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Celestron 114eq- worth buying? was created by jhenry436

This will be my first telescope and I was just wondering is actually that good for viewing planters eg. Jupiter. I don't really care about the moon though as you can it with almost any scope . If this telescope is not any good is there any others under £110?
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Replied by PaulWalsh on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

I had the 130eq which is basically the same scope just a bit bigger and I loved it. Make no mistake you are not going to see planets and nebula with it like some of the pictures you see out there but you will be able to see the bands on Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and the great nebula in Orion. One tip I will give you is get a finderscope to go with it even if you have to tape it to the tube as the red dot finder that is on the scope is worthless. If you are based anywhere in Dublin there is a viewing night being held on Friday in Sandymount all the details are here www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/ . There will be all sorts of telescopes being used and you will be able to get a better idea.
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Replied by jhenry436 on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

I just looked up for a star pointer and I know what you mean it's almost like a mini telescope. But when I went to look online I could only find laser pointers, so what do I search for?
Also when I get the telescope I was thinking about getting a 3x Barlow lense, it is on amazon.com for $15 but I have an aunt in America so I"ll still be able to get it, just wondering if you would know if its any good . It's a Dragonfly optical 3x Barlow lense
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Replied by lunartic_old on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

Are planets the only objects that you plan to observe?

Is £110 your budget?

In astronomy bigger is better, if you can stretch the budget a little the Celestron 130EQ would be a better option, as Paul says, it is a good beginners scope. If you can stretch the budget further still you might want to consider a 6 inch dobsonian, this will open up so much of the sky.

When it comes to the finder scope Paul is right, the star pointer that comes with this scope is pretty poor, personally a I use an advanced red dot finder from William Optics and it serves me well. Search for "finder scope" on the Amazon website and it will show you the options.

Come down to Sandymount and talk to the people there, get some views through their scopes and it will help make up your mind.

Hope this helps.

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Replied by jhenry436 on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

I am only a beginner so it is mainly planets but I may try and stretch as far as things like the Orion Nebula. I am coming 14 in a couple of weeks time and from Christmas I have around £200 pound so I may get the 130eq and pay around £110 myself if you say yourself it is worth it. That is if my parents will let me stretch that far! :(
Also I live in derry up in the north so there is no way of me goin to that meet up point anytime soon. Thanks for saying anyway!
Is there any cheap adding on lenses you can recommend such as Barlows?
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Replied by PaulWalsh on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

You get 2 eyepieces with the scope a 20mm and a 10mm but of which are more then enough for the 114eq if you matched those with a 2x barlow you are bringing the scope right to the edge of useable limits. If you spent the money on getting some better quality eyepieces instead it would be money better spent. Celestron do an accessory kit www.celestron.com/astronomy/celestron-as...r-accessory-kit.html that is well worth the money for the barlow lens alone they are for sale on Amazon for £60 between the barlow lens, filters and 2 eyepieces its a bargain.
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Replied by Marto on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

www.gumtree.ie/cp-sports-leisure-in-galway/telescope-436879839

There's a 130eg for 200 (asking) in Galway. I think maybe you could and should get it for less than that
I had a 114 tasco, had great optics and I loved it - but was quite limited. I paid something like 40 pounds secondhand.
I also recommend 130mm as a minimum.
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Replied by jhenry436 on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

After going through many reviews and videos, if my parents let me I will pay a little more money and get the skywatcher explorer 130p
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

Hi jhenry436,

My advice? It you think you've got around £200 to play around with (that equates to around €250+/-), then you could also think about getting a 150mm to 200mm second hand Dobsonian, with eyepieces, for that price. A 200mm is pretty powerful stuff compared to your 114EQ. That way, you will easily get that extra detail that a smaller reflector misses.

You'll hold onto it a lot longer than your 114EQ too!

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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

*Moved to Observing Equipment*
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Replied by lunartic_old on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

Keep an eye out on www.astrobuysell.com/uk for cheap eyepieces and other equipment.
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Replied by jhenry436 on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

I've found a skywatcher explorer 130p for £145 on www.acecameras.co.uk/asp/web/recorprod/1.../PT_ID/1/product.asp I'll probably get this one ,so I'm just putting this site out there for anyone else thinking if buying
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Replied by lunartic_old on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

Looks a nice scope and the review is promising.

It should provide plenty of happy nights observing, let us know how you get on with it.

BTW, welcome to the slippery road. :devil:

Paul
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Replied by jhenry436 on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

Thanks! (What's the slippery road ?)
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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

Thanks! (What's the slippery road ?)


...the one that goes like this...

1) Mark I Eyeball

2) Binoculars

3) Tasco 70mm reflector/Bresser 70mm refractor/National Geographic 60mm paperweight

4) Skywatcher Explorer 130p

5) 8" Dobsonian with red dot finder and 32mm 2" eyepiece

6) 10" Schmitt Cassegrain (SCT) with 24 eyepieces and filters, GoTo controls, 2" tubular steel legged tripod and powerpack

7) 12" LX200 GPS with equatorial Wedge, Nagler 17mm eyepiece and Hyperion 9mm (plus the other 24 eyepieces, powerpack, and now also with a Kendrick dew heater)

8) Observatory

9) Meade 16" Lightbridge Truss Dob (minus the wife and kids - simply because it's stuck in your living room/utility room/bedroom/airing cupboard/shed)

10) Obsession 24" truss Dob with slew-to motion controls

11) 28"/30"/32" mirror kit with no money left in your bank account to build a push-to Dobsonian - probably because SWMBO got everything else in the divorce...

12) Selling of the Observatory for food.


It's inevitable!

:devil:

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Replied by markrgriffin on topic Re: Celestron 114eq- worth buying?

Thanks for that Seanie. Now I can plan the next 5 years. Must remember to set up a food store. I'd hate to get as far as 11 and have to sell the lot.
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