Summary: I have had this telescope for a number of years, but never really used it. Now that my husband and I live in the "country" away from large amounts of light noise, I set it up on our back deck last week. I began trying to view the moon, but it kept getting hidden by clouds, so I turned to the East and found a bright 'star'. Much to my surprise, when I focused in on it, it was a planet!
Summary: I love my new 130 EQ. I gasped the first time I viewed the moon and Saturn. However, the image through a reflector is upside down. Had I done my "homework", I'd have spent more money to get a refractor. That way, when I use it during the day, the images of our river and distant mountains would be more enjoyable to view.
Summary: I purchased this scope for my son and gave it to him at Xmas. I've been an amateur astronomer for many years and have many scopes of different types and have looked through countless others. When I noticed that images began to break down at medium powers I looked into why. It turned ou that the mirror was spherical, not parabolized! The tech at Orion I talked to insisted it was diffraction-limited! Junk.
Summary: Good telescope. You need better eyepieces than the ones that came with it to experience the full power of the scope though. A dovetail attachment would have been really nice. good views of planets and star clusters. An Equatorial mount is really convenient at high powers compared to my dob. All in all good scope.
Summary: I have owned a couple of telescopes and a couple of binoculars to help view the night skies. When I compare the two telescopes that I have owned so far, I find the SpaceProbe 130mm wins hands down in terms of sturdy construction, exceptional planetary and lunar views and portability. Coupled with the right eyepieces and filters, you just can't go wrong with this telescope.
Summary: Dad is enjoying his Father's Day gift a little early! The telescope is beautiful and gives very crisp and clear images of the stars, Saturn, and the canyons and craters of the moon. However, the instructions on how to put it together are pretty poor. Otherwise, this is a great and easy-to-use product and will be enjoyed for years to come.
Summary: Being new to astronomy I did a little research about reflecting telescopes, I wanted a telescope that would show me detailed views of galaxies, nebula some planets. The Space probe 130 will show you some detail in even the closest objects but distant star cluster, galaxies look like small gray smudges in this scope, even most nebula are not visible through this scope.
Summary: I got this Telescope about 4 months ago & at first the only thing I could see was the moon, which was breath-taking. So much detail. I got to thinking I hope the moon isn't the only thing I can see, because I look all over the night sky & I didn't see nothing, just stars. So I got to looking on the internet & I found out that I needed some eyepieces & filters. Once I got those I could tell a huge diffrence. I got a star chart & started finding plenty of stuff to see.