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Orion 9851 SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector Telescope

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  • Complete 5.1" aperture reflector telescope with full-size adjustable tripod and equatorial (EQ) mount for easy manual tracking of objects in the night sky
  • 900mm focal length and f/6.9 focal ratio makes the SpaceProbe 130 EQ an excellent telescope for viewing wide-field deep-sky objects like cloudy nebulas, distant galaxies, and sparkling open star clusters and bright globular star clusters
  • 130mm optics gulp up light from the night sky for wonderful views of the Moon and planets like Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn
  • Sturdy EQ-2 equatorial telescope mount features two slow-motion control knobs so you can keep what you're looking at in the eyepiece for extended views
  • Includes two Explorer II 1.25" Kellner eyepieces (25mm and 10mm focal lengths) for two different viewing magnifications, a 6x30 finder scope for easy aiming of the telescope, collimation cap, dust caps, accessory tray, Starry Night software, and more!
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  • Shipping Weight: 18 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0000XMSWK
  • Item model number: 9851
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

Without doubt, the SpaceProbe 130 Newtonian strikes a classy pose, from its glossy black aluminum tube right down to its 6x30 finder scope. It's a telescope that's sure to attract serious beginners. But a great telescope is more than how it looks - it's how it looks at the stars, and here the SpaceProbe 130 provides great viewing performance. This scope's 130mm (5.1") primary mirror gathers enough light for deep-sky observing while its 900mm focal length (f/6.9) provides the resolving power needed to reveal subtle planetary features. With the two fully coated Explorer II eyepieces provided (25mm and 10mm) you can cruise the Orion Nebula and the ringed visage of Saturn.

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The Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector is a Newtonian reflector telescope packaged with a sturdy equatorial mount, two Explorer II eyepieces, a 6x30 finder scope, and Orion‘s Starry Night Special Edition software. Invented by Sir Isaac Newton, reflector telescopes provide more light gathering power per dollar than any other telescope design. With 130mm (5.1 inches) of aperture, the SpaceProbe 130 produces images that are twice as bright as 90mm telescopes and more than four times brighter than 60mm beginner scopes.

The Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector with its Explorer II eyepieces serves up bright, clear images of the Moon, the planets, and even deep space objects like star clusters and galaxies. The 25mm eyepiece magnifies the image by 36 times; when I look at the Pleiades or Seven Sisters cluster at 36X the SpaceProbe 130 shows me a bright open cluster with dozens of point-like stars filling the field of view. When I use the 10mm eyepiece (90X magnification) the lunar disk fills the field of view and the rings of Saturn are plainly resolved. And when I use an optional Ultima 2X Barlow with the 10mm eyepiece for 180X magnification I can see the cloud bands of Jupiter and pick out individual stars in bright globular clusters like M13.

The EQ2 equatorial mount included with the Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector comes partially assembled, but it shouldn’t take long to set up. The trick to using an equatorial mount is to point the polar axis at Polaris, the North Star. Once the mount is aligned and balanced, the telescope tracks stars and planets at high power with just a turn of one slow motion knob. You can even add an optional motor drive for hands free tracking.

The Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Newtonian Reflector Telescope is a simply a great value. The Explorer II eyepieces deliver bright sharp images of the Moon, the planets and the stars, and the EQ2 mount can be motorized for hands free tracking. --Jeff Phillips

Pros:

  • More than 4 times brighter than 60mm scopes
  • Includes two eyepieces and a 6x30 finder
  • Solid equatorial mount and aluminum tripod
  • Starry Night software and SkyTheatre DVD included
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    It even had a parabolic mirror!
    D. Reynolds
    Even from the balcony of our apartment in LA (i.e. far from ideal environment) we have been able to see clearly the rings around Saturn and Jupiters Galilean moons.
    ljosdis
    You will have to buy some extras, but you'd have to with any scope purchase.
    crazyhayes

