Celestron Astromaster 130mm EQ-MD , 5" Newtonian Reflector Telescope, 650mm f/5 Focal Length with German Equatorial Mount & R.A. Motor Drive

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About Celestron 130 Reflector

Designed for the first time buyer... Offering exceptional value, the AstroMaster series features a compact and portable design with ample optical performance to excite any newcomer to the world of amateur astronomy.

Alt-Az models have a convenient pan handle with built-in clutch for easy targeting and smooth motion. This style of mount is great for viewing nature and celestial objects.

The German Equatorial mount is a good choice for viewing stars, nebulae, star clusters, and planets. A built-in setting circle aids in locating these objects.

Locate and identify thousands of celestial objects on your laptop or PC with "The Sky" Level 1 software included FREE with every AstroMaster model.

Which AstroMaster model best fits your needs? 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.

If your interest is strictly watching whales, spotting birds, viewing nature, orchecking out your favorite star or planet the altazimuth-mounted models are ideal. Alt-Az models have a convenient pan handle with built-in clutch for easy targeting and smooth motion.

Models featuring the German Equatorial mount are a good choice for viewing stars, nebulae, star clusters, and planets. Built-in setting circle aids in locating these objects.

When used for astronomical viewing, AstroMasters yield breathtaking views of the Moon, Saturn with its ring structure, Jupiter and its belts and moons, nebulae and star clusters.

Every instrument features all glass optical elements as well as smooth operating steel tripod mountings featuring manual motion controls. All models feature coated optics for enhanced image brightness and clarity.



Summary of Customer Reviews

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Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Accurate (3),Quality lenses (3)
Best Uses:
Astronomy (4)

Celestron 130 Reflector Features

  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer
  • Erect image optics , Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
  • Quick release dovetail attachment, no tool setup
  • Pan handle Alt-Az control with clutch, for smooth and accurate pointing (21061, 21063 & 31043)
  • German Equatorial Mount with Setting circles to accurately locate and track sky objects (21062, 31035, 21064, 31042 & 31045)
  • Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25" steel tube legs Provides a rigid and stable platform
  • All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images
  • Deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
  • The Sky,Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images
  • This Model includes the RA Motor Drive #93514

Celestron 130 Reflector Specifications

Optical Design
Newtonian Reflector
Aperture (mm)
130 mm (5.12 in)
Focal Length
650 mm (26 in)
Focal Ratio
5
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm)
20 mm (0.79 in)
Magnification of Eyepiece 1
33 x
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2 (mm)
10 mm (0.39 in)
Magnification of Eyepiece 2
65 x
Finderscope
Built-on StarPointer
Mount Type
CG-3 Equatorial
Tripod
1.25" steel tube legs
Highest Useful Magnification
307 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
19 x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude
13.1
Resolution (Rayleigh)
1.07 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes)
0.89 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power
345 x
Apparent Field of View
1.5 Degree
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds)
79 ft (24 m)
Optical Coatings
Aluminum
Optical Tube Length
24 in (610 mm)
Warranty
2-year Telescope Warranty

Celestron 130 Reflector Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excelent product

By

from Santiago, Chile  -  Casual/ Recreational

My houseband use every nigth this product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

"Decent telescope for the $"

By

from Kent Island, MD  -  Casual/ Recreational

Assembly was fairly straightforward. Not for the impatient type! Takes a little while to hone in on objects of interest that you can see with the naked eye.

(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"I would buy this product again and agai

By

from Bronsville Texas  -  Professional Guide

Excelen opportunity

 
5.0

Great scope!

By

from O'Fallon Missouri  -  Avid Adventurer

This is a great entry level scope. There are no Cons on this scope for its price range.

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Shopper  Can you attach a dslr to this to photograph?
DAN B  With the correct adapter you should be able to attach a dslr to the scope. However, the telescope really isn't made for photography. You might be able to get pictures of the brighter astronomical objects such as the moon, mars, jupiter and saturn but I think it would be difficult to photograph much else with it. The scope is lightly built and vibrations will be a problem, especially with the weight of a dslr on the end of the tube. That said, a lot of people have been successful at getting reasonably good photographs from such equipment. It is a good beginner's scope and well worth the money. For more information you might ask your question on one of the many online astronomical forums.
Shopper  how many planets can we see in this telescope?
HIDAJET M  all depends on your expectations: if you want to see details on Mars like canyons, the red spot on Jupiter or the rings of Saturn; you will need at least an 8 inches diameter instrument and a very clear sky. with this one, you should be able to glance at giants and their satellites, the others appearing as various size spots. This telescope is good for astronomy initiation, learning to use a telescope and an equatorial mount. is is decent for moon observation and terrestrial observation (wildlife for example). I was happy with my purchase because it met those expectations for my 7 years old grandson and a small budget.
Tushar Y  how far we can see with this telescope?
EDWARD C  I use mine for astronomical observations only. I have been very satisfied with my purchase. I apologize if my answer was not helpful.
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