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Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Telescope

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AstroMaster 130EQ - General Features

- Quick and easy no-tool setup
- Permanently mounted StarPointer
- Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
- Quick release dovetail attachment - no tool setup
- German Equatorial mount with Setting circles - to accurately locate and track sky objects
- Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25" steel tube legs - Provides a rigid and stable platform
- All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images
- Deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
- "The Sky®" Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images




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Summary




Designed for the first time buyer - Offering exceptional value, the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Telescope features a compact and portable design with ample optical performance to excite any newcomer to the world of amateur astronomy.

Versatile and Powerful

If you're looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. The AstroMaster 130 EQ, like all telescopes in the AstroMaster series, is capable of giving correct views of land and sky. It has a 650mm focal length and produces bright, clear images of the Moon and planets. It's easy to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with this fine instrument. Because of its larger aperture and light gathering ability, this Newtonian reflector telescope can also provide views of the brighter deep space objects like galaxies and nebulae.

Both Capable and Well-Designed

The AstroMaster 130EQ is equipped with a permanently mounted StarPointer Finderscope that lets you keep track of the stars, and a German Equatorial Mount with Setting Circles helps you accurately locate and track sky objects. It features all glass optical elements, as well as smooth operating steel tripod mountings with manual motion controls. Coated optics offer enhanced image brightness and clarity.



- A great beginner telescope at an amazing low price
- Erect Image Optics - Ideal for observing land or astronomy objects
- Permanently mounted StarPointer Finderscope
- 130mm light-gathering capacity
- Equatorial Mount setting circles help you locate and track objects
- Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25-inch steel tube legs
- Quick and easy no-tool setup
- FREE - Includes "The Sky" Level 1 Planetarium Software

Specifications
Specifications
Optical Design Reflector
Aperture 130 mm (5.12 in)
Focal Length 650 mm (25.59 in)
Focal Ratio
5
Eyepiece 1 20 mm (0.79 in)
Magnification 1 33 x
Eyepiece 2 10 mm (0.39 in)
Magnification 2 65 x
Mount CG-3 Equatorial
Optical Coatings Aluminium
Weight 28 lb (12.7 kg)
Finderscope Built-on StarPointer
Tube Attachment Dovetail Bar
Tripod 1.25" steel tube legs
CD ROM The Sky L1
Highest Useful Magnification 307 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13.1
Resolution (Rayleigh) 1.07 arcsec
Resolution (Dawes) 0.89 arcsec
Light Gathering Power 345 x
Angular Field of View 1.5 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 79 ft (24.08 m)
Optical Tube Length 24 in (609.6 mm)
Manufacturer Celestron
Recommended Usage Viewing Galaxies/Stars, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets
User Level For the Beginner

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Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ - Review by
Overall Score
60
Great for a first user

Tripod is junk but usable. this definitely is a point and look telescope, don't rely on the setting circles, get better Eye pieces
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80
Owned this telescope for well over a year and given it many, many hours of use. You need some experience and time to get the most out of this or any other telescope. I find most people write reviews well before they have spent an adequate period of time to give a credible review.


Stability:

No, you can't kick the tripod leg and expect the view in the eyepiece to remain steady.
There is "enough" stability however to not greatly hinder normal/typical use of the telescope.
Vibrations quickly settle down but wind will have an effect. You could do a number of things like lower leg height, tension the legs or apply some weight to help improve stability. I've never bothered with any of the mentioned methods as I've not had serious enough stability issues.

Focus:

No problems focusing. The focusing is quite smooth. Pump the magnification up enough and the object will move around in the eye piece while trying to find focus. Even with the movement, I can still achieve critically sharp focus.

Navigation:

This is a "point and look" or "star hop" telescope. Point at a bright object you can see and star hop to where you want to go. The setting circles are literally completely useless. It's not just the case with the Celestron. For the degree of accuracy required for setting circles to be of any real use they must be physically large in size. Even on expensive telescopes you will find they have the same useless setting circles. If you really would like some automated help finding celestial objects, buy a go-to telescope.

Star Finder:

Some people really put the telescope down because of it's star finder.
The star finder works fine as all you need is a target point and this is the star finder.
Here is what I do: Dump the battery to start, you don't need the red LED at all. Ignore the telescope manual and use one eye to line things up, not both. Place yourself at the end of the telescope tube and line up your target through the finder as if using a rifle sight. Once you practice the method a little and learn to position yourself in exactly the same spot every time, it becomes quite easy to find any object. Use the camera mount as a midway reference point to help line yourself up.

Optics:

High marks here! Targets are nice and crisp, contrast good, optical flaws minimal.
Collimation was perfect out of the box and it has remained collimated even after over a year of heavy use.

Eye pieces:

Buy some decent eye pieces as they will make the biggest difference to your views! The Celestron really makes the most of it's 130mm of aperture optically but only if you attach some better quality eye pieces than those supplied.


Conclusion:

The Celestron 130 is a perfectly capable telescope. Obviously there could be improvements in certain areas but you're paying $300 not $3,000!
This is a telescope is strongest where it is most important, optically. Everything else works acceptably enough to not hinder your observing sessions.
I've had a blast with the Celestron over the past 18 months and for me, buying a telescope is 'THE' best item I have ever purchased in my life!

Happy observing!
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Fantastic - Review by
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80
I love the telescope but the gear is quite heavy. My long term dreams are being realised, I can see mountains on the moon and asteroid landmarks in great detail. I should have bought a telescope years ago. (Posted on )
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Good first telescope - Review by
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80
I really like the scope and thus far it has met all my expectations. I have experienced a few issues with the star finder thus far but once I sort out the alignment I am sure it will be a great help. I also wish that there was the option of a finer focussing mechanism. Asides from that I have seen the cloud banding on Jupiter and have been quite happy with that outcome.
It's a good first scope and I am glad I read other people's reviews to make sure I was going to be happy with the purchase of the scope.
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Nice telescope - Review by
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100
Nice size telescope for home (Posted on )
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A good telescope - Review by
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80
My first telescope and a good buy. I hope to start astrophotography and this should provide a large enough aperture for what I want. Overall a good telescope! (Posted on )
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Great starter telescope. - Review by
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80
Easy setup.
Looks impressive and like a more expensive telescope.
The tripod delivers accuracy.
Viewfinder isn't all that accurate and batteries run dry quickly.
Erecting eyepiece is 20mm, so zoom isn't that crash hot.

No regrets, and looking to buy some additional eyepieces.
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Hard to line up and no real detail through the 10 mm lens. - Review by
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60
10mm eyepeice doesn't bring in a clear detailed image, it probably needs to ship with at least 8mm min. Can't clearly focus with sharpness, but that could well be my eyesight. The starfinder is like using a rifle with a front sight only, it took nearly an hour to line up Jupiter. Everything may become easier once I become more used to it. (Posted on )
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Very pleased. - Review by
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80
This is a quality product ,easy set up, well packaged an the kids love .Thanks. (Posted on )
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Great beginners Telescope - Review by
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100
I got this telescope for my girlfriend for Christmas and we love it!!

Got fantastic views of the moon. We purchased some additional lenses and got an even better view.
When we are a bit more practiced, we will attempt to see some planets.
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