• Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
  • Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
  • Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
  • Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
  • Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
  • Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
  • Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package
Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package

Celestron - AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope - Refractor Telescope for Beginners - Fully-Coated Glass Optics - Adjustable-Height Tripod - BONUS Astronomy Software Package

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  • POWERFUL REFRACTOR TELESCOPE: The Celestron AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor telescope is a powerful and user-friendly refractor telescope. It features fully-coated glass optics, a sturdy and lightweight frame, two eyepieces, a StarPointer red dot finderscope and an adjustable tripod.
  • HIGH-QUALITY 90MM OPTICS: The heart of the system is a fully-coated 90mm primary mirror. The AstroMaster mount features two slow-motion control knobs that allow you to make precision adjustments to view celestial and terrestrial objects.
  • QUICK SETUP & LIGHTWEIGHT FRAME: This telescope for adults and kids to be used together features a lightweight frame and a manual German Equatorial mount for smooth and accurate pointing. Setup is quick and easy, with no tools required.
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: Weve included 2 eyepieces (20mm and 10mm), a tripod, erect image star diagonal, and a StarPointer red dot finderscope. Accessories also include a FREE download of one of the top consumer rated astronomy software programs.
  • UNBEATABLE WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the worlds #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. Youll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.

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Great value! Though with some design flaws First of all, note that this is not a classic Newtonian reflector. It's a Bird-Jones reflector which uses a spherical mirror instead of a parabolic one and it has a corrector+2x barlow under the focus tube. That being said, it is inherently hard to collimate with lasers but its design allows it to be this compact. It would be almost twice as long if it's a classic Newtonian.The image quality is quite great and be sure to collimate well before using it.Collimation can only be done with collimation caps, but the one from Celestron can't fit into the eyepiece (too long and will hit the corrector lens in the focuser.) A shorter one from other brands is recommended.The mount weighs only about 6lb. Super light but not sturdy enough. You may have to add some weights to it.The counter weight is not heavy enough if you add any accessories to the OTA. I would have my counter weights all the way down to the stopper.The scope is impossible to balance in declination as the plastic pad writes "Celestron" limits the travel of the rings that holds the OTA. Solution? Saw it off. (or put a heavier finderscope in the front)But this is still very good value! It's so compact and light that anyone can physically carry it out.What can you see:-Moon in detail-Jupiter with color bands & its four moons-Saturn with rings. Cassini division not resolvable-Mars as featureless small discs-Venus as featureless small discs-Nebulae as little smoke smudges-Some double stars 4Well worth every penny!!! I bought this for my wife as a birthday present and it is the most high-quality telescope I've ever laid my hands on. Everything about it is perfect I was even able to take really good pictures of the moon with just a smartphone through the eye lense. I would most definitely recommend this telescope for anyone looking to get into the world of star gazing! 5Great telescope so far!My daughter actually put this together because she couldn't wait to use it. I had to help with some of the adjusters, etc, but she's 12 and it didn't take her very long at all. Maybe 30 minutes. As for the scope, I'm brand new to this and there's definitely a learning curve, but I'm patient. Using the adjusters takes a little getting used to, but it's getting easier. The reward for finding something in the sky is a huge plus for me so I decided not to go with the motorized version. The collomation was off so I'm learning how to adjust that. My two attempts doing it manually weren't quite as successful as I wanted, so I went ahead and got the laser collimator on order. Overall I am very happy with the telescope. Tonight we were finally able to view the moon and it's defining craters and a nice image of Saturn and it's rings. Don't expect the big, colorful version, but you can definitely see the outline of the planet and its rings. If you're new like me, find a link on Youtube that teaches you to balance the scope. You'll also want to be sure the tripod is level. It's pretty solid, although I was a little worried it might topple over with how heavy the weights are but there haven't been any issues at all.4I love this. Cons firstI am 40+ years old. I haven t had a telescope since I was 12. I love this.Cons first.1) it s heavier than you think. I plan on dragging this all over the United States this summer, but it is a bit cumbersome. Finding a carrying case that you are sure this telescope will fit in is almost impossible. You really need to order a 2x Barlow lens (don t bother with 3x or 5x...trust me).Pro s next.1) Easy to set up. Quite user friendly (I m horrible at getting binoculars to focus, but I could easily bring the moon into focus and stare for hours). Once you figure out the dials and what-not, you just want to go find an open area on a clear night. There are a few good free moon rise/set and stargazer apps I use.As a beginner, I ll write the review ending I wish someone else had written before...It s worth the price. Get the 2x Barlow. Have fun.5Perfect for Newbies, like us! We have been very impressed with this telescope. We can see the moon in full detail, Mars (as a red dot) and most of all we can see the rings of Saturn. Jupiter hasn't been in the right part of the sky for us to try yet, but so far we are very pleased. My only recommendation is to upgrade the lenses if you buy this model. The kit lenses aren't very great, but do work well. Great for beginners! 