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on 10 February 2016
We see a lot of these, owned by disappointed users, at telescope workshops run by our astronomical society. The 114EQ is tricky to set up and does not give the best astronomical views due to its peculiar optical setup. It has a spherical, not parabolic mirror, that makes it trickier to get best focus, plus it has a built-in doubler lens (Barlow) to double the 'natural' focal length of the mirror to 1000mm. Adding too much magnification will turn the image to mush, without adding detail.
Collimating one of these with the doubler lens in place is not easy; I've tried it.
You will get better results with a 114P (parabolic) scope at this size or move up to a 130P for a little extra money but a lot better results.