Celestron AstroMaster 13065 EQ-MD (Motor Drive)
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Celestron AstroMaster 13065 EQ-MD (Motor Drive)

The Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ equatorial reflector with motor drive puts a big scope in a beginning observer’s backyard at a small scope price. Not just a big scope, but a good performer you can enjoy for years to come . . .
NZ $669.00
incl GST

Telescope Description

The Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ-MD is a big 130mm aperture equatorial reflector designed primarily to give exceptional wide angle views of the faint fuzzies outside the solar system – nebulas, galaxies, open star clusters, and more. It includes a right ascension motor drive for no-hands tracking of celestial objects.

The AstroMaster 130 EQ-MD is a great buy, when you consider the high level of performance and features you get versus the low price you pay.

While the AstroMaster 130 EQ-MD excels at deep space views, it also will perform surprisingly well on the Moon, planets, comets, and other objects inside the solar system by adding an optional higher power eyepiece to increase the magnification. It will even work for observing things on the ground, as it comes with a low power eyepiece that gives upright images, unlike most reflectors that provide images that are upside down.

Its rugged and stable CG-3 equatorial mount has manual slow motion controls in both axes. These let you easily locate solar system and deep space objects and manually track them across the sky. The supplied motor drive allows hands-free tracking that will let the whole family observe without having to re-aim the scope each time a new family member or friend steps up to look through the telescope. At only 25 lbs., it’s lightweight and compact enough to fit in virtually any storage space, but it’s optically big enough to keep an observer happy for years. At its very affordable price, the Astromaster 130 is a bargain indeed.

The 130EQ-MD features  

  •  A MOTOR DRIVE for automatic tracking
  Motor Drive
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer
  • Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
  • Quick release dovetail attachment - no tool setup
  • German Equatorial mount with Setting circles - to accurately locate and track sky objects
  • Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25" steel tube legs - Provides a rigid and stable platform
  • All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images
  • Deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
  • BONUS Astronomy Software download with a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images

The Telescope’s Optical System . . .

  • Reflector optical tube: 130mm (5.1”) aperture 650mm focal length f/5 focal ratio Newtonian reflector. All-glass mirrors, coated with highly reflective aluminum and overcoated with quartz for long life. There are no plastic optical components. The 24” long aluminum optical tube has protective tube end rings. Images are sharp and clear. 
  • Rack and pinion focuser: The 1.25” focuser has dual focusing knobs for precise image control with either hand. The large focus knobs are easy to operate, even while wearing gloves or mittens in cold weather.
  • Two eyepieces: You get a medium power 1.25” 10mm (65x) eyepiece and a lower power 1.25” 20mm (32.5x) erect image eyepiece with a 1.5° field of view (three times the diameter of the full Moon). The 32.5x erect image eyepiece lets you use the 130EQ terrestrially, as its images are not upside down as they are with most reflectors. However, the equatorial mount will make it difficult to center and track objects on the ground. The erect image eyepiece will probably serve you better for lunar observing, as it will show you a familiar image of the Moon, oriented as you see it with your unaided eyes or binoculars. Both eyepieces are of a high quality optical design and have anti-reflection coatings on their lens surfaces for sharp images and very good contrast. 
  • Finderscope: A non-magnifying red dot finder is permanently attached to the side of the optical tube. The battery-operated red dot finder seems to project a dot of red light on the sky or on the daytime landscape exactly where the telescope is pointed. The red dot will help you center distant objects in the telescope so you don’t have to search for them using the narrow eyepiece field of view. Collimating knobs on the finder let you line up its red dot precisely with the main telescope optics to make centering distant objects easy and painless.

The Telescope’s Mount . . .