5A perfect first telescope!A perfect first telescope! Especially suited for lunar and planetary viewing. The views of the moon through this telescope are breath-taking! The EQ mount makes tracking objects so much easier once you get used to it; you will spend more time enjoying actually viewing, instead of fighting adjustments as with an AZ mount. Overall this is an outstanding scope! Well worth the jump up from the 70mm. For the highest contrast, sharpest views of the planets a refractor is definitely the way to go! Also, practically zero maintenance and no time spent collimating. Just put it on the mount and get right to viewing!Purchased Astromaster Accessory Kit: it's a decent upgrade for this telescope if you're on a budget, but I can't recommend it. The 15mm Kellner actually performs well for a cheap eyepiece. However, the filters in this kit are too dark for a refractor of this size, and you really won't get any benefit from them on the planets. You really don't need a barlow lens for this scope, because the magnification range is fairly narrow; you just need the right size eyepieces.Skip the kit and purchase the Agena AstroProducts EWA 9mm eyepiece instead; for $45 I challenge you to find a better performing eyepiece! It really takes views through this instrument to a whole new level! Very comfortable for extended viewing, with great eye-relief, a wide field of view, and excellent contrast! This single eyepiece makes every starter eyepiece in your collection obsolete! This entire line of eyepieces are incredible for the price!This scope really shines in the x111 to x166 magnification range. Sometimes it takes a little patience to really nail the focus, as the focuser adjustment is a bit coarse. If it's within your budget I recommend the prism diagonal 90 by William Optics which has a 15mm fine helical focuser adjustment (Agena AstroProducts carries it). It's worth every penny, and is an incredible upgrade. Looking through the Agena EWA 9mm on this diagonal is like having a new telescope, and everything I viewed was like looking at it again for the first time! The moon through these optics will simply blow you away!To get the most out of this instrument, upgrade the cheap, plastic diagonal, and don't buy the cheap "kit" lenses.Clear Skies! :)4Needs Better Quality ControlThe Celestron AstroMaster 90EQ telescope came well-packaged and was extremely easy to assemble. I had it put together in under 20 minutes, and was impressed with the overall fitment. Aesthetically, however, the telescope had some disappointing issues - especially considering the price paid. Notably, the two iron counterweights were covered in surface rust, and glue used in assembly was not cleaned off properly which left a fairly noticeable mark on the tube. Perfection is one thing, but this seemed very sloppy. It's my son's birthday, so I can live with a glue stain and eventually spray paint the weights - but Celestron dropped the ball on the quality control.Update: Took it outside to stargaze, and the lateral adjustment lock was siezed. Couldn't move it. Perhaps this was a rare case, but I am not impressed. Rusty parts, sloppy production, and siezed adjustments - nope, nope, nope.1A Good Place to Start for the MoneyAfter having several inexpensive scopes over the years I decided it was time to take a small step up and get one with an equatorial mount. After using it for the first time I have to agree with some of the other reviewers. This scope has some definite pros and cons.First the pros:- The optics are pretty good. They are very clear compared to what I have used in the past.- The eyepieces are also quite good for the price. There are 10mm and 20mm eyepieces that are perfect for beginners.- The tube is made of sturdy, rolled sheet metal, with good quality heavy duty plastic at either end.Now the cons:- The tripod is actually made of light steel tube and it's not very stable with all the weight on top of it.- The mount is not so good. The RA adjustment is relatively smooth, and adding a little silicon grease helped a lot, the Declination adjustment is very rough.I have read several reviews about the spotter scope being "useless" , but I had no trouble with it. I used the top of a distant radio tower to align it and it worked perfectly. On the first try I was able to pick out Venus, Saturn and Jupiter with no trouble, and some dimmer objects with a little effort. Once you have the scope on an object you have to focus carefully and not touch the scope so the vibration settles down, which takes a few seconds. I was able to keep objects in view with the RA adjustment, but again, you have to let it settle after each adjustment, which takes a few seconds.Overall this is a good starter scope for a child who is not into instant gratification, or someone like me, who isn't expecting to discover a comet, but just likes looking up there every now and again. Reviewer's problems with the mount are well founded until you Google them and see how much good ones cost. That said, if you are a parent willing to learn and work with an interested child, this scope is a good place to start. If they show real interest in astronomy, then you can look at better scopes later.3CHEEP! DONT BUY!The first thing that I noticed after unwrapping the package and assembling was that the components the telescope base was made out of we're incredibly cheap which is almost to be expected when you pay under $200 for a telescope however, I put that aside and thought that even though the stand and the adjustments for a for moving the telescope might be cheap the Optics may not be. once I got it assembled I was extremely disappointed, even on the highest power of magnifying it still seems underpowered for the size not only that but it also was impossible to focus.still giving the product the benefit of the doubt I tried looking at other objects in the night sky, which inevitably turned out to be useless because if you could get the object into unfocused veiw it would slowly drift away (I know the earth rotates) because of the cheap adjustment parts that makeup the stand would not tighten enough to keep in place. Also the "fine" adjustment knobs and screw are really poorly made and when you try to make small adjustments they are unrefined and more jaring then hellfull, myself and others found that muscling the telescope in the direction you want was much more useful. All in all if you want a 40 lb scope with the veiwing power and Clarity of a $30 pair of binoculars then go ahead and buy this.1This was an excellent purchase. This was my second purchase ever in ...This was an excellent purchase. This was my second purchase ever in Astronomy. It has a clean look, gives crisp views and not terribly priced for a beginner scope. CON's: NOT FOR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY!I thought I had researched allot about what I wanted in my telescope, but I was wrong. I could not in any reviews where it was stated that astrophotogaphy with this telescope was