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Celestron Astromaster 130EQ

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  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer
  • Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
  • 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 stable platform
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 88.9 x 48.3 x 30.5 cm ; 12 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 15 Kg
  • Item model number: 31045
  • ASIN: B000MLL6RS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,318 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

There are estimated to be at least 70 sextillion (7 x 1022) stars in the observable universe and with the nearest one after the sun being 39.9 trillion kilometers away it is difficult to discover and appreciate their true celestial beauty without the help of a high quality telescope.

Manufacturer's Description

Celestron Telescope with computerised mount
Track objects in the sky with the slow motion controls. Click here for a larger image.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

There are estimated to be at least 70 sextillion (7 x 1022) stars in the observable universe and with the nearest one after the sun being 39.9 trillion kilometers away it is difficult to discover and appreciate their true celestial beauty without the help of a high quality telescope.

Wish Upon a Star

If you're looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. Each AstroMaster model is capable of giving correct views of land and sky. The rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25" steel tube legs provides a rigid and stable platform. Motion is controlled by a high quality CG3 Equatorial mount for accurate motion control.

Celestron Telescope with computerised mount
Built-on StarPointer finderscope helps to align and accurately locate objects. Click here for a larger image.

The AstroMaster Series produce bright, clear images of the Moon and planets. It is easy to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with every one of these fine instruments. For views of the brighter deep space objects like galaxies and nebulae, we recommend the larger aperture and light gathering ability of the Newtonian reflectors.

StarPointer for Easy Spotting

With the permanently mounted StarPointer and erect image optics, the Astromaster is ideal for both terrestrial and celestial viewing. the StarPointer makes it much easier to locate the objects you want to view, so you can then enjoy the close-up view through the scope. It also features a German Equatorial mount with setting circles - to accurately locate and track sky objects, all shown in crisp clear detail thanks to the all coated glass optics.

Celestron Telescope with computerised mount
Light-weight computerised mount with a quick-release base. Click here for a larger image.
Simple Set-up

Quick and easy to set up using the quick release dovetail attachment with no tools required, the telescope also comes complete with a deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of all your accessories, a rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25” steel tube legs as a sturdy, rigid viewing platform for much improved images, and The Sky Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images to help you achieve the best star gazing experience from your scope and see everything you want to see. It’s out of this world.

About Celestron

An award-winning legacy brand for over 50 years, Celestron has grown to become the world's leading telescope maker, and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron also develops a wide range of exciting products and technologies that enhance the science, outdoor and educational markets. At Celestron, we strive to inspire a sense of wonder, knowledge and fun in our customers and throughout our company.

Which Celestron telescope is right for me?

Features
Optical Design
Refractor
Refractor
Newtonian Reflector
Newtonian Reflector
Motor Drive
Yes - Included
Aperture
70 mm (2.76 in)
114 mm (4.49 in)
130 mm (5.12 in)
130 mm (5.12 in)
Weight (lbs)
18 lbs (8.16 kg)
17 lbs (7.71 kg)
28 lbs (13 kg)
24 lbs (11 kg)
Angular Field of View (deg)
1.1 °
1 °
1.5 °
1.5 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds)
58 ft (18 m)
53 ft (16 m)
79 ft (24 m)
79 ft (24 m)
Optical Coatings
Fully Coated
Aluminum
Aluminum
Aluminum
Focal Length (mm)
900 mm (35 in)
1000 mm (39 in)
650 mm (26 in)
650 mm (26 in)
Focal Ratio
13
8.77
5
5
Eyepiece 1 (20mm) Magnification
45 x
50 x
33 x
33 x
Eyepiece 2 (10mm) Magnification
90 x
100 x
65 x
65 x
Mount
Altazimuth
CG-2 Equatorial
CG-3 Equatorial
CG-3 Equatorial
Highest Useful Magnification
165 x
269 x
307 x
307 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
10 x
16 x
19 x
19 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude
43
65
73
73
Resolution (Rayleigh)
1.99 arc seconds
1.22 arc seconds
1.07 arc seconds
1.07 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes)
1.66 arc seconds
1.02 arc seconds
0.89 arc seconds
0.89 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power
100 x
265 x
345 x
345 x
Optical Tube Length
914 mm
508 mm
610 mm
610 mm

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

128 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Rick Blade on 30 Jan. 2011
Celestron Astromaster 130EQ

Very surprised at the quality for the money. If you're into astronomy in a big way but can't afford an all-singing-all-dancing digital telescope, then this might appeal to you.
The eyepieces are of excellent quality and that really counts when viewing.
Let me break it down a bit.

