Celestron 130EQ Astromaster Reflector Telescope
An established brand for over 50 years, Celestron has become the world's leading telescope maker recognised among both seasoned and amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and cutting-edge technology. The Celestron 130EQ Astromaster is a very good all-round telescope, fairly sturdy, very bright optics and easy to use and should give you many years of fun.
It's quite impressive when put together although the counterweight is quite heavy, and the actual telescope quite large, so it's not that portable, without taking it off the tripod.
Since the main factor in telescope size is diameter of the mirror or lens, a larger scope is a better choice if you want a scope that has potential to maintain an interest in astronomy.A small telescope can see exactly the same types of objects as a large telescope, it just can'tsee as many of them or in as much detail. If you are concerned with performance, buy the largest telscope you can afford that has all the features that you want. In that respect the Celestron 130EQ Astromaster is a good choice.
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. You may find you'll need a greater collection of eyepieces than the 2 supplied, if you want to see Venus in any appreciable size.
* Outstanding build quality
* Very precise control
* Solid tripod
* Quality eyepieces
* A bit heavy if you're carrying it very far
* Judder - it will take a few seconds to settle once you've focused
Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector
Aperture: 130 mm (5.12 in)
Focal Length: 650 mm (26 in)
Focal Ratio: 5
Anglular field of view: 1.5 deg;
Eyepiece 1 (20mm) Magnification: 33 x
Eyepiece 2 (10mm) Magnification: 65 x
Highest Useful Magnification: 307x
Lowest Useful Magnification: 19x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude:73
Linear Field of View (@1000 Yds): 24 m (79 ft)
Optical Coatings: Aluminium
Mount: CG-3 Equatorial
Optical Tube Length: 610 mm