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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.
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on 2 December 2014
I was brought this telescope for a graduation present and boy am I happy with it. Here is my opinion:
It will take you a while to get used to it (and you will need to put effort in to understand how to use it properly, but once you do, it's a dream (for a first scope). You should check out my blog www(dot)Jackedwardlee(dot)com . Here, I keep an astronomy log book of everything I have seen. If you have any specific questions, ask away.

Advice and tips:

• Don't extent the tripod legs out all the way; the shorter they are, the more stable the telescope will be.
• The EQ mount is ace, once you get the hang of it (again, it takes time and effort to work it out).
• You need to put some effort into learning the night sky. I recommend stellarium or 'turn left at Orion'
• Manage your expectations! Stars pretty much always look like points of light, even through Hubble. Astronomy is not so much about what the eyes see, but what the mind comprehends. Most deep sky object look like ‘faint fuzzies’, even through large telescope.
• Invest in the “Celestron accessory kit (6 mm, 15mm EP, 2x Barlow)”. This add-on will massively improve the functionality of the telescope.
• Forget about the red dot finder. Just use that to get within the vicinity of your target. Invest in a cheap 30 mm eyepiece and use the large field of view to find targets. Again, finding things in the night sky is a skill that requires practice. When I first used this scope, it took me ages (and I mean ages) to even find Jupiter (one of the brightest objects in the night sky). However, now I can point at objects in less than a minute, without even using the red-dot finder.
• You always need to make sure the telescope/tube is balanced. Google a video by 'eyes on the sky' on aligning equatorial mount.
• Keep with it, it really is a new skill to learn and master, but now I'm so glad I kept at it; it's worth it. Invest time into reading about how telescopes work and the night sky.
• I have also brought a solar filter for this scope; looking at the sun is awesome (but NEVER look at the sun without a proper filter; you will get blinded!)
• For the price, and the enjoyment this has brought me, I would definitely give this scope 5/5!
• Here is a list of everything I have observed with this telescope:
Moon
Jupiter and its moons
Saturn
Mars
M13: Globular Cluster
M81: Galaxy
M82: Galaxy
Epsilon Lyrae: Double-Double
M57: Planetary Nebula
M64: Galaxy
M31: Galaxy
Albireo: Double Star
Mizar + Alcor: Double Star
M3: Globular Cluster
M51: Galaxy
M56: Globular Cluster
M27: Planetary Nebula
M92: Globular Cluster
M11: Open Cluster
M71: Globular Cluster
M10: Globular Cluster
M12: Globular Cluster
M52: Open Cluster
The Double Cluster
NGC 7789: Open Cluster
Cassiopeia: Open Clusters
M81: Galaxy
M82: Galaxy
Cor Caroli
M94: Galaxy
M21: Open Cluster
M20: Planetary nebula
M5 Globular Cluster
M101: Galaxy
M29: Open Cluster
M110: Galaxy
Gamma Delphini: Double Star
M15: Globular Cluster
M16: Eagle nebula
M17: Swan nebula
M22: Globular cluster
M45: Open cluster
M110: Galaxy/a>
M32: Galaxy/a>
M2: Globular cluster
Almaak: Double Star
Neptune: Planet
IC 4665: Open Cluster
Epsilon Lyrae: Double-Double
M103: Open Cluster
NGC 457: Open Cluster
NGC 464: Open Cluster
NGC 459: Open Cluster
Eta Cassiopeiae: Double Star
M39: Open Cluster
M34: Open Cluster
M33: Galaxy
M42: Nebula
M43: Nebula
M37: Open Cluster
M36: Open Cluster
M38: Open Cluster
M1: Crab Nebula
M35 & NGC 2158
Uranus: Planet
Total Messier Objects 42/110
Total Planets Observed 5/7

• Below are some of the images I have been able to capture using the ‘Celetron Astromaster 130 EQ MD. These were all taken just using my smartphone (by holding it up to the lens)!

Cheers and clear skies!
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on 19 June 2017
A great starter kit for anyone with even the slightest interest in the stars above. Very detailed in good conditions.
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on 26 October 2017
Awesome product. Picks up the moon ok but not the stars?
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on 3 September 2017
well good
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on 25 August 2017
Great scope for the price - highly recommend
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on 8 August 2017
Bought as a gift for for 10yr old son and he loves it. Seen Saturn on our first night of a clear sky. The equatorial mount takes a bit of time to get used to.
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on 25 April 2017
Could see Jupiter weather bands and moons.
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on 8 October 2017
Free delivery, massive box and came earlier than due date. Was a birthday present for my grandmother and she loves it so im happy, Many Thanks
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on 12 September 2017
Fantastic scope for value a little bit of studying the fabrication but well worth it in the end,
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