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Celestron 31051 Astromaster 130EQ-MD Motor Drive Reflector Telescope

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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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Celestron 31051 Astromaster 130EQ-MD Motor Drive Reflector Telescope + Celestron AstroMaster Accessory Kit + Celestron T-Ring Adapter for Canon EOS Digital Cameras
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 88.9 x 48.3 x 27.9 cm ; 11 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 17 Kg
  • Item model number: 31051
  • ASIN: B0013Z42AK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,366 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!

Box Contains

  • 1 x Optical tube with attached sky pointer and tube
  • Rings
  • 1 x CG-3 equatorial mount
  • 1 x counterweight bar
  • 2 x 4.8 lbs. (2.2kg) counterweights
  • R.A. & Dec. slow-motion cables
  • 1 x 10mm eyepiece – 1.25”
  • 1 x Erect image 20mm eyepiece – 1.25”
  • 1 x “The Sky” Level 1 CD-ROM

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.2 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    218 of 219 people found the following review helpful By The Fat Monk TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2011
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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.


    I unpacked the scope and 'set it up' - by which I mean put the bits together - in about 20 minutes.
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    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jack on 2 Dec. 2014
    I was bought 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 [...]. 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. Google a video by 'eyes on the sky' on aligning equatorial mount.
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    50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By B. Michail on 5 April 2010
    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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