Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ 114mm f/8 Reflector Telescope

Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ 114mm f/8 Reflector Telescope

Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ 114mm f/8 Reflector Telescope

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  • 114mm Newtonian Reflector OTA
  • 900mm Focal Length, f/8 Focal Ratio
  • Multi-Coated Primary Parabolic Mirror
  • Manual German Equatorial Mount
  • RA and Dec Slow Motion Cables
  • 1.25" 4mm and 20mm Eyepieces
  • 3x Barlow Lens, 5x24 Finderscope
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod
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Celestron PowerSeeker 114 EQ overview

  • 1Description

Ideal for near and deep-sky observation, Celestron's PowerSeeker 114EQ 114mm f/8 Reflector Telescope features a respectable focal length and a larger parabolic mirror that produce detailed images of the Moon, clear views of the planets, and the ability to resolve bright 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 a 3x Barlow lens that effectively triples the magnification of any eyepiece used with it to expand the usability.

The included manual equatorial mount features slow-motion control cables with large knobs to make it easy to track objects even when wearing gloves, while also minimizing vibrations caused by handling the mount with your hands; and 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/7.89 focal ratio
  • 900mm focal length
  • High-transmission multi-coated mirrors improve light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
  • Resolution: 1.22 arcsec, Rayleigh; 1.02 arcsec, Dawes
  • 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser
Mount and Tripod
    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
  • 6-pound counterweight to properly balance OTA and accessories for smooth movement
  • Dovetail plate enables fast assembly and break-down
    Tripod:
  • Adjustable-height
  • Aluminum-alloy 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
  • 4mm focal length produces 225x
  • 20mm focal length produces 45x
  • 20mm eyepiece has integrated prism to correct image horizontally and vertically for terrestrial use
    Barlow Lens:
  • Triples the magnification of any eyepiece used
    Finderscope:
  • Low 5x magnification has a wide field of view for easier set up, alignment, and star navigation
  • 24mm aperture can resolve bright objects without being too big or heavy
UPC: 050234104524
In the Box
Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ 114mm f/8 Reflector Telescope
  • 20mm Erect-Image Eyepiece
  • 4mm Eyepiece
  • 3x Barlow Lens
  • Star Pointer Finder
  • Equatorial Head
  • 2 x Slow-Motion Cables
  • Adjustable-Height Tripod
  • Counterweight Bar
  • 6-lb Counterweight
  • "The Sky" Level 1 CD-ROM
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Celestron PowerSeeker 114 EQ specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
    Aperture 114 mm / 4.5"
    Focal Length 900 mm
    Focal Ratio f/8
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal No
    Finderscope Yes
    Optical Tube Dimensions Length: 35" / 88.9 cm
    Mount
    Type Manual; German Equatorial
    Counterweight 1 x 6.0 lb / 2.7 kg
    Tripod
    Type Adjustable
    Material of Tripod Aluminum
    General
    Batteries None
    Weight 19.0 lb / 8.6 kg (Fully Assembled)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 27.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 36.0 x 14.0 x 9.0"

