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Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ MD Reflector Telescope w / Motor Drive

- 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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Special Offer: Buy Celestron Astromaster 130EQ MD Bundle at great value. Limited Time! Limited Stock!



If you're looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ MD Reflector Telescope w/ Motor Drive 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.

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.



AstroMaster 130EQ MD 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

Specification

Additional Info

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
Motor Drive Included
Finderscope Built-on StarPointer
Star Diagonal Erect Image Diagonal - 1.25"
Mount CG-3 Equatorial
Tripod 1.25" steel tube legs
CD ROM The Sky L1
Highest Useful Magnification 307 x
Limiting Stella 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 Coatings Aluminium
Optical Tube Length 24 in (609.6 mm)
Weight 24 lb (10.89 kg)
Manufacturer Celestron
Recommended Usage Viewing Galaxies/Stars, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets
User Level For the Beginner

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Prompt and well packaged - Review by
Overall Score
100
Thank you for your prompt service and delivery. My husband is thrilled with his Father's Day gift and looking forward to using it when the skies clear up.
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Great telescope for a novice. May need to spend a little bit more money improving the mount and tripod when you start getting more seriously into astronomy. - Review by
Overall Score
80
First things first,I am a complete novice, this is my first telescope and as such I have nothing to compare it to so please bear this in mind. Some things I am having trouble with may actually just be my own skills.

The telescope itself is great. it's solid, seems to focus well and came in what seems like pretty good collimation. I have seen Saturn and details on the moon with the two provided eyepieces (I live in a light polluted area and I haven't really had a chance to do any deep sky stuff yet). The views with the supplied eyepieces are satisfactory. You can see the rings of Saturn and some interesting detail on the moon, these two eyepieces alone are okay but will leave you yearning for more. I highly recommend getting the accessory kit as well. It may seem expensive but it's good value for money in the long run and will allow you to see things like the Cassini division in Saturn's rings and very intricate detail on the moon.

The mount and tripod are flimsy. I'm okay with this for now but I can see myself possibly buying a better tripod on the future. The EQ mount is quite acceptable once you get used to it (it makes tracking easier - even with a rough attempt at alignment) and but I can imagine better quality ones being available. The motor drive got in the way so I took it off. It didn't seem to do much, it sounds like it struggles.
The red dot finder is frustrating. I was expecting this as pretty much every review of it says so. if you make an effort to align it roughly you can use it to get you roughly in the right area but be prepared use your slow motion controls to get what it is that you're after into view.

Despite it's flaws it's still a great scope. I would recommend it and don't regret buying it. The mount,tripod, and finder could be better but are fine for a beginner and can always be upgraded in future when you're doing more advanced stargazing.

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Cons: tripod quality

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good first telescope - Review by
Overall Score
80
The star finder is not practical, also my motor drive doesn't work all in all a good buy still love it!!
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Pros: easy to carry, price, great first telescope


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It's a great piece of gear, and i'm looking forwards to more warmer viewing times. - Review by
Overall Score
80
The telescope arrived quickly and was well packaged for transporting abuse. It arrived in tip-top condition. Setting up was fairly straight forward, and only took a short while to complete. I used it the first night I could (weather-wise), and was highly delighted with the results. I had read many, many reports about the 130EQ MD, prior to my purchasing this one, but was pleasantly surprised by it's actual performance. The only item I was disappointed with was the location of the electric drive motor. There are circumstances where it is in the way. I wasn't put off by this because it was a common thread across most of the reviews. I'm a Mechanical Engineer, and i'm sure I can "fix" this problem. The optics of the 130EQ MD are better than expected. Once I had polar alignment I had no problems locating thing to look at. As for the Star Pointer finder-scope as much as it takes a little time to conquer it's use, I find it quite a useful item; but I have used this type of sighter/locator before. I think the secret is to use both eyes open as advised in the literature. I am now waiting for better weather conditions, so that I can get down to some serious sky watching. I would also like to thank the staff of Ozhut for the fast and efficient delivery of the scope. Everything was individually packed and protected from natural abuse, and arrived without any internal damage; although, I had to slightly adjust the secondary mirror. I am well pleased with my purchase and would recommend the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ MD to anyone interested in amateur star/planet gazing.
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great product great service thankyou - Review by
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80
as above
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Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability


