You shouldn’t be too hard on the optical design. If a tabletop is not an option for you, I highly recommend the Cometron 114AZ as a wide field, grab-and-go telescope. The deep sky performance of this telescope is one of the best in its price range. The 20mm erect imaging eyepiece uses a prism to flip the image upright, so you can use the PowerSeeker 114AZ for terrestrial viewing without the view being upside down.
The result isn’t mesmerizing, but it’s quite nice considering it’s a budget telescope. If the optics are collimated, it produces “acceptable” images for its price. The focuser is a 1.25 rack and pinion that works satisfactorily, and both the primary and secondary mirrors of the PowerSeeker 114 are collimatable.
Is a 114AZ reflector telescope any good?
- 114mm manual Newtonian reflector telescope with fully coated glass optics and a lightweight frame.
- Observe in no time with a quick and easy, no-tool setup.
- Accessories include: (20mm and 4mm), 3x Barlow lens, and a finderscope.
The Celestron 114AZ-SR telescope is compact, lightweight and easy to mount, making it ideal for older children, beginners and amateur astronomers on the go. The ExploraScope 114 is far from a particularly good telescope, but if you make a serious effort to collimate the device and understand its limitations, there’s still a lot to see.
Even at its full price, this is a low-cost instrument, but its optical capability is still powerful enough to make it worthwhile as a first telescope. Just point the telescope at any three bright objects, stars, bright planets or even the Moon, and the telescope orients itself with the night sky.
Light enters the short optical tube, bounces off the primary mirror at the foot of the telescope and is focused onto the flatter secondary mirror. The optical design of the telescope is pretty solid, though a larger aperture may be needed if you really want to see other planets in close up detail.
What can you see with the Celestron 114AZ?
The Celestron ExploraScope 114AZ represents another flawed cheap telescope in Celestron’s lineup. Now, Celestron is using that same technology to allow stargazers to connect with the night sky and enhance their experience of the cosmos in a fun and unique way.
Celestron Solar Safe filter technology is GUARANTEED safe for direct solar observing and has been independently tested by SAI Global Assurance Services. Fastar technology allows observers the option to dramatically increase the speed and sensitivity of their Celestron optical tube, allowing bright, detailed images with short exposures.
This telescope control software replaces manual control and allows the user to remotely control their Celestron computerized telescope from their personal PC or laptop. The included red dot finder helps you spot objects in the sky and center them in the eyepiece of your telescope.
Which is better Astromaster or PowerSeeker?
The Powerseeker 127 is not particularly good, the optical design of the 127 means it is difficult to collimate (impossible to do with a laser) and it is poorly mounted on an EQ1 mount. As shown in the table above, the celestron astromaster 70az and PowerSeeker 70AZ come with a low 70mm aperture.
The Astromaster 130EQ has a slightly larger aperture than the Powerseeker 127EQ, which means that both scopes can accommodate about the same amount of light within their systems. The PowerSeeker 127EQ has a 127mm (5″) aperture and the AstroMaster 114EQ has a 114mm (4.48″) aperture which means the 127EQ has a larger aperture.
The Astromaster’s finder is more mainstream as well compared to the underwhelming 5×24 finder you get with the Powerseeker 127EQ. If you could spend the money I would suggest the astromaster 130eq scope, then you would have better optics and a better mount.