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Skywatcher Explorer 130P f / 650 Newton Telescope with Parabolic Mirror 5.1 Inches Silver

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  • Magnification (with optics supplied): 26x and 65x
  • Ultra-thin 0.5 mm brackets for the secondary mirror
  • 30 % more light gathering than 114 mm
  • Box contents: Guide tube mount with full Alt Azimuth controls, 2 x stepper motors for declination and right ascension drive, a replacement control panel and motor circuit board, manual control cable, cable clamp and bracket
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 107 x 50 x 27 cm ; 18 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 19 Kg
  • Item model number: Skywatcher Explorer-130P
  • ASIN: B00CYHSZCC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Jun. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Product Description

The Sky-Watcher EXPLORER-130P is a fantastic choice for the serious beginner and also receives high marks from more seasoned astronomers. With an extremely useful 130mm of light gathering aperture and a superb parabolic primary mirror, this telescope is a highly capable all-rounder for the observation of the Moon, bright planets, nebulae, galaxies and star clusters. Supplied with the EQ2 equatorial mount, which when polar aligned, will allow you to easily track objects as they move across the night sky via its slow motion control cables. The EXPLORER-130P models feature premium-quality Parabolic Primary Mirrors, normally found in larger more expensive telescopes, to eliminate spherical aberrations, producing even sharper, higher-contrast images which are full of detail. A parabolic or more accurately a "paraboloidal" mirror, is ground to a shape which brings all incoming light rays to a perfect focus, on axis. In addition they feature 0.5mm Ultra-Thin secondary mirror supports, to reduce diffraction spikes and light loss. • Magnifications (with Eyepieces supplied): x26 & x65 • Highest Practical Power (Potential): x260 • Diameter of Primary Mirror: 130mm • Telescope Focal Length: 650mm (f/5) • Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm • Parabolic Primary Mirror • 0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports • Red Dot Finder • EQ2 Equatorial Mount • Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray • 30% more Light Gathering than 114mm

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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Futers on 4 Feb. 2011
Ideal beginner telescope, the SkyWatcher 130P comes with a fairly robust EQ-2 tripod mount, a 10 and 25mm objective lenses (relatively good quality), a red-dot finder and a good operating manual. The "P" stands for parabolic mirror which offers better views than the convex mirrors traditionally used in Newtonian telescopes. (The 130PM is the same 'scope but with the addition of an RA motor drive!)
The whole package arrives in a single well packed box; spend a bit of time reading the assembly instructions before decanting the parts! The tripod goes together easily enough but would benefit from the application of some Lithium grease to all sliding faces, especially the RA and DEC swivvles on the "head".
The 'scope is of the Newtonian design, so you look into the side of the top of the tube and not the end. The mirrors are of excellent quality and the tube virtually free of internal reflections but the secondary mirror spider is close to the opening of the tube and will reflect street light and moonlight into the optical path if they are too close to the field of view (a simple cardboard "hood" can be made to elliminate this). I found the scope arrived fully collimated so it was ready to use as soon as it was assembled.
Set up the red-dot finder in daylight as per instructions using the 25mm lens, aim it at a distant landmark and adjust till the landmark appears (upside down and centred) in the lens (NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN)
All you need now is a dark night and clear sky to enjoy a whole new world. This design of 'scope is designed to direct the maximum amount of light to the eyepiece: the tube dust cap has a second (small) cap in it: remove only the small cap to allow the observation of the moon without being "blinded" (or use a moon filter).
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By flashleg8 on 16 Jan. 2013
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I purchased this telescope after weeks of indecision about what kind of scope to buy. Too much indecision. The bottom line of all the research I done was, buy the best scope you can afford. Simple. This fell in my price range - better than a 114mm aperture (around £100) and not as good as a 150mm aperture (more than £300). I wasn't disappointed with this. It's a sturdy piece of kit and comes with comprehensive instructions. You need to get used to the non-intuitive mount, but other than that its pretty simple to set up. The red dot finder works fine and is easy to align. Comes with a 10mm and 25mm eyepiece. I've ordered a cheap 2 x Barlow lens and a moon filter that I've not had a chance to use yet. I would recommend buying "Turn Left at Orion" a book to show what are the interesting things to look at and what they realistically look like through a small scope. Like other people have said, you need to be realistic about what you will see with any telescope - you won't get Hubble type views! First thing I looked at was Jupiter (the brightest thing in the sky - no moon yet!). You can see a surprising amount of detail and four moons. Next thing was M42 nebula on Orion's belt, also stunning.
As I said at the start, you can look and weigh up forever - but you'd better spend your time out looking at the sky!
Quick delivery too!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By cybermalaika on 4 Jan. 2013
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Bought this after reading the reviews as I had no idea how to choose a first telescope! So far its been absolutely brilliant - we can see the craters on the moon and the spot where Apollo landed! We can also see the red stripes on Jupiter and all jupiter's moons -just awesome. We have got the bug !

Highly recommend this for a starter telescope. Excellent value for money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim on 3 Feb. 2013
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Was torn between this and the skyliner 150p on a dob mount. Really happy with my purchase. Feels well built and the viewing is great.

I would get a barlow lens (not included) and a moon filter.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Surfing Silver on 18 Jan. 2013
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I did a fair bit of research on entry level telescopes before parting with my cash. Taking feedback from multiple sources
(online reviews, sky at night magazine, etc etc) this seemed to be the best choice for the money.
Plenty of people recommending, it so I took the plunge, and boy am I glad I did !

When the telescope arrived the first thing that struck me was how well packaged it was. So plus points already.
Out of the package it seems like a sturdy piece of kit for the money, again I was impressed.

Read the instructions, read them again, then again. Finally I set it up, mirror seems to be aligned perfectly, no collimation
required. And the red dot pointer is almost bang on with no adjustment either. Certainly close enough to allow me to find
jupiter and all 4 moons on my first attempt :o). And I could clearly see cloud bands on Jupiter, and that's with the stock
lenses which are quite poor in the scale of things I hear.

So I'm a beginner and I managed to find and see Jupiter and all four moons straight away, that should tell you a bit.
I've since tried the Orion nebula and can see a misty patch, and I've also seen some great detail on the moon.
Next target to tick off the list ... Saturn....

So in conclusion very happy with my purchase, I can't see how you can do better for the money.

Now to order some better eyepieces and kit to connect a DSLR for a bit of astrophotography :)
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