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Meade StarNavigator 114mm Reflector Telescope with AudioStar

Item# MEAD428
 
5.0

(4 Ratings)

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The Meade StarNavigator 114 is a fully GoTo digital telescope that includes Meade's revolutionary AudioStar Computer Controller.  AudioStar features Meade's Astronomer Inside digital audio technology, which tells you interesting and educational information about a celestial object as you are viewing through the eyepiece.  Its built-in speaker allows everyone around the telescope to listen and hear about the 500 plus celestial objects contained in its database, including planets, nebula, star clusters, our Moon and more.  Size, shape, history, origin and distance from our planet are a sample of what you will hear with Meade's revolutionary AudioStar hand controller.

 

Internal Clock

Set-up is quick and easy.  Time and date are precisely calibrated at Meade's factory

 

AutoStar Suite Astronomer Edition

Amazing planetarium software and Instructional Videos will teach you the night sky and how to use your telescope.

 

Assembles in minutes

Includes everything you need to explore your universe

 

A first look at the rings of Saturn or the craters of the Moon can inspire a lifetime of exploration.  Go to any star party anywhere in the world and you'll see more Meade telescopes than any other.

 

Features:

 

  • AudioStar handheld computerized controller automatically guides your telescope to over 30,000 objects
  • Astronomer Inside lets you listen through the built-in speaker about the 500 plus objects in its database
  • Large 114mm diameter reflective mirror captures more light for brighter images and greater detail
  • Red Dot viewfinder for simple location of objects
  • Includes two 1.25" Eyepieces for low to high power observing

Supplier Sku:
20140

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

For the Enthusiast

Warranty

1 Year

Features

Alt-Az Mount , GoTo

Brand

Meade

Finderscope

Red Dot Finder

GoTo

Yes

Telescopes Series

Meade StarNavigator Telescopes

Optical Design

Reflector

Aperture

114mm

Focal Length

1000mm

Focal Ratio

f/8.8

Mount Design

Single Fork Arm

Eyepiece 1

MA9mm (112x)

Highest Useful Magnification

225x

Component

MA25mm (40x) Eyepiece 2

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Meade StarNavigator 114mm Reflector Telescope with AudioStar
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Strong construction (4)
  • Accurate (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (4)
    • Bird watching (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes (3)

    Reviewed by 4 customers

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    5.0

    Grate Telescope!

    By Kris

    from White Bear Like, MN

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Bird Watching
      • Bright Conditions
      • Low Visibility
      • Travel

      Comments about Meade StarNavigator 114mm Reflector Telescope with AudioStar:

      This Telescope is, so well made! And it dose it all. IT is real easy, to put it up and down. The view finder is vary nice! To get the most out of fine well made product, you should get the 5 more lenses that they have
      .

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      star navigator 114mm

      By Skito

      from Moweaqua,il.

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Bird Watching

        Comments about Meade StarNavigator 114mm Reflector Telescope with AudioStar:

        It is what I expected

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Major Improvement over the old DS Series

        By StarManSteve

        from Georgia USA

        About Me Professional Guide

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Controller
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Focuser
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Average Eyepieces
        • Spherical mirror

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Short Exposure AstroPhoto

        Comments about Meade StarNavigator 114mm Reflector Telescope with AudioStar:

        Expectations: No ground based, commercially available telescope will show you images like the Hubble space telescope. Most galaxies and star clusters look like puffs of smoke in space or glitter sprinkled on black construction paper at best. The planets and the moon will look good. You'll see the most detail on the moon, Jupiter comes in second, Saturn is a distant third, Mars and Venus if you can catch them come in fourth, and Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto will look like stars that are out of place.

        Executive Summary:
        The bottom line is that this is a great telescope for a beginner. It's a good telescope for a more advanced observer who wants something smaller and more portable. It's important to note that the AutoStar controller uses the same AutoStar software that the higher-end, more advanced Meade telescopes use. As such, you'll to expect to take a little time to learn how to use it. There are a number of videos on YouTube as well as Meade's website that will show you how.

        Details:
        I have owned the "previous generation" DS-2114 and DS-2130. The initial build quality of these original scopes was generally poor, the tripods were flimsy, and the mount was vaguely accurate at best. Fortunately, the new Meade StarNavigator fixes the quality, stability, and accuracy problems of its predecessors. The AudioStar controller is a really nice touch. You'll probably get tired of the narration after a week or so and turn it off, but the controller has plenty of other features that make it desireable...particularly the ability to upload your own tours as well as the ability to upload your own objects (like the Internation Space Station). It's a 497EP handset for those that know what that means.

        The tripod still isn't great, but it's much better than the ones that came with my older DS telescopes.

        The eyepieces are the lower quality MA series eyepieces, but they will be more than sufficient for beginning and casual observers. Ironically, the previous DS telescopes that were generally regarded as junk came with very nice Series 4000 Super Plossl lenses. In addition to the eyepieces that come with the telescope, I would recommend picking up an eyepiece in the range of about 16 mm so you have some "in-between" magnification. It comes with a 26 mm and a 9 mm eyepiece.

        The mount is where the major improvement is, in my opinion. The motors don't sound like they're struggling to move the telescope and the tracking is accurate for longer periods of time. The tracking part is extremely important if you intend to do any kind of astrophotography. You're limited to lunar and planetary imaging and some short exposure (around 25 seconds or less) deep space imaging with something like the Meade DSI II or a web cam imager. The results won't be spectacular and they won't win you any rewards, but they will be good enough to share with friends and family. You can also get a universal digiscoping adapter and mount your point-and-shoot digital camera up to the eyepiece for some afocal astrophotography.

        Even the telescope itself (the tube) is improved. The focuser is still plastic, but feels very solid and smooth in contrast to the older versions of this telescope. The primary mirror (the bottom mirror) is spherical rather than parabolic, so the focuser tube contains a special lens to correct distortions. For the beginner and casual observer, this is irrelevant. While the images aren't as clear as they would be with a parabolic mirror, only a seasoned observer will have an eye trained enough to discern the difference. Avid amateur astronomers tend to make more of an issue out of this than it really is. The difference in image quality isn't that significant, but it's there. Unless there is a telescope with a parabolic mirror to compare side by side, most people probably won't notice.

        But the sphereical mirror does present collimation (mirror alignment) issues. Fortunately, the telescope was in collimation (the mirrors were aligned) out of the box. That speaks volumes for the packaging and quality control, in my opinion. But if you do need to collimate it, you won't be able to use a laser collimator because of the lens in the focuser tube. You might be able to get away with the barlowed laser method, but I think the best option will be to use a Cheshire collimating eyepiece. Or, you can make your own collimating eyepiece by taking a 2 liter bottle cap and drilling a tiny hole in the center.

        I'm pleasantly surprised at the improvements Meade has made to this telescope. I'm very happy with it and I would recommend it as a first telescope or to someone who's looking for something smaller and more portable.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Telescope!!!

        By The weasle

        from Chicago, Illinois

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Bird Watching

          Comments about Meade StarNavigator 114mm Reflector Telescope with AudioStar:

          This is a GREAT telescope! The tripod is very stable, much more stable than my first telescope, the Celestron 127 EQ. The finderscope is also great, because you can adjust the latitude and longitude with little screws, that dont need any tools. The optics are great, especially the eyepieces. For those that are buying their first telescope, you can see the fallowing things. The Moon looks like you are there, you can see Saturn's rings, and its biggest moon, Triton. You can also see the stripes on Jupiter, and maybe one of its moons. The computer is very easy to use, and since this is my first telescope with a computer, I was very impressed with how many objects it has in the database, and all the facts it houses. The telescope is also very compact. I could take it from Chicago to Budapest in my handbag, but oviously I had to take the tripod in my other suitcase.

          Definetly five stars for this telescope!!! *****

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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