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Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Telescope

- 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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Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Telescope

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


Additional Info

Optical Design Reflector
Aperture 130 mm (5.12 in)
Focal Length 650 mm (25.59 in)
Focal Ratio
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
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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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Pros: easy to carry, price
Cons: tripod quality, focus mechanism

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Great buy! - Review by
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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.
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Pros: Good price, Decent glass, great first telescope, Beautifully crisp image!

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Good first telescope - Review by
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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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Pros: price
Cons: focus mechanism

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Nice telescope - Review by
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Nice size telescope for home
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A good telescope - Review by
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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!
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Pros: portability, Accurate, user friendly, Good price, great first telescope, accurate, Beautifully crisp image!
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!

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Great starter telescope. - Review by
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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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Pros: price, Accurate, user friendly, great first telescope, quality +++
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!

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Hard to line up and no real detail through the 10 mm lens. - Review by
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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.
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Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability, light weight, Good price, Positive adjustments, portable, great first telescope, adjustments
Cons: Doesn't focus real well, image blured

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Very pleased. - Review by
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This is a quality product ,easy set up, well packaged an the kids love .Thanks.
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Great beginners Telescope - Review by
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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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Pros: price, portability

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Celestron will repair or replace the product which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship and within the definitions of the limits described below.

This warranty is effective January 1, 2012, and supersedes all other warranties as noted in brochures, instruction manuals, product packaging, etc.

This warranty does not cover products that have been subject to abuse, misuse, physically damaged, altered, or had unauthorized repairs or modifications. This warranty does not cover defects due to normal wear and tear and other conditions.

Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any binocular or spotting scope covered by this warranty within thirty calendar days of receipt. If it takes longer, the customer will be notified.

