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.
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Telescope Features:
|Recommended Usage||Viewing Galaxies/Stars, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets|
|User Level||For Beginners|
Tripod is junk but usable. this definitely is a point and look telescope, don't rely on the setting circles, get better Eye pieces (Posted on Jun 05, 2014)
Pros: easy to carry, price
Cons: tripod quality, focus mechanism
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.
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.
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! (Posted on Jan 14, 2014)
Pros: Good price, Decent glass, great first telescope, Beautifully crisp image!
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. (Posted on Jan 11, 2014)
Cons: focus mechanism
Pros: portability, Accurate, user friendly, Good price, great first telescope, accurate, Beautifully crisp image!
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!
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. (Posted on Apr 18, 2013)
Pros: price, Accurate, user friendly, great first telescope, quality +++
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!
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
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. (Posted on Jan 10, 2013)
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