going to be possible. So, I figured I'd be the one to warn. Please don't misunderstand, this is an outstanding scope for the money. Modifications need to be done to the scope in order to bring a subject into focus. I have read everything from cutting off a portion of the tube, removing a portion of the focus tube allowing for more in-focus (please take a look through Cloudy Nights-a forum for astrophotography) and modifying the mirrors position in the telescope. It can be done, so don't be discouraged if this is the scope you absolutely want. The star finder is not a star finder either. The reviews in here which denote that piece of equipment as a pain, well, agreed.What I have learned is that the telescope mount is absolutely key. I purchased the RA motor mount that goes with this setup, and it will not help you much. In order for the image to reach the DSLR chip, you have to use a barlow lens which increases the focul length, and proportionately, the difficulty in tracking DSOs. The better the tracking and shorter the focul length, the longer you can expose for. The longer duration exposure allows for more photons to reach your DSLR chip, and finally rendering you a nice image of nebula's, galaxies, etc. The mount is pretty sturdy despite some of the reviews here, with slight modification. I only extend the legs approximately half way or less out. This decreases the number of seconds required to allow the mount to steady itself before taking photos, or even achieving focus. The RA motor allows you to increase and decrease tracking speed. I have not found a perfect setting just yet.I have only been able to capture .3 second frames, which is just enough to capture a tiny glimpse of nebula and only the brightest stars. Out of frustration, I mounted my $70 Celestron PowerSeeker 70mm refractor to the mount and was able to achieve a maximum of 6 second subs before star trails appeared. This was while I framed it in BackyardEOS, and also while i was constantly adjusting the speed to keep Orion Nebula in place.I have attached two photos, one with the Astromaster and one with the PowerSeeker. The refractor is not better quality than the Astromaster, the mount is just better able to keep the lighter refractor on point just a fraction longer. When I had done my research, I could not find any photos from this setup, so I will attach one from the PowerSeeker. I was unable to render a useable photo utilizing the Astromaster 130.I intend on purchasing the Celestron AVX mount with the Astromaster 130. It is a much more accurate mount.Visually. this is an awesome scope. Jupiter, moon, viewing Orion Nebula, it's wonderful.Conclusion, this is a wonderful scope and mount for viewing the heavens, not for astrophotography.4Great beginner scope for the priceI think this is a very fair telescope for the price. I used to own a 10" telescope that cost $3000 and had the full electronic controls. I was looking for something more portable as the other one was very large and weighed at least 50 pounds. I was surprised that this one worked pretty well, again for the price. Its not a substitute for $1000 or $3000 scope.Here's what I would want to know if I was new to telescopes and considering buying this. You MUST by the extra lense kit for an additional $150. The lense that comes with it is not that powerful. You'll thank yourself by taking the time to learn how to set up the equitorial mount correctly. And also learn about lenses - you can't just pop in the most powerful lense and get a clear image. Download the celestron app and plan out what you want to see before you're standing outside excited to see something. Astronomy is a lot of fun, but there's a lot to learn.Finally, temper your expectations. You will get great close-ups of the moon. Mars will appear as a reddish dot with no detail. You won't see the colors of Jupiters stripes like a picture from NASA. You'll see that Saturn has a ring, yes it will appear as one light band, not several. And with this scope, nebulae will appear as more of a haze than a colorful exploding cloud. Unlikely be able to make out a galaxy except if you're on a mountain top on a very clear night.If you're a beginner, buy this scope with the additional lense kit and patiently learn how to use it. If you're not a beginner, save your money and get an 8" at least.5Good optics, but bad mount and eyepieces = not recommended for 1st telescopeI'm writing this detailed review as an adult beginner who is getting back into astronomy from the comfort of my light polluted suburban backyard. I assume that many of those that are looking at this telescope are also beginners and are looking for an affordable, but serious entry into astronomy/first telescope. Once setup, this telescope potentially fits the bill and will very likely pique your interest in astronomy, prompting you to fully immerse yourself into this hobby (and spending additional dollars). I've owned this telescope for all of one month and in this short time, I have accumulated nearly $500 worth of quality eyepieces and will be picking up a huge telescope with a 10" mirror to get the most out of those pricey lenses. I'll still use this scope, but I'll be making a new mount for it. What this should tell you is that if you're the type that gets obsessive and invested in your hobbies, you really might be better off starting with a better and bigger telescope. The Astromaster 130EQ is a decent telescope with decent optics, but it carries a number of severe limitations; I will go into the details of each.OVERVIEW:This is a Newtonian reflector type telescope with a primary mirror size of 130mm, or about 5". The primary mirror is an important part of the telescope that determines how much light from the cosmos it can gather and direct to your eye through the eyepiece. The 5" mirror in this telescope is considered smaller by telescope standards and it will limit how faint of an object in space that you can see. It will also limit how detailed of a view to expect. This telescope uses an equatorial mount which is daunting for beginners to use, as it pivots and rotates off axis in order to track stars' rotation, as opposed to simply rotating left and right and up and down from a central axis. It's good for an amateur astronomer to understand how to setup and use an equatorial mount, but there are some glaring deficiencies with the mount that come with this package. The equatorial mount will cause many beginners to ditch it or give up the hobby due to how frustrating it is.VIEW EXPECTATIONS:With the included eyepieces only, views of the moon will be great. You will see many more stars than you could see with your naked eye. You will see Jupiter as a pale larger dot with 4 bright points of