I would like to know what model telescope this is if possible and the age.
Appreciate the help!
Jump to content
Posted 16 July 2020 - 08:33 AM
Posted 16 July 2020 - 08:40 AM
Looks like an older 114EQ. Low priced beginner telescope. Lots of them show up on auction sites. Maybe $150 new.
Posted 16 July 2020 - 08:54 AM
Its a Bird Jones telescope , it has a very fast primary and a relay lens in the focuser that doubles the focal length and corrects for spherical aberrations . Done correctly the system will work , but done inexpensively limits the scope too lower powers and poor planetary views . Most here at CN try to dissuade others from buying this style newtonian
Posted 16 July 2020 - 09:10 AM
That being said, if it is all you have, take it out and point it at stuff!
Posted 16 July 2020 - 04:00 PM
Thank you all for your replies. I picked it up because I was looking get my first telescope and could not pass it up for the price, even though it did not come with any eyepieces.
What eyepieces would you recommend that I get?
Posted 16 July 2020 - 05:37 PM
The Meade 114EQ-ASTR Equatorial Reflector came with two 1.25" barrel diameter eyepieces -- a 9 mm producing 111x magnification, and a 25 mm producing 40x magnification. To find stuff in the sky, you need to use an eyepiece with a longer focal length, like the 25 mm.
Your scope sits on an equatorial mount which is set up to act like an alt-azimuth mount. Nothing really wrong with that. But if you keep the scope, you may want to set the mount up in the equatorial mode. On a rainy day, just moving the scope around on an equatorial mount set up in the proper equatorial mode can teach you how the heavenly bodies move across the sky.
The scopes at the links below are not exactly like yours. But the basic design is the same.
Edited by Ulmer Spatz, 16 July 2020 - 06:05 PM.
Posted 16 July 2020 - 05:57 PM
Good luck. Those scopes have a way of being very difficult to use.
Posted 16 July 2020 - 09:10 PM
A small scope like this might be the start of a life long hobby
Get 2 eyepieces cheap around 25 and 10mm
You can add more later
Join an Astronomy Group near you!
Take your time to learn and find 'stuff' in the skies
Posted 20 July 2020 - 01:40 PM
Looking at your photographs, you might want to pull that white plastic cap off the focuser. From the look of it, there might be an eyepiece in the focuser tube.
Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics