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.
130EQ or 130EQ-MD?
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.
- Quick and easy no-tool setup
- Permanently mounted StarPointer
- Erect image optics - suitable for terrestrial and astronomical use
- Quick release dovetail attachment - no tool setup
- German Equatorial mount
- Pre-assembled tripod with 1.25" steel tube legs
- Accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
- “TheSkyX – First Light Edition” astronomy software with a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images