light, which are its moons. With Saturn, you will see a larger dot and the oblong shape of its rings...but you will not be able to see the split in the middle (Cassini division). Mars will just look like a solid red pinpoint. Nebulas will look like faint wisps. Better quality eyepieces will NEED to be bought to see any details of planets, galaxies, and star clusters and achieve higher magnifications. If you buy a good barlow and good eyepieces, you will be able to see so much more, such as the banding on jupiter, and tiny clusters of stars. Having good eyepieces makes this telescope so much more enjoyable to use.ACCESSORIES:The 10mm and 20mm eyepieces this telescope comes with are extremely poor quality and you must put your eye uncomfortably close to the eyepiece in order to see anything. Wear glasses? Forget it. The optical clarity of the included eyepieces is really bad and most things will look a little "fuzzy". You will need to buy better eyepieces. I strongly recommend the Celestron 8-24mm adjustable zoom eyepiece which is a great all-in-one. The fundamental way to understand how eyepieces work is to understand that the eyepiece determines your magnification. The Astromaster 130EQ has a focal length of 650mm. If you use the 10mm eyepiece, then you will achieve 65X magnification. Focal length 650mm divided by 10mm eyepiece = 65 magnification. Therefore, using the same logic, the 20mm eyepiece results in 650mm/20mm = 32.5X magnification. If you buy a higher quality zoom eyepiece like the one I mentioned, it will give you a range from 8mm (81.25X mag) through 24mm (27X mag). If you buy a "helper" eyepiece called a barlow, it can double the magnification of any eyepieces you have. Commonly, people buy 2X barlows. If you were to only get a 2X barlow and an 8-24 zoom eyepiece, you'd have magnifications of 27X-81.25X (zoom ep) and 54X-162.5X (zoom ep + 2x barlow) right at your fingertips. That's about as high magnification as you want to go with this telescope, as this telescope will max out around 180X usable magnification due to the smaller size of the primary mirror and the conditions of the atmosphere impacting how well things can be seen from the ground. This telescope also comes with a red dot finder scope that will help you aim it at objects. I found it easy to use once I tightened the screws holding it to the telescope and calibrated it. Read the instructions on how to calibrate the finder, it's not hard to set up.MOUNT:The mount is simply bad and suffers from excessive vibrations that take many seconds to stabilize before you can see an image in the eyepiece that isn't shaking. Any and all adjustments you make with this mount will result in needing many seconds waiting for your view to stop shaking excessively. The fine adjustment controls on the mount are inconsistent, where adjustments can feel excessively grainy, or like the controls aren't engaging at all... until they suddenly do. It may adjust smoothly in one direction, but not the other. One of the adjustments uses a metal on metal screw that eats into the mount, resulting in the mount cannibalizing itself and wearing out and becoming more inconsistent over time. I wind up hand rotating the tube and locking each axis since the fine adjustment controls do not work properly. This by far is the weakest part of the telescope and the one that risks losing potential amateur astronomers. I strongly recommend looking at telescopes with a simple, easy to use "dobsonian" mount instead.OVERALL:If you really want to enjoy this telescope for a long time, you will need to buy decent eyepieces at minimum. A zoom eyepiece and 2x barlow (~$90) is the minimum I'd recommend. A screw on 25% moon filter is also recommended (~$20) to improve moon viewing. This telescope is not forgiving of inexpensive, cheaply made eyepieces, so don't even think about those packages that offer a half dozen eyepieces and assorted filters for $100. Once you have decent eyepieces to use, you will need to learn how to work around the poor mount so you can reliably and steadily point the telescope at objects. If you really want to get into astronomy as a beginner on a budget, I'd recommend getting a telescope with a dobsonian mount, such as an Orion Skyquest XT6 6", or Apertura AD6 6". While the actual telescope on the Astromaster 130 is good, everything else in the package (mount, eyepieces) is bad. I don't necessarily regret purchasing this telescope, since it kicked my interest into astronomy into high gear, I only wish I was better informed before I bought it.2Awesome I'm very happy but has only one CONI just received this telescope today and couldn't wait for tonight.... Having said that I haven't had a telescope since I was a kid(a very long time ago) I researched telescopes for a long time looking for one I could use with my Nikon D5200. After about 3 weeks I decided on this one mainly for the price and having the basic requirements for astrophotography other than being a refractor.After about an hour of putting it together, which wasn't to bad seriously tho how much fun is putting anything together but it was painless and easy.Tripod fairly sturdy better than I expected, mount is heavy duty and simple to install, telescope is big (or at least I thought) but we'll build and simply slides and you lock it in place. This makes it easier to move around in your house and to the great outdoors.After setting up outside when the sun went down I had a little trouble finding Saturn, but a little patience and very slight tuning here and there I found it in about 15 minutes. I could see clearly the round planet with a perfectly visible ring. I used a 20mm to find it and switched out lenses to get a closer view. It was spectacular! I have never seen it through my own telescope.CONSThe finder scope is kinda useless it's hard to tell where to put your head to align, after giving on that I stood behind the telescope and bent way down looking straight up the tube on the top and aligned it that way and found Saturn within a few minutes.Now I'm waiting on the T adapters for my camera to see what I can capture. My viewing ended early tonight due to clouds rolling in or I would have stayed out there instead of writing this review.Definitely worth the money and a great starter telescope. If I can work it so can you.I now can't wait for the moon( it's a new moon right now so I have to wait)5
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  • POWERFUL REFRACTOR TELESCOPE: The Celestron AstroMaster 90EQ Refractor telescope is a powerful and user-friendly refractor telescope. It features fully-coated glass optics, a sturdy and lightweight frame, two eyepieces, a StarPointer red dot finderscope and an adjustable tripod.
