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Reflector telescope, 114mm w/computer controller - $120 (El Cajon)

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Windmill View Rd near Valley Lake
condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Meade
model name / number: DS-114ATE
Refractor telescope with 114mm objective lens and computer controller to help locate celestial objects
Pair of eyepieces (MH9mm and MA25mm) and eyepiece holders (1.25 and 2 inches) ensure a wide field of view in varying conditions
Focal length of 900mm (f/8 focal ratio); bonus electronic eyepiece lets you view objects through TV or record footage on VCR
Computer controller automatically adjusts optical tube to track more than 1,400 objects; fully adjustable aluminum tripod
Meade DS-114ATE features a 114mm primary mirror that produces images three-and-a-half times brighter than objects seen through comparable 60mm lenses, making planets, stars, and other celestial bodies look remarkably sharp and clear. The scope is still a great fit for budding backyard astronomers and hobbyists, but the upgraded lens gives the DS-114ATE added value, as does the Autostar computer controller, which automatically adjusts the optical tube to track more than 1,400 celestial objects. The dual motor control and pinpoint tracking helps you easily view the major planets, star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae that otherwise might be difficult to locate, instead centering them directly in the lens's field of view. As a final bonus, the DS-114ATE also makes a nice choice for such terrestrial tasks as bird watching, nature gazing, or neighborhood surveying.
Meade's topnotch optical design also boasts a 5x24mm viewfinder, a rack-and-pinion focuser, two eyepiece holders (1.25 and 2 inches), and two eyepieces (MA25mm and MH9mm), which enable magnifications of 36x and 101x respectively. The focal length of 900 mm (with an f/8 ratio), meanwhile, isn't as powerful as many high-end telescopes, but still keeps objects looking razor sharp. The instruments are housed in a durable aluminum tube assembly and mounted on a fully adjustable aluminum tripod (with an accessory tray) that ensures a stable viewing platform with minimal vibration--the bane of telescopes everywhere.
As a bonus, the telescope also comes with an electronic eyepiece that connects to your TV or VCR via an RCA-type video plug. Thanks to the eyepiece, users can view the moon, planets, and other bodies directly on their TV screen, or record them to the VCR for later viewing. It's particularly cool for rare events, such as meteor showers, eclipses, or comet sightings.

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