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It is good. - Review by
Overall Score
80
It is in good quality. I am learning to how to use it.
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Pros: price, portability


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Nice gear, although not easy for dSLR imaging - Review by
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60
I'm a total beginner, I read some great reviews of this gear, and those reviews are fairly accurate - once you get your head around how the mount works, it starts to come together.

I did buy this telescope under the impression that the standard t-adapter and ring would allow me to jack my Canon EOS 550D camera into the telescope and start taking amazing shots.

What I've learnt is that the standard t-adapter does not give enough back focus - which means that the focal plane of the camera's sensor is too far away from the focal point of the telescope.

I understand that there are two solutions to this:
1) move the rear mirror closer up the tube (a bit drastic, and as I'm a beginner, I'm not confident of doing something like this); or alternatively

2) get a t-adapter with an integral barlow lens, or buy something like the Celestron 8-24mm zoom eyepiece, which extends the focal point out further, so that it reaches the Canon's focal plane.

Before I commit to buying any more gear, I've joined the Astronomical Society of NSW, so that I can get some advice, and maybe road-test some gear to check I understand this correctly. I wish I'd had a better conversation with staff about the accessories necessary to do photography with this telescope.

I am also yet to get the piggy-back set up for my Canon camera correct; I keep getting blurred images. But it's fun to keep trying.

Otherwise, staff were lovely on the phone, and the gear was delivered nice and quickly.

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Once set up correctly, beautiful, crisp and clear image of the night sky - Review by
Overall Score
80
The item arrived promptly with Christmas around the corner.
Great present to a friend who is has an interest in astronomy.
Very satisfied with the image quality along with the fact that a camera can be mounted with appropriate additional purposes.
Very happy with quality of images given the price.
Overall, very satisfied with the quality of the telescope.

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Pros: price, Accurate, Good price, great first telescope, Beautifully crisp image!
Cons: Little bulky to wear, Size; it's not small. But that's because it's a Dob; it's expected

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Great first telescope for people interested in learning to do things manually - Review by
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80
I bought this telescope back in September, after much research online. I'd become interested in astrophotography, and was looking for an entry-level telescope that would be suitable for starting on that.

I wanted a manually operated (rather than computerised) scope, because I figured this way I'd be forced to learn how to do things properly. This is true, but be warned that it's a big learning curve which has involved several very frustrating evenings! If your primary interest is in looking at things with the least amount of hassle, then the extra money for a computerised scope seems worth paying for.

On the whole, despite a few frustrations, I've been happy with this purchase. After a few months (and not nearly enough clear evenings combined with the time to enjoy them) I finally feel that I'm starting to get the hang of things. I've managed to take a few photos that turned out ok:

The Moon, taken with my phone looking through the eyepiece: http://flic.kr/p/dCUXKG
Jupiter (and three moons), taken with an attached camera: http://flic.kr/p/dCYJTp
Cloud bands on Jupiter, taken with an attached camera: http://flic.kr/p/dD58XU

I'm yet to manage any photos of deep sky objects, but have been able to observe nebulae with my eyes. I can see that I will come up against the limitations of this scope eventually, but still have plenty to learn from it first!

That said, here are a couple of criticisms:

The starfinder seems almost completely useless, and other reviews online indicate that this is a common problem. I've had more success in locating objects simply by sighting along the length of the tube.

The motor drive is useless unless you first achieve polar alignment of the telescope. This is a tricky process (especially in the southern hemisphere) and I haven't managed to do it properly yet. Attaching or unattaching the motor drive is fiddly, and when it's attached there are two problems:
* You can't use the fine adjust knob for that axis, even if the drive is turned off.
* The motor drive housing restricts movement of the telescope (when looking North, with the mount pointing South).