  • HIGH-QUALITY 90MM OPTICS: The heart of the system is a fully-coated 90mm primary mirror. The AstroMaster mount features two slow-motion control knobs that allow you to make precision adjustments to view celestial and terrestrial objects.
  • QUICK SETUP & LIGHTWEIGHT FRAME: This telescope for adults and kids to be used together features a lightweight frame and a manual German Equatorial mount for smooth and accurate pointing. Setup is quick and easy, with no tools required.
  • INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: Weve included 2 eyepieces (20mm and 10mm), a tripod, erect image star diagonal, and a StarPointer red dot finderscope. Accessories also include a FREE download of one of the top consumer rated astronomy software programs.
  • UNBEATABLE WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the worlds #1 telescope brand, based in California since 1960. Youll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
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Customer Reviews

Great value! Though with some design flaws First of all, note that this is not a classic Newtonian reflector. It's a Bird-Jones reflector which uses a spherical mirror instead of a parabolic one and it has a corrector+2x barlow under the focus tube. That being said, it is inherently hard to collimate with lasers but its design allows it to be this compact. It would be almost twice as long if it's a classic Newtonian.The image quality is quite great and be sure to collimate well before using it.Collimation can only be done with collimation caps, but the one from Celestron can't fit into the eyepiece (too long and will hit the corrector lens in the focuser.) A shorter one from other brands is recommended.The mount weighs only about 6lb. Super light but not sturdy enough. You may have to add some weights to it.The counter weight is not heavy enough if you add any accessories to the OTA. I would have my counter weights all the way down to the stopper.The scope is impossible to balance in declination as the plastic pad writes "Celestron" limits the travel of the rings that holds the OTA. Solution? Saw it off. (or put a heavier finderscope in the front)But this is still very good value! It's so compact and light that anyone can physically carry it out.What can you see:-Moon in detail-Jupiter with color bands & its four moons-Saturn with rings. Cassini division not resolvable-Mars as featureless small discs-Venus as featureless small discs-Nebulae as little smoke smudges-Some double stars 4Well worth every penny!!! I bought this for my wife as a birthday present and it is the most high-quality telescope I've ever laid my hands on. Everything about it is perfect I was even able to take really good pictures of the moon with just a smartphone through the eye lense. I would most definitely recommend this telescope for anyone looking to get into the world of star gazing! 5Great telescope so far!My daughter actually put this together because she couldn't wait to use it. I had to help with some of the adjusters, etc, but she's 12 and it didn't take her very long at all. Maybe 30 minutes. As for the scope, I'm brand new to this and there's definitely a learning curve, but I'm patient. Using the adjusters takes a little getting used to, but it's getting easier. The reward for finding something in the sky is a huge plus for me so I decided not to go with the motorized version. The collomation was off so I'm learning how to adjust that. My two attempts doing it manually weren't quite as successful as I wanted, so I went ahead and got the laser collimator on order. Overall I am very happy with the telescope. Tonight we were finally able to view the moon and it's defining craters and a nice image of Saturn and it's rings. Don't expect the big, colorful version, but you can definitely see the outline of the planet and its rings. If you're new like me, find a link on Youtube that teaches you to balance the scope. You'll also want to be sure the tripod is level. It's pretty solid, although I was a little worried it might topple over with how heavy the weights are but there haven't been any issues at all.4I love this. Cons firstI am 40+ years old. I haven t had a telescope since I was 12. I love this.Cons first.1) it s heavier than you think. I plan on dragging this all over the United States this summer, but it is a bit cumbersome. Finding a carrying case that you are sure this telescope will fit in is almost impossible. You really need to order a 2x Barlow lens (don t bother with 3x or 5x...trust me).Pro s next.1) Easy to set up. Quite user friendly (I m horrible at getting binoculars to focus, but I could easily bring the moon into focus and stare for hours). Once you figure out the dials and what-not, you just want to go find an open area on a clear night. There are a few good free moon rise/set and stargazer apps I use.As a beginner, I ll write the review ending I wish someone else had written before...It s worth the price. Get the 2x Barlow. Have fun.5Perfect for Newbies, like us! We have been very impressed with this telescope. We can see the moon in full detail, Mars (as a red dot) and most of all we can see the rings of Saturn. Jupiter hasn't been in the right part of the sky for us to try yet, but so far we are very pleased. My only recommendation is to upgrade the lenses if you buy this model. The kit lenses aren't very great, but do work well. Great for beginners! 5A perfect first telescope!A perfect first telescope! Especially suited for lunar and planetary viewing. The views of the moon through this telescope are breath-taking! The EQ mount makes tracking objects so much easier once you get used to it; you will spend more time enjoying actually viewing, instead of fighting adjustments as with an AZ mount. Overall this is an outstanding scope! Well worth the jump up from the 70mm. For the highest contrast, sharpest views of the planets a refractor is definitely the way to go! Also, practically zero maintenance and no time spent collimating. Just put it on the mount and get right to viewing!Purchased Astromaster Accessory Kit: it's a decent upgrade for this telescope if you're on a budget, but I can't recommend it. The 15mm Kellner actually performs well for a cheap eyepiece. However, the filters in this kit are too dark for a refractor of this size, and you really won't get any benefit from them on the planets. You