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Celestron 31045 AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope

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Style:130 EQ

Product Description

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.

From the Manufacturer

AstroMaster 130EQ Telescope (item #31045) AstroMaster 130EQ Telescope PhotoAstroMaster 130EQ - General 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
  • German Equatorial mount with Setting circles - to accurately locate and track sky objects
  • 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
Details
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.

Specs
  • 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: 33 x
  • Eyepiece 2: 10 mm (0.39 in)
  • Magnification 2: 65 x
  • Mount: CG-3 Equatorial
  • Optical Coatings: Aluminum
  • Weight: 28 lb (12.7 kg)
  • Finderscope: Built-on StarPointer
  • Tube Attachment: Dovetail Bar
  • Star Diagonal:
  • Tripod: 1.25" steel tube legs
  • CD ROM: The Sky L1
  • Highest Useful Magnification: 307 x
  • Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 13.1
  • Resolution (Rayleigh): 1.07 arcsec
  • Resolution (Dawes): 0.89 arcsec
  • Light Gathering Power: 345 x
  • Angular Field of View: 1.5 °
  • Linear Field of View (@1000 yds): 79 ft (24.08 m)
  • Optical Tube Length: 24 in (609.6 mm)
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2-year Telescope Warranty

CELESTRON TWO YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

A. Celestron warrants your telescope to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Celestron will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Celestron to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Celestron together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Celestron.

B. The Proper Return Authorization Number must be obtained from Celestron in advance of return. Call Celestron at (310) 328-9560 to receive the number to be displayed on the outside of your shipping container.

All returns must be accompanied by a written statement setting forth the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the owner, together with a brief description of any claimed defects. Parts or product for which replacement is made shall become the property of Celestron.

The customer shall be responsible for all costs of transportation and insurance, both to and from the factory of Celestron, and shall be required to prepay such costs.

Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any telescope covered by this warranty within thirty days of receipt. In the event repair or replacement shall require more than thirty days, Celestron shall notify the customer accordingly. Celestron reserves the right to replace any product which has been discontinued from its product line with a new product of comparable value and function.

This warranty shall be void and of no force of effect in the event a covered product has been modified in design or function, or subjected to abuse, misuse, mishandling or unauthorized repair. Further, product malfunction or deterioration due to normal wear is not covered by this warranty.

CELESTRON DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHETHER OF MERCHANTABILITY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN. THE SOLE OBLIGATION OF CELESTRON UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL BE TO REPAIR OR REPLACE THE COVERED PRODUCT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS SET FORTH HEREIN. CELESTRON EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY LOST PROFITS, GENERAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHICH MAY RESULT FROM BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY, OR ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY CELESTRON PRODUCT. ANY WARRANTIES WHICH ARE IMPLIED AND WHICH CANNOT BE DISCLAIMED SHALL BE LIMITED IN DURATION TO A TERM OF TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL RETAIL PURCHASE.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Celestron reserves the right to modify or discontinue, without prior notice to you, any model or style telescope.

If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your telescope contact:

Celestron
Customer Service Department
2835 Columbia Street
Torrance, CA 90503
Tel. (310) 328-9560
Fax. (310) 212-5835

Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM PST

NOTE: This warranty is valid to U.S.A. and Canadian customers who have purchased this product from an authorized Celestron dealer in the U.S.A. or Canada. Warranty outside the U.S.A. and Canada is valid only to customers who purchased from a Celestron's International Distributor or Authorized Celestron Dealer in the specific country. Please contact them for any warranty service.


Product Details

Style: 130 EQ
Product Manual (French) [9.77MB PDF]| Product Manual (German) [3.32MB PDF]| Product Manual (Italian) [9.72MB PDF]| Product Manual (Spanish) [3.25MB PDF]| Quick Setup Guide (English) [3.53MB PDF]| Quick Setup Guide (French) [3.53MB PDF]| Quick Setup Guide (German) [3.56MB PDF]| Quick Setup Guide (Spanish) [3.53MB PDF]| Product Manual (English) [10MB PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 35 x 19 x 12 inches ; 26.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 34.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000MLL6RS
  • Item model number: 31045
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2003

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By E. Kittrell on April 15, 2010
Style Name: 130 EQ Verified Purchase
Let me say right from the start that you must set up some parameters or boundaries to work within when shopping and comparing performance, features, etc. When I was shopping around I kept asking myself what if a spend a little more, over and over. By the end of my browsing session I'm seriously considering a 16" light bridge truss dobsonian. So here's the highlights.

1. Looks. I think you'll be hard pressed to find anything in this price range that looks more the part. I really like the orange annodized alum. bits & pieces. They really pop against the metallic blue optical tube. To me this thing looks like more scope than it really is.

