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National Geographic 130/650 EQ Newtonian Telescope

  • Ideal for Beginner and Amateur Astronomers
  • Suitable for Deep Sky Observation
  • LED Viewfinder
  • German Equatorial Aluminium Tripod
  • Accessories and Astronomy Software Included

  • SKU: NAT-9069000
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    Regular Price: $379.95

    Sale Price $295.00

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    Product Description
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    National Geographic 130/650 EQ Newtonian Telescope The National Geographic 130/650 Newton Telescope gathers much light with its 130mm aperture,therefore objects inside and even outside our solar system are visible. The relatively short focal length (650mm) makes the telescope very compact and a specialist for wide field observations like open star clusters and nebulae. A tour through the summer milky way will be very impressive, in winter the Pleiades, the Great Orion Nebula or numerous star clusters are easily observed objects. If the sturdy equatorial mount is pointed to the North Star Polaris, tracking objects by hand is easy. Features:
  • Reflector Optical System
  • Suitable for beginner and amateur astronomers
  • Mirror diameter 130mm
  • Focal length 650mm
  • Stable Equatorial Mount
  • In The Box:
  • Telescope with tripod
  • Telescope Eyepieces - 10mm / 25mm
  • Barlow lens 3x
  • LED Viewfinder
  • Moon filter
  • Star map
  • Astronomy software
  • Additional Information
    Additional Information
    Specifications
    Art No: 90-69000
    Optical System: Reflector
    Magnification: 26x - 195x
    Mount: Equatorial
    User Level For Beginners
    Telescope Type Reflector
    Aperture Size 130mm
    Focal Length 650mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Highest Practical Magnification 256x
    Finderscope LED Viewfinder
    Eyepieces 10 & 25mm
    Mount Type Equatorial Mount
    Tripod Aluminium
    Warranty 2 Years Limited Warranty
    Reviews
    Customer Reviews (1)
    Adequately capable telescope for a non astronomer, based on a price point purchase.
    Overall Score
    The principal reason for purchase was for viewing Mars at it's present proximity. This is my second telescope, the previous being a small desktop Dobson. As I am not an avid astronomer, this scope was bought with a balance of performance versus affordability. For my requirements, this seems to fit the bill without going overboard. I found the delivery by Australia Post Couriers to be on time with tracking, being delivered in Sydney only two days after ordering.
    I am investigating the Equatorial Mount system after setting up the scope for the local latitude. So far I have viewed the Moon, Mars and Jupiter, but have yet to investigate further horizons. The large aperture certainly gives bright impressions of objects and I have found the magnification to be more than adequate. The only problems I have had are:
    1. Stability of the image, especially whilst adjusting the Azimuth and Declination controls or the focus. This may require substantial tightening of the lock nuts and a slow, steady hand on focus. When stable, the images of the moon's surface are decent. I am still learning how to to use the telescope and may improve operation with further use.
    2. The focus control seems to require extra fine adjustment to get the image to be in focus. Changing lenses requires the focus to again be adjusted, by which time the viewed object has moved.
    3. Getting the attached LED sight aligned to the telescope, which required about five minutes work whilst sighting the moon. I may end up using a filling of Play Doh to set the sight rigidly.
    I am surprised at the speed objects get out sight due to earth rotation, especially when changing lenses. Perhaps this is a call for later purchase of a motor drive. The free software that came with the scope is Stellarium and only for Windows and Mac operating systems. I use a Linux operating system, however Stellarium is a download/install available from the Ubuntu software repository. It was installed prior to any telescope purchase and is a very useful program.
    Review by Bob (Posted on 6/10/2017)
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