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Bought the 130 EQ and can see long distance landscapes and then went to view stars and all views looked like a bright minute dot? Do you need to do the celestial axis setup to get a satisfactory view at night? Neighbour has one as well and had trouble seeing any stars. Thank you
The stars will just look like small dots, as they are so so far away. The planets can be seen slightly easier but it depends which eyepiece you are using. The smaller size eyepiece, the better. Try using the 10mm eyepiece you got with it, and also you might need a barlow lens. The focal length of this telescope is about average but not huge so you won't get very high magnifications without changing the eyepieces or adding a doubling barlow lens. You already have an EQ mount, so when tracking planets it does move in the correct way, as long as you do have it aligned correctly.
Does it require any training to use 130eq .I am in school can I use it?which would be perfect place for observation?
All telescope need a certain amount of training due to the nature of astronomy, so would advise either viewing videos on youtube or joining an astronomy club.
What barlow would be suitable for this AstroMaster 130 EQ? Would the image be clearer?
Any of our barlow lenses are suitable for the AstroMaster 130EQ. Generally, I recommend going for a 2x barlow lens over a 3x as the added magnification can cause a breakdown in quality. A barlow lens will not give you a clearer image as such. The lens is designed as a multiplier which will double or triple the magnification of any of your existing eyepieces. Because you will be magnifying a smaller image, there will be a breakdown in quality. The image may appear less clearer when used with a barlow lens. A barlow lens with higher quality glass will reduce the image quality breakdown such as the Omni or Ultima series barlow lenses which can be found here: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/accessories/barlow-lenses
Can you see Pluto with the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ?
Unfortunately, Pluto is too small of an object to be able to see clearly. A 130mm telescope would be good for objects like the Moon, Planets and nebulas.
whats more powerful this or the Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ Reflector Telescope?
The Astromaster 130EQ has a bigger aperture than the 127EQ so it would give you brighter and clearer images. However, as the difference in aperture size is only 3mm, I wouldn't say that the difference in image quality would be strongly noticeable.
Is it possible with the celestron astromaster 130EQ telescope to be able to attach an SLR camera to the telescope for photographic purposes and will the image of the moon be very clear and crisp or just kind of zoomed in?
You can definitely attach an SLR camera to the Celestron Astromaster 130EQ! All you'll need is a T-Ring for your camera (this goes according to brand - Nikon, Canon, etc) and a T-adapter (The Celestron Universal T-adapter http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-t-adapter-universal-1-25-in.html would be suitable for the 130EQ). Basically, the T-ring replaces the lens on your camera, and the T-adapter replaces the eyepiece on your telescope. The T-adapter and T-ring can then be attached together so that your camera looks through the telescope like it's a lens! However, we have had some cases where customers were unable to focus properly with the 130EQ, so I do recommend getting the Saxon Variable Eyepiece Camera Adapter instead (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/camera-adapter-variable-eyepiece-projection-saxon-ca003-1-25-inch.html) in case you encounter the same issues. The difficulty in focusing is just due to the focal length of the telescope, whereas the variable eyepiece camera adapter helps to let you adjust the focus for your camera. In terms of photographing the moon through the telescope, it's basically what you see is what you get! You can view some examples of other users' experiences online.. there are videos on Youtube such as this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5pg8DSciC4&feature=related and this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLpGwFeNPqg. And of course, how zoomed in the moon is depends on the magnification of your telescope and eyepiece as well. It's also recommended to have a moon filter (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/moon-filter-saxon.html) for viewing the moon and especially photographing the moon as it reduces the glare and brightness that's reflected by the moon, and it enhances the lunar surface as well.
When using the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ, can you explain how to use the starfinder scope with regard to the position of your head when viewing through it? Do you place your head at the rear of the main telescope body and look along its length to and through the starfinder or is your eye placed immediately at the scope (in normal telescope method)? If it is the latter, it seems to be an awkward thing to attempt considering its position on the main body.
The finderscope is used in the same method that you described the first time around ^_^ Essentially you affix the scope to the top of the tube and look down the length of the scope barrel. Once you have aligned the telescope to what you want to see, then you move to look into the eyepiece. If you are having trouble aligning the telescope and the finderscope, I highly recommend setting up the scope during the day. Focusing on a distant terrestrial object and bringing the scopes into alignment during the day is much easier than trying to set everything up at night.
I wondered if you may know to which, if any, of your displayed scopes, if any would a Panasonic HD video camera (43mm inside-47.2 outside) lens screw measurement?
If you meant using your HD video camera to take pictures or video through a scope, any scope would be suitable as you would be able to use a digital camera adapter (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-digital-camera-adapter-universal.html) to align your video camera lens to the telescope eye piece to take pictures/videos through it. But I'm not too sure what your video camera looks like so I can't be too sure how it looks like or if it would nicely on the adapter as well. There are no T-Rings that would be suitable for a digital video camera.
Do you do lay byes?
We usually do not do lay-bys but occasionally we can make exceptions. Our conditions for the lay-by is a 20% deposit and you would have to pay the remainder of the amount in 4 weeks' time. After this, your deposit will not be refunded. The only way for us to put through a lay-by order would be over the phone, so you would need to call us on 1800 SCOPES (1800 726 737) to make your order. If you would like to go through with this purchase, do give us a call :)
Does the telescope connect to a computer?
Generally, this telescope is not designed to connect to a computer. However, what did you want to connect it to a computer for? Did you want to control the telescope from a computer or do you want display what the telescope can see on the screen? If it is the latter, we do have a Celestron NexImage Solar System Imaging Kit which will allow you to display the view from the telescope on a computer screen. You can find it on our website here: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-neximage-solar-system-imaging-kit.html
I am looking at the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Telescope and was wondering if it is possible to attach a camera to this telescope to be able to take photos of the moon, plantets etc?
You can certainly attach a camera to the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ. You have two options: If you have a digital SLR camera, I highly recommend looking at going for a T-Ring / T-Adapter solution. In this setup, the eyepiece is removed from the telescope and the camera will act as the lens. You will get higher quality images from this solution. If you have a standard digital camera, you can look at getting a Camera Adapter such as the Barska Digiscoping Digital Camera Adapter which can be found on our website here: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/barska-digiscoping-digital-camera-adapter.html The camera adapter will hold the camera up to the eyepiece in place of where your eye would normally look into the scope.

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