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Meade 114EQ-AR 114mm Telescope 4.5" Equatorial Reflector with Red Dot Finder Scope, Full-Size Tripod, 2 Eyepieces, Meade Autostar Suite Software 04067
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Optics awesome. Best scope for the money. DVD tutorials a must to understan...
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Most Helpful Negative Review Not Recommended for Cold Environment
I understood this t'scope is recommended for novices like myself. Setup was...
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Could be better - Could be worse.

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on March 2, 2012
Upon receiving the item, I was anxious to get this set up for use since I was having visitors to my new home. The night sky here is unbelievable, but we were left to looking through binoculars since all the adjustment knobs were missing with the shipment. It took several phone calls and 3 weeks to finally get the parts from Meade. Since it has been cloudy the past two weeks, I still have not been able to use the telescope. Not the fault of Optics Planet, but Meade support has really missed the mark on this one. I'd buy from Optics Planet again, as they have been great on other products, but if you have product problems that involve Meade, expect some difficulties!
Pros: Average for the money
Cons: Missing parts from the manufacturer - terrible response from Meade...
Would recommend: Yes
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Not Recommended for Cold Environment

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on December 12, 2011
I understood this t'scope is recommended for novices like myself. Setup was ok, but I found that when the unit was aligned,over a short period of time,it would go out of alignment.The most significant issue was the optical focuser:on cooler nights (30-40 deg.F),the plastic gears on the adjustment knob contracts and slips resulting in not being able to adjust the focus. I would recommend this unit for use in moderate temperatures above 40 deg.F.
Pros: viewing objects
Cons: excessive play (looseness)...
Would recommend: Yes
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For beginners

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, CA Written on May 5, 2011
I recommend only if you are new to telescopes. If you are not, you won't want to bother.

This will teach you how to set up an equatorial mount, spot and track objects, and get you familiar with the general process of exploring the sky.

I'm not an expert on the technical details yet, but someone close to me who is a telescope nut wasn't impressed with the optics. The eye pieces it came with are junk.

Generally speaking, if you've never seen the rings of Saturn for yourself or the deep craters on the moon, you won't regret this purchase.

I took it camping and built it for the first time. People from other sites kept wandering over to my site. Took me about an hour and a half to set it up (I'm much faster now) and align it properly.

My first telescope was a small dob mount. ...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great for beginners

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OH Written on May 13, 2010
This is a very nice telescope for the price. I recommend for beginners.
Pros: Good quality for price...
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Meade 114EQ-AR

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, WI Written on December 24, 2009
Most bang for your buck on optic preformance. Had to add bushings to tube clamps as tube was still loose with threads tight all the way. Also would like to replace wing bolt with regular bolt on mount, as loostening wing bolts on axis for hand maneuvering is easy to accidently loosen mount bolt.DVD is a must for learning balencing and aligning to north star.
Pros: optics/mount
Cons: various hardware...
Would recommend: Yes
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Meade 114EQ-AR

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on December 2, 2009
Optics awesome. Best scope for the money. DVD tutorials a must to understand mount/tracking and balancing the unit. TIP; have the unit aligned sideways so you have the short-throw adjustment for up-down fine tuning, and the other 360 adjustment tracks object across sky. That up/down issue had me baffled for awhile. Two issues with hardware; (1) knobs tightening the bands around tube. As tight as threads allow, bands are not snug around tube, one band has 1/8" of slop. Had to find thick washer bushings to insert to get a bit more clamp-down to the band tightening. (2) the wingbolts to loosen the axis alignment for hand adjustment looks the same as the wingbolt that holds scope to the mount. Loosen the wrong one and the scope will fall to the ground. Should be a hex head bolt for that one. Going to Ace Hardware soon.
Pros: optics
Cons: 1 or 2 hardware issues...
Would recommend: Yes
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