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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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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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90 of 91 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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28 of 29 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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25 of 26 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 5 Mar. 2015
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I purchased this for Christmas 2014 and so have had it for a couple of months now. This is my first foray into astronomy. Please bear that in mind.

Overall I'm very pleased with it with the exception of the red dot finder which I simply could not puzzle out. It also feels a bit cheap. I've recently replaced that with a Sywatcher 9x50 Finderscope which feels of far better quality and is obvious to use once set up. Add about £60 to the price if that sounds good for you. Had the scope come with the finderscope rather than the dot finder, the kit would have got the full 5 stars from me.

The scope itself is a very good entry level bit of kit. Setting it up is straightforward although I'd suggest it's a job for two, preferably in daylight! I leave it set up. It takes up a bit of room, is quite heavy to lug about and tricky to squeeze through doors, but that's the nature of the beast.

You will not give Hubble or Jodrell Bank too much competition, but images of The Moon are, to this L-plate astronomer, breathtaking. Jupiter too. I've even managed a couple of handheld photos of the former through the eyepiece and they pass muster. However, as astronomical objects scoot through the sky you will need motor drives to track them precisely to achieve the required shutter speeds without blurring, so include them if you're interested in astrophotography. If you are going to be looking at The Moon much (and why wouldn't you?), invest in a moon filter. The Moon proves to be very bright indeed! These screw into the bottom of the eyepiece.

Still much to learn. If you're new to the hobby as I am, consider getting a monthly magazine to inform your viewing. There are things going on up there and it would be a shame to miss them for the sake of around a fiver a month. Last night for example I viewed a conjunction between Venus and Uranus, the brightest and dimmest of the planets. Overall, this kit is recommended.
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