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 Reflector Telescope Features
|Recommended Usage||Viewing Galaxies/Stars, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets|
|User Level||For Beginners|
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. (Posted on Aug 10, 2014)
Pros: easy to carry, price, great first telescope
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability
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. (Posted on Apr 14, 2013)
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. (Posted on Jan 01, 2013)
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
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! (Posted on Dec 26, 2012)
Pros: price, great first telescope
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! (Posted on Nov 25, 2012)
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