• Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
  • Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
  • Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
  • Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
  • Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
  • Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
  • Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
  • Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture
Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture

Celestron - PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Manual German Equatorial Telescope for Beginners - Compact and Portable - BONUS Astronomy Software Package - 80mm Aperture

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  • PERFECT BEGINNERS TELESCOPE: The Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ is an easy-to-use and powerful telescope. The PowerSeeker series is designed to give the first-time telescope user the perfect combination of quality, value, features, and power.
  • MANUAL GERMAN EQUATORIAL MOUNT: Navigate the sky with our refractor telescope. It features a German Equatorial mount with a slow-motion altitude rod for smooth and accurate pointing. Adjust rod to desired position, then easily secure by tightening cross knob.
  • COMPACT AND PORTABLE: This telescope for adults and kids to be used together is compact, lightweight, and portable. Take the telescope to your favorite campsite or dark sky observing site, or simply the backyard.
  • MULTIPLE ACCESSORIES: The Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope features 2 eyepieces (20mm and 4mm), erect image diagonal, finderscope, plus a 3x Barlow lens to triple the power of each. Accessories also include a FREE download of one of the top consumer rated astronomy software programs.
  • UNBEATABLE WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the worlds #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. Youll also receive a 2-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.

Customer Reviews

MUCH BETTER SCOPES OUT THERE it was a great scope for the first 10 days i had it i saw the moon jupiter and saturn with great detail! and even some bright stars in the light polluted city i lived in. until the 11th day when i realized that the telescope was finally out of collimation. the collimation process is an absolute nightmare and i still cant manage to collimate it. and it doesnt have a center mark for collimation and u cant remove the mirror without screwing up the tube please dont ever buy this as your beginner scope and to add insult to injury i live near the equator the equatorial mount is basically useless where i live because i cant even polar align the damn thing i should have just spent a few more dollars and bought a dobsonian.(119 usd plus 82 dollar shipping) = 201 usd lesson for meNOTE dont even buy bird jones type reflectors that use spherical mirrors and a lens in the focuser tube. buy parabolic reflectors there are much much easier to use 1REACH FOR THE STARS!! I have no comparison for this other than the more simplistic Refractor Telescope my father got me as a kid...so now the circle continues, as I got this for my own son. This is the type I always dreamed of getting as a kid, but back then these were in the $500 range and easily too much for my parents growing up. The price point on this for what it offers is awesome, and I selected this after about 6-8 hours of reviewing specs, feedback, and much contemplation. It was this or the 114mm longer tube version, and I opted for this in the end (I figured this had a little more power and it looked more portable than the longer tube of the 114, since we have to go somewhere to view the sky due to the forested yard we have). We have taken it out twice now, & I was NOT disappointed, HOWEVER, a few pointers will definitely help if you're thinking of getting this, to give you the best success chance possible:1) What i read about was VERY true--buy a telecope for the tube itself, NOT the eyepieces it comes with. After MUCH searching I decided upon a zoomable eyepiece to buy along with this:http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-93230-24mm-1-25-Eyepiece/dp/B0007UQNV8I figured this would be a nice way to avoid having to replace eyepieces (it comes with a 20mm and 4mm, and comparing those to this zoomable one is night 7 day difference...the quality and the versatility of the zoomable blows the stock ones out of the water). Its especially nice to start in the 24mm (24x) place, align everything, find your target & focus, then zoom in on it (even with the barlow for additional zooming power), refocus slightly and then enjoy the sight! We successfully located and watched both mars & saturn on our first 2 attempts (using only the free google skymap app for Android to help us locate the planets). What they say about the rings of saturn are so true...you will never forget the first time you see them. It IS a bit small, but you can make them out if everything is in focus and you dont touch the the telescope once everything is in view (until the planet moves out of the field of view, in which case the fine-tune movements of the telescope really shines!). All in all, buy this telescope NOT for the eyepieces, but for the tube itself, which is one of the bets values from everything I have seen. If you pair it with any non-stock eyepiece you will not be disappointed! If you choose not to go with this zoomable one I mention here (that the only additional thing I got for this when I first bought it), even though the price is very reasonable currently @ $51, I'd recommend the 9mm one from Celestron (currently about $20). The stock 20mm eyepiece is "ok" but the stock 4mm I found utterly useless. At least the 9mm aftermarket eyepiece gives you about a 2X zoom vs. the stock 20mm. And then you have to decide if the stock 3X barlow (see next) is worth using at all either.2) BARLOW. Had no idea what this was before I bought this or started researching info about telescopes. Basically its a zooming piece for your normal eyepieces. The stock version that comes with this is "ok" but I dont have anything (yet) to compare it against. Lets just say it "works" to some extent, but all the reviews I read about said this one sucked...to go after an aftermarket 2x or 3x. From all the reviews and research I've gathered, and now using the stock version, I'd say I'd have to agree in all likelihood. Due to this, and since my son seems to have really enjoyed our first 2 outings, I decided to take the next step & get a combo 2x barlow that also serves as a T-adapter to allow for photography! At only $45, that seems like a really good deal, especially since the 3X barlow I found from Celestron was around $80. The 2x combo can be found here:http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-Adapter-Barlow-Universal-T-Ring/dp/B00009X3UVI can't say for sure how this will be, but I can tell you it certainly cant be worse than the stock 3x, which seemed very cheaply made (again you buy the telescope for the mirror & tube). Paired with the zoomable aftermarket 8-24mm eyepiece mentioned above and I think itll be a slam dunk. Plus it allows for adapting for use with a digital camera (well possibly non-digital as well, but we have a sony DSLR that should work with the T-adapter for the model we have, which was only about $10...for $55 I get an aftermarket 2x barlow that adapts to allow a DSLR...pretty decent!).3) Other accessories: I have not chosen to get any more than I have listed here, but there was 1 have to mention that I may have to invest in at a later time. One of the concerns about the Newtonian scopes (this is one) was the possibility of having to correct/adjust the mirrors. I chose not to buy the collimator (adjusting tool) out of the box, but was prepared to buy either the cheaper $20 one or possibly the more expensive but from all I can see, more worth it, laser-optics one for about $70. Thankfully it seems my scope did not need it out of the box, but I suspect the lower star reviews that say it didnt work out of the box either had the rare scope that needed it from the get-go, or else the more likely scenario, is that the patience needed to align the finder mini-scope on top of the tube, with the eyepiece view (using the 20mm or in my case, the much better zoomable 8-24x eyepiece, which allows for a much wider field of view than even the 20mm stock) was probably the major factor in most of the low reviews. Having done my research I knew it would require patience when using (see more on that below) and it paid off hugely when you have a 6 yr old and an 8yr old wildly ecstatic with waiting a half-hour to get Saturn's rings into view...see below for details).3) With the accessories out of the way, lets talk about SETUP & USE. First, for setup, I was very meticulous about it and very careful, but from opening the box to final setup & cleanup, I was done in an hour. NO TOOLS were required. Just a touch of patience and carefulness. Seemed very reasonable to me.4) USE: as I mentioned we have taken this out on 2 outings already (have had it less than a week) and both times were widly successful. I have to say that its really useful to have google's free skymap with you when you use this, or even another product I got from Amazon, called Stellarium. Both are good apps and do things a little differently. Together they made finding the planets a breeze and helped us find, focus, and enjoy the views VERY quickly. Both mars & Saturn were easily found using the apps, mars being the easier one to figure out even without the app, due to its orange-tinge color.First, we aligned the mini-scope on top (finder scope) using a distant cell tower as a target (rem the images are UPSIDE DOWN, which when viewing stellar objects is not a big deal). Once we had this aligned (took about 5-10 mins) we located mars, and due to the patience of doing the finder scope, we saw mars in the unzoomed 24x eyepiece ON THE FIRST TRY. So do not skip this step if you can!Now, when we first viewed mars it was a huge fuzzy, hazy blob, with the crosshairs intersected it (in the eyepiece, not the finder scope). I knew we had to focus. So in less than 30 seconds we had it focused and viola! The orange "star" (aka, mars) was seen! The kids were ecstatic! But i told them this was just the beginning :). I zoomed in with the zoomable eyepiece and we could actually make out the slightly crescent shape of mars. But the real goal was saturn's rings! One of the kids had to use the restroom but they said they'd hold it till we saw saturn. I was up against the clock now. but in my 30 mins of use thus far I knew we could do this!In less than 5 minutes later I had saturn in view at low power with rings clearly visible! Kids were in awe (as was i!) and we even tried the 3x barlow (stock). For this, i found that zooming in past about halfway was not very useful. the image was a bit fuzzy. the 3x barlow at 20-24x was good though. I later discovered that this was probably the upper end of the scope's ability to magnify, roughly 250-300X maximum without image distortion/loss. Thus, going back to the barlow section eariler, is why I think a 2X barlow will be great, using the maximum zoom of the eyepiece (8mm).FURTHER THOUGHTS: I hope you have enjoyed my "journey" described here and maybe help someone else decide if this telescope or Astronomy endeavor is worth it and which one to go after. The more expensive motorized ones are probably worth it if you are really into Astronomy, but I could nto afford them (they start around $300 for 114mm scopes, which is pretty reasonable), or the $250+ Dobsonians (non motorized but even more powerful than this one) are a good option too. But i suspect with the low-cost additions I already have ordered noted above, this scope will do just find for now. Plus they have an motorized addition for this thats only around $35, but it does not auto-track. If you align everything properly reviews have said it does help a lot. Thats something else I may invest in down the line. All in all, for under $200 starting, I got this scope & the aftermarket zoomable eyepiece which I almost call a must. For around another $50 you can get an aftermarket barlow that even opens up some astrophotography (but I am sure thats going to take a lot of patience to be successful from what i have read). Good luck and REACH FOR THE STARS! :) 5Impressed at firstThis is a perfect scope for the price range! The whole assembly is moderately heavy. The tripod legs are not very rigid but if you tighten the top screws it will help alot. My first order had to be replaced due to several metal shavings on the back side of the objective lens. I was impressed at first untill i saw the shavings, but i must say my replacement has cured the negativity i had towards the product. The eq mount is solid and tracks very good at 180x magnification. The replacement came quickly and seems to not have any major issues. Rest assured Amazon Customer service has you covered if you have problems. Other than the metal shavings causing distortion in my original order; the replacement seems to be great. Do yourself a favor if you order this and purchase the astromaster accessory kit. The astromaster kit works with this scope and is well worth $50. I also suggest getting a sighting compass (brunton9077) it will really help with polar alignment. This product is capable of showing jupiter quite well and several nebula. Although nothing like the photos most of us see on tv you will still be stunned by the beauty it can reveal. I would not recommend this for anyone under 13 years old. Don't be shy about an eq mounted telesope, the standard manual has enough info to get you accustomed to it. You also get wonderful software with this and it very well could replace the need of buying star charts. The included eye pieces and accessories