Celestron AstroMaster 114eq Review

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The PowerSeeker is generally lower priced than the 114eq and the 127eq, unless it's bundled with some additional accessories that bump up the price. Because it's a refractor without any internal light folding, the PowerSeeker is also a bit longer and more cumbersome to transport. It does come with a full German equatorial mount, but can also demonstrate some of the stability problems of the 114eq. The PowerSeeker is an all-around good beginner scope.

The StarMax 90mm offers greater stability because of its tabletop mount. The trade-off is that it doesn't offer some of the flexibility of the 114eq. Because of its Mak-Cass design, which "folds" light within the tube, the StarMax also offers a smaller package, which is a boon for those looking for a grab-and-go scope, or for one that they can travel with.

The 127eq has a larger aperture, which results in a larger field of view and brighter images. The 127eq also offers more stability, which means it's a much better option for those looking for a scope they can use for astrophotography.

The GoScope, just like other the other tabletop scope on this list, offers good stability and supremely easy setup. The trade-off is the flexibility it lacks because it doesn't have a full mount and tripod. In the final analysis, it's hard for the beginner astronomer to beat the GoScope's optics at such a good price.