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

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews

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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
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    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
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    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
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for a beginner

    Posted
    Cjames3651
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    It's a great begginer telescope for the price. You will need to buy a star chart though. You need to orient yourself the at least a few stars before you can really get it to work. But overall, it's defiantly worth the money. Great buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Telescope for a Beginner

    Posted
    EdMidland
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    My family is able to see alot of cool things. Easy to Use once you learn how to align it. just search what you want to see and press the button, Work really well. Of course it's not a professional scope. so don't expect to be able to see everything. very good for closer objects like the moon and some close planets.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good but a little pricey

    Posted
    howardem39
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    Good telescope ...probably a little cheaper on amazon ...i did like the easy setup alignment using the finder scope with the adjustment pointer dot... very conveinant ... overall nice scope ... w wouldnt say its for the beginner or a child ..but any adult would love it... but like i said...about 300.00 is kinda high priced

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great telescope

    Posted
    arosiles
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    It is an awesome telescope got it for my friend and she loves it. If you like to see the stars and locate what you are looking for this is the telescope to buy. You can also connect your camera, it is a little pricey but it is worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    CANNOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE IT FULLY

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    SJ1222
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    Easily assembled and can view the basics but programming the constellations and using all of the other electronic settings has been a nightmare. Cannot use it to full capacity because of this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It is very easy to use.

    Posted
    Grandpafreddy
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    I found this telescope very easy to use and the resolution of the lens was superior. I really like the tracking feature which allows you to follow the moon and stars as they move.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome telescope

    Posted
    Goldenhillsbuffalo
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    Bought it for my geeky 15 year old daughter. She loves it and spends her extra time studying constellations. "Best gift I ever received" made it worth the but.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great starter scope

    Posted
    Moyer
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    Very easy setup. I'm a little disappointed that the storage tray on the tripod and the bolt securing it are plastic. Once I cleaned up the threads it worked just fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good learning tool.

    Posted
    OldHat
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    Easy to align. Easy to calibrate/align to stars. .Motorized steering to celestial object works very easily and accurately.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful telescope with great automation.

    Posted
    Germboy007

    Hey one that sorts wifi for use with iPad iOS devices. This one is unconfirmed to support this feature. Other wise a great telescope.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Telescope!

    Posted
    Mike
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    Makes everything seem touchable. Just wish the clouds would go away so I could use it more often.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great telescope

    Posted
    Nicmg
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    Bought this for my girlfriend. She’s a beginner and new to telescopes. Super easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend