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Meade DS 114

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Meade's DS-114EC reflecting telescope offers a large aperture, high-quality optics, and easy push-button electronic operation, making it a perfect instrument for the serious beginner or intermediate observer. It features improved mounting for precise, smooth altitude and azimuth movements. Its high-resolution, multicoated primary and secondary mirrors are free of the optical zones and irregularities often found on optics of lesser quality. It includes the Meade handheld electronic controller, which allows for four-speed push-button operation and easy object location and tracking. It also includes Meade's StarNavigator software, which displays more than 10,000 celestial objects for help in locating galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, stars, and planets. It comes with a full-length adjustable heavy-duty aluminum tripod with accessory shelf.

The DS-114EC exhibits Meade's fine attention to detail and quality. It offers a resolving power of 1.5 arcseconds, a limiting visual magnitude of 11.6, a 275x maximum practical visual power, and a 6mm by 30mm viewfinder. Its large 114mm aperture allows you to observe celestial objects like the rings of Saturn, Saturn's largest satellite, Titan, the moon-like phases of Venus, and hundreds of deep-space phenomena like galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters.

The DS-114EC is also built to be fully compatible with Meade's Autostar computer controller, for automatic location and tracking of celestial objects.

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Summary: good starter scope
June 8th, 2010

This telescope is not as bad as the other reviews make it out to be. Yes the directions it it comes with ARE ment for this telescope. On the directions it says"DS-2000 reflecting and refracting telescopes with #497 Autostar". This indicates that these directions do not have the name of the telescope on it, but it does indicate that this telescope is ONLY ONE IN A SERIES OF TELESCOPES.

The other reviews are right about the tracking and go to, it is pretty bad if you do not program you lattitude and longitude. However if you cant find those coordinates and autostar is rendered useless tis is a good thing. This makes you learn the sky the old-fasion way. Yes this is good.

I do like the tripod, it is sturdy if YOU CARE FOR IT. Its like evey thing else, if do not treat it with care it will break. The tripod is constructed out of a type of alluminum for strength and light wieght. thats a good thing.

Last but not least BEFORE YOU GET A TELESCOPE please take the thime to learn the constellations and to navigate the night sky. Believe me it will help you, i wish i had.

I hope this refiew has helped you with this incredibly hobby,passion, or obssesion. 

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