are of medium low quality but are fine for planet viewing. The 4mm alone is more than enough for this scope @ 225x it will give good veiws of planet and nebulas. Also the astromaster kit comes with color filters that really help contrast the cloud bands of jupiter and the outer rings of saturn. This product would make a teen or adult an awsome holiday present.4Good quality telescope and adjustments/mediocre standDisclaimer: This is my first, non-toy telescope.PROs:The image I got out of this telescope was beautiful. At the lowest level of magnification, the moon barely fit in the view, and allowed for crisp viewing of craters, mountain ridges, and other lunar features. At first the moon didn't even appear round for how clearly the mountain ranges on the visible edges of the moon appeared.The telescopes adjustments are nicely put together, and very sturdy.CONs:Although the base for the telescope it nicely built, the stand is pretty cheap by comparison. This can make it hard to view with at times, as the lightest touch will cause the telescope to shake pretty badly... which due to it's high level of magnification, any wobbly is extremely noticeable. I will note that this is a very minor complaint, and if I could, this would be a 4.5 star review, not a 4.Not the best for younger users. Due to its high level of magnification, it can be difficult to line up the site accurately enough to be usable, unless you've had a lot of practice doing so before hand. And if the site is off, it makes it near impossible to point at anything other than the moon. I spent nearly an hour trying to train it onto Mars (which is at its closest approach this year).4Amazing Beginners ScopeI bought this telescope after ages of stargazing, but I finally decided to go ahead and buy one, this was the right choice, now that I've been an astronomer for over 6 months I wish I would have learned more helpful tips of this earlier.Some tips - Don't use the latitude control on the mount, that is the screw that causes the scope to angle itself up or down, set that to your current latitude on the earth and leave it like that. - Learn how to use Right Ascension and Declination, that will make finding things in the sky so much easier, just say look up Messier 31 (the Andromeda Galaxy), find the right ascension and declination of that, and you are pointing at it- For right ascension and declination, you have to polar align, this is done by setting the latitude control (AKA the thing I was referring to in the first tip) and point the telescope towards the north, you should be looking at Polaris! (the North Star) and then after that try some right ascension and declination and you should be looking at what you want. If you are not pointing you need to change the declination to negative or positive depending on what way it is, so don't panic if you polar align it and you point it at say M31 and it's not showing, you're just pointing it the wrong way.That being said, this is an amazing beginners scope, easy to set up and take outside, you can see some beautiful things like the rings of Saturn, the stars of Pleiades, and much more!5Great Scope!!! This scope catches a lot of flack in the forums and here. Let me demystify some of the bad reviews.1) Collimation This telescope can be collimated easily by eye, if you want to collimate with a laser, you'll have to remove the corrective lens in the focuser tube. If you love to tinker knock yourself out however, this isn't the most powerful scope you can buy so, eye collimation is more than enough to be happy.2) The finder scope is unusable While I agree, it's not the best finder scope out there and lining it up with the telescope can take a long time but, it is possible with time and patients. It's also replaceable so if you don't like it, get another one. (note: it is a scope and not a finder, the image is reversed in the finder)3) I can't see anything out of this thing You need to collimate the scope and line up the finder scope, the instructions are in the manual for eye collimation (tip: back the focuser tube all the way out when you collimate, doing this will let you see both the secondary mirror and the primary, also note, this went through shipping and if it arrived with all the mirrors aligned and ready to go, get a power ball ticket because you'd be the luckiest person on the planet4) The Barlow is useless Please google and youtube what a barlow is and how to use them, it's not a true lens and once you find out its true purpose, it'll make more sense5) The 4mm lens is useless See my comment on the barlow, using the barlow with the 4mm will tame things a bit, also, get a lens and filter kit with a 15mm and a 9mm lens.6) The Telescope doesn't stay put on the tripod. The counterweight on this telescope is not for looks, you need to use it to balance the telescope on the eq mount. when the counter weight is properly balanced, you can put the telescope in any position on the right ascension axis and it'll stay put. The Telescope itself also has to be balanced front to back in the mounting hoops (youtube it, there are a billion tutorials on how to do this.) One last comment on this issue is, do not try to push the telescope into position with the clutches locked, use the controls on the tripod to position the scope, if you need to make big adjustments, loosen the clutches (should be OK because your telescope is balanced) position the scope to the general area of viewing, lock the clutches and use the controls to fine tune. If you push the scope around with the clutches locked you're manhandling the gears that the controls are attached to and you can push them out of whack, don't do this.Here's the deal, this is a marvelous telescope for UNDER 200 American green backs!!! When properly set up, balanced and overall ready to view, it's a great scope and it's a lot of fun. Buying upgrades for the scope will add to your viewing pleasure. Yes you can see our planetary neighbors, the moon looks fantastic, in a dark place, you can see some deeper space stuff.Is this a good scope for beginners? Yes I think it is, backyard astronomy is not a plug and play out of the box and looking at Jupiter kind of deal. A telescope is a pretty sensitive thing that takes a little love. If you're just starting out and collimation, calibration and generic tinkering is not your thing, this may not be your hobby, heck aside from sitting on the couch, I don't know what hobby doesn't require a little hands on setup and tinkering.Finding stuff in the sky is hard, small movements at the scope have a huge impact on where you're looking in the sky, youtube is your friend, so is google. 5This telescope is being sold as a great scope for beginners with very easy set up This telescope is being sold as a great scope for beginners with very easy set up. It is neither of those things. I have been trying for a couple of months to collimate this telescope and nothing appears to work. Yes, I removed the lens from the focuser and used a laser collimator to align the mirrors. Images remain blurry no matter which eyepiece I use. Yes, I made sure the laser collimator was properly aligned before starting. There is a long and informative post on this site that explains in great detail how to collimate this telescope. None of the procedures outlined worked for me. If you decide to buy this telescope despite what I have written here then I wish you the best of luck with it.Update 01/01/17: I am slowly getting this scope into alignment. If you're new to Newtonian telescopes and you're going to insist on buying one of these I urge you to get a collimation tool. I bought a laser, but I probably would have been better off with a Cheshire.You cannot be afraid to take this telescope apart, because you will be doing it a lot before you actually get to the point where you can take it outside and see things. It is a time consuming process because the nuts are not welded to the large tube. The first thing you need to do before proceeding is take out the lens at the bottom of the focuser. You can do this by extending the focuser all the way out and removing the three screws holding it to the tube being careful not to drop the nuts. After removing the lens reinstall the focuser and retract it until it hits the stop. If your telescope was like mine, you will notice that the small secondary mirror is WAY forward toward the primary mirror instead of centered on the focuser. At this point on page 26 of the instruction manual it will tell you "DO NOT loosen or tighten the center screw in the secondary mirror support". Ignore this instruction. Move the mirror back toward the spider (or forward away from the spider if your mirror is out of alignment in that direction) until the secondary mirror looks round and is centered below the focuser. You will have to loosen and tighten all four screws to accomplish this task.This is the point where helpful people on the internet, particularly two guys in Australia on YouTube, were a huge help. As I said, I bought a laser collimator. What you need to do is remove the spider (this holds the secondary mirror) and then remove the primary mirror, being careful not to touch or drop the mirror. I found the primary mirror to be mounted very close to the center (I was eyeballing it, but still). There are four holes for the screws that hold the mirror mount to the tube. They appeared to be equidistant from one another (again, eyeballing it), so I got some string and tied two pieces across the opposite holes. I then took a felt tip marker and placed a dot where the two strings intersected. Then I removed the strings and placed a plastic adhesive paper hole reinforcer on the mirror making sure to place the marker dot in the center of the hole reinforcer. Trust me, you won't see any of this stuff when you get ready to look at the heavens. I then used the adjustment screws on the mirror holder to snug it down to the rubber spacers on the mount. When you're done, the locking screws will stick out. Now put everything back together.Isn't this fun? Remember, this telescope is being marketed to first time users looking to get into astronomy, hence the reason my rating is still and will always be one star.Here is where the collimation laser comes in. I had attempted several times to collimate this telescope without that little paper hole reinforcer I told you to put on the primary mirror, because I didn't know it was supposed to be there or how helpful it would be to have it there. After making sure the laser collimator was true (easy, and luckily it came from the factory not needing adjustment which is probably the only break I got in this process) install it in the focuser with the target area facing the back of the telescope toward the primary mirror and turn it on. I used setting 3 on mine, which allowed me to see the laser clearly in the primary mirror. BEFORE you look down the tube looking for the beam on the primary mirror, stand to one side and move your hand over the opening of the telescope. If you see a red dot on your hand be EXTREMELY careful looking down into the tube. The spot where you see the dot is the dangerous place, so definitely don't look there. Your next task is to move the three screws on the secondary mirror to move the laser beam to the center of that paper hole reinforcer. Get it as close as possible. Next, move to the back of the scope and loosen the three lock screws on the primary mirror. Then move the three adjustment screws (good tip here from someone else on the internet: adjust these screws by TIGHTENING them. Loosen them only if you really have to) to center the laser beam on the target of the laser collimator.When you have finished this task you're done, right? Nope. Look down the front of the tube again and see if that beam is still centered in the primary mirror. It wasn't for me and I had to adjust the secondary a second time and then readjust the primary again. Then it was centered. So now you're done because lasers are really accurate, right? Nope, but you are a lot closer than I was the first few times I tried my hand at collimation. Next, take the focuser back out, replace the lens you removed, and reinstall the focuser.Now you have to take the scope outside and aim it at a star. Use an 8 mm eyepiece, or use a combination of Barlow and eyepiece to get close to 8 mm. The manual will tell you to find Polaris and center it in your eyepiece. Why? Because Polaris appears stationary to a ground observer looking through a telescope. All of the other stars appear to "move" (actually, you're the one moving along with the surface of the earth as it rotates on its axis, but most people don't care about the physics - for them the stars move). The problem with Polaris is that in light polluted skies it can look pretty dim, and where I am in Afghanistan (Kabul) that is a real problem along with all of the dust and smoke in the air. So I picked a brighter star which complicates things because of the apparent motion, but allows you to easily see what it is you are supposed to be looking for next so for me it was worth the extra effort involved. In any case, center the star you picked in the eyepiece (this won't last long if not Polaris - see what I mean by "extra effort?) and defocus until you see a circular glob of concentric circles. They probably won't be concentric yet which is what you're going to fix next, but if they are, stop because you're done.Something worth noting here: allow your telescope to cool down (or heat up) to the outside ambient temperature before looking at the glob or attempting further collimation. You're wasting your time if you don't follow this step.Now go to the back of the telescope and loosen the lock screws. Making sure the star you picked is still centered in your eyepiece move the adjustment screws until the circles on that glob of light are concentric. As you adjust a screw the star will move away from the center of the eyepiece. Make ONE small adjustment and then recenter the star in your eyepiece before making another. Remember to try make adjustments by TIGHTENING screws as opposed to loosening them. Another hint: looking on the glob, when the circles are not concentric you will see widening spaces to one side. Adjust the mirror in that direction then recenter in the eyepiece. Take your time doing this. Not getting it right is not an option if you want to use this telescope and it will take time unless you are naturally good at this sort of thing. I'm not, it take me quite a few hours over a couple of nights to get it OK and I still have some work to do on it.All of my detrimental comments aside, I am enjoying learning about and using this telescope. Would I recommend it to a beginner like me? Absolutely not! If you are a beginner and want to look at things "out of the box" get yourself a refractor and spend as much as you can afford on it. Believe it or not, I had a lot more fun with the Celestron 70 mm travel scope than I had with all the headaches I've gone through with this one. Easier to use, easier to maintain, no collimation required. I did have to upgrade the tripod and add a small finely adjustable tilt thingy to get around the pain of pointing it at what I wanted to see and keeping it pointed there, and that cost more than the telescope itself but it was worth every penny. Is this telescope better than the travel telescope? Hands down, once you get it at least somewhat collimated as mine is now, but it is a huge learning curve! 