    Celestron PowerSeeker 114 EQ reviews

    PowerSeeker 114EQ 114mm f/8 Reflector Telescope is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beginner Telescope I bought this for my daughter's 10th birthday (and also becausei I've always wanted one). At first she didn't know what to make of it, but then when we saw Jupiter's moons, the rings of Saturn, and the craters of the moon, did she declare it to be cool. It is lightweight, easy to set up, not expensive, and easy to get quick results. I am not however impressed with the mounting for the finder scope. It is very difficult to align and to maintain alignment to the point that it is generally useless. I found myself pointing the main body in the direction of the object and just swinging around until I found it. There is some chromatic abberation in the lense, it could be better.
    Date published: 2015-06-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing first-time user telescope! This product was a Christmas gift that came early! My girlfriend is fascinated by astronomy and the stars, so I got her this as a gift. She actually assembled it herself, which means it's relatively easy to put together. The first and most obvious target was the moon.. WOW! Once your eye adjusts, and you finally grasp what you're looking at... AMAZING! We could actually snap a digital photo through the eyepiece and have it come out amazing! Aligning your target is a little tricky. And, although the tripod is sturdy, it is fragile because it's plastic- This is an instrument that should be taken care of anyway! Ease of use, fairly easy set up and fun times make this a great starter telescope! I say starter because it doesn't have all the fancy features seen on more expensive telescopes. And I'm an amateur like the next guy, but I think this is a great find!
    Date published: 2009-01-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value for the beginner on a budget The Celestron PowerSeeker is an introductory telescope suitable for gazing at the Moon, planets, sunspots (with solar filter, sold separately), stars, nebulae, galaxies ... anything that's Moon-sized (1/2 degree) or smaller, really. This is among the least expensive telescopes you can buy that is a real astronomical instrument - in no way a toy. PowerSeekers are less expensive and of lower quality than AstroMasters; non-introductory scopes are far more expensive than either - $300 and up (as of 2016). Within the PowerSeeker series, the 114EQ Newtonian lets you viewer fainter objects and mag up more than do the smaller-aperture Refractors, but it also costs more and probably doesn't show any more object features on planets or the Moon. Basically, choose the 114EQ or the 130EQ if you care about deep-sky viewing in addition to solar system and major star observation. Be mindful of the size: the 114EQ on its mount weighs 20 pounds, has a barrel three feet long, and overall is about as big as a pick up and go scope can be for me personally. So, what do you get in the box? Celestron has tossed in a 4.5 Newtonion reflector, two eyepieces and a Barlow magnifier, an equatorial mount and a tripod, added planetarium software and a well-written manual, all for $120-130. Is that a good deal? It was for me. I'm an adult beginner stargazer on a tight budget and want a telescope that delivers at least acceptable viewing of everything in the sky. I want it to be portable, understandable, and get me excited about astronomy. I don't yet have the knowledge or hobby connections required to buy good used. I understand that I will pass on my PowerSeeker someday to an up-and-coming stargazer. I understand that great astrophotography and NASA-quality views don't happen for $130 - not even close. I understand that any serious telescope requires real study to use well. Let's discuss build quality. You get a lot for the money, but you need to understand the trade-offs. The tripod: Sturdy enough for a beginner unless you extend the legs too far. Not at all suitable for high-resolution astrophotography. Tall people will have to bend over a bit. You'll eventually want to replace this. The mount: Pretty solid, but not as smooth or as firm as one on a more expensive instrument. The adjustment knobs are the only obviously low-value item in the package, 'far as I can tell, and even they are fit for purpose. This is an equatorial mount, which means you can adjust the side-tilt until celestial objects travel straight across your field of view as the Earth turns. This means that you can more easily keep a planet or star in view by turning one knob - instead of having to juggle two. However, in order to achieve this happiness, you fist have to align the equatorial mount. For your first few outings and for quick glances at the heavens, you might do better to treat it as an alt-alzimuth mount (no side-tilt). Considering a motor drive and/or software control? Consider an AstroMaster or better. The scope tube: Might require lens adjustment or collimation. Reflector (Newtonian)- type telescopes in particular go out of alignment eventually or if mishandled, and the manual walks you through the procedures. Give yourself enough time to learn the ropes and you will wield a precision instrument for a long time! The viewer scope: As cheap as it gets, but really useful. Before stargazing, align it with the 20mm eyepiece by a combination of adjusting the base screws and the side thumb knobs. Get something easy to see in the scope. Find it in the eyepiece (this may take a while on your first few tries). Adjust the scope and re-acquire the object until satisfied. Now you can hunt anything! The eyepieces: Obviously cheap, but they satisfy me ... for now. They are not acromatic, especially near the edges. They deliver a crisp image with no obvious distortion. Getting obvious distortion? Read the manual to determine whether you are just experiencing bad seeing due to atmospheric conditions or actually need to align some lenses in the tube. There's a big jump in magnification between the 20mm and 4mm lenses. For intermediate sizes and useful filters, check out the Celestron PowerSeeker accessory kit, which I rank as a nice to have item for solar system astronomy. Be mindful that you'll have real difficulty keeping track of a planet or star in the 4mm because it moves relatively quickly across the field of view. Also, expect objects to wobble after tilt adjustment. Practice helps: By my second night, I was able to tighten up the mount, get Mars in the 20mm, swap in the 4mm and re-acquire, fine-tune with the tilt adjustment knobs, insert the 3x Barlow, and track the distant world at maximum useful magnification (114mm aperature x2 = 230x in ideal seeing). Software: TheSkyX First Light Edition planetarium software simulates the movement of objects in the sky at any observation location. I'm quite impressed with it, but at least equally so by the free and open-source Stellarum package (www.stellarium.org).
    Date published: 2016-05-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good beginner scope For the price it is much better than a junk department store refractor. Uses real glass for optics and not plastic. As for the first review that states could not focus the telescope was probably out of collimation and mirrors were not aligned properly. I have been in the hobby for a while and have had several telescopes. It provides beautiful crisp view of the planets and a wow for the moon.The Ring Nebula and Bode's galaxies are within reach of this scope as well. There seems to be a lot of slop in the focuser and the aluminum gears inside were a bit cheap as well as the mount but that is to keep the ultimate cost of this scope ultra affordable. I would recommend it for a begginer but you will soon want to upgrade afterwards. I started with this one and got alot of enjoyment out of it now I own a Schmidt Cassegrain 11 inch
    Date published: 2012-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Perfect okay so i did lots of research before buying this, i bought this because i wanted a good starter scope. i also bought the celestron filter kit, and i love this, the 2016 Super moon looked fabulous. i can see stars with great quality. i have made a star chart with the scope. i just love it and i will be upgrading when i am prepared. I recommend this 100% to start with though
    Date published: 2016-11-20
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Better off used as a decoration I did a lot of research before buying this scope and finally decided on this one because it seemed like a good beginner scope and had overall good specs. Assembling the telescope was just fine. It took about 30 minutes and was pretty easy. But, when we brought the telescope out on our deck for viewing, we just didn't see much at all. We started with the most obvious, the moon. We were able to get it into view, but the focus was just horrible. We held onto the telescope for a few days, hoping that the next night would be better. But, each night was worse than the other. I could see the moon better with the naked eye than using this thing. Focusing the telescope was nearly impossible. Overall, this telescope is not easy to use, very hard to focus, and feels a little cheap.
    Date published: 2010-12-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Telescope for the Price I have owned this telelscope for 7 years. Although we don't have much time to use it, I got it out last night and we were looking directly at the moon in minutes. It is sharp and bright at the moon's distance, but I haven't spent the time to locate much else. Anyone expecting to open the box and start getting Hubble images are just naive. Anything further than the moon is going to take work to locate and focus on. Buying this telescope will not make you an astronomer. If you want to instantly see space, watch TV. If you want a decent manual telescope to learn how to work with the big toys, this is a great telescope.I paid $ for mine 7 years ago. At this price, you really can't complain about the plastic view finder and some plastic hardware. The tripod isn't extremely stable, and I'm going to bet it's a real factor in distant viewing or photography (which I intend to try), but the optics are great quality for this price. If you want decent optics and all metal sturdier components, don't expect to pay $125 for it.
    Date published: 2012-02-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Starter Telesccope We are beginners, so it took us a little while to get it all set up and figure out how to use it! We are still learning, but so far I am pleased with my purchase.
    Date published: 2015-01-01
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