The PowerSeeker telescopes:
Celestron has created a new range of beginners telescopes with this series, which are extremely good value for money. PowerSseekers are ideal for getting acquainted with one of the oldest and most enjoyable of all hobbies. An inspirational gift for any student who is has always been interested in the wonders of the night sky.
Many discoveries can be made even with the smallest PowerSeeker instrument: even the 50mm aperture PowerSeeker will show detail of the craters on the Moon, the four largest moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. Deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula and Andromeda Galaxy can also be seen. The performance of telescopes increases dramatically with increasing aperture, or light gathering capacity: The 114mm diameter or even 127mm diameter PowerSeeker is therefore your stepping stone into more advanced amateur astronomy. Details in the cloud bands of Jupiter, surface features on Mars, smaller galaxies and planetary nebulae all become visible.
Included in delivery:
- Celestron PowerSeeker 114 EQ OTA with 114 mm aperture and 900mm focal length
- 20mm and 4mm (1.25") eyepieces
- 3X Barlow lens (1.25")
- 5x24 finder scope
The Celestron CG-1 mount:
This parallactic mount can take telescopes up to approx. 3 kg total weight. Setting circles on both axes allow the manual fine movement which can be very sensitively adjusted with the flexible slow motion controls. In contrast to the slightly larger CG-3 mount, the declination axis is somewhat less robust than the right ascension axis and therefore does not offer quite the same quality of fine adjustment. The completely pre-assembled tripod has aluminium legs provides a stable and vibration-free platform for mount and telescope. You can keep all your important accessories on the tray provided and so always have them close at hand. A motor for automatic tracking can be retrofitted to the right ascension axis, and is already included with the MD models.
Included in delivery:
- parallactic CG-1 mount
- aluminium tripod
- accessory tray
It is not only important which telescope you buy, but also where you buy it.
We provide extra help:
- We are a leading telescope dealer and know these instruments like the back of our hands.
- We are always very happy to offer our assistance after your purchase, should you encounter any problems with your telescope’s setup or operation.
- Our ‘Telescope Basics’ booklet - an 80-page beginner's guide for our telescopes – is provided free of charge with every telescope we sell.
The 114/900mm EQ-1 telescope has good quality optics for its price category. Although the mirror is spherical, with an aperture ratio of 1:7.9 this is no problem at all in this case. The mount can only be used for visual observing with an instrument of this size. Astrophotography makes no sense with it, even if some less than reputable vendors sometimes claim the contrary.
Please note that similar telescopes are advertised in many places with magnifications of over 300X or even 600X. Theoretically, any telescope can reach these magnifications. But you will not be able to see anything! The maximum useful magnification of this type of telescope is about 230X for objects still to be sharply imaged.
This telescope definitely provides the best value for money of all telescopes of this price range. But if you want to invest a little more, we recommend the Omegon 130/920 EQ-2 with a larger aperture and a more stable mount.