Pluses:
* Terrific build quality
* Very precise control
* Solid tripod
* Quality eyepieces

Minuses:
* A bit weighty if you're lugging very far

Recommended attachments: (available at Amazon.)
* Moon filter (Celestron)
* Revelation Astro 5X Barlow lens OR Celestron `Omni' Series 2X Barlow
* Phillip's Planisphere
* Celestron Flash Light, Red Astro Lite
* Celestron Omni 4mm eyepiece OR SEITZ High Power 4mm Glass eyepiece

For astrophotography:
* Camera adapter 93626 (Celestron or Bar and Stroud)

Dimensions: (approx.)
* Main scope length = 24 inches
* Scope diameter = 6 inches
* Minimum floor-to-eyepiece = 42 inches (depending on scope pitch)
* Tripod spread = 42 inches
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398 of 415 people found the following review helpful By summer on 25 Nov. 2008
Since the main factor in telescope size is diameter of the mirror or lens, a larger scope is a better choice if you want a scope that has potential to maintain an interest in astronomy. A small telescope can see exactly the same TYPES of objects as a large telescope, it just cant-see as many of them or as much detail in them. If you are concerned with performance, buy the largest telscope you can afford that has all the features that you want. go with the 130EQ if you can afford it.I found it to be the best value telescope on the market and i did alot of research.
Good luck
jack (Bath)
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162 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Abbs on 26 Nov. 2008
I wanted a decent telescope that I was going to be able to see lots with BUT without the complex set up and complicated controls (am slightly technically challenged with this sort of thing!). After doing lots of research I chose this one and have to say I'm really pleased. It was easy to set up and use (my stepkids enjoy it too) but we can see a great deal, very clearly. Excellent!!
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202 of 214 people found the following review helpful By M. Babb TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2009
This is a lovely telescope that should give you many years of fun.

It's quite impressive when put together (which is a breeze) although the counterweight is quite heavy, and the actual telescope quite large, so it's not that portable, without taking it off the tripod.

Once set up, following the simple instructions, you're ready to go, as long as you can get a clear night.

One thing to remember with this, or any optical telescope, is that the stars will always remain the same size, regardless of magnification. What you WILL see, however, is stars that were too faint to see with the naked eye.

Take Plaedes (The "Seven Sisters") for example. Just a faint collection of 7 stars. The finder scope will bring all 7 into view, but will show about 20 more that you didn't know were there. Even the lowest (20mm) magnification eyepiece will limit your field of view to one of the sisters (plus others in the background).

You may find you'll need a greater collection of eyepieces than the 2 supplied, or even a 2x or 3x Barlow lens (used in conjunction with the eye pieces) if you want to see Venus in any appreciable size.

The only problem (as with many scopes) is judder. It will take a few seconds to settle down once you've focussed.
If you're going to use it for astro photography, you'll need a t-mount which screws onto the scope (although my Nikon D70 won't focus properly unless I'm using a 2x Barlow magnifier with it). You'll also need a single axis motor drive, as the stars and moon will move surprisingly quick in your field of view.

In all, it's a lovely telescope. Fairly sturdy, very bright optics and easy to use. The supplied software is also pretty good.
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162 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Thinpig on 3 Mar. 2011
Celestron Astromaster 130EQ

I purchased the Celestron Astromaster 130EQ as a starter telescope aimed at 'newbie' astronomers. For the price it is an impressive piece of kit. It comes well packaged and is easy to assemble using the picture guide that comes with it. If you get stuck there is a YouTube video to help you.

Of course you get what you pay for and the 130EQ has limitations. It is best suited to observing the Moon and planets. Don't expect closeups of deep space objects. Using the telescope takes practise, but on the first evening out we got some great views of the moon.

Included in the package is TheSkyX - First Light Edition software. This is a great tool. Input your latitude and longtitude (available from Google World) and TheSkyX will deliver a view of the night sky at any time you choose. It recommends some targets complete with RA and DEC. Great for planning your observing sessions.

The two lenses supplied with the 130EQ are just adequate to get you started, but you will soon want to add to them, for example you should purchase a 2x Barlow lens.

On the downside there is a major problem with the 130EQ associated with aligning the telescope and finding objects. The problem is the starfinder that comes fitted to the telescope. It contains two concentric rings and a central dot. The dot is illuminated red for use at night. The concentric rings worked well in daylight, but at night they are impossible to see and aligning the red dot with a star is near impossible. For novice users this finder is a source of frustration and would put off all but the most dogged new astronomer.
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