Celestron C114-HD


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Celestron C114-HD
Purchased mine through Globalmart.com for only $249.95. Good buy with the CG-4 mount. Went together in about an hour. Haven't star tested yet, but everything looks good so far.

Overall Rating: 9
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.186.60)
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Celestron C114-HD
This may be the finest beginner telescope for the money on the market. It is currently priced in the $300.00-350.00 range. I sold mine about three months ago, it got replaced by a 4" Televue. This scope is way overmounted. While the CG-4 has some trouble with heavier scopes, vibration in the 6 lb. tube damps out almost immediatly.

The optics are nicely done. The secondary mirror is mounted on a single stalk which does not seem to create a lot of refraction. The primary is a spherical figure. But with the fairly long focal length f8, 910mm, it is only detectable with a star test.This is an example of what everyones first scope should be. Nice optics on a mount that is designed to handle the OTA.

The single axis drive that is sold for this scope does a nice job. When properly polar aligned, I could take piggyback photos with a 200mm lens of 20 min. duration before star trailing became evident. If my wife would have let me buy the Televue and keep this scope, I definitley would have.

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.19.123)
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Celestron C114-HD
IMHO, not much detail seen considering the price. A friend`s C-102 easily outperformed it on planets and almost everything else. But, imho, it might make a good starter scope for kids!

Overall Rating: 5
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.133.180)
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Celestron C114-HD
This is an excellent scope to begin observing with. I don't believe Celestron is still making it, however. This is unfortunate, as it would easily be the best 114mm Newt. on a GEM available.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.197.78)
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Celestron C114-HD
Paid $300.00 new for this scope new at an east coast Florida camera shop. He couldn't give them away. Reflectors and FL aren't necessarily a good mix. Optics for this size scope are excellent. Even got a digital photo of the moon out of it that was pretty good. This is a great urban scope. Saturn reveals Cassini's and at least one moon, that other speck may have been a moon or a star, don't know. Just made out the bands the planet and the ring's shadow was evident in a star full of twinkling stars at 150x. Haven't seen Jupiter with it yet.

For a beginner this is an excellent scope and beats out the smaller refractors available. For the seasoned amateur on a budget or confined to the city lights this is a scope you never have to disassemble. I leave mine set up all the time and just pick the whole thing up and set it in the driveway when the sky is usable.

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:9 Mount:8 Ease of Use:10 Value:9
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.112.1)
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Celestron C114-HD
Great first scope. Clear images and easy to learn.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:9 Mount:10 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.230.237)
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