Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope

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A Look at the Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope Full Review

 

Whether you are an intermediate user or a more serious stargazer who is interested in astronomy looking for a telescope that offers detailed views of the celestial object, possesses tracking capabilities and delivers good optics without breaking you bank account, the Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope is the go-to model for you. Its features and price makes this scope perfect for beginners as well as advanced hobbyists. The SpaceProbe 130ST is perhaps one of the most appealing Newtonian reflector telescopes available in the market.  Apart from it large 5.15nch aperture, it also sports a fast f/5 focal ratio that delivers wide-field performance.

 

Features

 

This better version of the standard SpaceProbe 130 EQ that is more compact because of its short 24-inch optical tube  and is portable to be transferred easily to any location. The Orion SpaceProbe 130ST reflector telescope boasts of numerous features that make it quite an investment. Apart from the large aperture size that has the capabilities to collect more light, this telescope also has a 130mm parabolic primary mirror that delivers clear image views of deep-sky objects. It also has a stable tripod and an equatorial mount that is durable and robust, complete with dual settings for slow motion hand controls and maneuver of the piece. Moreover, the EQ-2 mount makes it possible to track celestial objects easily as the move across space and view the, in great detail.

 

Aside from weighing at 27 pounds, this reflector telescope also has an adjustable tripod made from aluminum that makes it strong yet lightweight. It also has a tray that serves as storage for accessories while probing the night sky. The telescope also has two 1.25” Sirius Plossi eyepieces at 25mm and 10mm, rack-and-pinion focuser, collimation cap and astronomy software. It also has a secondary mirror in an advanced holder with thin metal vanes at 0.5mm that is important to lessen the diffraction spikes and loss of light.  As for the parabolic primary mirror, it is responsible for delivering detailed and sharp images as well as more focus for the incoming light. Additionally, the 6 x 30 finder scope makes it possible to accurately position the SpaceProbe  130ST for a view of the bright planets, the Moon and star clusters. With proper alignment, it can deliver perfect views of objects. As for the two eyepieces that come with the 130ST model, the 25mm eyepiece delivers a 26-power view that gives moderate magnification. It also offers a wide apparent field at 52 degrees that delivers sharp images. On the other hand, the other eyepiece at 10mm, gives more magnification since it gives 65x view with also a 52-degree field of view.

 

Pros and Cons

 

At an affordable price, the SpaceProbe 130ST EQ Reflector Telescope boasts of large aperture and clear, sharp images. It is also compact that it does not take much space. This scope is also easy to use and ready to deliver. Moreover, it is stable because of its aluminum tripod and German mount.

 

As for cons, it can be a bit heavy at 27 pounds. It is also a bit pricey and some components are made of plastic. Other than these minor flaws, this model is appealing.

 

Conclusion

 

The Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope delivers high quality images that more serious hobbyists will find interesting and appealing about this model. It also has many features that add to its performance. Although it has few cons, the pros definitely outweigh them and that makes this telescope highly recommended.

 

 

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