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Configuration:Telescope OnlyProduct DescriptionPowerSeeker telescopes are a great way to open up the wonders of the Universe to the aspiring astronomer!The Celestron PowerSeeker collection of telescopes is intended to give the first time buyer the perfect combination of power, value, features and quality. Offering excellent value, these telescopes feature portable yet powerful designs with ample optical performance to excite any newcomer to the world of astronomy. I love bargains, so I was eager to try out Celestron's new Powerseeker 114 Newtonian reflector telescope. Together with its 4.5-inch mirror, Celestron's Powerseeker 114 gathers 3 times more starlight than popular 60mm refractors. The Powerseeker package comprises two eyepieces (K20 and SR4)plus a plastic 3x barlow, and a lightweight equatorial mount. The Powerseeker 114 holds its own compared to all my Celestron Firstscope 114EQ. Employing the K20 eyepiece included as standard equipment, about 45x magnification, it's easy to see the Andromeda Galaxy and its smaller satellite galaxy M32. When compared to 60mm refractors, the Powerseeker 114 brings out much more detail from the Orion Nebula, reveals a lot more celebrities in Perseus' Dual Cluster and even brings forth a few individual stars in globular clusters like M13. Saturn looks pretty small at 45x using the K20 eyepiece, but using my 7.5millimeter eyepiece (120x) I will certainly detect the shadow cast by the planet on the rings, and sometimes even glance the ring's Cassini Division. When the mirrors are correctly lined up or"collimated, then" the graphics are reasonably sharp upward to magnifications of 225x. I locate a collimation tool helps get this fine tuning. As effective as the variations are, but the impact of costcutting turns up in the mechanical components. The focuser is plastic, so the finder scope is plasticthe rings that attach the telescope to the belts are plastic. Even when the tripod legs are clamped at their lowest setting, the telescope wobbles when I decide to make an effort to focus at higher magnifications. Celestron's instruction manual correctly recommends that seeing be carried out in the range of 40x to 130x. What about this magnification proclaimed on the box? I'd say it is not worth the trouble. In general, the Celestron Powerseeker 114 can be just a budget high telescope with good optical performance, specially when utilizing the low power K20 eyepiece. If you're ready to spend a bit more money, either Orion's SkyQuest XT4.5 or Celestron's Firstscope 114EQ will give you a more solid mount, a greater finder extent, and better eyepieces. Also, for about the Purchase Price of the Powerseeker 114, '' I enjoy the reliable refractor design of Celestron's Firstscope 70EQ. --Jeff Phillips Pros: Low cost Good optics Serviceable K20 eyepiece Cons: Wobbly bracket Difficult to collimate Plastic finder and focuser View all Product description
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