Reviews and Problems with Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ
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Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ review
15 July 2010
Excerpt: I live in the north central region of the US near the Great Lakes. I have an engineering background and was a surveyor for over 10 years. Also, I'm an accomplished amateur photographer. I spent nearly 6 years just reading about telescopes and trying to find a local star party before I finally bought a telescope. and even then I opted for a very simple, low cost 5.1" Newt. Just FYI the price (with a seasonal Holiday discount and free shipping) was under $250 USD.
Excerpt: Owned this telescope for well over a year and given it many, many hours of use. You need some experience and time to get the most out of this or any other telescope. I find most people write reviews well before they have spent an adequate period of time to give a credible review. Stability: No, you can't kick the tripod leg and expect the view in the eyepiece to remain steady. There is "enough" stability however to not greatly hinder normal/typical use of the telescope.
Excerpt: I love the telescope but the gear is quite heavy. My long term dreams are being realised, I can see mountains on the moon and asteroid landmarks in great detail. I should have bought a telescope years ago.
Pros: Good price, Decent glass, great first telescope, Beautifully crisp image!
Excerpt: I really like the scope and thus far it has met all my expectations. I have experienced a few issues with the star finder thus far but once I sort out the alignment I am sure it will be a great help. I also wish that there was the option of a finer focussing mechanism. Asides from that I have seen the cloud banding on Jupiter and have been quite happy with that outcome.
Excerpt: Easy setup. Looks impressive and like a more expensive telescope. The tripod delivers accuracy. Viewfinder isn't all that accurate and batteries run dry quickly. Erecting eyepiece is 20mm, so zoom isn't that crash hot. No regrets, and looking to buy some additional eyepieces.
Pros: price, Accurate, user friendly, great first telescope, quality +++
Hard to line up and no real detail through the 10 mm lens.
9 March 2013
Excerpt: 10mm eyepeice doesn't bring in a clear detailed image, it probably needs to ship with at least 8mm min. Can't clearly focus with sharpness, but that could well be my eyesight. The starfinder is like using a rifle with a front sight only, it took nearly an hour to line up Jupiter. Everything may become easier once I become more used to it.
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability, light weight, Good price, Positive adjustments, portable, great first telescope, adjustments