Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope (Black)

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  • This 5.1 inch aperture reflector telescope gathers an ample amount of light for great views of the planets and Moon, as well as brighter galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters
  • Short 24 inch long optical tube design for easy portability and fast f/5 focal ratio for pleasing wide-field performance makes the SpaceProbe 130ST EQ a very versatile telescope the whole family can enjoy
  • Sturdy EQ-2 equatorial telescope mount and adjustable tripod allows manual slow-motion tracking of celestial objects as they appear to migrate across the night sky , Counterweight bar length - 8 inches
  • Complete assembled telescope weighs just 27 lbs. for convenient transport. Best for imaging- Lunar & planetary
  • Includes two 1.25 inch Sirius Plossl eyepieces (25mm and 10mm), 6x30 finder scope, 1.25inch rack and pinion focuser, tripod accessory tray, collimation cap, Starry Night astronomy software, and more!

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Orion

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B00D05BKOW

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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.


Product information Product Dimensions 24 x 24 x 51 inches Item Weight 24.2 pounds ASIN B00D05BKOW Item model number 9007

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.

My recommendations are based on price, usability, value, and that hard to qualify "will I use this in 3 months" metric.
Below, I am going to talk you out of this purchase, and give you my suggestions instead.

There are two main types of mounts for telescopes. EQ, Equatorial and ALT-AZ or Altitude/Azimuth. EQ mounts need to be aligned with the north pole to work. They are hard to set up, may need dark skies to find Polaris, are difficult to use to find objects manually, and as a visual telescope are not the first choice a beginner should use. The benefit is that once you get an EQ set up, to track an object you only need to move in one direction to counter the earth's rotation. This is one of the main reasons EQ's are used in astrophotography. An Alt-AZ has a flat base and requires that the telescope move in two directions to track an object in the sky. Up-Down (altitude) and Left-Right (azimuth). These style of telescope mounts can be set up quickly, do not require dark skies to get ready and are very easy to point at objects in the night sky. Most ALT-AZ mounts will require the telescope to be level and then point due north if they have motors.

With an ALT-AZ mount you will have a much better time pointing your telescope at locations in the night sky. Depending on the style of telescope learning how to move the telescope to track an object on an Alt-Az mount is not that difficult to learn. Reflectors will have the field of view reversed up/down and left/right and refractors will have the field of view reversed left/right. With an EQ style mount this can get tricky to move the telescope.

The build quality of the telescope is fine. The mount on this particular telescope is a bit too lightweight for what I would consider good. Meade has a series of telescopes called "STARNAVIGATOR" that are excellent beginner telescopes. Explore Scientific has a great series of beginner telescopes on a "Twilight Nano" mount in this same price range. Orion has a series of "tabletop" telescopes here on Amazon that are the same telescopes with ALT-AZ mounts. In the $200 range you can now get equipment that is not a 'toy' like us old guys had to deal with in the 70's and 80's. For a bit more money the Celestron NexStar series is great and most of those are motorized making stargazing a bit easier. It is a great time to be someone buying a first telescope! And at this price point you are not that far from the prices of 8" Dobsonian style telescopes, starting at $350-$400.

I teach classes on beginning astronomy, and the talk of beginner gear is how I end the class. I emphasize that a beginner telescope should leave you wanting more. To see more, do more, explore more. Not leave you frustrated with a purchase that was hard to aim, hard to keep aligned and will end up as a coat rack in the corner of a room. The SpaceProbe 130ST would be a fantastic telescope if not for the mount choice. For your hard earned money, you can do much better and get a telescope that your child will take to college with them in a few years. These Equatorial mounts will only frustrate you and anyone using these as a first telescope. This same telescope is available as a tabletop unit, for roughly the same price and is a MUCH better telescope/mount combination. Orion itself is a fantastic brand with a well established reputation and a very large online community that can help you with accessories, modification etc down the line.

In the $300 range there are much, much better choices on better mounts that will not frustrate you. The Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope is $40 more, has better eyepieces and a table-top Alt-Az mount. It is easier to use, align and once you are ready, can be moved to a better mount with motors later. For $100 more you can get a Celestron NexStar 5" with GoTo and tracking. Meade's beginner telescopes are in this price range as well. For $100 more you can get an 8" Dobsonian telescope from Orion, Explore Scientific, Meade, SkyWatcher that will grow with you, be big enough to see faint objects yet light enough to be portable.

And finally, please look up your local Astronomy club. Most of them will have people willing to help a beginner, have used equipment for sale, will have people that can help with technical questions, and almost all of them have access to a dark site with regular member nights. Most organizations have an inexpensive family membership, on the order of $50 a year, or about the cost of a family outing to a single movie.

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.

The image is incredibly clear. You can easily make out the red surface of Mars, the rings of Saturn, and craters on the moon. Balancing the telescope with the counter weight is a bit difficult but you get the hang of it.

Oh and it is a HUGE chick magnet.

Not really though.

But in all seriousness, it was an amazing investment that I would highly recommend it to any beginner.

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.

We are all hooked. Best advice I can give you if you purchase this is to spend a bit of time reading the manual to get it set up properly first and then go looking at the stars.

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.
The locking is poor unless an unreasonable amount of force is used, and varies
according to position (as if the bearing surfaces are out of round). And as the
locking knobs are tightened the position moves!

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.

The instruction manual is beyond useless but Orion do provide some helpful YouTube videos. However, after many weeks of trying I have not been able to "balance" it - the telescope always drops like a sack of potatoes in one direction no matter what I do. The guy in the video makes it look so easy but it is not.

I also have not been able to "collimate" it, I can never see anything through either of the lenses that are provided. I've only been able to use the finder so far.

All in all, it is a solid telescope (as far as I can tell) but don't be fooled into thinking you will be up and running in 30 minutes if you have no experience with telescopes. I've been fighting with mine for weeks and have so far only seen red.

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!
je pense à le retourner, trop compliqué…….et un fil apparait dans le viseur.

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.