Celestron - NexStar 114GT 500mm Computerized Newtonian Telescope - Black

Explore the far reaches of the galaxy with this Celestron NexStar 114GT 22098 computerized telescope, which features a database of more than 40,000 objects to help you navigate among stars, planets, nebulae and more.
$349.99

Overview

What's Included


  • Celestron NexStar 114GT 500mm Newtonian Telescope
  • TheSkyX-First Light Edition Astronomy software
  • 2 eyepieces: 4mm SR, 20mm H
  • 2x Barlow lens, lens cap
  • CR 2032 battery
  • Owner's manual
  • T-adapter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
79% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (22 out of 28)

Features


2 optical eyepieces and 2x Barlow lens

Enables optimal magnification.

Hand controller

Features an extensive database with more than 40,000 celestial objects, including galaxies, nebulae, stars, planets and more, so you can smoothly navigate the night sky.

Quick-release accessory tray

Lets you keep accessories close at hand.

25x and 125x power magnification

Along with the easy-to-use SkyAlign process helps bring astronomical objects within view (requires 8 AA batteries, not included).

Included T-adapter

Allows you to photograph celestial finds with your DSLR camera (not included).

500mm focal length; f/4.4 focal ratio

For clarity and precision.


Customer rating

4.3
79%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Beginner Telescope

    Posted
    K2mission
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    This telescope did not take long to set up. I've read some reviews that said otherwise but it wasn’t that bad at all. It consists of a few pieces that were very easy to put together. We took it outside the first night and were able to immediately get a great view of the moon while I was attempting to align the laser site that comes with it. The view of the moon was exciting for our 8-year old son and just as exciting for us but the real excitement didn't come until the following night when I decided to attempt to configure the telescope by aligning it with three visible stars after selecting the area you're viewing from (we chose Eastern US) and setting the current time. We used two stars and the moon. This is where the telescopes strengths stood out. The star database built into the telescope was able to find all three visible planets for this time of year and our location. We were able to see Mars, Jupiter and, the best one... Saturn. I wasn't even sure we were viewing planets until we got to Saturn. Our son had asked if I could see the rings and I initially said no because I only took the time to center it and allow him to look. I was dubious when he looked and said that he could see the rings. I looked back through the telescope and, sure enough, there were the rings. Clearly separate from the planet. We both looked at the planet at least 10 times each. It was amazing but the most amazing part of this was when we put our son to sleep that night and as he was drifting off to sleep he said that he was really glad he got to see Saturn. That moment was worth the full value of the telescope. Being able to easily find stars and planets made this telescope well worth the purchase. Our son already had an interest in space and astronomy and has several books on the subject. This allowed him to further develop that interest and excitement. We mentioned to him that provided he retains this level of interest we’ll get him a better telescope in the near future. I already plan to stick with Celestron and we’re looking at the Evolution 8 model as an upgrade. Simply a fantastic offering for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value

    Posted
    cw562

    Pros: I have owned a few telescopes, and I even purchased a significantly more expensive one from Celestron before returning it for this telescope's predecessor (all that changed was the mount). I don't live in the desert so there is a limit on the magnification you want to try for, but I can achieve very good focus on Saturn, Jupiter, and even the Orion nebula with this scope, from the middle of the city. Again, the picture attached was taken using a normal point a shoot camera, with a $50 camera-eyepiece adapter. Cons/prudence: There is an inherent limit on what you can see, you'll find that after 125x most things become blurry, but honestly the viewing is best in my opinion around 90x anyways. Don't head out to the desert thinking you'll be able to see like hubble does. Keep in mind that the open tube leaves the mirror susceptible to dust, and the tube to spiders and cobwebs, so make sure and shut it up tight. Also, if you do decide to use one of those camera-eyepiece rigs that I mentioned, make sure and secure some tension on the part where the eyepiece enters the tube, because the weight of the rig + lens combos bends it down slightly. All in all this is a solid purchase and I am thoroughly impressed every time I break it out. I've had it for almost two years, and never regretted my purchase. Happy startgazing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for Beginners

    Posted
    Raincloud4days
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased this as a gift. This was their very first telescope, and was very easily assembled. It has the feel and features of something more complex, but it is very easily navigated and used. We love the option of attaching our camera to the telescope (with an added attachment) and taking photos of interstellar objects. We HIGHLY recommend, especially if you just want to test it out and look at the moon. Best recommendation I can make is; Find your local observatory or observatory club/group. They will know the best locations for viewing (Especially if you live in a highly populated area.) and when to go. Our local Cincinnati group has a wonderful lake side area that we visit during new moons. Your local chapter will also be more than welcoming and can help set up and explain any questions you have. Good Luck!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First telescope, awesome

    Posted
    Thewealthyman777
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The pictures that I have attached were taken with my cell phone. The unit did not come with the bracket specify but there is a cell phone adapter available. I did not have either to achieve the pictures that I took very difficult to line the holes or lenses to get the pictures I took. One is over the moon and the other is Jupiter and five of it moons. Very fuzzy but without a Camera you could see the red eyes on Jupiter

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Can be a great telescope if it came with updated i

    Posted
    Summer41
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    For being an electronic telescope it is overall good as long as you have a ton of AAs or want to connect to your car battery. Easy to sight but the trouble begins after sighting and the only way to fix it is to send it in to the manufacturer or call the manufacturer and they will send you a link for upgrades and a disk. If all else fails you can move it around manually but considering the price I'd try to fix it first. Once fixed it is a great telescope for viewing the night sky.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Telescope is pretty cool!

    Posted
    Tamara
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    I love the details that can be seen and especially love that it is computerized. I've only had it a few weeks but I am anxious to learn everything that it will do. This is my first telescope. I ordered an AC adapter since it only came with the battery pack for power. The only drawback is that I read that the model has been discontinued so I worry about replacement parts if they are needed in the future and I'd love to add to what I already have rather than purchasing an entirely new scope.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Like the telescope but.....

    Posted
    Durron1
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    After about four days of use, the controller for the telescope stopped working (rendering the unit virtually useless). I emailed Celestron for help and have shipped the controller and mount off for a warranty repair. The process has taken about 2 weeks so far and I am not sure when I will get the equipment replaced. I like the features, but would have spent more for a more reliable unit. I hope this is an abnormal failure.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great entry telescope for beginners

    Posted
    sean

    I consider this telescope a very good one. This was my first telescope and I was so excited to get this. The first time i used this i was blown away. I saw everything from the moon to the planets to planetary nebulae. The best was the ring and bubble nebulae. beautiful. Very easy with the go to mount. Definitely a good gift for birthday or Christmas.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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