1More than worth the money!I could not say enough good things about this telescope. Because of the price, I was expecting something cheaply made and flimsy and delicate to where I would have to be really careful with it. NOPE! This thing is definitely worth the price. On the first night, I took it out to look at the moon just to test it out. This shows great detail and it was easy to operate and use the finder to locate the moon without having to more the stand or telescope itself.As other users pointed out, the stand is kinda flimsy if you extend all the way out. The way I see it though, the quality of the telescope outweighs the quality of the stand. For the price this is a great deal. My friend who has a telescope for which he paid 10 dollars less than this one was convinced to get rid of the other one and get this one. And a couple of other friends are getting it as well. I totally recommend it.5great valueThis little telescope is really nice for the price. Smooth and works well. I did have one problem with the adjustment cables and a quick email to the company and they sent me two sets (4) replacement cables! This thing is great if you take the time to set it up correctly. The moon looks amazing and even with the eyepieces that come with it, you can see Saturn and rings in a clear night. Worth it to get some other intermediary eye pieces.Update: I contacted Celestron about the cables, and within a week or so they sent me 2 more sets of adjustment cables for free. The telescope is back in action and last night, I caught a very clear view of Saturn, rings and all. It was incredible!5Easier than a Reflector Scope with excellent clarity and good adult beginner TelescopeTerrific beginner scope for adults or families that can teach older children it's use. A little more complicated to use the Equatorial mount than a simpler alt-az mount but necessary to learn how to find faint objects using the North Star polar aligned mount and star maps. The 80 mm objective lens is a good size for the money and provides good clear sharp images from stunning views of the moon and some planets to nebulla.If you are a beginner, don't be overwhelmed by the appearance and instructions for polar aligning and use of the mount. It's very much worth the effort to learn. I recommend YOUTUBE videos on use of Equatorial mounts. I found Dean Fuller's video too fast but very good and after just a couple of repeated views was an old hat at using the telescope as this was my first Equatorial mount.The eyepieces are very good and I chose to buy a 2x Barlow lens to replace the supplied 3x Barlow lens.The finder scope is a challenge to align and use as it seems to be too close to the tube and difficult to hold a solid alignment. I bought a better finder scope and it works out much better and holds alignment between uses.An issue occurred with the mount still under warranty and I received dependable, fast, rock solid, exemplary service.I also have another Celestron; an Astromaster 130EQ Reflector with similar excellent image clarity.I managed to observe the Cassini divide in the rings of Saturn and the red spot and bands of Jupiter and four moons during moments of atmospheric stability on a good viewing night with the 80 EQ.5Superb Optics out of the Box ! Nice Solid Equatorial Mount.This is a review specifically for the Celestron PS 114mm EQ.I got this as a gift from my daughter. After using it a few nights, I did check the mirror collimation with the $28 Celestron 1.25" collimation eyepiece (which I already had). The mirror alignment was very very close, so it needed only minimal adjustment which had no observable effects. On the third night I was able to see the moon (again) and the Orion nebula at various magnification (20mm eyepiece with and without Barlow). I was also able to see - with a Celestron Ploessel 9mm eyepiece - Jupiter and it four moons, the two main cloud stripes on Jupiter itself, and maybe some weaker ones. And the shadow of one moon on Jupiter itself, a tiny black dot near one of the poles. I do like the lightweight aluminum mount as well, it is solid if the legs are not completely extended, and it is light enough to carry around without getting a hernia. The finder scope works well for me, just in case I re-align it every time I take the telescope out.This telescope is very sharp, and a very good value right out of the box. And easy to focus. Five stars!!EDIT: Recently (February) I did buy and install the Celestron motor drive ($33 on Amazon) and it works perfectly. Once the motor drive speed is adjusted properly with the small knob (which is fairly easy to do), it keeps say Jupiter centered for close to an hour with a 7mm eyepiece. Note that the drive speed only needs to be set once, for a given latitude.Note that the Celestron 127EQ and 114EQ are quite similar in design and price, nevertheless this one has a much longer tube and does not have a correcting eyepiece in the focus tube, which seems to make it significantly sharper, or at least much easier to collimate.Recently (April) I got an inexpensive laser collimator (lk1 from seben dot com, identical to the orion lasermate) and tried it on this scope, even though it did not seem to need it. The whole job is very easy, takes less than 5-10 mins if you know what to do (there is no focuser lens in the focusing tube, this is NOT a Bird-Jones design!). The adjustments were minimal and there was no noticeable change in sharpness, as I said above mine was flawless out of the box. Look in the picture section to see my recent picture of Jupiter. Best additions to this telescope are imo the $30 Celestron motor drive (I love it!), a better quality achromatic $40 Celestron 2x Omni Barlow, and a 9mm Celestron Omni eyepiece($20 ; the telescope seems capable of a lot more than what the rather basic included eyepieces suggest). You will then be in telescope heaven, for very little money.I have also found that this scope is quite well suited to astrophotography of the planets, in my case in combination with the very reliable Celestron clock drive (have not changed a battery yet on that on in three months of use) and an inexpensive webcam (a logitech C310 in my case).PS. Added pictures of Jupiter and the Moon (April 2014). Added more pictures of Jupiter and Mars, on the latter I can clearly see one of the polar ice caps (April 2014). Took a nice picture of the Cassini division on Saturn (May 2014). Added another excellent picture I got of Jupiter on a very clear day (March 2015), you can clearly see multiple rings as well as details of the main ring clouds.5This is a great telescope for the price This is a great telescope for the price, you probably won't find much better than this. First off, I would recommend losing the finder scope that comes with this, and get a red dot finder, you will save yourself much frustration. I picked up a Gosky red dot finder for pretty cheap and aligned it with the telescope pretty easily and it works so much better. I also picked up a collimation eyepiece as well to help out with getting this properly collimated, it took a little bit of patience but after doing so it made a drastic difference in focus and clarity. Most importantly, be patient and take the time to learn how to use it if you have never used an EQ mount before. I had not, but I took the time to watch videos and read instructions before the telescope got here and it helped drastically. Still took some time to get familiar with it but once you've got it figured out it is quite simple to use. Take the time to figure out how to properly balance with the counterweight as well, and you will save yourself much headache. That is a very important step and you will be frustrated if you do not properly balance it first. The mount is a bit shaky when using the higher power lenses, but after all this is not a super expensive telescope. If that is important to you, I would recommend forking over more money to get either a power drive for your mount, or just buying a more expensive mount that will probably be significantly more expensive. I am very much an amateur at this and don't use it every day, so this setup is perfect for me without having to spend too much money on a highly expensive setup. I was able to see the moon quite easily, I usually start out the evening by finding the moon first and focusing in on it to get things situated and lined up, then move on to other points in sky. I was able to see Jupiter and its moons quite clearly, as well as Saturn and was able to make out the rings which was breathtaking. For something like that, make sure you get familiar with using the knobs to make small adjustments, keep in mind all points in the sky are constantly moving from our point of view, so as soon as you are centered and focused on something you will have to continually adjust to keep up with the moving object in sky. Overall, I have had a blast with this telescope and would very highly recommend it for the price. If you are not a novice at this, you will probably want to buy something more expensive, but for me this was absolutely perfect and I love it! 5then the views are pretty good for the price you pay You definitely will need some patience to use this scope. The collimation process on this scope is a nightmare. The instruction manual is weak in this regard and Celestron really should update it to help getting this telescope aligned. This is a bird-jones type reflector. Do your research on this before purchase. If you visit various astronomy forums and ask about this scope, most people will tell you to avoid it because of the time you will be spending collimating it.After you spent time collimating it, then the views are pretty good for the price you pay. Not great, but you get what you pay for. I could see the 2 main bands on Jupiter and the moons, the rings of Saturn, but struggled to see the Cassini division. The moon looks great. M4 and M13 could also be seen and looked decent.I highly recommend some better eyepieces. The 20mm with the 3x barlow isn't too bad but the 4mm eyepiece was garbage. Maybe I just got a bad one.The tripod and mount is the real weak point here. The slightest breezes will cause shaking. With a good polar alignment, the slo-mo controls will help with tracking your object. This is the benefits with using an EQ mount where you will only need to turn one knob to keep your object in view.The finder scope isn't to great either. It is to easy to bump it and lose alignment with the OTA. The mounting of this finder scope could be better, but it will work.Assembly of this scope was super easy for me. Barely needed the manual to put this together. It is pretty straight forward.I am on the fence about recommending this scope. If you don't have any patience, then no. If you have a cool calm head and willing to take this apart and get things aligned, then for $150 this scope really isn't that bad. Like I said, the views are pretty decent. 