Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope

Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope

Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 130mm Newtonian Reflector OTA
  • 650mm Focal Length, f/5 Focal Ratio
  • Aluminum-Coated Primary Parabolic Mirror
  • CG-3 Manual German Equatorial Mount
  • Variable-Speed Right Ascension Motor
  • RA and Dec Slow Motion Cables
  • 1.25" 10mm Eyepiece
  • 1.25" Erect-Image 20mm Eyepiece
  • Pre-Mounted StarPointer Finder
  • Adjustable-Height Stainless Steel Tripod
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Mount: Manual Equatorial with RA Motor

Manual Equatorial

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Aperture: 130mm, f/5

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Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ MD overview

  • 1Description

Designed to observe and track near and deep-sky objects with a fast focal ratio for astrophotography/imaging, Celestron's AstroMaster 130EQ-MD 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope features a 650mm focal length and an oversized parabolic mirror that produce detailed images of the Moon, clear views of the planets, and the ability to resolve distant objects such as nebulae and galaxies.

The scope is outfitted with a 1.25 rack-and-pinion focuser and two eyepieces to get new users started: a 10mm that yields 65x power and a 20mm for a 32.5x magnification. The 20mm eyepiece integrates an erecting system to correct images horizontally and vertically to allow easy terrestrial use. An unmagnified red-dot finder is also included to help set-up, align and navigate easier.

Its manual equatorial mount features a variable-speed Right Ascension motor drive system capable of working in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, with variable speed to accurately track fast-moving objects like the Moon and slower deep-sky objects like galaxies and nebulae. For alignment and easy navigation, dual slow-motion control cables are provided; and clearly visible indicators on the Right Ascension and Declination axes. An adjustable-height aluminum tripod rounds out the rig with a tray for accessories such as eyepieces, filters, and lights.

Optical Tube
  • Large 130mm aperture
  • Fast f/5 focal ratio
  • 650mm focal length
  • Highly-reflective aluminum-coated mirrors improve light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
  • Resolution: 1.07 arcsec, Rayleigh; 0.89 arcsec, Dawes
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 31% by diameter, 10% by area
  • 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser
Mount and Tripod
    CG-3 Mount:
  • Manual German equatorial
  • Variable-speed Right Ascension motor drive accurately tracks near and deep sky objects, with proper polar alignment
  • Dual slow-motion control cables enable fine adjustments with reduced vibrations
  • Altitude adjustment screws locks setting
  • Etched Right Ascension and Declination scales
  • Removable counterweight bar
  • Two 4.8-pound counterweights to properly balance OTA and accessories for smooth movement
  • Dovetail plate enables fast assembly and break-down
  • Adjustable-height
  • 1.25" diameter stainless steel legs
  • Tray to hold eyepieces, lights, and accessories
  • Spiked feet add stability on uneven/soft ground
Included Accessories
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" astronomical filters
  • 10mm focal length produces 65x
  • 20mm focal length produces 32.5x
  • 20mm eyepiece has integrated prism to correct image horizontally and vertically for terrestrial use
    SkyPointer Finder:
  • Unmagnified to make finding objects easier and star-hopping navigation faster
  • Illuminated red center aiming dot is easy to see without affecting night-adjusted vision
UPC: 050234310512
In the Box
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope
  • Astromaster Motor Drive azzswwbqtxucftuavubfaqtu
  • 20mm Erect-Image Eyepiece
  • 10mm Eyepiece
  • Star Pointer Finder
  • Equatorial Head
  • 2 x Slow-Motion Cables
  • Adjustable-Height Tripod
  • Counterweight Bar
  • 2 x 4.8-pound Counterweights
  • "The Sky" Level 1 CD-ROM
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ MD specs

    Optical Design Newtonian reflector
    Aperture 130 mm
    Focal Length 650mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal None
    Finderscope Star pointer
    Tripod Stainless steel
    Adjustable height
    1.25" diameter legs
    Mount Type Manual equatorial with Right Ascension motor drive
    Power Source 9v battery, for motor drive
    Counterweights 2 x 4.8 lb / 2.2 kg
    Optical Tube Dimensions 24.0" / 61.0 cm
    Weight 28.0 lb / 12.7 kg, assembled
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 38.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 35.0 x 18.5 x 11.5"

    Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ MD reviews

    AstroMaster 130EQ-MD 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Having a blast! My first telescope mainly for beginner astrophotography. With the correct adapters, my DSLR mounts perfectly. The only issue you might have for astrophotography using prime focus is not being able to focus in far enough. The length of the eye piece mounting might be an issue for some. A good barlow lens helps but doubles your magnification. Scope itself is decent. It's small and light enough to travel with. The stand is 'ok'. Best to not extend the legs out to full as the stand begins to become a little unstable. For the price, I would definitley purchase again.
    Date published: 2010-11-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Deal for the Dollar Overall, this is a great telescope for the beginner who isn't 10-years-old. I purchased this telescope with the intent of learning more about our universe, as well as to do a little astrophotography. It is a well-constructed piece for the price, but more importantly, the specs make this a pretty solid telescope in general. I do recommend purchasing a better Starfinder, however. If you're looking to be published in Nat Geo, this may not be the one to purchase, but if you are looking for a great introductory-level telescope for a teen/adult, I would highly recommend the AstroMaster 130 telescope.
    Date published: 2015-09-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good 5in reflector on a solid equitorial Tired of Go-To malfunctions. Go back to basics with this very good motorised equatorial mount. Very well constructed with a 130mm reflector at a price no one can beat. Perfect scope to learn the basics of the night sky. Celestron stands behind the product too. Great scope, great tripod, great service, unbeatable price(for now). Why buy a used problem. Make the best of your clear nights. Very portable, but not recommended for a camping trip. Too big but doable if you wish.
    Date published: 2014-06-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice first telescope. Ever since I moved into a new house away from the bright city lights, I've been meaning to start learning more about astronomy. I researched different telescopes in this price range and felt that the size and value of this scope would make a nice purchase. B&H had a similar price to @, but they were including a free red LED flashlight so I gave B&H a chance. The purchase was easy and the package arrived very quickly. I spent the first night assembling the scope and learning about the movement. The included instructions were a little lacking, so it took a while to learn how to install the battery. There are some great Youtube videos that are very important to understand how to aim and balance the telescope. (I didn't understand at first how many adjustments were necessary due to different eyepieces, targets, etc.)The first night I used it, I was able to view the moon very easily and experiment with everything. The second night, I was looking at Jupiter and the Orion Nebula! Gripes: The motor and slow motion cables definitely get in the way, so I would suggest removing the RA cable if you use the motor drive as it seems to be useless anyway. There is some conflicting information about the DEC cable, but I would position that cable up at the top, not below. The motor control North and South hemisphere setting appears to be reversed, also... The mount isn't as solid as I'd like it to be and shakes a little bit. When I locate an object and tighten the mount as much as I can, the object still falls out of view immediately, which can be frustrating. Overall, I think it works well for the price and will last me for a while until I decide to get more serious about the hobby. I wanted something affordable, which would allow me to share the Universe with my daughter, and this is going to work great. I would highly recommend pairing any telescope with NightWatch, or similar book, because the amount of objects up there can be overwhelming if you don't know what you're looking for. I would recommend the accessory kit with the barlow lens and 15mm lens. The field of view on the 15mm is much better than the included lenses, which makes it much easier to see.
    Date published: 2014-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the thing for a beginner like me I am just a beginning astronomer, and this is just perfect. I use it on the back deck on clear nights, and it is excellent in the optics department.
    Date published: 2012-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product... This was actually a birthday gift for my son. He has been out every clear night so far exploring with it. The images are fantastic and clear...
    Date published: 2010-09-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Tube, Mediocre Mount Overall I think this telescope has a lot of potential for what it cost. However were I to go through the process again I might just buy the optical tube and get a sturdier mount, with better eyepieces. When you're buying a first telescope, you always go in with dreams of Hubble in your head. You won't get that with this, but that doesn't mean you can't see some cool stuff. The 20mm eyepiece it comes with is... mostly useless. Cheap plastic. The 10mm is decent, but the magnification will only turn Saturn into a bright largish blob, with no definition. Buy a good quality 6mm or smaller eyepiece, maybe with a doubler, to start to reach out and see more. The mount isn't very intuitive for a beginner, and initial setup and fine tuning takes a fair bit of work. Moving it all around is like keeping time with a Casio instead of a Rolex. It'll work, but hardly a precision instrument. That said, if you do get everything just right, you'll be able to get nice views of the planets, and although I haven't observed the moon yet, I imagine some pretty great views of that too.
    Date published: 2012-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME Lots of parts but easy to set up works great
    Date published: 2014-08-06
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