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    Default Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ



    Hi, my 16 year old daughter has a Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ but is dissapointed in what she is able to see through it.
    Are there any eye pieces or accessories I could buy for her to make the moon and stars,planets get closer up?

    She loves astronomy and is planning to go study in either astrophysics or aerospace engineering.

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    Default Re: Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ

    You should be able to see quite a lot with that scope but keep in mind that you will not see the color images seen in books.

    The scope is fairly fast at f/5 so it is better suited for wide panoramic views of the night sky and open clusters such as M45 the Pleaides. The supplied eyepieces at 20mm and 10mm will not do justice to the moon or planets. Consider upgrading to a 32mm and 12mm plossl eyepieces, along with a 2x Barlow. This will give your daughter a nice range (32, 16, 12, and 6) for low, medium and high magnifications that should work well for the moon and planets. Even so, Jupiter and Saturn will still seem small. You may also want to replace the stock red dot finder with one that is better quality and also learn to collimate the scope, which is especially important when using a "fast" reflector.

    Check your area for a local astronomy club or chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. I am sure that someone will be more than happy to show your daughter how to get the best out of her scope.
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    Default Re: Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ

    I used to have this telescope and the 20mm that was supplied is a correct image double prism eyepiece quite useless for astronomy , so as mentioned change your eyepieces , I really struggled with the red dot finder so if its an issue change that
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    Default Re: Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ

    Hello and welcome to the forums, some Plossl eyepieces would definitely help out with the views.
    It is unfortunate that they do not include decent eyepieces with these kits.

    Depending where you are in Canada there may be a astronomical society close by.
    The majority of astro shops are in the Toronto area but there is one in BC and another good one in Alberta.
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    Default Re: Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ

    Hello there.

    I also had this scope and totally agree that the 20mm that comes with it is not suitable for astronomy, the 10mm is usable.

    I'd suggest a 25mm or 32mm plossl and a 2x barlow as well. You can get very nice views of the moon, planets and some bright DSOs with this scope.

    Make sure it is collimated, I think this guide helps a lot with it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAVGcGEBmCE&t=59s

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    Default Re: Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ

    Quote Originally Posted by mom2chth View Post
    Hi, my 16 year old daughter has a Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ but is dissapointed in what she is able to see through it.
    Are there any eye pieces or accessories I could buy for her to make the moon and stars,planets get closer up?

    She loves astronomy and is planning to go study in either astrophysics or aerospace engineering.

    Thanks
    Thank you so much for your reply, going to check it out

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    Default Re: Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    Hello and welcome to the forums, some Plossl eyepieces would definitely help out with the views.
    It is unfortunate that they do not include decent eyepieces with these kits.

    Depending where you are in Canada there may be a astronomical society close by.
    The majority of astro shops are in the Toronto area but there is one in BC and another good one in Alberta.
    We are in Quebec city and haven't found anything yet. But thank you for your reply

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    Default Re: Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ

    Quote Originally Posted by allisonribeiro View Post
    Hello there.

    I also had this scope and totally agree that the 20mm that comes with it is not suitable for astronomy, the 10mm is usable.

    I'd suggest a 25mm or 32mm plossl and a 2x barlow as well. You can get very nice views of the moon, planets and some bright DSOs with this scope.

    Make sure it is collimated, I think this guide helps a lot with it:


    Cheers
    Thank you very much, will check out those eye pieces and the site you send.

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    Default Re: Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ

    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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