3Good for the price, but maybe spend more to avoid Bird-Jones This is a decent telescope for the price, but you probably want the AstroMaster 114EQ for $50 more. Echoing at least one other review, the 127EQ is a Bird-Jones telescope, which means there's a lens at the bottom of the focuser tube that you have to remove to laser collimate it (line up the mirrors). The mounting for the spotting scope is, quite frankly, a joke, leading to it having Storm-Trooper-level bad aim, no matter how often you zero it in. The tripod isn't too bad, but the equatorial mount has a habit of working its locking screws loose, making it hard to use the slow motion knobs. The included plastic-body Barlow stripped out the second night (it's M3, so easy to just re-tap if you have a metric shop). All that aside, Celestron did a great job of getting reasonably good optics down to a super low price. I was after a scope I wouldn't mind abusing in some experimentation, and this is definitely that. But I do regret not reading up more and spending $50 more on the 114EQ. 3Nice Telescope with a few Mirror Alignment Issues I got this one as a Christmas gift. It seemed like a good telescope for basic astronomy, with many nice features. But I was initially quite disappointed by the fact that the images seemed rather blurry. It took me two weeks to correct this problem, to the point where now I am finally starting to like it.I should add that the telescope had probably traveled a few miles around the globe when it got to me, but the box and packaging were in pretty good shape when it arrived.When I got it, I initially compared it to another $50 reflector, the Celestron 76 mm Discovery, and the results were very disappointing, the smaller one was much sharper. I spent hours reading on the Celestron and other sites on how to adjust collimation with a simple "hole in the cap" and got nowhere. The image was always relatively blurry. Day or night, polaris or no polaris.I later bought the Celestron 24mm to 8mm zoom eyepiece, which allows me to zoom in without changing eyepiece, and it works very well on the smaller 76mm telescope, but again blurry images on this one.After quickly becoming an expert on reflector collimation, I noticed that nothing seemed collimated properly. I guess they don't even try at the factory on this one? I decided to order a Celestron 1.25" collimation eyepiece ($30), which can be useful in aligning the optics (the two mirrors) in reflectors like this one. I tried it out on this one, and got repeatedly confused on what should be seen in what reflection when you adjust this or that. I spent entire afternoons fiddling with secondary versus primary mirror adjustments, achieving virtually nothing as far as improved sharpness is concerned. I did replace the secondary mirror alignment screws with better stainless steel ones that would not strip, they are metric m4.I then tried to collimate this thing on the North Star (Polaris) and that is, for this one, another pure fantasy. The reason is that Polaris is faint, and every time you move a mirror by a tiny bit (as explained in the Celestron instruction) the star just darts out of view in the eyepiece. More frustration and still no luck in getting this thing in focus. Lastly, I ditched all the Celestron recommendations on day and night collimation (using either the celestron collimation eyepiece or the "ring pattern" for out of focus point sources) and did instead the "EYE-DOCTOR TEST" :I wanted to see how sharp I can get this one, when there is no wind, no shake, no atmospherics, no moving planet, no mist etc. So I placed the telescope at one end of a long corridor in my house, and a nice clean printed envelope with some sharp text on it at the other end. With this method (which I seemingly invented, as it is not described anywhere in the instructions nor on the Celestron site) I was finally able to adjust (by very small increments) the three screws on the secondary mirror till I FINALLY got a nice sharp picture of the writing on the letter. Note that this last procedure did NOT require the collimating eyepiece! Just the regular 4mm eyepiece that comes with the telescope. Success!As a by product, I found that in fact in the end all three eyepieces work rather well, down to the 4mm which is a bit faint, the 20mm with the 3X Barlow is better.Now I can finally see the main two stripes on Jupiter and the Orion Nebula with some clarity. In conclusion:Plusses : Potentially sharp optics and large aperture. Reasonable price. Sturdy mounts. Useful eyepieces.Cons: Imo optics needs to be carefully aligned by the method described here. Mine was definitely NOT aligned and, initially, as a result disappointingly blurry.EDIT: After a few more weeks of use (February 2014), I spent some time using the Celestron collimation 1.25" eyepiece ($28 here on Amazon). My conclusion is that it is a very useful, if not essential, tool for this telescope. To avoid any further issues due to my previous messing around, I first screwed in the secondary mirror (by loosening up the three alignment screws, and pulling in the secondary mirror all the way in until it barely touches the mount), and later pulled out the primary mirror as well(by pulling out all six screws until the whole unit comes out, then reinserting the mirror after making sure the secondary was pointing the right way, straight to the back). Then, using the Celestron collimation eyepiece with its crosshair, I carefully adjusted the secondary and primary orientations (three screws for each mirror) until all the crosshairs overlapped perfectly. In other words, the crosshair in the eyepiece has to overlap perfectly with its reflection through mirrors 1 and 2, and back to the eyepiece. This takes time and patience. After having done that, the image quality seems pretty good and rather sharp. I went down to about 8mm, I don't recommend getting lower than that. The best setup for this one is the 20mm eyepiece, either by itself or with the included 3x Barlow (which then gives 20/3 = ca. 7mm). I also got some Ploessel eyepieces, but they will do you no good if the mirrors aren't aligned first.PPS. I found (April 2014) that the best way to collimate this (Bird-Jones or catadioptric design)telescope and get nice sharp images is to remove the focusing lens at the bottom of the focusing tube (takes 10 mins), align the secondary and primary mirrors with an inexpensive LASER collimator (mine is an LK1 $30 from seben dot com, takes another 10 mins to do this part), put the corrector lens back in and reinsert the focusing tube (don't touch the lens with your hands, takes around 5 mins). With this method the results are guaranteed to be reproducible and consistent. The images are then consistently sharp.PPPS. The other day (June 2014)I talked at length to a very nice and helpful person at Celestron technical support (Will?). He suggested to check the following thing. The secondary (smaller, flat) mirror is oval-shape and mounted right under the focusing tube, held in place by three (outside)-plus-one (center) screws. Now put a focusing cap (just an eyepiece cap with a small 1mm hole in the center) at the (top) end of the focusing tube. Then make absolutely sure (after you take again very carefully the correcting lens out of the focusing tube) that the inside of the focusing tube and the secondary mirror, as viewed through the focuser, are perfectly concentric when you view them through the hole in the cap. That is, the secondary mirror has to be perfectly centered when viewed from the top of the focusing tube. Note that the secondary mirror is oval shaped, but will look like a perfect disc when tilted at about 45 degrees. On mine this required several turns on the (secondary) center screw. After this is done, make also sure that the tilt on the secondary mirror is such that you can see the center of the primary mirror (on mine I put a black pen mark at the dead center). Now re-align the secondary and primary mirrors with a laser (in my case), with the cap with a hole, or a cheshire eyepiece. Then put back the correcting lens in the focuser, and you are done. The end result is that on mine it improved the sharpness a bit (I did the eyedoctor test again). I was also able to see more detail on Saturn with a standard 9mm eyepiece, will try taking a few pictures soon.PPPPS: This telescope really shines (due to the light gathering abilities of it's fairly large mirror) when you want to look at fainter objects. Recently we had good viewing conditions and I had a chance to look the the Great Cluster in Hercules (M13), the Lagoon Nebula (M8), the Omega Nebula (M17), and two more star clusters in the same general region (M4 and M62). I took some fairly nice pictures of these objects with a Sony HX200 camera (30x zoom) mounted piggyback on the telescope, using the Celestron motor drive for the 127EQ and long 30sec exposures at 800ISO. See the pictures I posted on the right. I was surprised how well the telecope mount, equipped with the Celestron $30 clockdrive, works when taking long exposures.PPPPPS: It's October, seven months after I did the laser collimation, and everything is still fine and exactly the same. That tells me that the collimation on this one only needs to be done once, maybe if it gets out of whack during shipping. After that there's no need - unless you bump it or drop it badly. At least that's my experience.PPPPPPS: It is end of February 2015 now, and I had some very good views of the great Nebula in Orion M42. The scope is still perfectly collimated since almost a year ago, last time I did the collimation with a laser. Again, the message here is that if you spend the time to collimate it properly and don't bump it after that, it will stay sharp almost forever ... Btw I love the $32 celestron R/A single axis motor drive on these telescope, and in my opinion it is a very worthwhile investment. Objects stay in view for almost an hour w/o adjustments. 4A great telescope that is easy to use right out of the box!I'm a beginner skywatcher, and I wanted to purchase a telescope that would allow me to see the planets, the moon, and nebulas right out of the box. I didn't want to collimate (whatever that is) my telescope every time I use it. So, instead of purchasing a reflector telescope (which required collimating), I got a refractor telescope. I was concerned that I would not see much because I am in the middle of a light-polluted city. My telescope arrived on 7/19/19 at 8 pm. I was able to assemble it in 35 minutes by following a YouTube video. I don't know the names of the different parts of my telescope, nor do I know how to use the different eyepieces correctly. I just put my new telescope on my patio and angeled it towards the brightest star in the early evening. I adjusted the control knobs until the star came into sharp focus. I wasn't looking at a star. I was looking at Jupiter, and Jupiter had three moons orbiting it! I giggled with joy. I spotted another star southeast of Jupiter. I focused on it. Again, it wasn't a star; it was Saturn with its prominent ring and one moon! Its 11 pm and I'm still star gazing and attempting to take pictures with my cellphone. I tried using the 3x Barlow, but I couldn't see anything. I used the 20 mm and the 4 mm eyepieces to view Jupiter and Saturn and their moons. I'm going to purchase a 2x Barlow, a light pollution filter, a moon filter, and a solar filter. I'm happy with my purchase. I'm going to go back outside and hunt for nebulas!5Awesome scope for beginners.So I was in the market for an astroscope for my kids. It's been decades since I used to truck my newtonian reflector around and when I dug it out in the garage, I just didn't want to tackle the job of pulling it back from the brink and getting it into shape.I read some fairly pannish reviews of the Celestron basic scopes online, including a fairly pannish review of this one, but I went with it anyway because it seemed that the price couldn't be beaten for an 80mm refractor.I was apprehensive, but I need not have worried. Optics are great, very well aligned, very easy and smooth to focus, with very little in the way of chromatic aberration or visual defects. Got ahold of a variety of Plossl eyepieces from 26mm down to 4.x mm and have now had a chance to use all of them. Found all to be very usable.The tripod is excellent for this price and I'm not going out on a limb to say that if you had to just buy the tripod from a science shop, you'd pay more in a retail store for the tripod alone. It's well made, the fine adjustments work well and are precise and modular, and it's just generally very robust.This is a delightful beginner scope at a very, very affordable price and I really can't find anything to complain about. The reviews for this scope on hobbyist sites specifically mentioned a lackluster tripod, iffy optics, and a lackluster set of eyepieces included. I find all of these complaints to be either verrry nitpicky or just plain wrong.The kids have already spent several evenings breathlessly exploring the surface of the moon in very good detail, and we've taken a few shots through it as well with a camera phone that turned out very nicely.I guess if you're a serious hobbyist that has a $1k+ scope that you take to meet-ups or something then this may seem like an amateur piece. But if you're just a family looking to explore the sky and get excited while doing it, this fits the bill perfectly, and is a significantly better choice (IMO) than the 70mm scopes or scopes with worse tripods that will only save you $30-$50.I'd argue that this scope strikes precisely the right balance between "serious" and "affordable" for any family with a couple curious, science-minded kids ready to pick up a new hobby. Then, if they get really into it, spend 4x-10x as much later, in a few years, when they really outgrow this scope which won't happen for a while.5AWESOME SCOPEFirst of all, knowledge does not come with any telescope. That is on you and if you don't want to work and study at it, astronomy isn't for you. HOWEVER, My six year old son and I have had a ball with this scope. Jupiter and its moons are brilliant. Saturn and its rings are fabulous. But you cant see all that with this or any other telescope without the right lenses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bought a meade 12.4 and a 6 mm lenses and this telescope came to life. The lenses are the trick!!! I live in Birmingham Alabama and I can see all the planets fine. All that light pollution stuff is bull. That is for people wanting to see far far away objects. If you don't like to work at something then astronomy isn't for you. I would talk more but my son and I have to go look at a beautiful view of Saturn. I have my whole neighborhood looking at the planets!!! All this scope needs is a little knowledge, a few you tube videos, and LENSES. THE LENSES ARE LIKE EYEGLASSES, WITHOUT THEM YOU WILL NOT SEE ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!5
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  • PERFECT BEGINNERS TELESCOPE: The Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ is an easy-to-use and powerful telescope. The PowerSeeker series is designed to give the first-time telescope user the perfect combination of quality, value, features, and power.
