FLO says: We no longer stock the Celestron Astromaster 130EQ telescope (they can still be found at some photo shops and department stores) but will continue to list them here for reference.
The Skywatcher Explorer 130P / EQ-2 is a very similar telescope (Celestron & Sky-Watcher are owned and manufactured by Synta) with a more sophisticated Parabolic Primary mirror (focuses all the light at the same focal point so spherical aberrations are eliminated) and thinner metal spider-vanes (they support the Secondary mirror) for higher resolution and contrast, especially when observing at higher magnifications.
About this product
Part Number: 31045
The 130mm mirror and 650mm focal length delivers enough magnification and light gathering ability to view details on the lunar surface, the rings of Saturn, 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
|OPTICAL DESIGN:|| Reflector |
|APERTURE:|| 130 mm (5.12 in)|
|FOCAL LENGTH:|| 650 mm (25.59 in)|
|FOCAL RATIO:|| 5 |
|EYEPIECE 1:|| 20 mm (0.79 in)|
|MAGNIFICATION 1:|| 32.5 x|
|EYEPIECE 2:|| 10 mm (0.39 in)|
|MAGNIFICATION 2:|| 65 x|
|MOUNT:|| CG-3 Equatorial |
|OPTICAL COATINGS:|| Aluminum |
|WEIGHT:|| 24 lb (10.89 kg)|
Downloads / Manuals
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)
|Average Rating (3 Reviews): |
Saturday, 28 April 2018 | Kriss
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 Saturnís rings, the Orion nebular and many many more DSOís 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
Friday, 17 February 2017 | Darren
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.
Friday, 30 May 2014 | Mathew
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
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Q1. Can I use the mount without the tube on for widefield imaging with a DSLR?
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.