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Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive

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  • For CG2 Powerseeker/CG3 AstroMaster EQ

You Pay: $27.89

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The Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster Telescopes has a variable speed motor, which can accurately track celestial objects. This single axis drive works on equatorial mounts and allows you to maintain total control over your scope whether automatically or manually. Hemisphere control (north/south) is controlled by a switch. Depending on weather conditions, the 9V battery will last up to 40 hours.

Compatible with CG2 Powerseeker and CG3 AstroMaster EQ mounts
Operates on single axis
The 9V batteries (included) can operate the motor for up to 40 hours
Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive
  • 9V Battery
  • 2 x Mounting Screws
  • Hex-Head Wrench
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Mounting Bracket
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    CelestronAstromaster Motor Drive
     
    4.2

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (17)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (9)
    • Astrophotography (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (7), Casual/ recreational (6), Professional guide (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    90% there

    After receiving this motor and mounting it my EQ head. I was able to get it tracking for 2 minuet exposures after no more than half an hour of adjustment. As another reviewer has...Read complete review

    After receiving this motor and mounting it my EQ head. I was able to get it tracking for 2 minuet exposures after no more than half an hour of adjustment. As another reviewer has pointed out, it would be very useful to have a larger knob to adjust the speed of the motor. Aside from that if you're looking for an inexpensive way to track with a "dumb" EQ mount this is the way to go.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Motor cuts out

    I got this motor so I could do ultra slow timelapse with my slider dolly. It is nice and cheap, but it is just that, cheap. The motor cuts in and out....Read complete review

    I got this motor so I could do ultra slow timelapse with my slider dolly. It is nice and cheap, but it is just that, cheap. The motor cuts in and out. I don't know if it's a bad connection or what, but I checked it as best I can and can't figure out why it keeps cutting out. Sometimes, I have to switch the on, off button back and forth to get it running again. I might have just gotten a bad one, but I wish I would have saved my money. It's pretty much useless to me.

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    5.0

    Low cost DIY solution for timelapse

    By Johnny1der

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cost Effective
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Could Be Sturdier

    Best Uses

    • Timelapse

    Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

    Shooting timelapse is a one-off activity for me and I didn't want to invest much in a solution to motorize my DIY skatewheel dolly. This motor drive works perfectly for me at it's highest speed with a simple string winding up around the built in drive shaft. I added a larger diameter sleeve over the shaft and it worked perfectly to move my dolly much faster for video work. This makes a very inexpensive motorized drive for a slider/dolly.

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    • No

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    4.0

    90% there

    By DarPhyve

    from PA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Inadequate Adjustmen

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography

      Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

      After receiving this motor and mounting it my EQ head. I was able to get it tracking for 2 minuet exposures after no more than half an hour of adjustment. As another reviewer has pointed out, it would be very useful to have a larger knob to adjust the speed of the motor. Aside from that if you're looking for an inexpensive way to track with a "dumb" EQ mount this is the way to go.

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty good cheap moco

      By C-Rob

      from Wash, DC

      About Me Professional Guide

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cheap
      • Works

      Cons

      • Few Controls

      Best Uses

      • Moco

      Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

      Gets the job done. Use it on a cheap slider and it still makes some pretty nice moves for long time lapses. A good option for those that can't afford the $1k rigs.

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      5.0

      Does the job nicely

      By Isaac

      from Western australia

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Noisy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

        using it on a timelapes slider and it works great

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Motor

        By drumskater

        from Culpeper, Virginia

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Poor Fit

        Best Uses

        • Astrophotography

        Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

        This motor is great for what I used it for. I didn't use it for telescopes but rather for a motor for timelapses on my slider. I love it's power and can't wait to use it again and again

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        • No

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        4.0

        Collar lock issue

        By DougB

        from Amarillo, TX

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Poor Fit

        Best Uses

        • Time Lapse Photography

        Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

        I am building a unique time lapse rig. I feel that to obtain the lengthy time lapse shots that I'm going for, I will have to build a solid unit. The problem I ran into with these motors was that the collar locks now use on them are made "springy" for lack of a better word. I'm sure that this helps when mounting these motors on a telescope, but may not be this best unit to purchase for other uses (Do however note that these are made for telescopes in the first place, and not what I am using them for). I would just like to see an option to purchase motors with what I believe to be their old style color locks, the locks without the spring like give to them.

        Solid locks like the ones used, with two bore sizes, are also something that I've yet to even find.

