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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: 1,400 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

125 of 126 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jack on 2 Dec. 2014
I was brought this telescope for a graduation present and boy am I happy with it. Here is my opinion:
It will take you a while to get used to it (and you will need to put effort in to understand how to use it properly, but once you do, it's a dream (for a first scope). You should check out my blog www(dot)Jackedwardlee(dot)com . Here, I keep an astronomy log book of everything I have seen. If you have any specific questions, ask away.

Advice and tips:

• Don't extent the tripod legs out all the way; the shorter they are, the more stable the telescope will be.
• The EQ mount is ace, once you get the hang of it (again, it takes time and effort to work it out).
• You need to put some effort into learning the night sky. I recommend stellarium or 'turn left at Orion'
• Manage your expectations! Stars pretty much always look like points of light, even through Hubble. Astronomy is not so much about what the eyes see, but what the mind comprehends. Most deep sky object look like ‘faint fuzzies’, even through large telescope.
• Invest in the “Celestron accessory kit (6 mm, 15mm EP, 2x Barlow)”. This add-on will massively improve the functionality of the telescope.
• Forget about the red dot finder. Just use that to get within the vicinity of your target. Invest in a cheap 30 mm eyepiece and use the large field of view to find targets. Again, finding things in the night sky is a skill that requires practice. When I first used this scope, it took me ages (and I mean ages) to even find Jupiter (one of the brightest objects in the night sky). However, now I can point at objects in less than a minute, without even using the red-dot finder.
• You always need to make sure the telescope/tube is balanced.
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395 of 412 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 169 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By j m kimmings on 25 Feb. 2012
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I did a fair amount of research before purchasing and read a lot of the reviews on here also before buying.

I've only been out twice (due to the nature of English weather) so i'm by no means an expert but I found the scope fairly easy to operate, although the star finder was only really useful for getting the scope pointed in the general direction, but like I said, I probably need some practice. I had purchased a 2x Barlow lens, which was good for picking up more detail on the moon's surface, the eye pieces that come with the scope seem reasonable.

On my second night (last night) while opening out the legs on the mount the plastic/composite hinge for the accessory tray snapped, meaning the mount would no longer take the weight of the telescope.

Pros:
It's affordable.
It is an impressive looking piece of kit and good for looking at the Moon and general star gazing.
Easy to set up, although the instructions could be better - I sought help from a variety of websites to fill in the blanks.

Cons:
Don't expect to see any detail on Jupiter, Venus or Mars ... even with a x2 Barlow lens (purchased separately) Jupiter was transformed from a small bright dot, to a bigger bright dot, although some of it's moons were visible.
The mount is flimsy and let me down. I hear Celestron's Customer Service is very good, so I'm hoping to get the damage resolved soon.

My advice... before buying any telescope, buy a copy of Sky At Night and read up on some reviews and have some realistic expectations on what you're getting for your money.
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