Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ MD Reflector Telescope w / Motor Drive

  • 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-31051
    Sign up to get notified when this product is back in stock
    Stock Status: Out of stock


    Retail Price $555

    Product Description
    Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ MD Reflector Telescope w/ Motor Drive 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
  • 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
  • Additional Information
    Additional Information
    Product Weight (KG) 16.85
    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
    Motor Drive Included
    Finderscope 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)
    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
    Video Link
    Customer Reviews (29)
    great product great service thankyou
    Overall Score
    as above Review by warwick hutton (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    It's a great piece of gear, and i'm looking forwards to more warmer viewing times.
    Overall Score
    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. Review by Ian Woolley (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    good first telescope
    Overall Score
    The star finder is not practical, also my motor drive doesn't work all in all a good buy still love it!! Review by david (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    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.
    Overall Score
    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.
    Review by EJ (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Prompt and well packaged
    Overall Score
    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. Review by Neeta (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    It is good.
    Overall Score
    It is in good quality. I am learning to how to use it. Review by Patrick (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Nice gear, although not easy for dSLR imaging
    Overall Score
    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.
    Review by Millsy (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    I don't know if my son will get this for Christmas.... I may just keep it for myself!
    Overall Score
    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!
    Review by Linda Callaghan (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great first telescope for people interested in learning to do things manually
    Overall Score
    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!
    Review by John Dalton (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Once set up correctly, beautiful, crisp and clear image of the night sky
    Overall Score
    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.
    Review by Thuan (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Loving it
    Overall Score
    Very prompt delivery, very easy setup. First morning, stunning views of the waning moon. First evening, moons of Jupiter show very clearly, even low in the sky. I still need to work on aiming it better to get at what I want to see quicker. But then, it's my first telescope.

    The finder scope doesn't find much, or still needs a lot of manual scanning - I'm sure I'll get better at it, but I also think the design could be more helpful.

    If you swing say from Jupiter to Mars in the current sky, you can easily bump up agains the motor drive, it's mounted in a slightly awkward position. I might even take it off until I really need it.

    These are comparatively minor issues, and will improve with familiarity. My take-home impression so far is that is was very quick to get very rewarding views of beautiful objects.
    Review by Iain (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great for a starter and for kids assignments
    Overall Score
    I found it a little difficult at first, but with practice got better. The star finder is at the wrong end of the tube in my opinion and not easy to use if you wear glasses and have astigmatism, so don't use it, a bit of hit and miss at first. Pity it does not come with a more powerful eye piece, guess thats why it was cheaper. The software that came with it is excellent for the kids and their school science assignments. You will need better eye pieces if you really want to get closer to Venus and Saturn. But that will have to wait until we save some cash. Review by Robin Brading (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great Telesope!
    Overall Score
    We brought this for our son for his birthday. He absolutely loves it! (So do we).
    We will be ordering the eye piece and filter kit next.
    Review by Tammi (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great first telescope
    Overall Score
    Great service and fast deliveryfrom Ozscope. Here in Adelaide has been cloudy most nights but managed to score a clear night and observed Saturn's rings with the 10mm Eyepiece. Still have to peform the polar alignment and set up the equitorial mount and motor drive. Keen to hook up a webcam and capture images on my computer.

    Will I improve the image quality with a bettwe quality eyepiece? Will Saturns rings be larger/clearer and show any colours? What is the highest practical power for this telecope? 6mm

    Review by Robert Golik (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Overall Score
    Quick delivery and efficient, matched what was described Review by Frankie (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Overall Score
    So far I'm in love with it, even though I bought it for my boyfriend!
    We saw jupiter and it's moons, and saw the moon in amazing detail. Already looking into various filters and eyepieces! And it was packaged and well taken care of for the trip!
    Review by simone (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Telescope good, packaging good, instruction manual atrocious.
    Overall Score
    Outer carton showed signs of damage, but the telescope was well packaged enough to not be damaged.
    Instruction manual is very poor with too many words and not enough diagrams. Thank goodness for Youtube. A 3 minute clip on balancing, sorted out the confusion after 10 minutes of trying to figure out the manual.

    Telescope itself is good quality. Now we just need a clear night to be able to look at some stars.
    Review by Tim Hamilton (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    My first Telescope,great , can't wait to get some spare time to use it
    Overall Score
    Parcel arrived within 3 working days of ordering.parcel was very well packaged.due to the online video was able to assemble the scope from memory.Overall very happy with the purchase Review by Carl Perrott (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Very good buy
    Overall Score
    The telescope arrived in two packages on different days, but within a week of the order and just before Xmas too! Can't beat the service! We have had an enormous amount of pleasure viewing the skies in the SW of WA, even watched the Kangaroos on the hill - upside down, but you could even see the fur on their ears. Saw Jupiter and her 4 moons and enjoyed views of our own magnificent new moon. Still have so much to learn! Review by Brenda (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    My first telescope and I am very happy with it
    Overall Score
    Before using this telescope I had never used one before. I have however, been interested in astronomy for years, I was fairly familiar with the night sky, and I knew what to - and what not to - expect.

    Everything was pretty much straightforward and easy to assemble. Once it was set up, I collimated the mirrors and I was ready to go, but had to wait almost a week before I had a clear night.

    So far I have only viewed some of the easiest targets - the moon, Saturn, M42 and some of the brighter double stars - but I am very impressed with the quality of the images. Things are fairly easy to find with the laser star pointer and lower magnification eyepiece. I have been using the higher magnification eyepiece with a (separate) 2x Barlow lens with good results.

    While the included eyepieces (a 20mm erecting and a 10mm) are a good start, I find myself wanting both a smaller and a larger one. An erecting eyepiece is not all that useful with an equatorial mount, but it works fine for me at the moment.

    The mount is fairly sturdy and the slow motion controls work well and feel very nice. Annoyingly, there is no clutch to temporarily disengage the motor drive (if connected) for manual adjustments, which has resulted in my not using it much.

    The tripod feels to be the most cheaply manufactured part, but it is still sturdy and quite portable.

    I have been out every clear night since I got this telescope. It is great first step to start exploring the universe.
    Review by Jake (Posted on 6/10/2017)

    Items 1 to 20 of 29 total

    per page
    1. 1
    2. 2
    Write Your Own Review
    You're reviewing: Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ MD Reflector Telescope w / Motor Drive
    How do you rate this product? *
      1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars
    Overall Score
    Product Tags
    Product Tags

    Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.