A great option for the serious beginner, the Sky Watcher Explorer 130P Reflector Astronomy Telescope with EQ2 Mount (10712) also obtains excellent praise from more seasoned astronomers. This telescope is a highly capable all-rounder for the study of the Moon, bright planets, nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters. It has an incredibly helpful 130mm of light gathering aperture and a great parabolic main mirror. Comes with the EQ2 equatorial mount, which when polar aligned will make it simple to follow things as they move across the night sky with its slow motion control wires.
Premium-quality Parabolic Primary Mirrors, often found in larger, more expensive telescopes, are used in the Sky Watcher Explorer 130P models to eliminate spherical aberrations and produce even sharper, higher-contrast images that are full of detail. A parabolic mirror, or more precisely a "paraboloidal" mirror, is ground to a shape that perfectly focuses all incoming light rays on axis. Additionally, to lessen diffraction spikes and light loss, they have 0.5mm Ultra-Thin secondary mirror supports.
'Fast' focal length reflectors with spherical primary mirrors are prone to spherical aberrations, which are eliminated by the use of high-quality parabolic primary mirrors. All the light beams are parabolized by the mirrors to focus on a single point, producing clear, contrasty images that are rich in detail.
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
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 & secondary mirror with Radiant Aluminium Quartz (RAQ) coating providing up to 94% reflectivity with optimal durability and long term performance
0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports
Red Dot Finder
EQ2 Equatorial Mount
Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray
30% more Light Gathering than 114mm
Net Weight 13.5kg
Boxed Weight 18.4kg
Box Dimensions (LxWxH in mm) 1064x500x280
Warranty 1 year