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Model: astromaster-130eq-scopePart Number: 31045Brand: Celestron
Celestron products include a two year warranty except binoculars and spotting scopes which have limited lifetime warranties.
The Celestron 130EQ is not one of those flimsy toys you see in department stores and photo-shops. It is a grown-up telescope from one of the industry’s most respected manufacturers.
The 130mm mirror and 650mm focal length delivers enough magnification, resolution and light gathering ability to view details of the lunar surface, the rings of Saturn, the polar ice caps on Mars, the cloud belts on Jupiter and a number of deep-sky targets including the famous globular cluster in Hercules (M13) and the Great Nebula in Orion (M42).
An easy to use built-in red-dot finder helps you centre the target and an all-metal German Equatorial (GEQ) mount with slo-mo flexible control cables enables you to track the target manually as it moves across the sky.
Adding a motor (see photo below) enables the mount to silently track the target as it moves across the sky, keeping it in the eyepiece field of view. This is especially useful when observing at high magnifications or when observing with company. It is also rather handy if the clouds roll over because the motor will continue to track while you pour yourself a coffee. (If you choose the regular 130EQ model the motor can be purchased later and is easy to fit).
Includes 10mm & 20mm Celestron eyepieces.
The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:
Quick Setup Guide for AstroMaster 76EQ, 114EQ and 130EQ (PDF)
AstroMaster Manual (90EQ and 130EQ) (PDF)
Yes - this mount would work great for DSLR imaging. The camera attachment point is on the tube rings for the telescope so if you want to mount the camera straight to the mount, you may want to use a short dovetail bar.
This was my first telescope and was the culprit of my addiction to this hobby. Having my first views of Jupiter and seeing the storm belts as well as Saturn’s rings, the Orion nebular and many many more DSO’s this really did set me off on my journey. The mount is a little wobbly and the red dot finder takes a little to get used to. But all in all is a great set up to get started
This was bought for me (not from here) as a present. This is my first scope and looked mighty impressive. Upon setting up, the secondary mirror was hanging loose and need collimation. For a beginner this was daunting, and after spending hours watching videos on YouTube, finally set to it. After watching some good videos, I made a couple of extras to help collimate it, so if you're thinking of getting this, or any first scope, get at the very least a collimation cap, but a Cheshire or even a laser collimation tool will be great addition for accurate set up. I ended up getting all three! The supplied eyepieces are cheap, and ok to begin with, but your viewing experience will benefit from some Celestron Plossl's, and a Barlow.The EQ mount requires greasing as it arrives totally dry and devoid or any lubrication. Spend a little time greasing all of the locks and clutches with a little grease, and this becomes a delight to use.Overall a great start into astronomy for the price, and with getting everything just right as I have described, and with good eyepieces, you will not be disappointed.
I Bought this scope recently, everything is good with the scope. The motor drive is a bit useless but worth having. Light and easy to transport as I don't own a car
Motor Drive for Celestron Astromaster EQ£43.00
Rigel Aline Collimation Cap£5.40
Astro Essentials ND96 1.25" Moon Filter£9.00
Celestron Night Vision Red LED Torch£14.00
David Chandler Night Sky Planisphere (Large, Plastic)£12.00
Turn Left at Orion Book£22.90
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