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Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope

Item# CELE250
 
4.0

(125 Ratings)

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  • A great beginner telescope at an amazing low price
  • Erect Image eyepiece can observe land or astronomy objects
  • Equatorial Mount setting circles help you locate and track objects
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
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What's Included?

Telescope, Tripod, 2 Eyepieces, Finderscope, Planetarium Software

Description

A fantastic Telescope designed for the first time buyer

Offering exceptional value, the AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope features a compact and portable design with ample optical performance to excite any newcomer to the world of amateur astronomy.

 

If you're looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. The AstroMaster 130 EQ, like all telescopes in the Celestron AstroMaster series, is capable of giving correct views of land and sky. It has a 650mm focal length and produces bright, clear images of the Moon and planets. It's easy to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with this fine instrument. Because of its larger aperture and light gathering ability, this Newtonian reflector telescope can also provide views of the brighter deep space objects like galaxies and nebulae.

 

The AstroMaster 130EQ is equipped with a permanently mounted StarPointer that lets you keep track of the stars, and a German Equatorial Mount with Setting Circles helps you accurately locate and track sky objects. It features all glass optical elements, as well as smooth operating steel tripod mountings with manual motion controls. Coated optics offer enhanced image brightness and clarity.


AstroMaster 130 EQ Telescope Features

  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer Finderscope
  • Erect Image Optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use - on both Refractor and Reflector designs
  • Quick release dovetail attachment for a no-tool setup
  • German Equatorial Mount with Setting Circles - to accurately locate and track sky objects
  • Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25-inch 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


About Celestron
Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become one of the world’s leading telescope makers, enjoying brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron is also a leading designer, manufacturer, and importer of other high-quality optical products, including binoculars, spotting scopes, and microscopes in addition to their computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories. Their innovative products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades, adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader’s Digest, Popular Science, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Consumer Electronics Association, and more. Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities in Torrance, Calif.

Supplier Sku:
31045
Shipping Restrictions:
Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing Nebulae , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Warranty

2-Year Limited

Features

Equatorial Mount

Brand

Celestron

Weight Complete

24 lbs.

Finderscope

Fixed StarPointer

Lens Coating

Aluminum

GPS

No

GoTo

No

Telescopes Series

Celestron AstroMaster Telescopes

Optical Design

Reflector

Aperture

130mm

Focal Length

650mm

Focal Ratio

f/5

Mount Design

CG-3 Equatorial

Eyepiece 1

20mm (33x)

Highest Useful Magnification

150x

Star Diagonal

1.25 Inch

Component

10mm (65x) Eyepiece 2

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Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope
 
4.2

(based on 125 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (86)
  • Strong construction (85)
  • Quality lenses (74)
  • Compact (34)
  • Easy to use (32)

Cons

  • Unstable (19)
  • Heavy (16)
  • Difficult to use (11)
  • Difficult to focus (7)
  • Poor lens quality (7)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (116)
  • Bird watching (17)
  • Travel (7)
  • Bright conditions (5)
  • Low visibility (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (106), Avid adventurer (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fix to finderscope

This was my first telescope. I was worried I would get the "trashy Christmas telescope". After fixing the finder scope tonight, I'm quite happy. Its a sturdy mount. The eyepieces are...Read complete review

This was my first telescope. I was worried I would get the "trashy Christmas telescope". After fixing the finder scope tonight, I'm quite happy. Its a sturdy mount. The eyepieces are comfortable, well made and not made cheap. It focuses well. Its weighted well, but you may need two people to move it.[...] Its made of steel, not plastic. It balances well, once you are educated.Now, about the Finder scope problem. There are two pieces of glass within the finder scope, that are adjustable. But this does not help much because, the two pieces of glass are to help triangulate your object into view, but the triangulation is not long enough. And one is not sure where to look at the finder scope. I have fixed this problem by gluing an object on the holding braces of the telescope, so I know where to look, basically I've elongated the finder scope. I fixed this during the day.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed.

