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Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Equatorial Reflector Telescope 31045
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Most Helpful Positive Review This telescope is definitly worth the money!
I picked up this telescope about a month ago for myself and my daughter. W...
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Most Helpful Negative Review Not a good deal
Lots of problems with this set up. Poor quality screws with pre-striped hea...
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Not Bad at All for the price I paid

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on July 14, 2010
Local camera shop had it on for 1/2 price. Paid $170 CDN for it. well worth the price considering what you get. Wouldn't pay full price for it.
Can easily hit the usual targets, Jupiter, Saturn, etc. still trying to get to nebula's etc. maybe too much light pollution.

Pros: excellent optics for price
Cons: finder is tough to aim to get close to objects...
Would recommend: Yes
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CELESTRON ASTROMASTER 130 EQ

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, WV Written on February 12, 2010
Very pleased with this telescope. I have owned several in the past and this is the best. Very easy to assemble and all parts of the highest quality.
Pros: QUALITY INSTRUMENT!
Cons: NONE!...
Would recommend: Yes
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A Good Buy

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, PR Written on February 5, 2010
I Bought this scope as a step-up from my old refractor and and I am impressed. For an instrument this price it is sturdy and well built, with pretty good optics too. I also bought mine with the Celestron Eyepiece & Filter kit, which adds a lot more observing possibilities. The finder is a little tricky to use and (as some other reviewers said) the Dec knob slightly interferes with the R.A. circle. Apart from that, the scope works great. ...
Would recommend: Yes
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Look at the price

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on December 14, 2009
I read some of the other reviews for this and I have to wholeheartedly disagree. If you're going to drop under $200 on a scope you cannot expect perfection. Per dollar spent, this is the best telescope I own. It has its faults but I wouldn't trade it in for a scope that's worth $50-$75 more. If you're willing to spend more than that, then get something else.
Pros: Pound for pound the best telescope
Cons: Planetary optics are weak...
Would recommend: Yes
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Not a good deal

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, VT Written on July 28, 2009
Lots of problems with this set up. Poor quality screws with pre-striped heads! Finder is useless. Focusers is sloppy plastic junk. I wish I'd bought something eles.
Pros: OK tripod when used with a smaller scope
Cons: Sloppy focuser...
Would recommend: No
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I hope for more!

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on May 19, 2009
The counter weights are too heavy for the fine adjustment screws.
The planetary optics are very poor. I would have expected to be informed that different optics would need to be added to see anything more than views that I could see with my binoculars.
The basic unit is sound, but I think that Celestron oversold the ability of this unit.
Cons: No real usable optics, and adjustment gears not sufficient....
Would recommend: Yes
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A Useful Rich-Field 'scope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, PA Written on January 16, 2009
I have replaced the red-dot finder with a Rigel Quickfinder, and changed to a sturdy Alt-az tripod mount. After careful collimation, good view obtained up to 55-60X. A good aftermarket eyepiece helped a great deal. Not the best choice for planets or doublestars, but useful within the limits of an RFT. (Far more light gathering than my old 80mm WA RFT). By all means, look for a discount price.
Pros: good f5 parabola mirror
Cons: finder scope next to useless, EQ mount inconvenient...
Would recommend: Yes
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godd but defective

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, GA Written on December 4, 2008
i purchased this for my son, as his xmas present... i purchased in early november, and i am glad i gave myself plenty of lead time... after setting up, the "dec shaft" - which allows the scope to move smoothly, was bent... i called celestron, and instead of sending a replacement part, they asked me to send the WHOLE scope for repair... when i contacted optics planet, they tried to intervene, but to no avail.. i am sending this unit back for a refund as this is defective... i will purchasing a much simpler scope (i.e. refractor, instead of reflector) and AZ mount, instead or EQ mount... i am hoping Optics Planet will follow thru with their promise to give me a full refund......
Would recommend: No
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Very bad mount

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on July 3, 2008
I bought this telescope a couple months ago. At first I loved it, and gave it an excellent review. However, I have now noticed that there is a serious design flaw in the mount. The locking screws thread in to a metal ring, which locks the legs in place. The ring is only attached to the plastic, and there's nothing that holds it there but pressure. Tightning the screw, pushes out the metal ring, and the leg will not lock. So now, I can't extend the telescope's legs.
Pros: Good Optics
Cons: Mount Mount Mount!...
Would recommend: No
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Excellent value

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OR Written on May 13, 2008
I bought this scope to be a more portable alternative to my 8" SCT and 13.1" Dob. The optics are excellent and do benefit from eyepiece upgrades. The included 20mm erecting eyepiece is fine for terrestrial use but suffers from internal reflections in astro use. Surprisingly smooth focuser with negligible backlash. The CG3 mount is sturdy with average settle down time although the dec lock knob interferes with the RA circle. The jury is still out on the Star Pointer finder. However, the 650mm fl f/5 wide low power views make simply sighting along the tube effective. At Optics Planet's steeply discounted price, the Celestron AstroMaster is an excellent value for the beginning or advanced amateur alike.
Pros: quality primary
Cons: finder difficult to use...
Would recommend: Yes
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