really don't need a barlow lens for this scope, because the magnification range is fairly narrow; you just need the right size eyepieces.Skip the kit and purchase the Agena AstroProducts EWA 9mm eyepiece instead; for $45 I challenge you to find a better performing eyepiece! It really takes views through this instrument to a whole new level! Very comfortable for extended viewing, with great eye-relief, a wide field of view, and excellent contrast! This single eyepiece makes every starter eyepiece in your collection obsolete! This entire line of eyepieces are incredible for the price!This scope really shines in the x111 to x166 magnification range. Sometimes it takes a little patience to really nail the focus, as the focuser adjustment is a bit coarse. If it's within your budget I recommend the prism diagonal 90 by William Optics which has a 15mm fine helical focuser adjustment (Agena AstroProducts carries it). It's worth every penny, and is an incredible upgrade. Looking through the Agena EWA 9mm on this diagonal is like having a new telescope, and everything I viewed was like looking at it again for the first time! The moon through these optics will simply blow you away!To get the most out of this instrument, upgrade the cheap, plastic diagonal, and don't buy the cheap "kit" lenses.Clear Skies! :)4Needs Better Quality ControlThe Celestron AstroMaster 90EQ telescope came well-packaged and was extremely easy to assemble. I had it put together in under 20 minutes, and was impressed with the overall fitment. Aesthetically, however, the telescope had some disappointing issues - especially considering the price paid. Notably, the two iron counterweights were covered in surface rust, and glue used in assembly was not cleaned off properly which left a fairly noticeable mark on the tube. Perfection is one thing, but this seemed very sloppy. It's my son's birthday, so I can live with a glue stain and eventually spray paint the weights - but Celestron dropped the ball on the quality control.Update: Took it outside to stargaze, and the lateral adjustment lock was siezed. Couldn't move it. Perhaps this was a rare case, but I am not impressed. Rusty parts, sloppy production, and siezed adjustments - nope, nope, nope.1A Good Place to Start for the MoneyAfter having several inexpensive scopes over the years I decided it was time to take a small step up and get one with an equatorial mount. After using it for the first time I have to agree with some of the other reviewers. This scope has some definite pros and cons.First the pros:- The optics are pretty good. They are very clear compared to what I have used in the past.- The eyepieces are also quite good for the price. There are 10mm and 20mm eyepieces that are perfect for beginners.- The tube is made of sturdy, rolled sheet metal, with good quality heavy duty plastic at either end.Now the cons:- The tripod is actually made of light steel tube and it's not very stable with all the weight on top of it.- The mount is not so good. The RA adjustment is relatively smooth, and adding a little silicon grease helped a lot, the Declination adjustment is very rough.I have read several reviews about the spotter scope being "useless" , but I had no trouble with it. I used the top of a distant radio tower to align it and it worked perfectly. On the first try I was able to pick out Venus, Saturn and Jupiter with no trouble, and some dimmer objects with a little effort. Once you have the scope on an object you have to focus carefully and not touch the scope so the vibration settles down, which takes a few seconds. I was able to keep objects in view with the RA adjustment, but again, you have to let it settle after each adjustment, which takes a few seconds.Overall this is a good starter scope for a child who is not into instant gratification, or someone like me, who isn't expecting to discover a comet, but just likes looking up there every now and again. Reviewer's problems with the mount are well founded until you Google them and see how much good ones cost. That said, if you are a parent willing to learn and work with an interested child, this scope is a good place to start. If they show real interest in astronomy, then you can look at better scopes later.3CHEEP! DONT BUY!The first thing that I noticed after unwrapping the package and assembling was that the components the telescope base was made out of we're incredibly cheap which is almost to be expected when you pay under $200 for a telescope however, I put that aside and thought that even though the stand and the adjustments for a for moving the telescope might be cheap the Optics may not be. once I got it assembled I was extremely disappointed, even on the highest power of magnifying it still seems underpowered for the size not only that but it also was impossible to focus.still giving the product the benefit of the doubt I tried looking at other objects in the night sky, which inevitably turned out to be useless because if you could get the object into unfocused veiw it would slowly drift away (I know the earth rotates) because of the cheap adjustment parts that makeup the stand would not tighten enough to keep in place. Also the "fine" adjustment knobs and screw are really poorly made and when you try to make small adjustments they are unrefined and more jaring then hellfull, myself and others found that muscling the telescope in the direction you want was much more useful. All in all if you want a 40 lb scope with the veiwing power and Clarity of a $30 pair of binoculars then go ahead and buy this.1This was an excellent purchase. This was my second purchase ever in ...This was an excellent purchase. This was my second purchase ever in Astronomy. It has a clean look, gives crisp views and not terribly priced for a beginner scope. CON's: NOT FOR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY!I thought I had researched allot about what I wanted in my telescope, but I was wrong. I could not in any reviews where it was stated that astrophotogaphy with this telescope was going to be possible. So, I figured I'd be the one to warn. Please don't misunderstand, this is an outstanding scope for the money. Modifications need to be done to the scope in order to bring a subject into focus. I have read everything from cutting off a portion of the tube, removing a portion of the focus tube allowing for more in-focus (please take a look through