  • Equatorial mount: The scope’s sturdy CG-3 equatorial mount is designed for astronomical observing. By aligning the mount on the celestial pole, you only need to turn one slow motion control knob to follow planets and stars as they travel across the sky (or let the supplied battery-operated motor drive do it for you automatically). Two counterweights on the opposite side of the mount from the telescope tube balance the weight of the optical tube and make it easy to move the scope effortlessly from one part of the sky to another. No tools are required to adjust the position of the counterweights to quickly and precisely balance the optical tube. A micrometer control lets you adjust the altitude of the scope mount to match your latitude for fast alignment on the north celestial pole with no tools required.
  • Motor drive: A battery-operated motor drive makes following the stars a no-hands operation. The drive is a single axis right ascension drive motor only. It does not have drive corrector functions for long exposure astrophotography. The drive has a variable speed control to match the differing speeds at which the Moon, planets, Sun, and stars move across the sky. It also has switch-controlled northern/southern hemisphere operation. The drive runs for up to 40 hours from one 9 volt transistor radio battery (supplied), depending on the air temperature (battery life is shorter when the temperatures are colder). Your telescope can be manually moved to any part of the sky while the drive is functioning by releasing the right ascension and declination locks and pushing the telescope tube in the desired direction. However, the drive does not have a built-in clutch, so the thumbscrew attaching the drive to the telescope must be loosened if very precise centering and positioning is desired using the manual slow motion controls.
  • Split Ring Optical Tube mount: The optical tube mounts in hinged split rings that are attached to a dovetail bar that fits into a quick-release dovetail groove on the top of the mount. Installing the optical tube on the mount is quick and easy, even in the dark. The optical tube locks securely in place with no tools needed.
  • Setting circles: Setting circles (graduated scales marked in either hours and minutes or degrees) are provided in both right ascension (the east/west position of objects in the sky measured in hours and minutes) and declination (the north/south position measured in degrees). These allow you to align the scope on the approximate position of an object in the sky by using its r. a. and dec coordinates from a star chart or atlas – before you search for it in the finderscope and eyepiece. Setting circles can reduce the time it takes for you to find the fainter and more difficult deep space objects.
  • Manual slow motion controls: There are two slow motion control knobs conveniently positioned on the mount so they are easy to reach while observing. One controls the scope’s motion in right ascension (the east/west direction in the sky). Turning this knob enables you to follow the motion of celestial objects as they travel from east to west across the sky if you are not using the supplied battery-operated motor drive. The second controls the scope’s motion in declination (the north/south direction in the sky). Turning this knob enables you to correct for any north/south drift a celestial object may take as it moves across the sky, due to an improper alignment of the scope on the north celestial pole when you first set it up. The two controls combine to give you complete access to any part of the sky. They give you the ability to star hop from a known object to any other object by using a star chart. They let you center objects in the field of view, then track them effortlessly with only an occasional quick turn of the r. a. knob. As mentioned above, a motor drive is also provided for hands-free tracking of celestial objects.
  • Tripod: The lightweight pre-assembled tripod has 1.25” diameter stainless steel legs to provide a rigid and stable observing platform. It easily adjusts in height with no tools needed. The no-tool lock knobs that adjust the leg height of the tripod are on the inside of the legs so they won’t snag on clothing in the dark, a thoughtful touch that’s sure to be appreciated. Spreader bars lock the legs firmly open when the tripod is set up. The tripod includes a convenient accessory tray that attaches to the spreader bars to hold your eyepieces and accessories close at hand and up out of the dew-soaked grass.
  • Software: The scope comes with TheSky Level 1 sky-charting CD-ROM that has a database of 10,000 stars and objects it can plot and display on your Windows-based computer screen. That’s enough solar system and deep space detail to keep you busy observing for years, yet not so much that you’re overwhelmed by charts showing much more detail than your scope can usefully reveal. Custom sky chart printing lets you print out eyepiece finder charts to use with your telescope to help you locate and identify the planets and many famous and faint deep space nebulas, galaxies, and star clusters by star-hopping from object to object using your scope’s manual slow motion controls. There are 75 full color images of well-known celestial objects to help you identify them through your scope.

Recommended Usage  Astronomy

*2 Year factory warranty covered by Celestron*

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Optical Design Newtonian Refractor
Aperture 130mm
Focal Length 650mm
Focal Ratio f/5
Optical Coating Aluminum
Eyepiece(s) / Magnification 20mm (1.25”) / 33x
10mm (1.25”) / 65x
Star Diagonal Erect image 90 degree (1.25”)
Finderscope Built-on StarPointer 
Apparent Field of View 1.5 °
Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 79 ft (24 m)
Resolution Rayleigh: 1.07 arc seconds / Dawes Limit: 89 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power 345x the unaided eye
Highest Useful Magnification 307x
Lowest Useful Magnification 19x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 13.1
Mount type CG-3 Equatorial
Tripod 1.25” steel tube legs



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