  • MANUAL GERMAN EQUATORIAL MOUNT: Navigate the sky with our refractor telescope. It features a German Equatorial mount with a slow-motion altitude rod for smooth and accurate pointing. Adjust rod to desired position, then easily secure by tightening cross knob.
  • COMPACT AND PORTABLE: This telescope for adults and kids to be used together is compact, lightweight, and portable. Take the telescope to your favorite campsite or dark sky observing site, or simply the backyard.
  • MULTIPLE ACCESSORIES: The Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope features 2 eyepieces (20mm and 4mm), erect image diagonal, finderscope, plus a 3x Barlow lens to triple the power of each. Accessories also include a FREE download of one of the top consumer rated astronomy software programs.
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MUCH BETTER SCOPES OUT THERE it was a great scope for the first 10 days i had it i saw the moon jupiter and saturn with great detail! and even some bright stars in the light polluted city i lived in. until the 11th day when i realized that the telescope was finally out of collimation. the collimation process is an absolute nightmare and i still cant manage to collimate it. and it doesnt have a center mark for collimation and u cant remove the mirror without screwing up the tube please dont ever buy this as your beginner scope and to add insult to injury i live near the equator the equatorial mount is basically useless where i live because i cant even polar align the damn thing i should have just spent a few more dollars and bought a dobsonian.(119 usd plus 82 dollar shipping) = 201 usd lesson for meNOTE dont even buy bird jones type reflectors that use spherical mirrors and a lens in the focuser tube. buy parabolic reflectors there are much much easier to use 1REACH FOR THE STARS!! I have no comparison for this other than the more simplistic Refractor Telescope my father got me as a kid...so now the circle continues, as I got this for my own son. This is the type I always dreamed of getting as a kid, but back then these were in the $500 range and easily too much for my parents growing up. The price point on this for what it offers is awesome, and I selected this after about 6-8 hours of reviewing specs, feedback, and much contemplation. It was this or the 114mm longer tube version, and I opted for this in the end (I figured this had a little more power and it looked more portable than the longer tube of the 114, since we have to go somewhere to view the sky due to the forested yard we have). We have taken it out twice now, & I was NOT disappointed, HOWEVER, a few pointers will definitely help if you're thinking of getting this, to give you the best success chance possible:1) What i read about was VERY true--buy a telecope for the tube itself, NOT the eyepieces it comes with. After MUCH searching I decided upon a zoomable eyepiece to buy along with this:http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-93230-24mm-1-25-Eyepiece/dp/B0007UQNV8I figured this would be a nice way to avoid having to replace eyepieces (it comes with a 20mm and 4mm, and comparing those to this zoomable one is night 7 day difference...the quality and the versatility of the zoomable blows the stock ones out of the water). Its especially nice to start in the 24mm (24x) place, align everything, find your target & focus, then zoom in on it (even with the barlow for additional zooming power), refocus slightly and then enjoy the sight! We successfully located and watched both mars & saturn on our first 2 attempts (using only the free google skymap app for Android to help us locate the planets). What they say about the rings of saturn are so true...you will never forget the first time you see them. It IS a bit small, but you can make them out if everything is in focus and you dont touch the the telescope once everything is in view (until the planet moves out of the field of view, in which case the fine-tune movements of the telescope really shines!). All in all, buy this telescope NOT for the eyepieces, but for the tube itself, which is one of the bets values from everything I have seen. If you pair it with any non-stock eyepiece you will not be disappointed! If you choose not to go with this zoomable one I mention here (that the only additional thing I got for this when I first bought it), even though the price is very reasonable currently @ $51, I'd recommend the 9mm one from Celestron (currently about $20). The stock 20mm eyepiece is "ok" but the stock 4mm I found utterly useless. At least the 9mm aftermarket eyepiece gives you about a 2X zoom vs. the stock 20mm. And then you have to decide if the stock 3X barlow (see next) is worth using at all either.2) BARLOW. Had no idea what this was before I bought this or started researching info about telescopes. Basically its a zooming piece for your normal eyepieces. The stock version that comes with this is "ok" but I dont have anything (yet) to compare it against. Lets just say it "works" to some extent, but all the reviews I read about said this one sucked...to go after an aftermarket 2x or 3x. From all the reviews and research I've gathered, and now using the stock version, I'd say I'd have to agree in all likelihood. Due to this, and since my son seems to have really enjoyed our first 2 outings, I decided to take the next step & get a combo 2x barlow that also serves as a T-adapter to allow for photography! At only $45, that seems like a really good deal, especially since the 3X barlow I found from Celestron was around $80. The 2x combo can be found here:http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-Adapter-Barlow-Universal-T-Ring/dp/B00009X3UVI can't say for sure how this will be, but I can tell you it certainly cant be worse than the stock 3x, which seemed very cheaply made (again you buy the telescope for the mirror & tube). Paired with the zoomable aftermarket 8-24mm eyepiece mentioned above and I think itll be a slam dunk. Plus it allows for adapting for use with a digital camera (well possibly non-digital as well, but we have a sony DSLR that should work with the T-adapter for the model we have, which was only about $10...for $55 I get an aftermarket 2x barlow that adapts to allow a DSLR...pretty decent!).3) Other accessories: I have not chosen to get any more than I have listed here, but there was 1 have to mention that I may have to invest in at a later time. One of the concerns about the Newtonian scopes (this is one) was the possibility of having to correct/adjust the mirrors. I chose not to buy the collimator (adjusting tool) out of the box, but was prepared to buy either the cheaper $20 one or possibly the more expensive but from all I can see, more worth it, laser-optics one for about $70. Thankfully it seems my scope did not need it out of the box, but I suspect the lower star reviews that say it didnt work out of the box either had the rare scope that needed it from the get-go, or else the more likely scenario, is that the patience needed to align the finder mini-scope on top of the tube, with the eyepiece view (using the 20mm or in my case, the much better zoomable 8-24x eyepiece, which allows for a much wider field of view than even the 20mm stock) was probably the major factor in most of the low reviews. Having done my research I knew it would require patience when using (see more on that below) and it paid off hugely when you have a 6 yr old and an 8yr old wildly ecstatic with waiting a half-hour to get Saturn's rings into view...see below for details).3) With the accessories out of the way, lets talk about SETUP & USE. First, for setup, I was very meticulous about it and very careful, but from opening the box to final setup & cleanup, I was done in an hour. NO TOOLS were required. Just a touch of patience and carefulness. Seemed very reasonable to me.4) USE: as I mentioned we have taken this out on 2 outings already (have had it less than a week) and both times were widly successful. I have to say that its really useful to have google's free skymap with you when you use this, or even another product I got from Amazon, called Stellarium. Both are good apps and do things a little differently. Together they made finding the planets a breeze and helped us find, focus, and enjoy the views VERY quickly. Both mars & Saturn were easily found using the apps, mars being the easier one to figure out even without the app, due to its orange-tinge color.First, we aligned the mini-scope on top (finder scope) using a distant cell tower as a target (rem the images are UPSIDE DOWN, which when viewing stellar objects is not a big deal). Once we had this aligned (took about 5-10 mins) we located mars, and due to the patience of doing the finder scope, we saw mars in the unzoomed 24x eyepiece ON THE FIRST TRY. So do not skip this step if you can!Now, when we first viewed mars it was a huge fuzzy, hazy blob, with the crosshairs intersected it (in the eyepiece, not the finder scope). I knew we had to focus. So in less than 30 seconds we had it focused and viola! The orange "star" (aka, mars) was seen! The kids were ecstatic! But i told them this was just the beginning :). I zoomed in with the zoomable eyepiece and we could actually make out the slightly crescent shape of mars. But the real goal was saturn's rings! One of the kids had to use the restroom but they said they'd hold it till we saw saturn. I was up against the clock now. but in my 30 mins of use thus far I knew we could do this!In less than 5 minutes later I had saturn in view at low power with rings clearly visible! Kids were in awe (as was i!) and we even tried the 3x barlow (stock). For this, i found that zooming in past about halfway was not very useful. the image was a bit fuzzy. the 3x barlow at 20-24x was good though. I later discovered that this was probably the upper end of the scope's ability to magnify, roughly 250-300X maximum without image distortion/loss. Thus, going back to the barlow section eariler, is why I think a 2X barlow will be great, using the maximum zoom of the eyepiece (8mm).FURTHER THOUGHTS: I hope you have enjoyed my "journey" described here and maybe help someone else decide if this telescope or Astronomy endeavor is worth it and which one to go after. The more expensive motorized ones are probably worth it if you are really into Astronomy, but I could nto afford them (they start around $300 for 114mm scopes, which is pretty reasonable), or the $250+ Dobsonians (non motorized but even more powerful than this one) are a good option too. But i suspect with the low-cost additions I already have ordered noted above, this scope will do just find for now. Plus they have an motorized addition for this thats only around $35, but it does not auto-track. If you align everything properly reviews have said it does help a lot. Thats something else I may invest in down the line. All in all, for under $200 starting, I got this scope & the aftermarket zoomable eyepiece which I almost call a must. For around another $50 you can get an aftermarket barlow that even opens up some astrophotography (but I am sure thats going to take a lot of patience to be successful from what i have read). Good luck and REACH FOR THE STARS! :) 5Impressed at firstThis is a perfect scope for the price range! The whole assembly is moderately heavy. The tripod legs are not very rigid but if you tighten the top screws it will help alot. My first order had to be replaced due to several metal shavings on the back side of the objective lens. I was impressed at first untill i saw the shavings, but i must say my replacement has cured the negativity i had towards the product. The eq mount is solid and tracks very good at 180x magnification. The replacement came quickly and seems to not have any major issues. Rest assured Amazon Customer service has you covered if you have problems. Other than the metal shavings causing distortion in my original order; the replacement seems to be great. Do yourself a favor if you order this and purchase the astromaster accessory kit. The astromaster kit works with this scope and is well worth $50. I also suggest getting a sighting compass (brunton9077) it will really help with polar alignment. This product is capable of showing jupiter quite well and several nebula. Although nothing like the photos most of us see on tv you will still be stunned by the beauty it can reveal. I would not recommend this for anyone under 13 years old. Don't be shy about an eq mounted telesope, the standard manual has enough info to get you accustomed to it. You also get wonderful software with this and it very well could replace the need of buying star charts. The included eye pieces and accessories are of medium low quality but are fine for planet viewing. The 4mm alone is more than enough for this scope @ 225x it will give good veiws of planet and nebulas. Also the astromaster kit comes with color filters that really help contrast the cloud bands of jupiter and the outer rings of saturn. This product would make a teen or adult an awsome holiday present.4Good quality telescope and adjustments/mediocre standDisclaimer: This is my first, non-toy telescope.PROs:The image I got out of this telescope was beautiful. At the lowest level of magnification, the moon barely fit in the view, and allowed for crisp viewing of craters, mountain ridges, and other lunar features. At first the moon didn't even appear round for how clearly the mountain ranges on the visible edges of the moon appeared.The telescopes adjustments are nicely