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The Celestron Astromaster 130EQ astronomy telescope offers easy no-tool setup, comes with 20mm & 10mm eyepieces, finderscope, tripod and Starry Night Basic Software.
Bar Code: 050234310451Part Number: 31045-CGLBrand: CelestronSkill Level: IntermediateAperture: 130 mmOptical Design: Newtonian ReflectorMount Type: Manual German EquatorialFocal Length: 500 - 750 mmTechnologies: S.N. Basic Edition
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If you're looking for a dual purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster 130EQ is for you.
Each Celestron AstroMaster model is capable of giving optically corrected views of land and sky. The Celestron AstroMaster series produce bright, clear images of the moon and planets.
- Manual German equatorial mount with setting circles - to locate and track sky objects- Adjustable, full height steel tripod with deluxe accessory tray- Quick and easy no-tool setup- Accessories include a 20mm and 10mm eyepiece, and a finderscope- Download Starry Night Basic Software with a 36,000 object database, printable sky maps and enhanced images including 3D renderings of stars, exoplanets, and galaxies
Specifications:Optical Design: Reflector,Aperture: 130 mm (5.12 in),Focal Length: 650 mm (25.59 in),Focal Ratio: 5,Eyepiece 1: 20 mm (0.79 in)Magnification 1: 32.5 x,Eyepiece 2: 10 mm (0.39 in)Magnification 2: 65 x,Mount: CG-3 Equatorial,Optical Coatings: Aluminium,Weight: 24 lb (10.89 kg)
This is my first telescope, I wanted something that would be OK for a beginner, but something I wouldn't outgrow too quickly.A bit of research showed that this kind of scope was towards the top of the range for the beginners, which seemed to be what I was aiming for.I paid £155 delivered, which was the cheapest I could find for this model, and it arrived in 3 days. Setting it up was straightforward, and I was looking at the moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars that night.The supplied eyepieces aren't great, but that's pretty normal - enough to get you started. I've since bought a better eyepiece and a 2x barlow lens to give me some more options.The mount is a bit on the cheap side, but it's functional and once you've figured out how to do a reasonable polar alignment it's easy to keep objects in the eyepiece with the slow motion RA control.I'm very happy with my purchase, and I'm sure I'll spend far too much money on my new hobby in the future!
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This was better than i expected and i'm very pleased with this purchase ( i need to mention that this is all new to me so i am an entry level enthusiast). Great price with these guys and speedy delivery.
I bought this as a pressie for my wife who has a celestron travel scope but has taken a keen interest in astronomy.This is a good 'next step' scope.The equatorial mount is very nicely put together & is a heavy & seemingly durable bit of kit.Both the mount & the scope require taking things to the next level with setting up collimation & laser scope etc.It's very easy to learn on this.Everything is well made except for the eyepieces which are, frankly, junk.Picstop are doing this at a daft price (just £160!) but at full price it's still VFM.We have bought a celestron x-cel 18mm & matching 3x barlow & 7mm Luminos.The viewing with these lenses instead of the ones provided help show both the limits of the scope but more importantly what it does well.This is a lot of scope for the money. If you allow the cost of 2 decent replacement lenses + a barlow into the price you'll find that this has a lot to offer the amateur.The instructions offer a slightly confusing picture guide to setting up the mount but a detailed & very useful users guide that covers a lot & will really help the user start to get to grip with what is needed to begin really enjoying astronomy.Something the scope, once fitted with good lenses, does too.Recommended
I think this scope is a good way to have an advance, cost accesible but professional piece of equipment, I can't stop using it every night when is clear.
I have only used a couple of times due to cloud but a great first telescope. Good quick service from picstop would recommend.
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As a beginner this was all the scope I could want at a great price. Service and deliver was fast and efficient the one thing I would say is that the mount takes some getting used to but will definitely shop here when I am ready for an upgrade.
Great first telescope, looking at the moon and be able to see details is something special. All of the accessories you can add are nice, to upgrade your setup, depending on usage (astrophotography).
It's a little hard to set up for beginners but it's amazing after looking through the first night seeing Venus.The book is very insight and full of information which is great as a starting point. If I had more room I would buy another one
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