Celestron Astro Fi 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope

Celestron Astro Fi 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope

Celestron Astro Fi 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 130mm Newtonian Reflector OTA
  • 650mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Multi-Coated Parabolic Primary Mirror
  • 1.25" Focuser, 10mm and 25mm Eyepieces
  • Single-Arm Motorized Alt-Az Mount
  • Wi-Fi Smartphone Connectivity/Control
  • 120,000+ Image Database
  • Multiple Alignment and Tracking Tools
  • Red-Dot Finder
  • Adjustable-Height Aluminum Tripod
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  • 1Description

Celestron's Astro Fi 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope utilizes an integrated antenna to emit a local Wi-Fi signal so you can control the mount via Android and iOS smartphones and tablets running their free SkyPortal app.

Optically, the scope sports a large 130mm aperture and a short 650mm focal length to produce a fast focal ratio that can resolve deep sky objects that smaller refractor-style scopes cannot, such as splitting binary stars or separating star clusters. With highly-reflective aluminum and SiO2 (quartz) mirror coatings, light loss is limited so you can make detailed observations of the Moon, view planets and distant nebulae, and get great wide-field views of the sky for comet watching and asteroid hunting. This complete observation rig includes the optical tube assembly, a motorized mount, an aluminum tripod, two eyepieces, and a red-dot finder.

The OTA is mounted on a single-arm motorized alt-az mount. Guiding the mount is the SkyPortal app. Packed with over 120,000 objects it is designed to help users set up quickly and start observing faster. The app offers align aids, can automatically find objects in the night sky; and even offers guided tours of the most interesting objects overhead on any given night. The mount runs on eight user-supplied AA batteries, and the entire rig assembles and breaks down without the need for tools so set up is easy and you can start observing sooner.

Optical Performance
  • 130mm aperture
  • f/5 focal ratio
  • 650mm focal length
  • Newtonian reflector optical design
  • Highly reflective aluminum/SiO2 (silicon dioxide) mirror coatings limits light loss for brighter images
  • Resolution: 1.07 arcsec, Rayleigh; 0.89 arcsec Dawes Limit
  • 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser
Computer Control
  • Integrated Wi-Fi:
  • Directly connects to tablet or smartphone
  • Control mount via free SkyPortal app for Android and iOS
  • Android 4.0 and higher, iOS 6 or later
  • SkyPortal App:
  • 120,000+ object database
  • Includes: Star clusters, Nebulae, Galaxies, Asteroids and comets, Satellites, including the International Space Station
  • Custom SkyTour of all the best celestial objects to view based on the time, date, and location
  • Simulate the night sky up to 100 years in the past, or plan a future observing session
  • Night Vision Mode preserves night-adjusted vision
  • Multiple assisted-alignment choices: SkyAlign, 3-Star, Solar System
  • Tracking rates: Sidreal, solar, and lunar; Automatic tracking for near and deep sky objects
  • Multiple slew speeds; 3°/sec maximum
  • View hundreds of astronomical photographs and NASA spacecraft images
  • Listen to more than four hours of audio narration to learn the history, mythology, and science of astronomy and the night sky
Mount & Tripod
    Mount:
  • Motorized single-arm alt-az
  • Runs on eight user-supplied AA batteries
  • Quick-release base, OTA, accessory tray with rapid no-tool set up
    Tripod:
  • Adjustable-height
  • Lightweight and durable 2-section aluminum legs
  • Spiked feet for steady footing in soft ground
Included Accessories
    Eyepieces:
  • 1.25" barrel diameter
  • 25mm produces 53x magnification
  • 10mm produces 132x magnification
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical eyepiece filters
    StarPointer Finderscope:
  • 1x magnification
  • Red dot reticle
  • Variable intensity
  • Un-magnified field of view makes set up and alignment faster
UPC: 050234222037
In the Box
Celestron Astro Fi 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope
  • StarPointer Finderscope
  • Battery Holder
  • 10mm Eyepiece
  • 25mm Eyepiece
  • Aluminum Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • Limited Two-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Optical Design Newtonian reflector
    Aperture 130 mm
    Focal Length 650 mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal None
    Finderscope StarPointer red-dot finder
    Tripod Adjustable height, aluminum
    Mount Type Motorized single-arm alt-az
    Power Source 8 x AA batteries
    Optical Tube Length 26.0" / 66.0 cm
    Weight 17.0 lb / 7.7 kg, fully assembled
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 29.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 40.5 x 19.75 x 10.3"
    Astro Fi 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good value as a beginner level telescope with easy control This is the first telescope I have ever owned and I have tried it under different circumstances. At a place moderately effected by city lights during half moon, at a place with relatively lower light pollution with full moon shining, and in the middle of the city with Saturn in the view. As a beginner, I can say that the results are satisfying and the experience is full of new lessons and excitement. Even in the middle of the city, without aligning the telescope for tracking the targets, I was able to manually track Saturn at a magnification level of 160X using my smart phone and the views get better and better as you manage to run further away from the city lights. The tube is of average build quality with some problems on the collimation knobs of the primary and the secondary mirrors for the unit I had received. I fixed the secondary mirror issue by myself and B&H was very helpful for contacting Celestron about the bent primary mirror knob. Even more satisfying was the prompt response of Celestron by sending me a spare knob in less than a week for free. The tripod is sturdy and does the job. I suggest anyone with intention to have this telescope to buy a 12V rechargeable battery for a price of $15-25 with free shipping from China (or ebay). A 6800mAh battery will be probably more than you will need even for long nights of observation. Another issue is the eyepieces and the non-existing filters. For a more serious observation on the planets and the moon, the cheap Kellner eyepieces (10 and 25 mm) available in the box are not enough and you are going to aim for a moon filter (possibly with a transmission ratio of 25%). A 4 or 5 mm eyepiece or a Barlow of 2X might be good additions. In case one looks for improving the skills and also having some deep sky observation, the planetary filters and a T-ring with a corresponding adapter for a specific digital camera will be the next steps in my opinion.
    Date published: 2016-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beginner's Telescope Really solid performance for the price; while you can get similar quality optics for less, the goto mount on the Fi is worth the price premium. I purchased the Newtonian Reflector model. Do be advised that this does employ a spherical main mirror instead of a parabolic one, but it hasn't adversely impacted my viewing sessions. The stand is solidly constructed with no wobble. So far I've gotten some excellent views of the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula, though Andromeda has alluded me in my light polluted skies. Setup is a breeze, though you will need to collimate every so often. The included eyepieces are not up to snuff though, and with this being a fast (f/5) telescope, you're going to want to purchase some better midrange plossls to see this scope's potential. I'd recommend Celestron's Omni range of eyepieces coupled with a 2x Barlow. Overall, for beginners and novices, this telescope is a great, reasonably priced intro to the world of astronomy.
    Date published: 2016-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome scope! This telescope is awesome! It works very well and the interactive app makes it easy to use.
    Date published: 2017-01-30
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