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Celestron 31051 Astromaster 130EQ-MD Motor Drive Reflector Telescope

by Celestron
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
RRP: 199.00
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  • Motor Drive for the automatic tracking
  • All coated, glass, erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup with quick release dovetail attachment and preassembled tripod
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer and German Equatorial mount with Setting circles - to accurately locate and track sky objects
  • “TheSkyX – First Light Edition” astronomy software with a 10,000 object database, maps and images
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 88.9 x 48.3 x 27.9 cm ; 11 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 18 Kg
  • Item model number: 31051
  • ASIN: B0013Z42AK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,544 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

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 views of both land and sky.

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.

With the permanently mounted StarPointer and erect image optics, the Astromaster 130EQ is ideal for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, also featuring a German equatorial mount with Setting Circles – to accurately locate and track sky objects so you can set your sights for that perfect view of the stars and other celestial objects of interest, all shown in crisp clear detail thanks to the all coated glass optics.

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 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!

Product Description

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 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.

This model includes the motor drive for automatic tracking.
 
Features:
  • Motor Drive for the automatic trackin
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer
  • Erect image optics-Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
  • Quick release dovetail attachment-no tool setup
  • 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 rigid and stable platform
  • All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images
  • Deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
  • "The Sky®" Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images
Specifications:
  • Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector
  • Aperture (mm): 130mm (5.12 in)
  • Focal Length (mm): 650mm (26")
  • Focal Ratio: 5
  • Eyepiece 1 (mm): 20mm (0.79")
  • Magnification 1: 33 x
  • Eyepiece 2 (mm): 10mm (0.39")
  • Magnification 2: 65 x
  • Finderscope: Built-on StarPointer
  • Mount: CG-3 Equatorial
  • CD ROM: The Sky L1


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
161 of 161 people found the following review helpful
By The Fat Monk TOP 500 REVIEWER
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[Also see my moon images submitted as user images above]

This is a first telescope for me and a first trip into the world of astronomy. I've wanted a 'scope for years and have wanted to know more about the stars etc, but this is me actually taking the plunge. Possibly the first plunge, depending on this experience.

I researched telescopes over a few weeks and kept coming back to this one. I toyed with 'go-to' scopes but realised that a) that was defeating the object of learning about the skies - I'd just be saying "Show me this, nice. Now show me that." and b) the quality of the 'scope itself would be offest by the cost of the go-to computer. At just over 130 quid (with an RRP of 200 quid) it was in the price bracket I was looking at, and the spec seemed pretty high and ideal for a starter like me.

I wanted to see what I was likley to be able to see with the scope, I wanted to get some idea of just how much of the sky the scope was going to reveal to me that I couldn't see with the naked eye.. it's just a start, by my moon images attached to this product page should help give you some idea of what's acheivable by someone with no experience using a telescope after just an hour of playing around.

Another thing missing in most reviews I read was any mention of how easy it was to take photos through this 'scope. I couldn't find any that review that specifically showed images taken with this'scope and a DSLR... so with this review (and my user images) I'll try to fill that gap in my own small way.

FISRT IMPRESSIONS:

I unpacked the scope and 'set it up' - by which I mean put the bits together - in about 20 minutes.
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155 of 157 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money 29 Nov 2010
I spent quite a lot of time looking at telescope reviews before buying this telescope. It soon became quite obvious which reviewers knew what they were talking about. For example: the people on this site who gave this product 1 star clearly didn't understand what they were buying, and had no clue what to do with it.

Bearing in mind the cost (between 110 and 130), I would be surprised is it is possible to buy a better value for money scope. Assembly was a very simple 20 minute job, using the comprehensive instructions, but there is also a quick start picture guide, and if you still have problems, look on Youtube or Celestron's website for the video guide. I experienced none of the difficulties with bits breaking off or getting jammed that others have had - just be moderately careful putting it together. The mount and tripod are quite robust, although the counterweights are fairly heavy. The mount and tripod are very important - they must be stable to get a clear steady image. There is very slight judder, but in less than a second, everything settles down.

The image quality is excellent in my opinion, using the included 10mm eyepiece although most will probably quite quickly want a 2x or 3x Barlow lens, and variety of eyepieces to increase magnification. For the meantime however, there are plenty of objects clearly visible - Jupiter and it's moons are for instance visible using the eyepiece provided with this telescope. Many stars not visible to the naked eye can also be seen. I am now just waiting for a clear night to see what else I can find. The only slight snag is the starpointer (the red LED aiming device). This is quite difficult to align and use, hence the 4 stars instead of 5, but it may just be me.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
The pros:
The quality of the telescope and the mount is quite good.
I think that it has a good value for money.

Now, the cons:
The tripod legs bend slightly when fully extended and the plastic "nerves" and braces seem a bit fragile.
The red dot view finder is unusable at night. During the day I could use the two black circles of the view finder to align the telescope with the intended target, but at night only a single red dot was visible. So I could not aim. I do not know if there was a problem with the finder, but I removed it and replace it with a different one.
NOTE the telescope does not have a standard bracket for the view finder, so I had to buy both a shoe holder, a bracket and to be a bit creative.

Another drawback to the telescope is that the primary mirror's center is not marked, so forget most of the collimation tools. In addition my secondary mirror seems marginally off center. I cannot align it, because one aligning bolt is stuck and the other two have terminated. But as I said it's only marginally off and I can live with that.

As for the motor drive, I find the lack of a "neutral" mode annoying, in general I do not think that it worths the extra money.

In conclusion, It's a fairly good telescope, but it could have been much better with only minor changes. If you have decided to buy this telescope, I would suggest the one without the motor drive.
I rate it with 4 stars because I believe it's a good telescope for its money, despite its drawbacks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners telescope at a good price
This is a good beginners telescope at a very competitive price. With this scope you get 130mm of aperture, which in a refractor telescope you'd have to pay much more for (this... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by N. Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Motor Drive
I'm very pleased with the quality, for the money, but somewhat puzzled as to why the motor drive unit is mounted upside down, even on the illustrations supplied, perhaps someone... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Trevski
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
We bought this for my (then 5-year-old) daughter and me, and it is a very good telescope for the price. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ben Waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Purchased as a present, being a novice and this being the first telescope it was very easy to put together (approx 30mins if that) and we were able to view stars and the moon... Read more
Published 1 month ago by alex
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant piece of equipment for the price range
Bought this telescope as a Christmas present for my husband who, although has a very keen interest and good knowledge of astronomy, was a novice when it comes to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dani
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace
Excellent telescope, I bought it as a gift and they loved it. Lots of features and easy to use. Just need a few more starry nights.
Published 2 months ago by Sam Harrison
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality.
It was delivered very quickly. However, the quality is so poor. One of the screw broke when we were putting the telescope together. There are a few scratches on the telescope body. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jie Ding
5.0 out of 5 stars Good telescope for a beginner.
I am a novice astronomer and this is perfect for me as it's powerful but not too complicated to use. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sam B
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Good overall impression but lack of quality in some details such as metal plates and sheets. The stand is not as stable as one would like and will do just barely. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mozaffar Hessami
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Telescope for amateurs like me.
We used to have some National Geographic telescope, and we didn't realise how much we were losing until we got Celestron Astromaster.
Fantastic tool. Sharp picture. Read more
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