put together, and very sturdy.CONs:Although the base for the telescope it nicely built, the stand is pretty cheap by comparison. This can make it hard to view with at times, as the lightest touch will cause the telescope to shake pretty badly... which due to it's high level of magnification, any wobbly is extremely noticeable. I will note that this is a very minor complaint, and if I could, this would be a 4.5 star review, not a 4.Not the best for younger users. Due to its high level of magnification, it can be difficult to line up the site accurately enough to be usable, unless you've had a lot of practice doing so before hand. And if the site is off, it makes it near impossible to point at anything other than the moon. I spent nearly an hour trying to train it onto Mars (which is at its closest approach this year).4Amazing Beginners ScopeI bought this telescope after ages of stargazing, but I finally decided to go ahead and buy one, this was the right choice, now that I've been an astronomer for over 6 months I wish I would have learned more helpful tips of this earlier.Some tips - Don't use the latitude control on the mount, that is the screw that causes the scope to angle itself up or down, set that to your current latitude on the earth and leave it like that. - Learn how to use Right Ascension and Declination, that will make finding things in the sky so much easier, just say look up Messier 31 (the Andromeda Galaxy), find the right ascension and declination of that, and you are pointing at it- For right ascension and declination, you have to polar align, this is done by setting the latitude control (AKA the thing I was referring to in the first tip) and point the telescope towards the north, you should be looking at Polaris! (the North Star) and then after that try some right ascension and declination and you should be looking at what you want. If you are not pointing you need to change the declination to negative or positive depending on what way it is, so don't panic if you polar align it and you point it at say M31 and it's not showing, you're just pointing it the wrong way.That being said, this is an amazing beginners scope, easy to set up and take outside, you can see some beautiful things like the rings of Saturn, the stars of Pleiades, and much more!5Great Scope!!! This scope catches a lot of flack in the forums and here. Let me demystify some of the bad reviews.1) Collimation This telescope can be collimated easily by eye, if you want to collimate with a laser, you'll have to remove the corrective lens in the focuser tube. If you love to tinker knock yourself out however, this isn't the most powerful scope you can buy so, eye collimation is more than enough to be happy.2) The finder scope is unusable While I agree, it's not the best finder scope out there and lining it up with the telescope can take a long time but, it is possible with time and patients. It's also replaceable so if you don't like it, get another one. (note: it is a scope and not a finder, the image is reversed in the finder)3) I can't see anything out of this thing You need to collimate the scope and line up the finder scope, the instructions are in the manual for eye collimation (tip: back the focuser tube all the way out when you collimate, doing this will let you see both the secondary mirror and the primary, also note, this went through shipping and if it arrived with all the mirrors aligned and ready to go, get a power ball ticket because you'd be the luckiest person on the planet4) The Barlow is useless Please google and youtube what a barlow is and how to use them, it's not a true lens and once you find out its true purpose, it'll make more sense5) The 4mm lens is useless See my comment on the barlow, using the barlow with the 4mm will tame things a bit, also, get a lens and filter kit with a 15mm and a 9mm lens.6) The Telescope doesn't stay put on the tripod. The counterweight on this telescope is not for looks, you need to use it to balance the telescope on the eq mount. when the counter weight is properly balanced, you can put the telescope in any position on the right ascension axis and it'll stay put. The Telescope itself also has to be balanced front to back in the mounting hoops (youtube it, there are a billion tutorials on how to do this.) One last comment on this issue is, do not try to push the telescope into position with the clutches locked, use the controls on the tripod to position the scope, if you need to make big adjustments, loosen the clutches (should be OK because your telescope is balanced) position the scope to the general area of viewing, lock the clutches and use the controls to fine tune. If you push the scope around with the clutches locked you're manhandling the gears that the controls are attached to and you can push them out of whack, don't do this.Here's the deal, this is a marvelous telescope for UNDER 200 American green backs!!! When properly set up, balanced and overall ready to view, it's a great scope and it's a lot of fun. Buying upgrades for the scope will add to your viewing pleasure. Yes you can see our planetary neighbors, the moon looks fantastic, in a dark place, you can see some deeper space stuff.Is this a good scope for beginners? Yes I think it is, backyard astronomy is not a plug and play out of the box and looking at Jupiter kind of deal. A telescope is a pretty sensitive thing that takes a little love. If you're just starting out and collimation, calibration and generic tinkering is not your thing, this may not be your hobby, heck aside from sitting on the couch, I don't know what hobby doesn't require a little hands on setup and tinkering.Finding stuff in the sky is hard, small movements at the scope have a huge impact on where you're looking in the sky, youtube is your friend, so is google. 5This telescope is being sold as a great scope for beginners with very easy set up This telescope is being sold as a great scope for beginners with very easy set up. It is neither of those things. I have been trying for a couple of months to collimate this telescope and nothing appears to work. Yes, I removed the lens from the focuser and used a laser collimator to align the mirrors. Images remain blurry no matter which eyepiece I use. Yes, I made sure the laser collimator was properly aligned before starting. There is a long and informative post on this site that explains in great detail how to collimate this telescope. None of the procedures outlined worked for me. If you decide to buy this telescope despite what I have written here then I wish you the best of luck with it.Update 01/01/17: I am slowly getting this scope into alignment. If you're new to Newtonian telescopes and you're going to insist on buying one of these I urge you to get a collimation tool. I bought a laser, but I probably would have been better off with a Cheshire.You cannot be afraid to take this telescope apart, because you will be doing it a lot before you actually get to the point where you can take it outside and see things. It is a time consuming process because the nuts are not welded to the large tube. The first thing you need to do before proceeding is take out the lens at the bottom of the focuser. You can do this by extending the focuser all the way out and removing the three screws holding it to the tube being careful not to drop the nuts. After removing the lens reinstall the focuser and retract it until it hits the stop. If your telescope was like mine, you will notice that the small secondary mirror is WAY forward toward the primary mirror instead of centered on the focuser. At this point on page 26 of the instruction manual it will tell you "DO NOT loosen or tighten the center screw in the secondary mirror support". Ignore this instruction. Move the mirror back toward the spider (or forward away from the spider if your mirror is out of alignment in that direction) until the secondary mirror looks round and is centered below the focuser. You will have to loosen and tighten all four screws to accomplish this task.This is the point where helpful people on the internet, particularly two guys in Australia on YouTube, were a huge help. As I said, I bought a laser collimator. What you need to do is remove the spider (this holds the secondary mirror) and then remove the primary mirror, being careful not to touch or drop the mirror. I found the primary mirror to be mounted very close to the center (I was eyeballing it, but still). There are four holes for the screws that hold the mirror mount to the tube. They appeared to be equidistant from one another (again, eyeballing it), so I got some string and tied two pieces across the opposite holes. I then took a felt tip marker and placed a dot where the two strings intersected. Then I removed the strings and placed a plastic adhesive paper hole reinforcer on the mirror making sure to place the marker dot in the center of the hole reinforcer. Trust me, you won't see any of this stuff when you get ready to look at the heavens. I then used the adjustment screws on the mirror holder to snug it down to the rubber spacers on the mount. When you're done, the locking screws will stick out. Now put everything back together.Isn't this fun? Remember, this telescope is being marketed to first time users looking to get into astronomy, hence the reason my rating is still and will always be one star.Here is where the collimation laser comes in. I had attempted several times to collimate this telescope without that little paper hole reinforcer I told you to put on the primary mirror, because I didn't know it was supposed to be there or how helpful it would be to have it there. After making sure the laser collimator was true (easy, and luckily it came from the factory not needing adjustment which is probably the only break I got in this process) install it in the focuser with the target area facing the back of the telescope toward the primary mirror and turn it on. I used setting 3 on mine, which allowed me to see the laser clearly in the primary mirror. BEFORE you look down the tube looking for the beam on the primary mirror, stand to one side and move your hand over the opening of the telescope. If you see a red dot on your hand be EXTREMELY careful looking down into the tube. The spot where you see the dot is the dangerous place, so definitely don't look there. Your next task is to move the three screws on the secondary mirror to move the laser beam to the center of that paper hole reinforcer. Get it as close as possible. Next, move to the back of the scope and loosen the three lock screws on the primary mirror. Then move the three adjustment screws (good tip here from someone else on the internet: adjust these screws by TIGHTENING them. Loosen them only if you really have to) to center the laser beam on the target of the laser collimator.When you have finished this task you're done, right? Nope. Look down the front of the tube again and see if that beam is still centered in the primary mirror. It wasn't for me and I had to adjust the secondary a second time and then readjust the primary again. Then it was centered. So now you're done because lasers are really accurate, right? Nope, but you are a lot closer than I was the first few times I tried my hand at collimation. Next, take the focuser back out, replace the lens you removed, and reinstall the focuser.Now you have to take the scope outside and aim it at a star. Use an 8 mm eyepiece, or use a combination of Barlow and eyepiece to get close to 8 mm. The manual will tell you to find Polaris and center it in your eyepiece. Why? Because Polaris appears stationary to a ground observer looking through a telescope. All of the other stars appear to "move" (actually, you're the one moving along with the surface of the earth as it rotates on its axis, but most people don't care about the physics - for them the stars move). The problem with Polaris is that in light polluted skies it can look pretty dim, and where I am in Afghanistan (Kabul) that is a real problem along with all of the dust and smoke in the air. So I picked a brighter star which complicates things because of the apparent motion, but allows you to easily see what it is you are supposed to be looking for next so for me it was worth the extra effort involved. In any case, center the star you picked in the eyepiece (this won't last long if not Polaris - see what I mean by "extra effort?) and defocus until you see a circular glob of concentric circles. They probably won't be concentric yet which is what you're going to fix next, but if they are, stop because you're done.Something worth noting here: allow your telescope to cool down (or heat up) to the outside ambient temperature before looking at the glob or attempting further collimation. You're wasting your time if you don't follow this step.Now go to the back of the telescope and loosen the lock screws. Making sure the star you picked is still centered in your eyepiece move the adjustment screws until the circles on that glob of light are concentric. As you adjust a screw the star will move away from the center of the eyepiece. Make ONE small adjustment and then recenter the star in your eyepiece before making another. Remember to try make adjustments by TIGHTENING screws as opposed to loosening them. Another hint: looking on the glob, when the circles are not concentric you will see widening spaces to one side. Adjust the mirror in that direction then recenter in the eyepiece. Take your time doing this. Not getting it right is not an option if you want to use this telescope and it will take time unless you are naturally good at this sort of thing. I'm not, it take me quite a few hours over a couple of nights to get it OK and I still have some work to do on it.All of my detrimental comments aside, I am enjoying learning about and using this telescope. Would I recommend it to a beginner like me? Absolutely not! If you are a beginner and want to look at things "out of the box" get yourself a refractor and spend as much as you can afford on it. Believe it or not, I had a lot more fun with the Celestron 70 mm travel scope than I had with all the headaches I've gone through with this one. Easier to use, easier to maintain, no collimation required. I did have to upgrade the tripod and add a small finely adjustable tilt thingy to get around the pain of pointing it at what I wanted to see and keeping it pointed there, and that cost more than the telescope itself but it was worth every penny. Is this telescope better than the travel telescope? Hands down, once you get it at least somewhat collimated as mine is now, but it is a huge learning curve! 