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Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes

Item# CELE304
 
4.0

(48 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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Description

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.

Dimensions & Specifications

Brand

Celestron

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Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/PowerSeeker EQ Telescopes
 
4.0

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (40)
  • Strong construction (11)
  • Widely compatible adapter (8)
  • Great optics (5)
  • Good padding (4)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (8)
  • Poor fit (4)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (40)
  • Astrophotography (7)
  • Terrestrial viewing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (39), Avid adventurer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27), Yes (5)

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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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

(1 of 1 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
       
      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

        (0 of 1 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

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