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.
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" long compared to 33" on the standard 130. The focal length of the ST's 130mm (5.1") primary mirror is 650mm (f/5), yielding a wider field of view and brighter images for a given telescope eyepiece focal length. 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 included Beginner Barlow Kit is a great combination of accessories for anyone beginning a hobby of amateur astronomy and includes the powerful Orion Shorty 2x Barlow Lens, as well as the useful Orion Beginning Stargazers Toolkit.
Use the included Orion Shorty 2x Barlow Lens to double the magnifying power of included eyepieces.
A 2-power (2x) Barlow lens is an extremely versatile telescope accessory that doubles the magnification of any eyepiece installed. Using the included Shorty 2x Barlow with the 10mm eyepiece in the SpaceProbe 130ST reflector bumps its viewing power from 65x to 130x, and boosts the 25mm eyepiece's magnification from 26x to 132x when used with the 130mm telescope. What's more, you can use the compact Shorty 2x Barlow with any other 1.25" eyepieces you already have, or any you purchase in the future.
The Orion MoonMap 260 makes it easy to learn about the Moon's craters, spacecraft landing sites, and more!
With locations and names of over 260 features on the Moon such as craters, mountains, valleys, "seas" and more, the included Orion MoonMap 260 is a great tool for beginning astronomers. This detailed map will even show you where various spacecraft have landed on the Moon's surface! The whole family will enjoy looking at the Moon with the SpaceProbe 130ST telescope, then discovering the names of the craters and other features you've seen in the telescope.
The Orion Star Target planisphere is a useful star chart wheel for any day of the year.
This circular star map lets you dial-in the month and day you're observing the sky, so you can see exactly which constellations and stars will be visible if skies are clear. Using the Orion Star Target is a great way for starters to plan their first stargazing sessions with the SpaceProbe 130ST reflector, since you'll know just where to point the telescope!
The useful Discover the Stars guidebook will introduce you to the wonders of the night sky.
This gets our vote as the best guidebook for beginning stargazers. The heart of the book is two sections of big, two-color sky charts. The first section features 12 charts that show the entire visible sky each month, accompanied by text that points out each month's sky attractions and constellation mythology. The second section comprises 23 charts of smaller regions of the sky, which highlight objects observable with small instruments. Softbound, 119 pages.
Use the included RedBeam Mini LED flashlight to see in the dark without disrupting your dark-adapted vision.
You don't need a big flashlight to read star maps or see inside your accessory case at night. The included 2.5"-long Orion RedBeam Mini Flashlight does the job perfectly, emitting night-vision friendly red LED light. Red light won't disrupt your eyes' dark-adapted vision, so this flashlight lets you check charts and accessories while keeping your eyes primed for viewing celestial gems through the SpaceProbe 130ST telescope. Includes batteries and a handy key-ring.
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-676-1343.
Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.
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Orion 130mm, f/5 reflector telescope optical tube assembly
25mm Orion Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece (1.25")
10mm Orion Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece (1.25")
Tripod legs with attachment screws
6x30 Finder scope
Finder scope bracket with O-ring
Tripod accessory tray
Slow-motion control cables
Leg lock knobs
Accessory tray bracket
Accessory tray wing screws
Starry Night Special Edition astronomy software
Orion Shorty 1.25" 2x Barlow Lens
Orion MoonMap 260
Orion Star Target Planisphere
Discover The Stars Beginner's Astronomy Guidebook
Orion RedBeam Mini LED Flashlight
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