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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, a replacement control panel and motor circuit board, manual control cable, cable clamp and bracket.
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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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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).Read more ›
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!
Highly recommend this for a starter telescope. Excellent value for money.
(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 :)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Versatility is great, prefer to a short tube newtonian.
Packed extremely well with full easy to follow instructions.
Very happy with telescope.
Still early days and only a few good seeing nights since it arrived (on time and complete). However, to date, I have assembled it fairly easily (read the instructions and watched a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Schnapsit
Excellent scope especially when moving around the garden\field a lot. I have a Dobson which isn't as portable, hence I find this rather useful. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Ives
Might be a reasonable telescope but I had to return it (twice) as the product description is wrong as there are no motors included with this model. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Looked the same but did not match up with what it said on the advert. Parts missing and even the replacement was the samePublished 16 months ago by linda
I am 15 years old and i got into stuff like planets because mu uncle is very much into it and he is very clever when it comes to planets and other things to do with space and so... Read morePublished 17 months ago by adam
My husband is very happy with the purchase and was over the moon (;-) watching the stars on Christmas night. All family happy too as we all had a go. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bellatrix