        Base on what I have learned so for, I think that as soon as I find a collar locks that work, the motors will work well.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Cheap motion control for timelapse

        By BCfromBC

        from Rossland British Columbia

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

            I bought this to move my camera along my slider for timelapse photography. Did the trick well. Need to gear down between the motor drive & the slider to slow things down further, enabling me to do longer timelapses over a period of 8 hours or more. Currently will move the camera over the 31 inches in 1-4 hours, depending on the speed dialed in.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Motor Drive

            By hutch

            from Milton, ON

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

              I used the product to hook up to a pocket dolly so I can make some motion timelapses. It was pretty difficult to put the battery together, but after I got it figured out it wasn't a problem.

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              4.0

              Great universal solution

              By drift

              from Rochester, NY

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Astrophotography

                Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                I purchased this motor to drive time lapse rigs. It works great, and has plenty of options for mounting. It allows me to get some really nice shots.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Works with older Celestron C4.5!

                By Art

                from Milwaukee, WI

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy
                  • Astrophotography

                  Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                  i have been looking for years for a motor drive for my old Celestron C4.5 telescope, this drive fits and works great! If you have an older scope, it is worth the effort!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Functions well for visual work

                  By Barefoot Tom

                  from Austin, TX

                  About Me Professional Guide

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Interferes with telescope

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy
                  • Visual

                  Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                  The Celestron worm gears are very cheap, therefore periodic error is pronounced. Also, tension on the worm gear varies...at times it is very easy to turn, at other times very tight. This causes the motor to speed up and slow down. The error I've seen is less than one arc-minute...totally acceptable, and barely noticeable for visual viewing. But, for astrophotography, forget it! Without a "fast" or "slow" button in your hand, you watch the star drift off your crosshairs and there is nothing you can do about it.

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                  5.0

                  Great for timelapse shots

                  By hezekla

                  from chesapeake va

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                      Macgyver it to your slider to give a great timelapse shot.

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                      5.0

                      Great Product at a Great Price

                      By Riggzie

                      from Williamstown, NJ

                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • 9v battery included
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Tight compartment for bat
                      • Tools included
                      • Widely Compatible Adapter

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Astronomy
                        • Astrophotography
                        • Terrestrial Viewing

                        Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                        I was suprised...
                        the instructions were completed. I opened the paper and followed the directions and they were thorough.
                        In addition I used my own 9v battery as I did not expect one to be included.. WHICH IT WAS!!!!
                        I had to remove the mounting plate but the one for my son's telescope was included!!! for the Celestron 76EQ.
                        Oh yes there was even an allen wrench!!!!

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                        • No

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                        1.0

                        save your money

                        By some dude

                        from Seattle

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                        The motor drive was defective right out of the box, never worked. Several reviewers also had this issue, but I went ahead and took a chance that it wouldn't happen to me -oops.

                        B&H was very fast to respond, excellent customer service!

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                        5.0

                        Works Great

                        By wesleyastoncom

                        from Orem, UT

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Timelapse Photography

                          Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                          I got this to make a PVC Camera Slider. This motor does a great job and is simple to use. At the fastest speed it will do one rotation in 6 minutes.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Strong motor for its size

                          By Matt

                          from Nashville

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Astronomy
                            • Astrophotography

                            Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                            Strong motor for its size. Runs up to 40 hrs on one 9volt battery

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great value for the price

                            By gagnonjg

                            from Dolbeau-Mistassini, QC, Canada

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Astronomy
                              • Astrophotography

                              Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                              I use with my telescope 114eq Celestron and his good.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Smooth Order

                              By Jorr

                              from Windermere, FL

                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Astronomy
                                • Astrophotography

                                Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                                The motor works exactly as expected and I've had no problems. Ordering was easy [...] I did have to carve a slight amount additional space for the switches in the casing.

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                                • No

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                                2.0

                                Motor cuts out

                                By raunnating

                                from Louisville, KY

                                About Me Professional Guide

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • Adds No Function
                                • Poor Construction

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                                  I got this motor so I could do ultra slow timelapse with my slider dolly. It is nice and cheap, but it is just that, cheap. The motor cuts in and out. I don't know if it's a bad connection or what, but I checked it as best I can and can't figure out why it keeps cutting out. Sometimes, I have to switch the on, off button back and forth to get it running again. I might have just gotten a bad one, but I wish I would have saved my money. It's pretty much useless to me.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Does its job

                                  By Travis

                                  from San Luis Obispo, CA

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Construction

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Astronomy

                                  Comments about Celestron Astromaster Motor Drive:

                                  Well, it does its job right. It keeps the telescope aligned, but there are a few small annoying things about it. For one the case is loose and kind of just flops around, and it is a bit loud, especially with the case on. But the most annoying thing is a feature that it is lacking: A clutch for fine tuning it manually. Once it is screwed on the only way you can manually adjust the alignment of the scope is to loosen it up and move it around by hand. That's kind of annoying. Other than that though, it works!

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