This was a replacement for a stolen Orion 130 with goto. First I never used the goto feature, but did like just holding the keypad for adjustments. Up and over adjustments did fine,...Read complete review

This was a replacement for a stolen Orion 130 with goto. First I never used the goto feature, but did like just holding the keypad for adjustments. Up and over adjustments did fine, but I'm not dinging the scope on the mount. Personally I don't like all the constant adjustments, but that is a mount to get used to and not a flaw necessarily. First flaw the finder scope. I read reviews calling it garbage, but said, "My last one had a red dot scope and I could dead center any star in seconds." It took an hour to find Jupiter.I tried to calibrate it earlier on land and by those trials it was so far off I gave up. The view changes if you move an inch, tilt your head etc..You have to align two dots, find a fixed object like the camera mount screw to keep level and hold the target image in the view finder, while adjusting 3 axis of mount. I found the Ring Nebula manually, viewing from the city with my Orion 130 faster than I could find the moon with this one. Side by side with 2 60mm scopes, one a discovery $29 the other a 20-60x spotting scope on camera tripod. Jupiter looked the same detail wise in all except brighter in this one. 10mm lens exhibited several halos.I do blame bad seeing as atmospheric turbulence was noticeable at 160x. I'm going to read up to better understand the mount, but the finder has to go. The stand seemed heavier duty than my last scope, but seemed more prone to shaking. Viewing (finally) was not "enjoyable".

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5.0

I'm seeing stars !

By Dolores E

from Dublin,CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Quality Lenses

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Bird Watching

    Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope:

    The Celestron 130 Telescope is everything I hoped it would be. It's not so ugly that I couldn't place it in view of guests in my home. I can see everything I look for clearly. I recommend this model to anyone starting to stare into space.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Fun to use.

    By Rick

    from GARDNER,KS

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope:

    Pretty easy to set up. Great beginner scope.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GOOD PRODUCT

    By Sandra

    from Onalaska,TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Poor Lens Quality

    Best Uses

    • Bird Watching

    Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope:

    A BIT CONFUSING TO PUT TOGETHER, USE THE LONG DIRECTIONS AND NOT THE QUICK VERSION TO SPEED IT UP.

    NOT AS POWERFUL AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pro

    By Jan

    from ABERDEEN,WA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to Use
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope:

      I bought this telescope for the family. It was easy to assemble but temporarily lost one of parts for the counter-weight. Everything went smoothly and the directions were easy to follow. Orienting the Star Finder was the hardest part.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Very Nice

      By David

      from OMAHA,NE

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to Use
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope:

        The Scope gives me excellent light capture and giving a very nice view of planets and dim stars surrounding the objective that 114 EQ does not do as well. Some have said its too heavy but I can carry it around (a little muscle, yes) by removing the counterweights first. The scope dismounted, itself, is very mild in weight.

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        • No

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        Customer Q & A

        Q1: The Celestron Astromaster 130EQ has only 650mm Focal Length while the Celestron Astromaster 114EQ has a 1000mm Focal Length. is this true?

        A: Yes, it's true: The Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ has a 650mm focal length, and the 114EQ has a 1,000mm focal length.

        Q2: Why does the Astromaster 130 have a low focal length? Since it is a reflector shouldn't it have a larger focal length?

        A: The focal length of a "pure" Newtonian reflector scope cannot be longer than its optical tube. The Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector telescope's tube is only about 27 inches long. This makes it light and easy to handle, but it limits the focal length to 650mm.

        Q3: I'm looking at the Celestron Astromaster 130mm EQ Reflector and the Celestron Powerseeker 127 EQ, do any of these telescopes have a adaptable motor drive that i can buy separately?

        A: The AstroMaster and Powerseeker series telescopes use the Celestron Motor Drive for AstroMaster/Powerseeker EQ TelescopesAdding a motor drive is a great addition to the telescope.  It will allow for tracking of objects instead of turning the knobs to follow objects.  It also stops the vibration that happens when manually turning the telescope.  A great accessory!

        Q4: What is the weight and size/dimension of packing box during shipment?

        A: The shipping dimensions are 35Lx19Wx11H inches and the shipping weight is 42lbs.

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