Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Telescope

  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Equipped with 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
  • SKU: CEL-31045
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    Retail Price $475

    Product Description
    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.
    Additional Information
    Additional Information
    Product Weight (KG) 16.5
    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 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)
    User Level For Beginners
    Telescope Type Newtonian-Reflector
    Aperture Size 130mm
    Focal Length 650mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Highest Practical Magnification 307x
    Finderscope StarPointer
    Eyepieces 10mm & 20mm
    Mount Type Equatorial Mount
    Tripod Steel
    Warranty 2 Years Limited Warranty
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    Customer Reviews (24)
    Overall happy viewing
    Overall Score
    I purchased and delivery was prompt. This is an affordable telescope. I am happy with this purchase. The viewing is pretty clear and saw Jupiter and 3 moons last night. excited as you could make out the sphere of the planet. The adjustment black handle are useless, so I took them off. It is quite heavy, along it is well made. I have adjusted the tripod down as outs strain on the lower legs. Overall very happy and yes would like larger aperture in future. Dont forget to turn star finder off as I did. It was pretty easy to put together also, so makes life simple. I would recommend. I would forget about having the motordrive version of this scope, apparently its pretty hopeless. I look forward to more star gazing. Review by Glen (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ
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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
    Review by Matt (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Nice telescope
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    Nice size telescope for home Review by Peter Collier (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Good first telescope
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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.
    Review by Jason Krauss (Posted on 6/10/2017)
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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. Review by Craig Hannan (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great buy!
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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!
    Review by Mark (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great beginners Telescope
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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.
    Review by Megan (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Very pleased.
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    This is a quality product ,easy set up, well packaged an the kids love .Thanks. Review by Mark (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Hard to line up and no real detail through the 10 mm lens.
    Overall Score
    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. Review by Eddy O'leary (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great starter telescope.
    Overall Score
    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.
    Review by Gareth (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    A good telescope
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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! Review by Louis (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Don't be deceived by an attractive price
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    I bought this for Christmas 2011 and have been nothing but disappointed. The cons are obvious for most owners I've talked with. I bought it for it's price point, which shows in quality.

    The mount is VERY flimsy, it's cheap, nasty and is too obvious; to use this telescope the very first thing my friends and I offer advice on is to throw the mount away as soon as you buy it.

    "- Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25" steel tube legs - Provides a rigid and stable platform" -> This is utter crap, and you'll be hard to find an owner who doesn't agree. The mount is the most problematic issue with the 130EQ.

    The focus mechanism is also cheap and nasty, the shaft does not correctly align in the mount or on it's rails. The further out you need to focus, the worse and more obvious the poor quality shows. This adds a lot of problems just trying to get it focused as the slightest touch of the focuser and your view is thrown about violently, often making it impossible to correctly focus.

    There are a few other issues; mainly with the setting circles. These are how you align Dec. and RA, using the circles to fine tune degrees. These are also cheap and nasty, I have seen several of these telescopes now loose grip either straight out the box or randomly. Once the setting circles move, you no longer have ANY reference of alignment unless you were to manually adjust them against a known star.

    I believe most reviews for this telescope praise functionality and price, but that is as far as mine gets before getting negative. I have been hard pressed to find a honest review for this telescope and I sincerely hope that these points are thoroughly considered before purchase. You can spend more than double the original price of the telescope to fix the issues that come with the 130EQ straight out the box.
    Review by Ashley James (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Good first telescope
    Overall Score
    Its a great first telescope. The price is quite expensive compared to the US or UK but its not too bad.The delivery was done in 24 hrs which was really good. I havent really been able to see the stars, planets as i hoped but I guess its due to my inexperience. however I have been able to use it quite smoothly to look at buildings ,towers etc. The EQ mount is a bit confusing and its a bit dodgy. Also the quality of screws for the EQ was terrible as it broke while I tried to tighten it. Overall however I think its a good telescope. Review by RJ (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Telescope
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    Quality is excellent in all respects Review by Jeannie Woodbridge (Posted on 6/10/2017)
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    Firstly the cons, the set-up instructions for the scope assume a level of knowledge that I for one do not have, being a total novice. the parts mentioned to assemble are not identified in a parts list and i spent a lot of time trying to matche the pictures of the finsihed scope, hopefully i have done it right. The tripod is very poor flimsy causing the scope to shake even when just pressing your eye to the eyepiece.
    Pros, once assembled my family have since enjoyed many wonderful hours introducing ourselves to the night sky and we are now constantly looking for those cloudless nights.
    Review by Terry Roberts (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great telescope for beginners
    Overall Score
    This is a good telescope for budding amateur astronomers. Can get some great views on planets, stars, and some of the brighter Messier objects.

    The star-finder is hard to use due to the need to align both cross-hairs, which is hard to do in the dark. Would probably need to upgrade to a red-dot finder.

    This scope is also quite heavy to carry unless you carry the tripod + mount and the OTA separately. So if you really need portability this might be a big downfall. I do my observing in my backyard so it's not really a problem for me.

    This scope shines where it really matters; its optics quality. You can get very decent views of the planets, even on the stock (included) eyepieces. Some of the brighter Messier objects can also be seen like the M42 (Orion nebula), but this would also depend largely on the amount of light pollution in your area.

    Learning curve can get a bit steep on the German equatorial mount, but as long as you do some homework and practice using it, it'll be just fine and after awhile, the advantages of a GEM in keeping track of objects will be apparent.

    Overall, great telescope for its price to introduce yourself to this hobby.
    Review by tjun (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    good first telescope
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    Not knowing much about telescopes this was a good first purchase it is easy to set up and use. It was delivered very fast and in perfect condition if i have any complaints its is the tripod takes some getting used to and the eyepeices are a little lackluster. Review by stewart (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Can't wait for Christmas.
    Overall Score
    Quick delivery. looks good, got it for my son for christmas, Can't wait for him to start using it, so I can have a go. let you know more after xmas. Review by Shane (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great telescope. Definitely got my money's worth.
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    Great telescope and advanced enough to not want an upgrade straight away. Review by Jodie (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great first telescope
    Overall Score
    Need to buy the eyepiece and filter kit to fully enjoy
    Other than that nothing wrong with it for first telescope
    Review by Cameron (Posted on 6/10/2017)

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