At the moment I"ve simply detached the motor drive altogether. I hope that once I have a better idea of what I'm doing I'll be able to use it correctly, but even then it seems I'll need to detach or disengage it when locating objects, a process which is annoying and difficult in the dark.

I have no criticisms regarding the service I received from OzScopes, which was great. If/when I get around to upgrading this will be the first place I'll look!

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Pros: price, great first telescope


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I don't know if my son will get this for Christmas.... I may just keep it for myself! - Review by
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80
This is the first "real" telescope I've bought besides the little kiddie ones. It is intended for my 10yr old son who is highly inquisitive about space. So, because it is for Christmas, it has not been opened and set up as yet. I have opened the box and checked that everything is intact (which it is) and I have to say that I am SO excited to give this to my son! I did some research and found that this telescope was the best in my price range for what we are after. It's actually a little above what I had planned on spending, but I figure for the little extra it cost, it packs a whole lot more punch. And even still, it wasn't ridiculously priced.
The service I have received from OzScopes is second to none. I called to add to my order which was an easy process, no waiting on the line for ages, no digital entity to try to deal with, helpful, friendly. The follow up emails are just as impressive. To have Jono offer his assistance in setting up is a great relief as I'm not sure how I'll go!
I would absolutely recommend OzScopes to anyone wanting great value, awesome service and helpful follow-up.
I'll be back to add further comments once we've set up and used our ..... I mean my SON'S telescope :)
Also can't wait to get some add-on filters!

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Pros: price, user friendly, Good price, great first telescope, quality +++


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Celestron Limited Warranty

Celestron warrants its products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the length of time specified by this product to the original owner. Each product will list the warranty for it on our website.

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.

If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your product, please contact our Customer Service.