2. Apeture. 130mm is about as big as you'll find at this price point. Apeture is everything. The more the merrier. Do not get caught up in the magnification hype that is very common in department store telescopes. As a matter of fact this scope does not have very high power as supplied. With it's reletively short focal length, you'll need a barlow lens to get some big mag. numbers.

3. Mount. Since I come from a cheap department store scope background, this is the best mount I've owned. Now that said, it is still very light, and there are plastic bits on the telescoping legs that will break if you get over assertive when tightening fittings. To a serious amature astronomer this thing is probably shakier than a Chihuahua at the north pole. The tripod probably is the weakest link in the package. THe legs are steel, but of the shower curtain rod wieght, not electrical conduit weight. It's probably the best place for them to skimp, in my opinion. There are tricks to make a mount more stable, but most of us don't want to grind our own optics at home.
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133 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Super Movie Fan Man on September 26, 2010
Style Name: 130 EQ Verified Purchase
Well, I spent allot of time researching a good beginner scope for myself and my family and after much deliberation I chose the Celestron Astromaster 130EQ. I think I need to look a bit more.

Pros:

1. Price: Very affordable, I got mine on sale for $213.
2. Optics: Very good and clear for this price point.
3. Appearance: Very cool looking scope, impressive.

Cons: (PLEASE PAY ATTENTION!!!!, I'm Not Kidding)

1. Mount: Ummm, Check Please! The German Equatorial mount supplied might as well be a solid block of steel, that would be about as easy to adjust and MUCH more stable, unacceptable. The Latitude adjustment screw requires gloves if you don't want permanent indentations in your fingers. Mine would actually make the whole scope jerk sideways when you would engage it, it's a heavy scope and allot of the weight is exerted on this adjustment, even if you balance the scope correctly. The Declination adjustment was stiff and would not track smoothly...and forget turning the scope....see a trend here?
2. Tripod: Solid Steel construction....."Solid"??? I'll put it this way, Steel is a solid, so is Silly Putty. As long as you DO NOT plan to fully extend the tripod legs and view it upright it's more stable than Silly Putty. But if you want to stand as you view the sky (most adults would prefer that to bending over like you're talking to a 2 year old) once the legs are fully extended it just adds to the shakiness. Brother!
3. Focus: Are you good at "Estimating"? You'll have to be to focus this thing; any time you even touch this thing (or breathe on it) the objects in the eyepiece do their best 7.5 earthquake impersonation. Once you wait a day or so, it stops shaking.....Now....DON'T TOUCH IT!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By doudou1229 on May 16, 2010
Style Name: 130 EQ With Motor Drive Verified Purchase
This is a nicely built telescope overall, with included dual-axis motor drive and a pretty steady EQ mount. Its optics are pretty sharp too. For the price on Amazon, it's really a great deal.

However, my biggest problem with this is its red dot finder. I've used a large dobsonian for a long time, and it's crucial to have a good finderscope so you can navigate the night sky easily. Sometimes it's crucial for star hopping to a deep-sky object. However, the red dot finder does not have any magnification, making it useless for star hopping under urban sky. What's even more annoying is the battery powered red dot finder sometimes is so bright that it makes it harder to find objects. The two dark circles that are supposed to help locate the object in the center of the finder can't be easily seen at night. Celestron should seriously consider using an ordinary 7x50 finderscope on this otherwise great telescope.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jay George on March 18, 2014
Style Name: 130 EQ With Motor Drive
I have had this telescope for a few years now, though sadly I get little use out of it as I live in the NYC area, where the sky is purple from light pollution at night! That being said, I have used this scope enough to have a handle on how it performs.

First, the motor. It's a little guy, intended to slowly track the scope across the sky counter to the Earth's rotation, once you have properly aligned the equatorial mount. This is important if you care to see the object you have carefully located for more than a few seconds, and critical for photography. Unlike other reviewers, I do not recommend the vanilla 130EQ telescope (sans-MD), because they are the same exact scope/mount/tripod. The one reviewed here has the motor drive (MD!), which IS VERY USEFUL once the mount is properly aligned. The motor drive attachment itself is about $40 purchased separately. Also, at the moment of this review, the MD variant is ~$5 cheaper than the third-party-sold vanilla version. It is somewhat of a pain to get to the drive in some orientations.

The scope: I've used it to take some awesome photos of the March 19, 2011 SuperMoon (with an adapter for my Canon that is not included). I've used it more casually for other observations, greatly helped by the (not included) Celestron Accessory Kit. The 130 in the model number refers to 130mm as the diameter of the scope aperture (primary mirror size). This roughly equals 5 3/32 inches of light gathering power. Don't expect results like you see on Nasa.gov or Space.com. Do expect to get a decent view of some planets (including large features) if the air is still and clear, and to be able to discern the color of many stars. Consider upgrading the optics by purchasing the accessory kit.
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