1More than worth the money!I could not say enough good things about this telescope. Because of the price, I was expecting something cheaply made and flimsy and delicate to where I would have to be really careful with it. NOPE! This thing is definitely worth the price. On the first night, I took it out to look at the moon just to test it out. This shows great detail and it was easy to operate and use the finder to locate the moon without having to more the stand or telescope itself.As other users pointed out, the stand is kinda flimsy if you extend all the way out. The way I see it though, the quality of the telescope outweighs the quality of the stand. For the price this is a great deal. My friend who has a telescope for which he paid 10 dollars less than this one was convinced to get rid of the other one and get this one. And a couple of other friends are getting it as well. I totally recommend it.5great valueThis little telescope is really nice for the price. Smooth and works well. I did have one problem with the adjustment cables and a quick email to the company and they sent me two sets (4) replacement cables! This thing is great if you take the time to set it up correctly. The moon looks amazing and even with the eyepieces that come with it, you can see Saturn and rings in a clear night. Worth it to get some other intermediary eye pieces.Update: I contacted Celestron about the cables, and within a week or so they sent me 2 more sets of adjustment cables for free. The telescope is back in action and last night, I caught a very clear view of Saturn, rings and all. It was incredible!5Easier than a Reflector Scope with excellent clarity and good adult beginner TelescopeTerrific beginner scope for adults or families that can teach older children it's use. A little more complicated to use the Equatorial mount than a simpler alt-az mount but necessary to learn how to find faint objects using the North Star polar aligned mount and star maps. The 80 mm objective lens is a good size for the money and provides good clear sharp images from stunning views of the moon and some planets to nebulla.If you are a beginner, don't be overwhelmed by the appearance and instructions for polar aligning and use of the mount. It's very much worth the effort to learn. I recommend YOUTUBE videos on use of Equatorial mounts. I found Dean Fuller's video too fast but very good and after just a couple of repeated views was an old hat at using the telescope as this was my first Equatorial mount.The eyepieces are very good and I chose to buy a 2x Barlow lens to replace the supplied 3x Barlow lens.The finder scope is a challenge to align and use as it seems to be too close to the tube and difficult to hold a solid alignment. I bought a better finder scope and it works out much better and holds alignment between uses.An issue occurred with the mount still under warranty and I received dependable, fast, rock solid, exemplary service.I also have another Celestron; an Astromaster 130EQ Reflector with similar excellent image clarity.I managed to observe the Cassini divide in the rings of Saturn and the red spot and bands of Jupiter and four moons during moments of atmospheric stability on a good viewing night with the 80 EQ.5Superb Optics out of the Box ! Nice Solid Equatorial Mount.This is a review specifically for the Celestron PS 114mm EQ.I got this as a gift from my daughter. After using it a few nights, I did check the mirror collimation with the $28 Celestron 1.25" collimation eyepiece (which I already had). The mirror alignment was very very close, so it needed only minimal adjustment which had no observable effects. On the third night I was able to see the moon (again) and the Orion nebula at various magnification (20mm eyepiece with and without Barlow). I was also able to see - with a Celestron Ploessel 9mm eyepiece - Jupiter and it four moons, the two main cloud stripes on Jupiter itself, and maybe some weaker ones. And the shadow of one moon on Jupiter itself, a tiny black dot near one of the poles. I do like the lightweight aluminum mount as well, it is solid if the legs are not completely extended, and it is light enough to carry around without getting a hernia. The finder scope works well for me, just in case I re-align it every time I take the telescope out.This telescope is very sharp, and a very good value right out of the box. And easy to focus. Five stars!!EDIT: Recently (February) I did buy and install the Celestron motor drive ($33 on Amazon) and it works perfectly. Once the motor drive speed is adjusted properly with the small knob (which is fairly easy to do), it keeps say Jupiter centered for close to an hour with a 7mm eyepiece. Note that the drive speed only needs to be set once, for a given latitude.Note that the Celestron 127EQ and 114EQ are quite similar in design and price, nevertheless this one has a much longer tube and does not have a correcting eyepiece in the focus tube, which seems to make it significantly sharper, or at least much easier to collimate.Recently (April) I got an inexpensive laser collimator (lk1 from seben dot com, identical to the orion lasermate) and tried it on this scope, even though it did not seem to need it. The whole job is very easy, takes less than 5-10 mins if you know what to do (there is no focuser lens in the focusing tube, this is NOT a Bird-Jones design!). The adjustments were minimal and there was no noticeable change in sharpness, as I said above mine was flawless out of the box. Look in the picture section to see my recent picture of Jupiter. Best additions to this telescope are imo the $30 Celestron motor drive (I love it!), a better quality achromatic $40 Celestron 2x Omni Barlow, and a 9mm Celestron Omni eyepiece($20 ; the telescope seems capable of a lot more than what the rather basic included eyepieces suggest). You will then be in telescope heaven, for very little money.I have also found that this scope is quite well suited to astrophotography of the planets, in my case in combination with the very reliable Celestron clock drive (have not changed a battery yet on that on in three months of use) and an inexpensive webcam (a logitech C310 in my case).PS. Added pictures of Jupiter and the Moon (April 2014). Added more pictures of Jupiter and Mars, on the latter I can clearly see one of the polar ice caps (April 2014). Took a nice picture of the Cassini division on Saturn (May 2014). Added another excellent picture I got of Jupiter on a very clear day (March 2015), you can clearly see multiple rings as well as details of the main ring clouds.5This is a great telescope for the price This is a great telescope for the price, you probably won't find much better than this. First off, I would recommend losing the finder scope that comes with this, and get a red dot finder, you will save yourself much frustration. I picked up a Gosky red dot finder for pretty cheap and aligned it with the telescope pretty easily and it works so much better. I also picked up a collimation eyepiece as well to help out with getting this properly collimated, it took a little bit of patience but after doing so it made a drastic difference in focus and clarity. Most importantly, be patient and take the time to learn how to use it if you have never used an EQ mount before. I had not, but I took the time to watch videos and read instructions before the telescope got here and it helped drastically. Still took some time to get familiar with it but once you've got it figured out it is quite simple to use. Take the time to figure out how to properly balance with the counterweight as well, and you will save yourself much headache. That is a very important step and you will be frustrated if you do not properly balance it first. The mount is a bit shaky when using the higher power lenses, but after all this is not a super expensive telescope. If that is important to you, I would recommend forking over more money to get either a power drive for your mount, or just buying a more expensive mount that will probably be significantly more expensive. I am very much an amateur at this and don't use it every day, so this setup is perfect for me without having to spend too much money on a highly expensive setup. I was able to see the moon quite easily, I usually start out the evening by finding the moon first and focusing in on it to get things situated and lined up, then move on to other points in sky. I was able to see Jupiter and its moons quite clearly, as well as Saturn and was able to make out the rings which was breathtaking. For something like that, make sure you get familiar with using the knobs to make small adjustments, keep in mind all points in the sky are constantly moving from our point of view, so as soon as you are centered and focused on something you will have to continually adjust to keep up with the moving object in sky. Overall, I have had a blast with this telescope and would very highly recommend it for the price. If you are not a novice at this, you will probably want to buy something more expensive, but for me this was absolutely perfect and I love it! 5then the views are pretty good for the price you pay You definitely will need some patience to use this scope. The collimation process on this scope is a nightmare. The instruction manual is weak in this regard and Celestron really should update it to help getting this telescope aligned. This is a bird-jones type reflector. Do your research on this before purchase. If you visit various astronomy forums and ask about this scope, most people will tell you to avoid it because of the time you will be spending collimating it.After you spent time collimating it, then the views are pretty good for the price you pay. Not great, but you get what you pay for. I could see the 2 main bands on Jupiter and the moons, the rings of Saturn, but struggled to see the Cassini division. The moon looks great. M4 and M13 could also be seen and looked decent.I highly recommend some better eyepieces. The 20mm with the 3x barlow isn't too bad but the 4mm eyepiece was garbage. Maybe I just got a bad one.The tripod and mount is the real weak point here. The slightest breezes will cause shaking. With a good polar alignment, the slo-mo controls will help with tracking your object. This is the benefits with using an EQ mount where you will only need to turn one knob to keep your object in view.The finder scope isn't to great either. It is to easy to bump it and lose alignment with the OTA. The mounting of this finder scope could be better, but it will work.Assembly of this scope was super easy for me. Barely needed the manual to put this together. It is pretty straight forward.I am on the fence about recommending this scope. If you don't have any patience, then no. If you have a cool calm head and willing to take this apart and get things aligned, then for $150 this scope really isn't that bad. Like I said, the views are pretty decent. 