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Celestron 130EQ Astromaster Reflector Telescope

4.2 out of 5 stars 573 customer reviews
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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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Style: AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector
  • Product Dimensions: 88.9 x 48.3 x 30.5 cm ; 12 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 17 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 31045
  • ASIN: B000MLL6RS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (573 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,919 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Style Name:AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector

The Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Telescope is available here at the best price anywhere. If you're looking to get started with astronomy this is our favourite choice under £200 Perfect for astronomers of all ages! 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.


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Style: AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Verified Purchase
The actual telescope and mount are good quality and well made and I'm sure that most other telescopes are the same, but I would strongly advise trying a similar model at a Club or somewhere before buying one. The reason I say this is that they are really difficult to use! I am very familiar with tripods and cameras and I know this sounds unlikely, but it is SO DIFFICULT to find an object, even the Moon and hold it in position. Even using the 'Red Dot' aiming aid is hard. The first time we used the 130EQ it was a lovely clear night, with a bright half-moon. The fact that it was also very cold was a BIG factor. Anyway, It took over an hour to get the Moon to appear in the eyepiece. I found the mount really awkward to use and in the end, I put the telescope on a heavy duty tripod which was easier, but still difficult to get right. The degree of difficulty should not be overlooked, this is not a point and look excercise for the novice. I'm sure it would help if an experienced 'Scoper' was available for guidance.
Having said that, once the Moon was in view, it was fantastic. With the higher power lenses, it is possible to see the craters and mountains quite clearly, however, things move quickly and re-sighting takes some doing. The view of the stars is nothing special to be honest. Even with the high powered lenses, they are just dots of light, although it is possible to see many, many more than with the naked eye.
In all honesty, had I tried one first, I wouldn't have bought one. The best viewing nights are the clear ones, which means cold ones and after a while, it makes a big difference. As a product, I would say it is good quality and value for money, but unless you are really keen on Astronomy as a hobby, a good pair of Binoculars would suffice.
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By Reviewify.co.uk HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2013
Style: AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Verified Purchase
Like many people, I have a casual interest in the night sky and have often thought about buying a telescope. Last time I checked they cost upwards of £300, so I was very surprised to see one for £130 getting such good reviews.

Spurred on by last years series of Stargazing Live, and thanks to the positive reviews on Amazon I took the plunge and purchase this telescope.

It arrived well packed in a large box and the tripod feels very solidly constructed. Like many others I had trouble following the printed setup instructions, I would recommend building it near your PC/YouTube enabled TV/with a tablet near by so you can follow the setup video. Once built the tripod is a really good weight and the scope can be attached or removed, it's not permanently fixed. This has been brilliant for the many months I've been unable to use the `scope and have had it stored away ready for clear dark nights.

In use I've had hit and miss results. I still need to practice locating objects in the sky, again like others the actual sights seem to be fairly useless when trying to line up objects for viewing. This can be hugely frustrating to begin with and you must be prepared to be very patient in the beginning.

However...then you finally manage to lock on to the moon and what an amazing sight it is. OK we've all seen photos on the TV or on PCs, but to look at the moon with the naked eye, then look again through the telescope is a fantastic experience.

I'm very much in the early stages of using this telescope, but for the price I would recommend it to anyone thinking of buying one.

Keep in mind you may quickly want to purchase some extra lens/filters to maximise your experience.
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Style: AstroMaster 130EQ MD Reflector Verified Purchase
Saw Jupiter and four of it's moons recently when they were at their closest approach to Earth and saw them as five white dots. I couldn't see the cloud bands as some have claimed to have seen.

Can't tell if I set it up properly as the manual shows a slightly different telescope then the one I ordered with different weights and no motor, In addition theres no information on setting up the eyepiece. Also when I set it up the second time I noticed the fine adjust knobs stopped working which also means the motor stopped working.

I always wanted a telescope but with hindsight I should have just brought a pair of high powered binoculars instead.
I paid £180 to lower my interest in astronomy 10 fold. Does seem worth it in my opinion.

In a time of space probes and space-based telescopes I really don't think garden telescopes are all that great.
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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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