Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ review

celestron-powerseeker-114eqThe Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ is a 114mm aperture newtonian reflector telescope. It’s part of the Celestron PowerSeeker EQ range which includes the 127EQ, 60EQ, 70EQ and 80EQ. The telescopes from this range all have the equatorial mount as a common feature.

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Any telescope with a 114mm aperture is a decent size to be able to produce impressive images of the night sky. Having said that it’s also worth noting that given it’s capabilities and also it’s price point this telescope is an entry level to intermediate telescope and with a few more accessories I could consider it a more than decent telescope even for the more advances astronomer.

The box comes with the following components: the optical tube, finder scope, equatorial mount, 2 eye pieces(20mm, 4mm), 3x barlow lens and the aluminium tripod.

After unpacking the box, the setup was relatively easy and took around 15 minutes, including setting up the mount.

While setting up the telescope every component delivers the overall feeling of high quality with the finderscope and barlow lens being the exceptions as these pieces are made of plastic.

The equatorial mount is a great mount for this telescope, it’s easy to use once it’s properly set up and the Celestron motor drive is available as an additional purchase. The motor drive helps a lot especially if you want to have a go with taking photos.

Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ telescope

Comparison to the PowerSeeker 127EQ

One common question on people’s minds in relation to this telescope is how does in compare to the 127EQ from the same range so here are some of my thoughts.

First of all both telescopes are fantastic newtonian reflectors and if you’ve thinking of choosing either one as a very first telescope, you simply cannot go wrong. The choice between the two comes down to a few differences which you might want to know based on how you will be using the telescope.

The 127EQ has the shorter tube, the lighter weight and the slightly lighter price. The 127EQ however tends to deliver slightly less crisper images as noted by several reviews but as far as I’m concerned the difference is negligible. So if you’ve looking for a telescope that excels in portability while also delivering great images the 127EQ might be a better choice, if however portability is not an issue and you’ve just concerned about getting the best images possible for this price point then the 114EQ would be the better option for you.

Pros for the Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ:

There are a number of things that make the PowerSeeker 114EQ a great choice. The optics are of the highest grade being able to deliver clear and crisp images of the moon’s craters, Jupiter and Saturn, as well as distant objects like the Orion Nebula and the Andromeda galaxy. The equatorial mount lets you effortlessly track objects on the sky as they move.

Cons for the Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ:

There are not a lot of cons to mention related to this telescope as it delivers more than it is expected of it. One fact that we think it worth mentioning is that Celestron has not added more accessories to the box like a collimation cap which I’m sure would not have affected the bottom price that much. However unlike with other newtonians there have been close to no complaints regarding this telescope with the collimation and with my 114EQ it came perfectly collimated from the box.

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Full technical specification:

Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector
Aperture (mm): 114 mm (4.49 in)
Focal Length: 900 mm (35 in)
Focal Ratio: 7.89
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm): 20 mm (0.79 in)
Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 45 x
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2 (mm): 4 mm (0.16 in)
Magnification of Eyepiece 2: 225 x
Barlow Lens: 3 x
Finderscope: 5×24
Mount Type: German Equatorial
Accessory Tray: No-Tool Tray with Eyepiece holder
Tripod: Aluminum
Highest Useful Magnification: 269 x
Lowest Useful Magnification: 16 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 12.8
Resolution (Rayleigh): 1.22 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes): 1.02 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 265 x
Apparent Field of View: 0.9 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds): 48 ft (15 m)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 1 in (25 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 22%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 4.96%
Optical Coatings: Aluminum
Optical Tube Length: 34 in (864 mm)