Orion Spaceprobe 130st Eq Reflector Telescope Review

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Hello I’m Ken with Orion telescopes and binoculars and this is the Orion space probe 130s T which means short tube reflector telescope on an equatorial mount now we’ve had this telescope in our lineup for many many years but I just wanted to show what I can do it’s probably one of our most popular telescopes just because it’s so classic and it’s got a nice aperture shows you a lot of things in the night sky has the equatorial mount so it’s a real winner for us and it’s and it’s been very popular for many many years so let me go through it and show you some of the features all right so first of all it’s a 130 millimeter that’s about 5.1 inch diameter reflector tube so it’s got two mirrors a parabolic one here a little flat mirror here on an angle to send a light up to the eyepiece five inches is a great size for all sorts of things in the night sky if you’re getting your first telescope a lot of times you end up getting a little small 60 millimeter 70 millimeter refractor a five-inch 130 millimeter reflector telescope allows you to do so much more in the night sky so it’ll keep you going for many many more years it’s not something that you start with and then end up growing out of really quickly this can last like.


Orion Spaceprobe 130st Eq Reflector Telescope

I said for the whole lifetime really 130 millimeters allows you to see all sorts of things in the and the deep sky as well as moon and planets so Orion Nebula Andromeda galaxy if you get away from the city lights and you get into darker locations you can see some of the fainter objects well all the Messier objects would be visible with a 5-inch telescope and many of the fainter engi sees as well I know that the meze is are part of the NGC s but they’re the brightest ones and then you can go deeper with a 5.1 inch telescope moon and planets rings of Saturn moons around Jupiter very good resolution I want to talk about the why it’s called the s T the short tube short tube telescope we have another 130 millimeter the the longer one it’s just called the space probe 130 it’s about this much longer it’s a 900 millimeter focal length this one is 650 millimeter focal length so what that means is the the tube is kept a little bit shorter and if you put the same eyepiece in you get a little bit lower power and a little bit wider field of view now initially you might think well why is lower power better I’d rather have as much power as possible it’s a telescope after all right well that’s not necessarily the case you can go high-power with this all you have to do is just add on different eyepieces and you can push this to just as high power as the other 130 millimeter but out of the box with a short tube like this a wide field of view is actually very nice especially if it’s your first telescope there’s a lot of black sky around the objects that you want to look at sometimes it can be a little bit hard to define those objects with a wide field or sometimes they come on rich field telescope like this it’s easier to sweep them up because you’ve got that wider field of view to start also with a little bit lower power and the same eyepiece you get a brighter image than you would with a longer telescope in that same eyepiece so as the power goes up your light level.

Drops down so when you’re looking especially at deep sky objects it’s nice to have a nice wide aperture telescope like 130 millimeter with a little bit shorter focal ratio focal length in order to get a really bright image so ideal for deep sky images and then you can always push it to higher power over the addition of extra eyepieces now it comes with two eyepieces you get just started a twenty five and a ten millimeter eyepiece the 10 will start getting into planetary range the 25 is perfect for the brighter deep sky objects and then if you want to really zoom it in add on a Barlow lens or some higher magnification eyepiece and your and you’re right there in addition to the two eyepieces you also get a finder scope I haven’t put it on yet also that’s to you in a moment but you get a six by 30 finder scope the 25 the 10 millimeter eyepiece and then it all comes on this equatorial mount and an equatorial mount is really handy when you want to track objects in the sky and not have to constantly recenter them if you’re using like a Dobsonian mount there’s nothing wrong with that it’s just you’re gonna have to keep up with it with an equatorial mount the way you keep up with it is just by spinning this one knob once you pull reline the telescope so the equatorial mount gets polar line by pointing this axis here at Polaris and then you find the object by unlocking the knob is moving it wherever you want let’s say Jupiter is right there you’ll lock it down and then you use the slow motion control knobs to Center it and you get really fine control with these knobs and then as long as your polar line.

You just twist this one knob in one direction and it’ll follow the object as it moves through that arc in the sky so a really handy way to keep up with object especially the higher power at a hundred plus magnification you see the earth rotating underneath you really fast the planet seems to move across the image in just a few seconds so just twisting the knob to recenter it is very handy plus since it is an equatorial mount it’s got these gears down here you can attach a motor drive to this we have a simple single axis clock drive that bolts onto this big flywheel air and then automates that process so it knows exactly how fast to spin the gear to keep the object center so once you Center Jupiter turn on the motor you let go and it’ll just keep it right in the field of view all night long the tripod itself can extend I’ve got it about midway up right now but you can get another maybe twelve to fourteen inches out of this so if you want to stand up while viewing perfectly fine if you want to lower it down and sit in a stool while you view that’s also good in the middle the tripod is the accessory tray and I have the finder scope attached to it or sitting in the tray so I mean as well just attach that up here right now and the tray down below holds whatever you’re not using so right now I’ve got the higher power eyepiece in I can use the tray to store my 25 millimeter any filters you might be using just a nice place to put your flashlight and everything else alright well there you have it this is the space probe 130 st one of my favorites reflecting telescopes that orion carries a perfect it’s like an all-around telescope that works great for everything moon planets deep sky it’s got the equatorial mount tracts objects in the night sky very easily you can attach a motor to it has nice low power magnification and can be pushed to very high power as well this is one of my favorite products the orion 130 millimeter space probe st reflector telescope alright thank you very much clear skies you.

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