Cloudy Nights-a forum for astrophotography) and modifying the mirrors position in the telescope. It can be done, so don't be discouraged if this is the scope you absolutely want. The star finder is not a star finder either. The reviews in here which denote that piece of equipment as a pain, well, agreed.What I have learned is that the telescope mount is absolutely key. I purchased the RA motor mount that goes with this setup, and it will not help you much. In order for the image to reach the DSLR chip, you have to use a barlow lens which increases the focul length, and proportionately, the difficulty in tracking DSOs. The better the tracking and shorter the focul length, the longer you can expose for. The longer duration exposure allows for more photons to reach your DSLR chip, and finally rendering you a nice image of nebula's, galaxies, etc. The mount is pretty sturdy despite some of the reviews here, with slight modification. I only extend the legs approximately half way or less out. This decreases the number of seconds required to allow the mount to steady itself before taking photos, or even achieving focus. The RA motor allows you to increase and decrease tracking speed. I have not found a perfect setting just yet.I have only been able to capture .3 second frames, which is just enough to capture a tiny glimpse of nebula and only the brightest stars. Out of frustration, I mounted my $70 Celestron PowerSeeker 70mm refractor to the mount and was able to achieve a maximum of 6 second subs before star trails appeared. This was while I framed it in BackyardEOS, and also while i was constantly adjusting the speed to keep Orion Nebula in place.I have attached two photos, one with the Astromaster and one with the PowerSeeker. The refractor is not better quality than the Astromaster, the mount is just better able to keep the lighter refractor on point just a fraction longer. When I had done my research, I could not find any photos from this setup, so I will attach one from the PowerSeeker. I was unable to render a useable photo utilizing the Astromaster 130.I intend on purchasing the Celestron AVX mount with the Astromaster 130. It is a much more accurate mount.Visually. this is an awesome scope. Jupiter, moon, viewing Orion Nebula, it's wonderful.Conclusion, this is a wonderful scope and mount for viewing the heavens, not for astrophotography.4Great beginner scope for the priceI think this is a very fair telescope for the price. I used to own a 10" telescope that cost $3000 and had the full electronic controls. I was looking for something more portable as the other one was very large and weighed at least 50 pounds. I was surprised that this one worked pretty well, again for the price. Its not a substitute for $1000 or $3000 scope.Here's what I would want to know if I was new to telescopes and considering buying this. You MUST by the extra lense kit for an additional $150. The lense that comes with it is not that powerful. You'll thank yourself by taking the time to learn how to set up the equitorial mount correctly. And also learn about lenses - you can't just pop in the most powerful lense and get a clear image. Download the celestron app and plan out what you want to see before you're standing outside excited to see something. Astronomy is a lot of fun, but there's a lot to learn.Finally, temper your expectations. You will get great close-ups of the moon. Mars will appear as a reddish dot with no detail. You won't see the colors of Jupiters stripes like a picture from NASA. You'll see that Saturn has a ring, yes it will appear as one light band, not several. And with this scope, nebulae will appear as more of a haze than a colorful exploding cloud. Unlikely be able to make out a galaxy except if you're on a mountain top on a very clear night.If you're a beginner, buy this scope with the additional lense kit and patiently learn how to use it. If you're not a beginner, save your money and get an 8" at least.5Good optics, but bad mount and eyepieces = not recommended for 1st telescopeI'm writing this detailed review as an adult beginner who is getting back into astronomy from the comfort of my light polluted suburban backyard. I assume that many of those that are looking at this telescope are also beginners and are looking for an affordable, but serious entry into astronomy/first telescope. Once setup, this telescope potentially fits the bill and will very likely pique your interest in astronomy, prompting you to fully immerse yourself into this hobby (and spending additional dollars). I've owned this telescope for all of one month and in this short time, I have accumulated nearly $500 worth of quality eyepieces and will be picking up a huge telescope with a 10" mirror to get the most out of those pricey lenses. I'll still use this scope, but I'll be making a new mount for it. What this should tell you is that if you're the type that gets obsessive and invested in your hobbies, you really might be better off starting with a better and bigger telescope. The Astromaster 130EQ is a decent telescope with decent optics, but it carries a number of severe limitations; I will go into the details of each.OVERVIEW:This is a Newtonian reflector type telescope with a primary mirror size of 130mm, or about 5". The primary mirror is an important part of the telescope that determines how much light from the cosmos it can gather and direct to your eye through the eyepiece. The 5" mirror in this telescope is considered smaller by telescope standards and it will limit how faint of an object in space that you can see. It will also limit how detailed of a view to expect. This telescope uses an equatorial mount which is daunting for beginners to use, as it pivots and rotates off axis in order to track stars' rotation, as opposed to simply rotating left and right and up and down from a central axis. It's good for an amateur astronomer to understand how to setup and use an equatorial mount, but there are some glaring deficiencies with the mount that come with this package. The equatorial mount will cause many beginners to ditch it or give up the hobby due to how frustrating it is.VIEW EXPECTATIONS:With the included eyepieces only, views of the moon will be great. You will see many more stars than you could see with your naked eye. You will see Jupiter as a pale larger dot with 4 bright points of light, which are its moons. With Saturn, you