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Set up our telescope astromaster 114eq and we see nothing but black when looking through the eyepiece.

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Put the lowest magnification eyepiece in the telescope. It's the one with the LARGEST number --- try focusing on a distant light at night or distant object during the daytime.

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Celestron astromaster 114eq see only pitch black


  1. Get Stellarium or another fine astronomy program
  2. During the day, point the telescope at a part of the landscape about 100 yards away.
  3. Use the lowest power eyepiece (highest number) in the focal tube.
  4. Center the landscape object in the telescope.
  5. Align the finder scope so that it points exactly where the main telescope is.
  6. At night, leave the scope out to reach thermal equilibrium (about an hour for small reflectors and refractors)
  7. If the scope is on a EQ mount, polar align.
  8. Point the finder at the moon. The moon should be in the main scope also.
  9. Practice finding the moon before you start on the planets
  10. Once you are comfortable with the moon and planets, you can go for the deep sky objects

Dec 27, 2011 | Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ (100 x 114mm)...

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How do you use this telescope?


You point the axis of the scope to the star Polaris and polar align it-- then you put the eyepiece into the focuser. Your best bet is to locate a local astronomy club, the members will help you learn how to use the telescope.

A manual can be found on the Celestron web site here:

http://www.celestron.com/c3/downloads.php

Sep 11, 2011 | Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ (100 x 114mm)...

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My 20mm sight fell apart, how do i fix it


Sight??? If the small finderscope feel apart you can buy another one of better quality here:
http://www.telescope.com/Accessories/Telescope-Finder-Scopes/pc/3/49.uts


If you mean the eyepiece fell apart then the same Company shown above (Orion) also sells eyepieces.



www.telescopeman.org
www.telescopeman.info
www.telescopeman.us

Aug 09, 2011 | Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ (100 x 114mm)...

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After i remove all the appropiate lens caps and align the red dot, i cant see anything out my lens except darkness. Total black background,day and night. Should i try something else,thanks.


Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the focuser, do not use the 2x barlow. TRY AGAIN-- during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object.

The end with the FOCUSER is the UP end of the tube-- the mirror is on the bottom of the tube. Many beginners mount these BACKWARDS.

Jan 07, 2011 | Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ (100 x 114mm)...

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I TOOK THE EYEPIECE APART TO CLEAN IT AND HAVE THE LENSES OUT OF ORDER, WHAT IS THE CONFIGURATION OF THESE LENSES? CELESTRON 114.


NEVER EVER disassemble an eyepiece --- no one can tell you how the lenses go together there are dozens of combinations and some eyepieces have as many as 6-8 glass lenses inside!

Sorry buy another eyepiece and only clean the outside surfaces.

Jan 07, 2011 | Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ (100 x 114mm)...

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Does the Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ use a diagonal?


NO, you do not need a diagonal. The eyepiece goes directly into the focuser.

images in astronomical telescopes are always INVERTED-- you can buy an "erecting prism diagonal" for terrestrial viewing, but it is not needed for star gazing.

Dec 23, 2010 | Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ (100 x 114mm)...

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The view disappears when the eyepiece is inserted. There is no change in focus at all.


You must FIRST put the eyepiece in and THEN focus.

Take the scope outside during the daytime. Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the focuser. DO NOT use the 2x barlow if you have one.

Practice focusing on a distant object. These articles may also help you.

http://www.texasastro.org/telescope.php

http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=810

and watch this Celestron video: for the 127 EQ very similar to your telescope:
http://www.celestron.com/c3/support_setup_videos.php

Dec 31, 2009 | Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ (100 x 114mm)...

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