  • StarPointer Finder
  • Equatorial Head
  • 2 x Slow-Motion Cables
  • Adjustable-Height Tripod
  • Counterweight Bar
  • 2 x 2.6-pound Counterweights
  • "The Sky" Level 1 CD-ROM
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
    Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and type generally perform as follows . . .
    Terrestrial Observation: Yes
    Lunar Observation: Great
    Planetary Observation: Very Good
    Binary and Star Cluster Observation: Very Good
    Galaxy and Nebula Observation: Fair
    Photography: No
    Terrestrial Photography: No
    Lunar Photography: No
    Planetary Photography: No
    Star Cluster / Nebula / Galaxy Photography: No
    Warranty: 2 years
    What's in the Box

    Telescope, Tripod, 2 Eyepieces, Finderscope, Planetarium software


    Best Telescope for Beginners

    If you are a beginner, the AstroMaster Reflector Telescope is by far the best choice on the market. It has a lot of higher end features that other brands do not provide in this price range, and it is an easy telescope to set up. This is extremely important for beginners because you have to know how to set up a telescope correctly in order to get the best out of it. Most beginners are still learning about astronomy in general, and therefore, they are fascinated to see the simple things and wonders of space.

    With the AstroMaster Reflector Telescope, they might not be able to see far off galaxies, like with a higher powered telescope, but they will be able to see things like the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter. These things are fascinating for beginners, and it is an excellent starting point. With this telescope, you will get access to two different eyepieces that get up to 100 x magnifications. When using this telescope, it has been recommended that you also use the CELE705 lens kit. These lenses will enhance your view, giving you the best experience available.

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