Motorised version of the Skywatcher 130, now includes multi-speed handset.
"Our first test on the Sky-Watcher Explorer-130 was to check the collimation of the mirrors, which we found were well aligned. This scope has one of the largest mirrors in its price range, which is a great asset because it means it can gather more light...Optically, the quality of the field of view while studying the star Altair was very good using the supplied 25mm eyepiece. The star remained sharp across 80 per cent of the view, with only slight distortion close to the field edges….Taking everything into account, this telescope made observing the night sky enjoyable and relatively hassle free….great views coupled with ease of use."
BBC Sky At Night Magazine
Review of non motorised version
Skywatcher Explorer 130 vs 130p
Note: The Winner badge and review applies to the non-motorised version. The 130M shown on this page is the same but includes a motor that silently tracks 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.
- Magnifications (with optics supplied): x36, x72, x90, x180
- Highest Practical Power (Potential): x260
- Diameter of Primary Mirror: 130mm
- Telescope Focal Length: 900mm (f/6.92)
- Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm
- x2 Barlow Lens
- Red Dot Finder
- EQ2 Equatorial Mount
- R.A. Motor Drive (D.C.)
- Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray
- 30% more Light Gathering than 114mm