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    120 of 122 people found the following review helpful By ljosdis on February 3, 2004
    This is a good beginner telescope. The optics seem to be very good and with its 130mm aperture you can see most things of interest in the solar system and some more distant objects.
    Even from the balcony of our apartment in LA (i.e. far from ideal environment) we have been able to see clearly the rings around Saturn and Jupiters Galilean moons. The details of the moon's surface are also clearly visible.
    Taking it out of the city lights into the desert we were even able to see Titan, one of Saturn's moons, and the Cassini gap. We could also see the fuzziness of the Orion nebula and the Trapezium.
    We have also used it to look at globular clusters and a few other things of interest.
    The software, The Sky, that is included with the telescope is particularly useful for figuring out at what time the objects you wish to view will rise. You just have to feed it your position coordinates (most major cities are preprogrammed into it).
    I have not used it for astrophotography but you would probably need to get the electronic drive to get good pictures, especially if you intend to photograph faint objects.
    The scope is also pretty easy to operate and as it comes with an equitorial mount it's also easy to trace objects as they move across the sky.
    Finally, this scope is quite portable, which was important to us in choosing it as we live in the city where conditions are not too great for viewing. It will easily fit in any trunk and is not too heavy to carry around for a few tens or hundreds of meters.
    On the whole this is a great telescope for a beginner who is not yet sure whether he/she is willing (or able) to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on equipment. It is good enough to show you most things of interest and light enough to be portable.
    For the serious astronomer it would probably be clever to go for larger aperture - although that always comes at the cost of portability and higher price.
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    123 of 131 people found the following review helpful By D. Reynolds on December 7, 2005
    Let me begin by letting you know that I am not new to astronomy or telescopes. 20 years ago, I spent countless hours with a 60mm ~f/10 Meade on an Alt-Az mount (a mount that goes up-down and left-right) in both the stark cold of a northern minnesota winter and warm buggy/mosquito infested season of summer. It was fun, and I remember looking mostly at the planets, the Pleides, and the Orion nebula - and could even barely make out the Andromeda galaxy, but I always longed for something more.

    Fast forward to last month. After just having taken my wife to a local Mars viewing provided by the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club, I drop a hint that it might be nice to have a good scope for us and the kids (or ... actually ... just me ... but you can still look through it). After looking around the web, reading reviews, pricing new scopes, and reading some more. I decided that I really wanted the SpaceProbe 130ST (and I could stretch our budget far enough to afford it). It was small enough that I could quickly and comfortably carry it outside any night (many folks complain that they spend more time setting up their large scopes than they do looking through them - so smaller means more viewing time). It was large enough optically to see most anything I wanted from in town. It was capable of displaying large star fields (fast f/5 focal length). It also came with an equatorial mount which would allow me to track stars by cranking one knob instead of two (tricky if you aren't comfortable locating Polaris and carefully aligning your equatorial mount). It even had a parabolic mirror! I was sold ... this was going to be my all purpose scope.
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    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By crazyhayes on March 7, 2006
    My family and I love this scope. We've been able to observe very crisp images of Saturn and Jupiter with 180x using the supplied 10mm eyepiece and a separately purchased 2x barlow. With or without the barlow, viewing of the Orion Nebula is easy. We've also enjoyed looking at the moon and several other objects e.g. Clusters, Andromeda Galaxy.

    If you're new to astronomy or if you've only used a 3 inch or less refractor, this scope is an excellent upgrade. It's price is right! You will have to buy some extras, but you'd have to with any scope purchase. I promise it'll peak your interest or the interest of your children. I would think that most pre-teens would need a little help using this scope, but you'll enjoy helping them!

    Mobile, AL
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    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ivan A. Gamboa Fuentes on February 6, 2007
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    I finally got my new telescope. I have used before refractor telescopes 60, 80 an 100mm aperture diameter. Never used before a Newtonian scope or an ORION scope but by reading reviews I found out that it was a good brand.

    The Package arrived in a big box but small enough to put it in the back seat of my car.
    When I opened it it was very well packed. Set up time about 20 mins. For collimating the scope I needed to read instructions which were provided by ORION inside the box as a manual. IT WAS HARD,, took me about 90 minutes to complete this task A 2mm Allen wrench, not supplied ( got to buy one ) is needed to collimate the secondary mirror. ORION does give you a a small screwdriver and some wrenches to complete other installation tasks.
    Finally got it ready. I got it polar aligned and adjust the view finder.
    Sirius: Very bright and sharp enough. M42 : WOW clear and bright with supplied 25mm eyepiece. Bought also a 40mm celestron ELUX eyepiece which show me a more brighter image. SATURN : Impressive no chromical aberration VERY SHARP AT 90X. In conclusion, So far, this scope delivers better images than my previous refractors. Sharpness is a PLUS here. CONS: It vibrates a lot when focusing or when tracking, I will put more attention on tripod and mount installation next time but I don't think I will get a lot better in this vibration issue. Another issue its that it is not very portable, it is not a "grab and go" scope, a Dobsonian might be better in this field. If you are looking for an ASTRONOMICAL TELESCOPE that delivers sharp IMAGES and bright ones THIS IS FOR YOU. So far I AM VERY HAPPY WITH MY NEW SCOPE. Good luck in collimation. Clear nights to All.

    Iván G
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