Our largest aperture SpaceProbe reflector telescope is the niftiest Newtonian reflector on an equatorial mount we've seen in a long time. The Orion SpaceProbe 130ST EQ Reflector Telescope is a step up from the standard SpaceProbe 130 EQ for the more serious beginning or intermediate stargazer who wants additional performance, particularly for targeting deep-sky objects. Just what's so nifty about the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope? The answer is best described as short and sweet. First, the short. This ST, or Short Tube, version of the SpaceProbe 130 reflector is indeed more compact than the standard model. The 130ST reflector telescope's optical tube measures 24 inches long compared to 33 inches on the standard 130. The focal length of the ST's 130mm (5.1inch) primary mirror is 650mm (f/5), yielding a wider field of view and brighter images for a given telescope eyepiece focal length. That brings us to sweet. The 130mm aperture primary is a diffraction-limited parabolic mirror, the same type used on much larger reflector telescopes costing many times as much. On a short-focal-length design like this one, a parabolic mirror is a must for focusing incoming light to a point and delivering sharp, detailed images. Moreover, the secondary mirror is held in an advanced holder with thin 0.5mm metal vanes, to reduce diffraction spikes and light loss. These features combined with the included 25mm (26x power) and 10mm (65x power) Sirius Plossl telescope eyepieces and quick-release 6x30 achromatic finder scope make this one sweet optical system for astronomy! The SpaceProbe 130ST EQ reflector telescope also includes a collimation cap and center-marked primary mirror for easy optical alignment. The Orion SpaceProbe 130ST telescope comes on a sturdy and precise EQ-2 equatorial mount with dual setting circles and slow-motion hand controls.
At first glance, the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Telescope is a great telescope. It gets put on multiple lists of "good first telescopes" all over the internet for a space fan in your family. I am an amature astronomer that runs a public outreach program, a life long amatuer astronomer and all around lover of space and astronomy for over 40 years.
I bought this as my first telescope. I had no idea how to use it. I barely knew how it worked. Only that there were mirrors and a lens and a weaker telescope to find stars/spy on neighbors. But after spending an hour assembling something that should have taken 30 minutes for someone who is competent, I had my telescope.
I’m probably going to sound like an idiot for saying this, but the only reason I got a telescope was to look at the moon. My three-year-old daughter was really into finding the moon – she has this weird ability to spot it in the sky immediately whenever it’s visible. I thought: wouldn’t it be cool to get a telescope and show her what it looks like up close? I basically shopped for a telescope on Amazon the way I shop for everything: by average customer review. This telescope came up first, the price sounded reasonable, so I was sold. I’m not known for my foul mouth, but the first time I took it out and saw the detail of the moon, the profanities just spilled out. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. I had looked through telescopes as a kid, but I had never seen through one that offered such crisp and detailed views. But other than looking at stars (and you can really see a TON more than with the naked eye – it’s amazing), I initially didn’t know what else to do with it or how to find objects in the sky or even how to use the mount (tip: visit Orion’s website; Ken will show you). Seven months later, I was reading something an astronomy professor wrote in which he mentioned seeing the rings of Saturn through a telescope when he was a kid– I don’t know why, but I had assumed my reasonably priced device was not capable of seeing detail that far away. After reading that, I took the telescope out again, found Saturn and the profanities just flowed like a waterfall once again. Not only could I clearly see the rings of Saturn, but I could see upwards of six moons depending on how clear and haze-less the night was. Well, that got me hooked. For a while, I had trouble finding other objects, but after some trial and error, downloading a better sky map on my cell phone and figuring out how to use the equatorial mount properly, I was able to find the Andromeda galaxy. It’s just mind boggling to be looking at a galaxy some 2.5 million light years away – you’re literally looking at the past. I can’t wait until Jupiter and Mars are visible in the night sky. What I thought would offer some cool views of the moon for me and my daughter has become my new obsession. See, Orion knows what it’s doing here: I just bought an eyepiece that costs half of what this telescope does and it’s just the beginning. I plan to get at least four more eyepieces in the coming months, a Barlow lens, a polarizing moon filter, a sun filter, a hydrogen alpha filter, an accessory case and I even opened a “vacation” savings account with my bank for a larger telescope. I’m now wondering whether it’s too early to think about an astrophotography camera. Who am I going to go to for all these accessories and my next telescope? That’s right: the company that can give me this caliber of a telescope for such a reasonable price. And note: that larger telescope I have in mind will by no means make this one obsolete. The SpaceProbe 130ST is comparatively portable and lightweight (around 25 lbs. assembled). If I ever manage to save up enough for a four foot-long “light bucket”, I’ll get clearer and brighter views of dim deep space objects like faint nebulae and galaxies, but for brighter objects like planets, this will likely stay my telescope of choice due to its size and portability. I keep it in my basement and take it out almost every clear night. I can’t see that happening with an 80-115 lb. scope.
