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    Default Celestron powerseeker vs astromaster



    Whats the real difference between a astromaster and a power seeker.(Especially astromaster114eq vs powerseeker 114 eq)
    Please help me understand.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Celestron powerseeker vs astromaster

    Astromasters use a steel tripod, while powerseekers use a cheap aluminum one.

    Some Astromasters and Powerseeker reflectors use a Bird-Jones design, which is hard to collimate, but I am not sure which telescopes are Bird-Jones and which
    are true Newtonian reflectors.

    The Powerseeker is a lot cheaper but also less sturdy design.

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    Default Re: Celestron powerseeker vs astromaster

    To spot a bird-jones newtonian, look at the specifications.
    If the focal length is 800 to 1000mm but the telescope tube itself is only 500mm long and advertised as "short-tube" , you can be sure it is a bird-jones.
    For refractors and newtonian reflectors , the focal length is about the same as the tube length because the incoming beam of light is not folded or magnified.
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    Default Re: Celestron powerseeker vs astromaster

    Welcome to the forum.

    The Astromaster 114 is a bird jones design and the Powerseeker 114 is a true Newtonian. The Powerseeker is the better telescope in my opinion. They used to be branded as Firstscope 114. Nothing has changed except the name. I still have mine even after 20 years and use it regularly. The mounts on both telescopes are entry level, but just fine to learn with. You can always upgrade later.
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    Default Re: Celestron powerseeker vs astromaster

    Both scopes use the size primary mirror. However ... as has already been stated ... the Astromaster 114 uses a Bird-Jones design that is poorly executed and should be avoided. Read the following technical article on Bird-Jones telescopes to learn more about this design:

    Sub-aperture corrector aberrations

    The Powerseeker 114 uses a classical Newtonian telescope design that will have superior optical performance to the Bird-Jones design found in the Astromaster 114.

    However, the Astromaster 114 does have a somewhat better mount .... certainly a better tripod ... than the Powerseeker 114. It would be nice to see the Powerseeker 114 optical tube on the Astromaster 114 mount ... but I doubt that is going to happen any time soon.

    Best advice is to stick with the Powerseeker 114 and put the money you save toward a better mount in the future or for some nice telescope accessories now!

    Good Luck with your new scope and enjoy!

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    Default Re: Celestron powerseeker vs astromaster

    Thank u all for the reply..
    I have a question may be silly..
    I am trying to buy a telescope in second hand..
    in transit , (consider 700 km or 435 miles through road) will there.
    Will there be alignment problems , damaged caused , just because of transit..?

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    Default Re: Celestron powerseeker vs astromaster

    Quote Originally Posted by raghulmano View Post
    Thank u all for the reply..
    I have a question may be silly..
    I am trying to buy a telescope in second hand..
    in transit , (consider 700 km or 435 miles through road) will there.
    Will there be alignment problems , damaged caused , just because of transit..?
    Both scopes will have the SAME Possibility of being damaged (not much but it is possible) as well as being knocked out of collimation (almost a sure thing) depending on how many times it was dropped or tossed off the several delivery trucks that carried it all the way from the sellers to you home...

    I would not worry about things you can not control...and I would be prepared to have to collimate the scope before using it the first time.. and I would also expect to have to collimate it every so often over time ...

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    Default Re: Celestron powerseeker vs astromaster

    Sorry for the delayed reply..
    Nothing specific to celestron , I am new to this and if i google telescopes ...Celestron is the one that hits out...

 

 

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