3Good for the price, but maybe spend more to avoid Bird-Jones This is a decent telescope for the price, but you probably want the AstroMaster 114EQ for $50 more. Echoing at least one other review, the 127EQ is a Bird-Jones telescope, which means there's a lens at the bottom of the focuser tube that you have to remove to laser collimate it (line up the mirrors). The mounting for the spotting scope is, quite frankly, a joke, leading to it having Storm-Trooper-level bad aim, no matter how often you zero it in. The tripod isn't too bad, but the equatorial mount has a habit of working its locking screws loose, making it hard to use the slow motion knobs. The included plastic-body Barlow stripped out the second night (it's M3, so easy to just re-tap if you have a metric shop). All that aside, Celestron did a great job of getting reasonably good optics down to a super low price. I was after a scope I wouldn't mind abusing in some experimentation, and this is definitely that. But I do regret not reading up more and spending $50 more on the 114EQ. 3Nice Telescope with a few Mirror Alignment Issues I got this one as a Christmas gift. It seemed like a good telescope for basic astronomy, with many nice features. But I was initially quite disappointed by the fact that the images seemed rather blurry. It took me two weeks to correct this problem, to the point where now I am finally starting to like it.I should add that the telescope had probably traveled a few miles around the globe when it got to me, but the box and packaging were in pretty good shape when it arrived.When I got it, I initially compared it to another $50 reflector, the Celestron 76 mm Discovery, and the results were very disappointing, the smaller one was much sharper. I spent hours reading on the Celestron and other sites on how to adjust collimation with a simple "hole in the cap" and got nowhere. The image was always relatively blurry. Day or night, polaris or no polaris.I later bought the Celestron 24mm to 8mm zoom eyepiece, which allows me to zoom in without changing eyepiece, and it works very well on the smaller 76mm telescope, but again blurry images on this one.After quickly becoming an expert on reflector collimation, I noticed that nothing seemed collimated properly. I guess they don't even try at the factory on this one? I decided to order a Celestron 1.25" collimation eyepiece ($30), which can be useful in aligning the optics (the two mirrors) in reflectors like this one. I tried it out on this one, and got repeatedly confused on what should be seen in what reflection when you adjust this or that. I spent entire afternoons fiddling with secondary versus primary mirror adjustments, achieving virtually nothing as far as improved sharpness is concerned. I did replace the secondary mirror alignment screws with better stainless steel ones that would not strip, they are metric m4.I then tried to collimate this thing on the North Star (Polaris) and that is, for this one, another pure fantasy. The reason is that Polaris is faint, and every time you move a mirror by a tiny bit (as explained in the Celestron instruction) the star just darts out of view in the eyepiece. More frustration and still no luck in getting this thing in focus. Lastly, I ditched all the Celestron recommendations on day and night collimation (using either the celestron collimation eyepiece or the "ring pattern" for out of focus point sources) and did instead the "EYE-DOCTOR TEST" :I wanted to see how sharp I can get this one, when there is no wind, no shake, no atmospherics, no moving planet, no mist etc. So I placed the telescope at one end of a long corridor in my house, and a nice clean printed envelope with some sharp text on it at the other end. With this method (which I seemingly invented, as it is not described anywhere in the instructions nor on the Celestron site) I was finally able to adjust (by very small increments) the three screws on the secondary mirror till I FINALLY got a nice sharp picture of the writing on the letter. Note that this last procedure did NOT require the collimating eyepiece! Just the regular 4mm eyepiece that comes with the telescope. Success!As a by product, I found that in fact in the end all three eyepieces work rather well, down to the 4mm which is a bit faint, the 20mm with the 3X Barlow is better.Now I can finally see the main two stripes on Jupiter and the Orion Nebula with some clarity. In conclusion:Plusses : Potentially sharp optics and large aperture. Reasonable price. Sturdy mounts. Useful eyepieces.Cons: Imo optics needs to be carefully aligned by the method described here. Mine was definitely NOT aligned and, initially, as a result disappointingly blurry.EDIT: After a few more weeks of use (February 2014), I spent some time using the Celestron collimation 1.25" eyepiece ($28 here on Amazon). My conclusion is that it is a very useful, if not essential, tool for this telescope. To avoid any further issues due to my previous messing around, I first screwed in the secondary mirror (by loosening up the three alignment screws, and pulling in the secondary mirror all the way in until it barely touches the mount), and later pulled out the primary mirror as well(by pulling out all six screws until the whole unit comes out, then reinserting the mirror after making sure the secondary was pointing the right way, straight to the back). Then, using the Celestron collimation eyepiece with its crosshair, I carefully adjusted the secondary and primary orientations (three screws for each mirror) until all the crosshairs overlapped perfectly. In other words, the crosshair in the eyepiece has to overlap perfectly with its reflection through mirrors 1 and 2, and back to the eyepiece. This takes time and patience. After having done that, the image quality seems pretty good and rather sharp. I went down to about 8mm, I don't recommend getting lower than that. The best setup for this one is the 20mm eyepiece, either by itself or with the included 3x Barlow (which then gives 20/3 = ca. 7mm). I also got some Ploessel eyepieces, but they will do you no good if the mirrors aren't aligned first.PPS. I found (April 2014) that the best way to collimate this (Bird-Jones or catadioptric design)telescope and get nice sharp images is to remove the focusing lens at the bottom of the focusing tube (takes 10 mins), align the secondary and primary mirrors with an inexpensive LASER collimator (mine is an LK1 $30 from seben dot com, takes another 10 mins to do this part), put the corrector lens back in and reinsert the focusing tube (don't touch the lens with your hands, takes around 5 mins). With this method the results are guaranteed to be reproducible and consistent. The images are then consistently sharp.PPPS. The other day (June 2014)I talked at length to a very nice and helpful person at Celestron technical support (Will?). He suggested to check the following thing. The secondary (smaller, flat) mirror is oval-shape and mounted right under the focusing tube, held in place by three (outside)-plus-one (center) screws. Now put a focusing cap (just an eyepiece cap with a small 1mm hole in the center) at the (top) end of the focusing tube. Then make absolutely sure (after you take again very carefully the correcting lens out of the focusing tube) that the inside of the focusing tube and the secondary mirror, as viewed through the focuser, are perfectly concentric when you view them through the hole in the cap. That is, the secondary mirror has to be perfectly centered when viewed from the top of the focusing tube. Note that the secondary mirror is oval shaped, but will look like a perfect disc when tilted at about 45 degrees. On mine this required several turns on the (secondary) center screw. After this is done, make also sure that the tilt on the secondary mirror is such that you can see the center of the primary mirror (on mine I put a black pen mark at the dead center). Now re-align the secondary and primary mirrors with a laser (in my case), with the cap with a hole, or a cheshire eyepiece. Then put back the correcting lens in the focuser, and you are done. The end result is that on mine it improved the sharpness a bit (I did the eyedoctor test again). I was also able to see more detail on Saturn with a standard 9mm eyepiece, will try taking a few pictures soon.PPPPS: This telescope really shines (due to the light gathering abilities of it's fairly large mirror) when you want to look at fainter objects. Recently we had good viewing conditions and I had a chance to look the the Great Cluster in Hercules (M13), the Lagoon Nebula (M8), the Omega Nebula (M17), and two more star clusters in the same general region (M4 and M62). I took some fairly nice pictures of these objects with a Sony HX200 camera (30x zoom) mounted piggyback on the telescope, using the Celestron motor drive for the 127EQ and long 30sec exposures at 800ISO. See the pictures I posted on the right. I was surprised how well the telecope mount, equipped with the Celestron $30 clockdrive, works when taking long exposures.PPPPPS: It's October, seven months after I did the laser collimation, and everything is still fine and exactly the same. That tells me that the collimation on this one only needs to be done once, maybe if it gets out of whack during shipping. After that there's no need - unless you bump it or drop it badly. At least that's my experience.PPPPPPS: It is end of February 2015 now, and I had some very good views of the great Nebula in Orion M42. The scope is still perfectly collimated since almost a year ago, last time I did the collimation with a laser. Again, the message here is that if you spend the time to collimate it properly and don't bump it after that, it will stay sharp almost forever ... Btw I love the $32 celestron R/A single axis motor drive on these telescope, and in my opinion it is a very worthwhile investment. Objects stay in view for almost an hour w/o adjustments. 4A great telescope that is easy to use right out of the box!I'm a beginner skywatcher, and I wanted to purchase a telescope that would allow me to see the planets, the moon, and nebulas right out of the box. I didn't want to collimate (whatever that is) my telescope every time I use it. So, instead of purchasing a reflector telescope (which required collimating), I got a refractor telescope. I was concerned that I would not see much because I am in the middle of a light-polluted city. My telescope arrived on 7/19/19 at 8 pm. I was able to assemble it in 35 minutes by following a YouTube video. I don't know the names of the different parts of my telescope, nor do I know how to use the different eyepieces correctly. I just put my new telescope on my patio and angeled it towards the brightest star in the early evening. I adjusted the control knobs until the star came into sharp focus. I wasn't looking at a star. I was looking at Jupiter, and Jupiter had three moons orbiting it! I giggled with joy. I spotted another star southeast of Jupiter. I focused on it. Again, it wasn't a star; it was Saturn with its prominent ring and one moon! Its 11 pm and I'm still star gazing and attempting to take pictures with my cellphone. I tried using the 3x Barlow, but I couldn't see anything. I used the 20 mm and the 4 mm eyepieces to view Jupiter and Saturn and their moons. I'm going to purchase a 2x Barlow, a light pollution filter, a moon filter, and a solar filter. I'm happy with my purchase. I'm going to go back outside and hunt for nebulas!5Awesome scope for beginners.So I was in the market for an astroscope for my kids. It's been decades since I used to truck my newtonian reflector around and when I dug it out in the garage, I just didn't want to tackle the job of pulling it back from the brink and getting it into shape.I read some fairly pannish reviews of the Celestron basic scopes online, including a fairly pannish review of this one, but I went with it anyway because it seemed that the price couldn't be beaten for an 80mm refractor.I was apprehensive, but I need not have worried. Optics are great, very well aligned, very easy and smooth to focus, with very little in the way of chromatic aberration or visual defects. Got ahold of a variety of Plossl eyepieces from 26mm down to 4.x mm and have now had a chance to use all of them. Found all to be very usable.The tripod is excellent for this price and I'm not going out on a limb to say that if you had to just buy the tripod from a science shop, you'd pay more in a retail store for the tripod alone. It's well made, the fine adjustments work well and are precise and modular, and it's just generally very robust.This is a delightful beginner scope at a very, very affordable price and I really can't find anything to complain about. The reviews for this scope on hobbyist sites specifically mentioned a lackluster tripod, iffy optics, and a lackluster set of eyepieces included. I find all of these complaints to be either verrry nitpicky or just plain wrong.The kids have already spent several evenings breathlessly exploring the surface of the moon in very good detail, and we've taken a few shots through it as well with a camera phone that turned out very nicely.I guess if you're a serious hobbyist that has a $1k+ scope that you take to meet-ups or something then this may seem like an amateur piece. But if you're just a family looking to explore the sky and get excited while doing it, this fits the bill perfectly, and is a significantly better choice (IMO) than the 70mm scopes or scopes with worse tripods that will only save you $30-$50.I'd argue that this scope strikes precisely the right balance between "serious" and "affordable" for any family with a couple curious, science-minded kids ready to pick up a new hobby. Then, if they get really into it, spend 4x-10x as much later, in a few years, when they really outgrow this scope which won't happen for a while.5AWESOME SCOPEFirst of all, knowledge does not come with any telescope. That is on you and if you don't want to work and study at it, astronomy isn't for you. HOWEVER, My six year old son and I have had a ball with this scope. Jupiter and its moons are brilliant. Saturn and its rings are fabulous. But you cant see all that with this or any other telescope without the right lenses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bought a meade 12.4 and a 6 mm lenses and this telescope came to life. The lenses are the trick!!! I live in Birmingham Alabama and I can see all the planets fine. All that light pollution stuff is bull. That is for people wanting to see far far away objects. If you don't like to work at something then astronomy isn't for you. I would talk more but my son and I have to go look at a beautiful view of Saturn. I have my whole neighborhood looking at the planets!!! All this scope needs is a little knowledge, a few you tube videos, and LENSES. THE LENSES ARE LIKE EYEGLASSES, WITHOUT THEM YOU WILL NOT SEE ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!5
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