During the last new moon I saw the rings of saturn for the first time in my life, my picture doesnt do it justice, it was much clearer. This telescope is wonderful and was well worth the money
As an owner of a Celestron PowerSeeker AZ70 refractor, I wanted to step up, but like most did have a financial limit within reason. I took a chance on this Orion and was very pleased to say the least, at the build quality. Almost everything about this Newtonian reflector is definitely a step up, the robustness, the weight, the quality of the lenses, the 'finderscope' set-up, the ease of setting it up. I will give the set up instructions 1 out of 5 though, and that's only because you get it in English too. Fortunately for me I'm familiar with the Celestron and setting that up, which isn't a million miles from setting up the Orion. I got the feeling the instructions for setting the telescope up was written by someone who didn't think that diagrams is grown up, and using loads of technical words would easily be understood because purchasers of the Orion would be familiar with telescopes. But all is not lost folks, fortunately there are many videos available on the net of setting up the 130ST Equatorial, collimation ( aligning the lenses if need be, but it does come factory aligned anyway ), etc., and they are all brilliantly simple. Also, you get fantastic software via registration and having an email address which gives you a sky map of the stars. Once you are registered you get the option to input your location and then get the map with stars you have in your neck of the woods, and they move in real time to a clock showing the time where you are, and the night sky moving in real time on your PC, Laptop, etc. You will need a few megabytes of space so a large hard drive on say a PC would be better for downloading the night sky map of the stars if you want it. I've only just received and set up the Orion, but have had a cloudy sky so far so cannot comment on the telescopic value just yet, but I will come back and comment as soon as I get a clear sky. Wish me well and hopefully I'll rectify this. Overall I cannot wait to get a rich field view, rich field refers to a wide view of the sky - the primary mirror is 5.1 inch (129.54mm), unlike my 70mm Celestron AZ70 PowerSeeker, which is half decent. ( The primary mirror first picks up the light and reflects it onto the secondary mirror, the secondary mirror reflects the light ( image ) through the magnifying lens you look into. ) A must have with all telescopes for me as with this, is a Moon filter, it cuts the glare by a certain percentage giving a more detailed image of the Moon. Stop Press : I've finally had a clear day, and around about 5:45PM the Moon rose in the Eastern sky about 7/8ths full, and I've finally got an opportunity to look at the Moon using my Orion. And what a spectacle, using the 10mm lens after collimating the Orion yesterday with a laser 1.25inch Svbony collimator, the view is great ! Even the finderscope provides a stupendous view of the Moon. I told you I'd be back to tell you what I think. And ? Yup, so glad to have got the Orion now, didn't spend too long viewing the Moon, but got what I needed to know to happily propose that if you get one and learn how to use it which isn't hard with all the info on YouTube, you shouldn't need to step up for many a years unless you want to really step into the professional category of 'scopes ! Clear skies all !
My son got this telescope for his birthday. The first pleasant surprise is the build quality and sturdiness. The tripod has a nice weight while still being easy to move around. Once all of the pieces were put together we waited for night and were fortunate to get a clear sky. We skipped reading the manual and therefore struggle trying to position and point at the moon. Once we managed to point it we were all blown away by the amount of detail we could see of our lunar friend. Next my son pointed the scope to a bright star and when he looked got excited by what he saw. When I looked I was confused as to why there was one large star and 3 other pin point stars in a line. Then it hit me... this was Jupiter. We were looking at a planet.
Absolutely superb .. excellent value .. we are very pleased with the quality of the telescope and the images are incredible . I took this picture with my phone through the telescope!
Can't evaluate the 'scope yet - nothing but cloudy nights! But the EQ mount is not good.
as described and fast delivery
Fantastic for a beginner, easy to use, “does what it said on the packet”
Its brilliant that the only thing to say
This telescope works quite well. I can tell It is made with some quality control involved. Now after saying that, the finder scope and especially the finder scope mount are very cheesy. Once you have the finder scope sighted in, it is extremely easy to accidentally knock it out of alignment. Just a simple touch on the end will do it. The finder scope is just not secured enough. Orion needs to step it up with that. What I did to secure it was, I rolled up a small piece of paper towel and wedged it between the scope and the mount housing. That locked it into place. Other then that, it's a good scope. Just be aware of the cheesy finder scope mount it comes with.
I'm sure this is a very good telescope. The build quality is excellent throughout. Unfortunately it is very hard for a beginner to set up so I have not been able to use it yet.
Gave it to gf as a birthday gift, she loved it! She knows how to work it much more better than me but the images of the moon have been amazing so far. Looking to buy lens to be able to see the planets.
Very happy with this Telescope. Initially, I thought there was a bolt missing. I contacted Orion live help online. They were very helpful. I realized the error on my part. I was trying to bolt the tube rings with the camera piggyback bolt and thought there should be two. Live help sent me pictures and I had the ah-ha moment.
Je n'arrive pas à installer le programme. on me répond en anglais seulement. L'utilisation du télescope semble difficile. mon viseur est à l'envers, je ne sens pas que l'on peut m'aider dans ma langue. La qualité de l'appareil, juste ce qu'il faut!
This telescope is better than expected. Easy to assemble and the videos available helped greatly. My husband was thrilled with this Christmas present! Need a little time to get used to using it to the full potential but look forward to many years of stargazing.
buena calidad del producto, y buena relacion precio costo, el precio fue 30% mas barato que en tiendas, si se requiere un poco de conocimientos basicos para ajustar el telescopio sin embargo hay mucha informacion en internet
Great Product. Arrived well packed and was easy to set-up. Once you get used to the upside down image, it is great to se things with. Very good for beginner.