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Celestron 31042 Astromaster 114EQ Reflector Telescope

by Celestron
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
RRP: 139.00
Price: 109.99
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  • All coated, glass, erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup with quick release dovetail attachment and preassembled tripod
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer
  • German Equatorial mount with Setting circles - to accurately locate and track sky objects
  • TheSkyX � First Light Edition� astronomy software with a 10,000 object database, maps and images

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 83.8 x 139.7 cm ; 8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 21 Kg
  • Item model number: 31042
  • ASIN: B000MLL6R8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,554 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 views of both 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.

With the permanently mounted StarPointer and erect image optics, the Astromaster 114EQ is ideal for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, also featuring a German equatorial mount with Setting Circles – to accurately locate and track sky objects so you can set your sights for that perfect view of the stars and other celestial objects of interest, all shown in crisp clear detail thanks to the all coated glass optics.

Quick and easy to set up using the quick release dovetail attachment with no tools required, the telescope also comes complete with a deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of all your accessories, a rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25” steel tube legs as a sturdy, rigid viewing platform for much improved images, and The Sky planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images to help you achieve the best star gazing experience from your scope and see everything you want to see. It’s out of this world!

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed 24 May 2010
I think this is a brilliant telescope.
We've looked at the moon, Saturn and various 'deep sky' objects.
Sure the red dot star finder is hopeless but I replaced it with a little finder scope.
Very very good value for money.
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402 of 408 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Value for Money 5 May 2009
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My boyfriend and I have recently acquired a sudden fascination with the universe. He's always wanted a telescope and we started looking into getting one about a week ago.

All of the Celestron telescopes looked really appealing, especially the Astromaster range for their affordability. We were toying between the 130EQ and the 114EQ, eventually we choose the later for the difference in price weighed up against the specification.

We are so glad we bought this scope... the second night we had it, when the skies were clear, our first mission was to see the moon, and boy did we see it! The craters were so crisp, it blew my mind. Though we will certainly be investing in a moon filter, as the moon can be very bright, it will soon hurt your eyes.

We knew Saturn was visible that night, but being complete newbies we didn't really know where it was, so we decided to try and point the scope at the brightest star near to the moon, turned out it wasn't a star, but Saturn!!

You could clearly make out the rings, although small - don't be fooled, this is a "budget" scope, you are not going to see Saturn at the same size of the moon, but we found it to be very crisp with the Astromaster 114EQ. To think that we were looking at something over 750 million miles away is just astonishing!

Our scope was perfectly collimated out of the box, though we gather this is not always the case, however there are instructions on how to test whether your scope is set up correctly in the manual.

We feel that for the amazing sights we have already seen in just one night, the scope has already paid for itself. The manufacturing quality is very good, the tripod and equitorial mount alone seem like pieces of kit that could easily sell for over 100 on their own.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value telescope - worth persevering with 22 Jan 2011
I've had this telescope a few days and at first I was afraid it was too difficult to move or focus. But it's worth persevering. You need to make sure the finderscope is aligned properly - read the instructions on how to do this. Once this is aligned it really helps you line up the telescope with the moon/stars.

I was really impressed how well the different pieces of the telescope were packed. All very secure. The tripod provided is rather lightweight and cheap-looking, but it does the job. Make sure the legs are set at the desired height before you put the (very heavy) telescope mount with counterweight on top.

The telescope tube and mount etc are all very good quality pieces and fit together quite simply. Again, just follow the instructions. It took me about an hour to set up from opening the box.

I was worried about using a reflector telescope but it works quite simply. You need to take the whole lens cap off (not just the central bit!) then the light enters the tube and reflects off the main mirror into the eyepiece. It comes with 2 eye pieces and a 3 x Barlow lens which multiplies the magnification of the lenses provided. The 20 mm lens is easiest to use. The 4 mm lens has a much higher magnification but the aperture is tiny and takes some getting used to. You just need practise to get your eye accustomed to both lenses.

I have managed to view the moon so far (need a moon filter as the full moon is rather bright) and also focus on some terrestrial objects in daytime. There are various knobs and levers that move the telescope - I still need to practise with these but am getting the hang of it.

Certainly a powerful telescope with much greater magnification than my 10x Binoculars.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oozes quality 24 April 2011
By JDuu
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You're probably reading this having never bought a telescope before, wanting to know exactly what you're going to get and SEE for your money. As far as the telescope is concerned it's more of an investment than a purchase. It's a real quality piece of kit which I've surprised many people by telling them it only cost ~100. Once set up it looks quite impressive and I'm sure with proper care it will continue to give you gazing pleasure for many years to come. One of the advantages of a reflector scope such as this is that the optical tube is open allowing you to maintain the mirror surfaces and also collimate the optics for optimised performance. Allow a good hour for proper initial set up (which for me was part of the fun!). It's got a fair weight to it but not to the extent it makes it impractical to move, the tripod can be easily dismounted and collapsed to be put in the boot of a car, for example.

The first week I had the scope I was desperate for a clear night until eventually I got my wish and managed to view Saturn from the comfort of my back garden. Despite moderate light pollution and a slight haze in the sky, the scope still produced a crisp, colour image, complete with rings. Admittedly it was small in the viewfinder but you always have the option to purchase additional barlow lenses for increased magnification. It's also amazing just to aim at a seemingly clear patch of sky to reveal a dense patchwork of stars not visible to the naked eye. For optimal viewing its mainly about the conditions, the scope claims to be capable of imaging "deep sky objects" which I believe is possible but you need to be in a seriously dark area, which I shall soon be experimenting with during a drive to the countryside!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Bought this for my husband for last Christmas and he absolutely loves it, for a beginner still quite technical but for the price think it's great.
Published 1 month ago by Samie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This really does what it says it will. It was ready aligned out of the box, The free software is excellent beginners for like us , and really helps to locate objects and identify... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ian Francis
2.0 out of 5 stars Sold on eBay a year later
I received this telescope as a 50th birthday gift. I was very excited to start a new hobby. The mirror alignment was poor and impossible to correct even with a laser collimator... Read more
Published 2 months ago by yankpino
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
It was actually a present, it was so good I bought two and the best thing about the whole thing was that they arrived two days after I ordered them with no having to chase up... Read more
Published 4 months ago by L'Herpiniere Thea
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I love this and so did the recipient. It took them a while to put it together but they were new to the more advanced telescope. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R.A.S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat and managable telescope
The optical quality of this instrument seems good. I tried lining up on a distant pole and the white blob on the top became a highly detailed gull. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PaulL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Very easy to set up.

Good quality, Was a present for my husband and he was very pleased with it!
Published 6 months ago by deborah crooks
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very good quality,easy to assemble,good clear instructions should be a lot of fun during the summer ,star gazing at its best
Published 6 months ago by wardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for Beginners
Bought this for dad for Christmas as he has an interest in the Stars, great product, easy to setup arrived on time and he now spends time looking in the sky... highly recommend
Published 6 months ago by londoner365
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first telescope
Loving my first taste of astronomy with my Christmas present off the wife. Great views of the moon and Jupiter so far and a couple of star clusters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matthew Harrison
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