The telescope sits on an stable and extendable steel tube tripod and the StarPointer viewfinder is permanently mounted. It is ideal for both terrestrial viewing as well as exploring the night sky. The setting circles on the German Equatorial mount make it easier to find and track objects in the sky with a high degree of accuracy.
Celestron’s AstroMaster series of reflector telescopes are powerful enough to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn as well as the craters of our own Moon.
This model has receives hundreds of five star reviews on Amazon so you can this with the assurance that it has been impressing others and creating a deep and long lasting interest in astronomy for people of all ages.
The coated glass optics produce a crisp and clear display of objects. Telescope accessories can be placed for convenient storage on the accessory tray.
It ships a CD of some planetarium software containing a database of over 10,000 objects. There are images within that provide a reference for the night sky and which enhance the whole experience of star gazing using this telescope.
This is a telescope for someone who is more than a little interested in astronomy and who wants to start off with a a more powerful telescope than others aimed at beginners. It’s fairly large and sturdy so it could be positioned permanently in a bedroom for example, but it’s also easy to move outside for those clear, dry nights.
Take time to ensure it is set up correctly as some of the very few negative reviews appear to be from purchasers who haven’t done so and consequently became frustrated with it. If you follow the instructions you’ll also be impressed with the results and pleased with your purchase.
Optical design: Reflector
Aperture: 130 mm
Focal length: 650 mm
Focal ratio: 5
Eyepiece 1: 20mm – Magnification: 32.5
Eyepiece 2: 10mm (0.39 in) Magnification: 65
Mount: CG-3 Equatorial
Optical coatings: Aluminum
Weight: 10.89 kg