will see a larger dot and the oblong shape of its rings...but you will not be able to see the split in the middle (Cassini division). Mars will just look like a solid red pinpoint. Nebulas will look like faint wisps. Better quality eyepieces will NEED to be bought to see any details of planets, galaxies, and star clusters and achieve higher magnifications. If you buy a good barlow and good eyepieces, you will be able to see so much more, such as the banding on jupiter, and tiny clusters of stars. Having good eyepieces makes this telescope so much more enjoyable to use.ACCESSORIES:The 10mm and 20mm eyepieces this telescope comes with are extremely poor quality and you must put your eye uncomfortably close to the eyepiece in order to see anything. Wear glasses? Forget it. The optical clarity of the included eyepieces is really bad and most things will look a little "fuzzy". You will need to buy better eyepieces. I strongly recommend the Celestron 8-24mm adjustable zoom eyepiece which is a great all-in-one. The fundamental way to understand how eyepieces work is to understand that the eyepiece determines your magnification. The Astromaster 130EQ has a focal length of 650mm. If you use the 10mm eyepiece, then you will achieve 65X magnification. Focal length 650mm divided by 10mm eyepiece = 65 magnification. Therefore, using the same logic, the 20mm eyepiece results in 650mm/20mm = 32.5X magnification. If you buy a higher quality zoom eyepiece like the one I mentioned, it will give you a range from 8mm (81.25X mag) through 24mm (27X mag). If you buy a "helper" eyepiece called a barlow, it can double the magnification of any eyepieces you have. Commonly, people buy 2X barlows. If you were to only get a 2X barlow and an 8-24 zoom eyepiece, you'd have magnifications of 27X-81.25X (zoom ep) and 54X-162.5X (zoom ep + 2x barlow) right at your fingertips. That's about as high magnification as you want to go with this telescope, as this telescope will max out around 180X usable magnification due to the smaller size of the primary mirror and the conditions of the atmosphere impacting how well things can be seen from the ground. This telescope also comes with a red dot finder scope that will help you aim it at objects. I found it easy to use once I tightened the screws holding it to the telescope and calibrated it. Read the instructions on how to calibrate the finder, it's not hard to set up.MOUNT:The mount is simply bad and suffers from excessive vibrations that take many seconds to stabilize before you can see an image in the eyepiece that isn't shaking. Any and all adjustments you make with this mount will result in needing many seconds waiting for your view to stop shaking excessively. The fine adjustment controls on the mount are inconsistent, where adjustments can feel excessively grainy, or like the controls aren't engaging at all... until they suddenly do. It may adjust smoothly in one direction, but not the other. One of the adjustments uses a metal on metal screw that eats into the mount, resulting in the mount cannibalizing itself and wearing out and becoming more inconsistent over time. I wind up hand rotating the tube and locking each axis since the fine adjustment controls do not work properly. This by far is the weakest part of the telescope and the one that risks losing potential amateur astronomers. I strongly recommend looking at telescopes with a simple, easy to use "dobsonian" mount instead.OVERALL:If you really want to enjoy this telescope for a long time, you will need to buy decent eyepieces at minimum. A zoom eyepiece and 2x barlow (~$90) is the minimum I'd recommend. A screw on 25% moon filter is also recommended (~$20) to improve moon viewing. This telescope is not forgiving of inexpensive, cheaply made eyepieces, so don't even think about those packages that offer a half dozen eyepieces and assorted filters for $100. Once you have decent eyepieces to use, you will need to learn how to work around the poor mount so you can reliably and steadily point the telescope at objects. If you really want to get into astronomy as a beginner on a budget, I'd recommend getting a telescope with a dobsonian mount, such as an Orion Skyquest XT6 6", or Apertura AD6 6". While the actual telescope on the Astromaster 130 is good, everything else in the package (mount, eyepieces) is bad. I don't necessarily regret purchasing this telescope, since it kicked my interest into astronomy into high gear, I only wish I was better informed before I bought it.2Awesome I'm very happy but has only one CONI just received this telescope today and couldn't wait for tonight.... Having said that I haven't had a telescope since I was a kid(a very long time ago) I researched telescopes for a long time looking for one I could use with my Nikon D5200. After about 3 weeks I decided on this one mainly for the price and having the basic requirements for astrophotography other than being a refractor.After about an hour of putting it together, which wasn't to bad seriously tho how much fun is putting anything together but it was painless and easy.Tripod fairly sturdy better than I expected, mount is heavy duty and simple to install, telescope is big (or at least I thought) but we'll build and simply slides and you lock it in place. This makes it easier to move around in your house and to the great outdoors.After setting up outside when the sun went down I had a little trouble finding Saturn, but a little patience and very slight tuning here and there I found it in about 15 minutes. I could see clearly the round planet with a perfectly visible ring. I used a 20mm to find it and switched out lenses to get a closer view. It was spectacular! I have never seen it through my own telescope.CONSThe finder scope is kinda useless it's hard to tell where to put your head to align, after giving on that I stood behind the telescope and bent way down looking straight up the tube on the top and aligned it that way and found Saturn within a few minutes.Now I'm waiting on the T adapters for my camera to see what I can capture. My viewing ended early tonight due to clouds rolling in or I would have stayed out there instead of writing this review.Definitely worth the money and a great starter telescope. If I can work it so can you.I now can't wait for the moon( it's a new moon right now so I have to wait)5
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