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Abdullahi Archer

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Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« on: December 24, 2017, 11:02:09 AM »
I am considering getting my son the Celestron Power Seeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope.  He has always been fascinated by the night sky.  He moved to Utah and that I thought he'd enjoy it on the market.  Is that a fantastic beginner scope or would a person get frustrated with that?  The cost is right that is for sure, and I discovered that it could be good for deep space, don't know about planets.

I bought the nexstar 8se this year and I love viewing the night skies with it.  Can not wait to bring it from town.



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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 12:02:43 PM »
If he's a beginner like me, the equatorial mount will be more of a nuisance than it's worth. I recently sent back a Celestron telescope with the same EQ mount b/c it was pretty fussy and a little too much hassle to easily take in and out of the house. As a beginner, I love my Orion Observer 70 AZ. It's easy to take in and out of the house and I can clearly see Saturn's rings (which as a complete noob, is about all I know how to do right now). After trying and exchanging a few from Amazon, I've found on these beginner scopes, the eyepieces and accessories from Orion are much better than those supplied with the Celestron scopes.

The Observer 70 is on sale right now for $99 + free shipping

http://www.amazon.co...1?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have been eyeballing this one I found on Amazon as an upgrade to the Orion Observer 70.

http://www.amazon.co...RF1QG66Y6&psc=1

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 05:34:53 PM »
Alt az is the way to go for a beginner, the Orion's are good, until some one finds out if those new Meade s have a metal focuser I would avoid, knowing the Orion's and Celestron does.

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 07:39:56 PM »
What about the Bushnell Voyager 700x70mm Telescope as a first scope. Just want something that he just won't put in the closet and does not break the bank.

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 09:09:25 AM »
I don't know about the Bushnells, somebody is going to suggest a small dob, so it might as well be me . How about the Orion 6 inch? It will show a lot more and will hold his interest better, There's also The Vixen 130 on an alt az tripod that's a nice beginners scope.

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 10:08:42 AM »
After posting my above suggestions, I thought they maybe above your price point. Try going to Orions site and click on scopes under 200 $, they start at 65 $. Also check Astronomics, our sponser they give us a discount.

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 04:29:42 AM »
Will do. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 05:13:58 AM »
Or this, I just picked one up when they were $49.99 + free shipping.

Celestron Powerseeker 114 AZ

As a beginner though, I'm tending to prefer the zero maintenance aspect of refractors.

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2018, 02:33:04 PM »
I've got an older version of the Powerseeker 80. Mine is known as the Firstscope 80, but the OTA is the same. I've had fun with it over the years. I think the low maintenance of the refractor is definitely a plus. I think those Alt/Az horseshoe mounts can be frustrating as all get out. An EQ mount at least gives you slow motion controls. Line the scopeto north with a compass, crank in the latitude. That's not so hard is it? Besides, you can use an EQ1 as an alt/az mount if you wish.

Going the Dob route, I'd suggest the Orion XT4.5 or the Starblast 114mm.

EQ mounted 114:

http://www.amazon.co...&keywords=meade

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2018, 04:57:39 AM »
Orion Star Blast 4.5 should be good
http://www.telescope...25/p/102010.uts

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 07:54:51 AM »
I really like my Powerseeker 80 EQ. I've put it on a heavier mount, but I didn't really need to. For the money it is one heck of a scope. The only convenience upgrade I'd recommend would be a right-angle finder scope. Even a cheap one will work better than a red dot or 5x24 straight thru.

the slo mo controls, as mentioned, offer a significant advantage over the alt-az mounts out there. I can recommend the Powerseeker 114, too, as a good scope optically, but it will need collimation and it's bigger and heavier on the EQ1 mount.

collimation isn't that big of a deal, but it can be intimidating at first. I like the refractor over the reflector, but the extra inch of aperture can be valuable too, especially on deep sky stuff. I've posted elsewhere on here about the current crop of alt-az mounts on cheap scopes, and it's mainly an issue of balance. The ebay deals on the 114az are hard to beat, but the scope will need some tweaking to keep it from being frustrating.

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 12:12:45 AM »
The 80EQ is a good scope.I found mine used at Goodwill .It was originally sold by S&S Optika ,is the older Firstscope 80 ,and had the little battery powered RA motor and wood legs. For casual visual use the polar alignment need not be exact and can be nudged closer to perfection once viewing.I recommend the 80EQ over the 114AZ as the 80EQ is more stable.The 114AZ is for people who want to spend as little as possible to see the stars.The current 80EQ package is a very good deal.

The 80EQ will be much better for planets than the 114AZ because once found and centered in the eyepiece,turning on the RA motor will follow the planet (assuming you are getting the 80EQ package that includes the motor)making it much easier to watch for details.

One optional accessory that can make many scopes change from frustrating to pleasant to use is a motorized focuser because it practically eliminates the vibrations caused if one turns the focuser by hand.The addition of an Orion motorized focuser greatly improved both an 80mm I still own and a 114EQ sold to a friend .

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 12:28:14 AM »
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I've got an older version of the Powerseeker 80. Mine is known as the Firstscope 80, but the OTA is the same. I've had fun with it over the years. I think the low maintenance of the refractor is definitely a plus. I think those Alt/Az horseshoe mounts can be frustrating as all get out. An EQ mount at least gives you slow motion controls. Line the scopeto north with a compass, crank in the latitude. That's not so hard is it? Besides, you can use an EQ1 as an alt/az mount if you wish.

Going the Dob route, I'd suggest the Orion XT4.5 or the Starblast 114mm.

EQ mounted 114:

http://www.amazon.co...&keywords=meade
Yes this new Meade 114mm looks like a real good deal - if the mount is equivalent to an EQ-2 or Astromaster CG-3, not an EQ1 that usually comes with these models.  But just the fact that the OTA is of 1000mm focal length or F/8.8 makes it slightly better than the 900mm F/7.9 models that are the norm - in my eyes.

I have the Celestron Powerseeker 114 900mm F/7.9 OTA mounted on an Astromaster CG-3 mount. The mount works adequately with this OTA, if just a bit shaky.

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2018, 08:15:18 PM »
The EQ mount will be a pain, but it is not totally unusable. Vibration pads and some solid wooden legs make a decent difference.

An 80mm f/11 Achromat is what it is - a nice scope to enjoy the night sky. It will show details on Jupiter and Saturn (sometimes Mars), and split up to 1.5" double stars. Deep Sky will not be this scope's strong point but one would have little trouble tracking down all objects in the Messier catalogue. Just forwarn your son that the nickname for these objects are faint fuzzies!

A 6" f/8 DOB is a better starting place for my money. Even though the assembly is double the price of the 80mm, one could perhaps pick up a used example for under $200. 

Oh yes, Binoculars will be a good complement to the 80mm telescope. Some objects like the Double Cluster and Pleiades can be difficult to frame in the 80mm scope with a typical stock eyepiece.

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Re: Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope?
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2018, 09:27:53 PM »
Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQit's a very good telescope which provide a clear, high contrast images of the moon and planets.It allows observations of the Sun, Moon, Mercury phases, the phases of Venus, Mars, Jupiter and moons, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Within the range of the telescope are brighter comets, asteroids and extrasolar Planetary galaxies, nebulae, globular clusters and open, double stars and multiple. I personally love this telescope, for my amatour needs.

It's a great value of money!

http://astrolaic.com...werseeker-80eq/