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Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes

Item# CELE304
 
4.0

(51 Ratings)

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  • Motor Drive allows for tracking objects in the sky
  • No more turning knobs to follow objects
  • Eliminates the image shake from manual movements
  • Installs quickly and easily
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Motor Drive for Celestron AstroMaster or PowerSeeker EQ series telescopes.  Allow for automatic tracking of objects on your AstroMaster EQ Mount.  No more turning knobs, let the motor drive track objects for you! 


Without a motor drive the AstroMaster telescope tracks objects in the sky manually.  For example, if you had Saturn or Jupiter in your eyepiece, the object would only stay in your field-of-view at high magnifications for a few seconds.  To track objects manually, you need to turn the knobs on the EQ mount to keep the object in your view.  Each time you turn the knob, the image shake makes viewing the object impossible, making you wait for the telescope to stabilize again.


A motor drive eliminates the need for manually tracking objects.  Once your object is located, simply turn on the motor drive and adjust the speed to match the objects tracking speed.  The motor drive runs for up to 40 hours on one included 9 volt battery.


CHOKING HAZARD - small parts may pose a risk to children under 6 yrs.

Supplier Sku:
93514
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Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.

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Brand

Celestron

Telescope Accessories Series

Celestron Telescope Motor Drives

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Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes
 
4.0

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (41)
  • Strong construction (11)
  • Widely compatible adapter (8)
  • Great optics (5)
  • Good padding (4)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (9)
  • Poor fit (5)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (43)
  • Astrophotography (7)
  • Terrestrial viewing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (41), Avid adventurer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A must for serious viewing!

This drive is essential unless you like fighting to keep objects in your eyepiece. It's also a must for astrophotography. I only wish it was slightly smaller so it wouldn't interfere with the scope...Read complete review

This drive is essential unless you like fighting to keep objects in your eyepiece. It's also a must for astrophotography. I only wish it was slightly smaller so it wouldn't interfere with the scope movement as much. Other than that, it tracks well and is worth every penny!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Gets in the way

I bought this along with the Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope as a quick and easy rig for basic viewing while I do photography with my larger scope. Unfortunately it's really turned out...Read complete review

I bought this along with the Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope as a quick and easy rig for basic viewing while I do photography with my larger scope. Unfortunately it's really turned out to be more trouble than it's worth. The housing severely limits the range of positions to which the EQ mount can be adjusted, knocking out whole regions of the sky. If it was more easily removed or better yet could be easily swapped to the other side of the RA axis, it might be ok, but as-is, it's just too inconvenient. Added the fact that the first unit I received [...] wouldn't run the RA fast enough to track, I just can't give this a high recommendation.

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5.0

Point and Click

By Jonny Quest

from Richmond, KY

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

    Awesome...but remember you need to have your Telescope set up right first....then a good Star Finder ...after that point to a star .. cluster .. planet ..ect then turn the motor drive on -fine tune ..and enjoy your viewing experience...point-and-click

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    2.0

    newbie astronomer

    By Billy

    from Broken Arrow, OK

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Poor Construction
      • Poor Fit

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

      I've not gotten much use out of this little guy. Bought it with my Astromaster 114 and have tried using it every night.

      For starters, despite being shown in the picture, you cannot actually use the RA fine tune knob with this motor. The motor locks up, wether it's turned off or not, and won't let you fine tune. That mashes little sense, as I'm never DIRECTLY on what I'm looking at, and frequently need to adjust it.

      The motor has a little dial to turn to adjust how fast, or slow, the device turns. That also makes little sense, unless you're using it to look at the moon. Having settings, or at least little notches for preset speeds would be much nicer. I'm constantly having to adjust the motor because I can't seem to get it just right.

      Finally, the screws holding the motor to the RA are funky. Hand tightening just doesn't cut it. You really have to use a screw driver to get it right, or it'll wiggle off. The second screw requires a tiny allen wrench, I thankfully had one, and was also loose after my first night.

      This, is probably not needed for a beginner scope. If you're purchasing the scope, and need to save a little cash, this is where to do it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      did not work

      By Maris

      from OMAHA,NE

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Construction

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

        No go

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        easy set up and use but bad placement

        By Bryan

        from COUPEVILLE,WA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Poor Fit

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

        This device works great and is easy to use and set up. However if you want to look south at the planets it gets in the way.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Needs Improvement

        By John

        from OMAHA,NE

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

            Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

            It was in the way. The gear box should a release clutch. When this is attached you completely sacrifice your right ascension fine adjustment, thus making target acquisition nearly impossible. I am designing my own release system, but in the mean time this is a cumbersome brick.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            easy but a pain

            By Streeterama

            from Pomona, CA

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

              Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

              This came along with the Celestron 114EQ bundle.

              Installation isn't too complicated; everything is pretty basic.

              It's utility, however, is questionable.

              There's no way to know what the 'right' tracking speed is; you kind of have to keep an eye on it over time to make sure that what you're watching is still within frame.

              Definitely not for astrophotographers.

              If the motor is running too slow and your object is speeding out of view, turn it clockwise. If your motor is running to fast and the object is moving out of frame, turn it counterclockwise. There is no middle; you're constantly having to adjust.

              And sometimes, I'm not even 100% certain that it's actually moving.

              Pros: Easy to install, simple directions, takes a 9V battery

              Cons: no basic tracking setting; constantly having to adjust. very noisy. bulky; often gets in the way.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The motor works fine

              By Tim

              from ELK GROVE,CA

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

                    It arrived, thank you. It works fine on light weight mounts.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    on time

                    By Robert F

                    from FORT DAVIS,TX

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Widely Compatible Adapter

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy

                      Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

                      It got here on time and was easy to install.
                      RTYREE

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Motor

                      By Nandit

                      from CATONSVILLE,MD

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Adds No Function

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy

                      Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

                      The product is not awesome!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      4.0

                      Drive motor

                      By Parker

                      from COLUMBIA,SC

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Astronomy

                        Comments about Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes:

                        Does what it's supposed to.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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