FAQ

Q:
Hi Would just like to know if you sell the mount and counter weights for this telescope. I would love a new mount and weights as mine are worn
A:
Unfortunately we only sell this scope as a complete kit. The supplier is Sheldon & Hammond 1800 808 971, They may be able to supply the parts to you separately.
Q:
What accessories do I need to mount a cannon EOS camera to a Celestron 130 EQ? Thanks, Barry
A:
You would need a T-Adapter (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-t-adapter-universal-1-25-in.html) and a Canon T-Ring (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-t-ring-for-35-mm-canon-eos-camera.html).
Q:
Can a camera be attached to this telescope. Is there anywhere in Perth to view this telescope?
A:
You most certainly can attach a camera to this telescope! If you have a pocket digital camera, then the a digital camera adapter will be required. If you have a digital SLR camera, then a T-Ring / T-Adapter solution is the better option. Unfortunately, our only warehouse is in Melbourne. You may be able to find this telescope in an Australian Geographic store in Perth.
Q:
I am interested in buying one of these and wanted to ask what are the exceptions you guys take for layby? Also the shipping calculator doesn't seem to be working, could you tell me how much shipping would be to 3088?
A:
The shipping calculator is probably not working because the item is currently out of stock with the supplier. They're expecting more stock to come in only in January 2012. However the 130EQ (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-astromaster-130eq-telescope.html) is in stock. It's exactly the same except it doesn't have the motor drive. Shipping for the 130EQMD or the 130EQ is $9.00 to 3088. We can allow payments in instalments. Payment would have to be completed within a 4-week period and we won't provide you with the item until it has been fully paid for.
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I just wanted to ask what is the difference between the 130EQ with the motor and the 130EQ without the motor and what purpose does it serve?
A:
The only difference between the 130EQ and the 130EQMD is the motor drive itself. The benefit of having a motor drive is that it is designed to assist with viewing a particular object over a long period of time. Generally, once you get an object aligned in field of view, you will find that the object actually moves quite quickly across the sky, which will require you to make constant minor adjustment to the mount to keep the object in view. The motor drive is a battery operated device that can make these minor adjustments for you, and can keep the telescope moving at a speed you set to help 'follow' the object. The motor drive can be a handy tool to have, but some people prefer not to use it. We do sell this as a stand alone product as well, which can be found on our website here: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-motor-drive-for-astromasters.html
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Is the 130EQ with the motor drive capable of taking reasonable/good photographs or is the scope just too small?
A:
In general the best telescopes for astrophotography are Cassegrains (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/telescope/cassegrain-telescope) as they use a combination of mirrors and lenses and give much better image quality than refractors and reflectors. The 130EQ is a good telescope to get to begin with astrophotography. It still gives you decent images. You can view some examples here: http://www.celestron.com/costco/am130-slideshow.php but do keep in mind that a lot of photo-processing goes into these photos and most other photos that you see on the internet. The size of the 130EQ would be sufficient to take very good photos of the moon and with the motor drive tracking it will do well with long-exposure shots.
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What eyepiece(s) does the 130eq md come with, and what magnification can be achieved? Also what other eyepiece options are available for this model?
A:
The Celestron 130EQMD comes with two eyepieces - a 10mm and a 20mm. With the telescope's focal length, the 10mm eyepiece would achieve a 65x magnification and the 20mm would achieve a 32.5x magnification. The Astromaster series which includes the 130EQMD has an optional eyepiece and filter kit (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-astromaster-eyepiece-and-filter-kit.html) that comes with a 15mm eyepiece (43x magnification if used with the 130eq), 6mm eyepiece (108x magnification), a 2x doubling lens (which basically doubles the magnification of any eyepiece that you pair it with), and three filters (one blue, one red, and one moon filter). Alternatively there is also a Celestron eyepiece and filter kit (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-eyepiece-and-filter-kit-1-25-in.html) that comes with five eyepieces, a barlow/doubling lens, six colour filters, and a moon filter. If you don't want a kit,you can get individual eyepieces. We stock a range of them here (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/accessories/eyepieces). The smallest eyepiece that would go well with the 130EQ giving it the highest practical magnification of 307x would be a 2mm eyepiece.
Q:
In relation to the eyepieces for the 130EQ. I've currently got the normal standard 10mm and 20mm and I'm looking into getting better higher magnification, but wondering if I have a limit? Eg. can I just keep getting lower mm 5, 4, 3 or will my 650 focal length only allow certain eyepieces?
A:
With a 130EQ, you can definitely get a 4mm Eyepiece with your Telescope and get a higher magnification. This is because the scope does have a fairly short focal length as compared to other Telescopes. However, the lowest I would recommend is the 4mm as they can be fairly difficult to use once they get any smaller than the 4mm. The images would appear to be alot darker and because of the smaller exit pupil.
Q:
Is the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ MD Reflector Telescope able to see Nebula clearly?
A:
The Celestron Astromaster 130EQ MD is definitely capable of seeing nebulas, but its clarity is largely dependant on the condition of the skies (light polution, air turbulence etc). Generally, the larger the aperture of the scope, the better it is to counter light polution and the higher the magnification you can achieve in order to get the best picture for you.
Q:
I was just wondering if there was any major difference between the celestron astromaster 130EQ Motor Drive reflector telescope and the normal Celestron astromaster 130EQ reflector telescope?
A:
Both telescopes are identical in every way with the exception of the Motordrive unit. The motordrive is simply connected to the standard mount to allow the telescope to follow a moving object at a set pace.
Q:
With a full range of lenses, how do you determine which lens is best suited to view near or far objects and bright and not so bright objects?
A:
With telescope eyepieces, the HIGHER the eyepiece number is in millimeters, the LOWER the magnification. Generally, if you are interested in getting a panaromic view of constellations or the moon, then a lower magnification eyepiece tends to be best. If you are interested in looking at distant objects, such as planets, or would like to look at the moons surface in detail, then a higher magnification eyepiece is a better option. Generally, it is best to experiment with different eyepieces to discover which ones will give you the best view.

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