Celestron 31045 AstroMaster 130EQ Newtonian Reflector Telescope, Dark Blue
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Though it is of average quality, this eyepiece provides a clear and sharp view of celestial objects, making it suitable for detailed astronomical observations. The telescope comes with a manual equatorial mount, simplifying the process of locating celestial objects.
Setting up and aligning the equatorial mount, known as polar alignment, might present a challenge for some, especially beginners. Still, with this scope, Celestron manages to strike a balance between quality and value, and most astronomers will be impressed by this scope’s optical quality.It comprises a geared motor that can be sped up or slowed down by the means of a small dial on the control box. The included manual equatorial mount features slow-motion control cables make it easy to track objects even when wearing gloves, while also minimizing vibrations caused by handling the mount with your hands; and clearly visible indicators on the Right Ascension and Declination axes.
As a reflector telescope, it requires occasional collimation (alignment of the internal mirrors) to ensure optimal viewing clarity.
With a poor unit, the planets are mushy and devoid of fine detail, though the rings of Saturn and the cloud belts of Jupiter are still visible and the Moon may look acceptable to a beginner. This useful accessory will allow you to double the magnification of the eyepieces used with the telescope resulting in a more magnified view. The 10mm eyepiece, with its robust metal body, is designed to deliver a magnification of 65x when paired with the AstroMaster 130.
A favourite first telescope for beginners, the AstroMaster 130EQ reflector offers sharp, detailed views of Saturn’s rings, Jupiter’s moons, and more. Complete with a tray, it accommodates essential accessories like eyepieces, filters, and lights, keeping everything within arm's reach. By using the finderscope to first locate and center an object, users can then enjoy detailed views through the main eyepiece. The Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ is a 130mm Newtonian Reflector Telescope with a f/5 focal length and light gathering power of 345x, making it probably the best model in the AstroMaster series for both planetary and deep sky observing.Despite the heavy steel construction, this mount is subject to some vibration, which is frustrating for experienced astronomers.
This level of magnification is determined by dividing the telescope’s focal length (650mm) by the eyepiece’s focal length (10mm).In addition to the 130mm, the AstroMaster EQ series includes two smaller Newtonians, a 76mm model and a 114mm model. The telescope is not the issue; I have seen these objects in Bristol, UK (bad, bad, light pollution).