Hello parents and grandparents! Welcome to my Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope review, one of my top rated telescopes that would be ideal for boys who are just getting started and curious about the universe we live in.
If you have never visited my site, then you should know that I have a son; and for all of you parents and grandparents out there who are continuously challenged as I am, we do what we can to accommodate for our sons and grandsons development and enjoyment. You should also know that I never review a product that I would not purchase myself on behalf of my son. I have read the reviews from customers who have used this product so that I may better help you to make the right decision.
Let’s get started…
Some of the features:
- Your son or grandson will be able to get some really nice views of our moon, planets, star clusters, nebula, and galaxies, as the 5.1 inch aperture in this reflector telescope collects plenty of light to do so.
- The EQ-2 equatorial telescope mount provides a solid base along with its adjustable tripod which will allow your son or grandson to manually track various heavenly bodies across the evening sky in slow-motion. It also has a convenient lightweight accessory tray to hold their flashlight, eyepieces, or whatever.
The Good: Nice optics
The Bad: Poor instructions
My overall take:
This portable telescope is a great instrument for first-timers or even intermediate level astronomy enthusiasts, as it provides nice images of our universe to include planets and galaxies. Your son or grandson will also be able to see various star clusters such as the beehive cluster, and nebula such as the Orion Nebula; just some of the amazing and interesting objects out waiting for them.
Let’s see what else comes in the box:
This telescope also comes equipped the following items as well:
- 6x30 finder scope
- (2 ea.) 1.25 inch Sirius Plossl eyepieces (25mm and 10mm)
- 25inch rack and pinion focuser
- Tripod accessory tray
- Collimation cap
- Starry Night astronomy software
Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 51 inches
Weight: 24.2 lbs.
Optical design: Reflector
Optical diameter: 130mm
Focal length: 650mm
Focal ratio: f/5.0
Eyepieces: Plossl 25mm & 10mm (1.25")
User level: Beginner
Best for viewing: Brighter deep sky
Lowest useful magnification: 19x
Highest useful magnification: 260x
included eyepieces: 26x, 65x
- The Sirius 25mm & 10mm Plossl Eyepieces will combine to give your son or grandson the ability to begin their exploration of the heavens using the 25mm eyepiece as it provides a nice moderate magnification of 26x with a 52 degree apparent field of view that produces crisp clear images. Once they have got the hang of it and want to see things even more closely, just have them pop in the 10mm eyepiece for a more powerful magnification of 65x with a 52 degree apparent field of view which will allow them to observe those objects in much more detail.
- The 6x30 Finder Scope, can correctly point the telescope at any visible object in the sky; and once it has aligned itself with the telescope, you simply need to take a look through the finder scope while adjusting the telescope so that the cross-hairs are centered on your object. Next, just look through the telescope to see what you targeted; simple.
- The Starry Night SE Software creates realistic simulations of the sky, and using its helpful telescope control feature will allow your son or grandson to pre-plan what they want to see, in addition to helping them understand exactly what it is that they will be seeing. Also, you will need either Windows 7, 8 or 10, or Mac OS X 10.4 or higher to operate the software.
- This reflector telescope is designed for first-timers/ intermediate level enthusiasts who want to explore the heavens; and is designed for convenience as it is compact so your son or grandson will be able to take it anywhere.
- Because of its relatively short length and 24 inch long optical tubular construction; it is conveniently transported, and the fast f/5 focal ratio provides for pleasurable wide-area detailed views of the moon, planets, and other heavenly objects to include nebula and star clusters; like the Orion nebula and the double cluster in Perseus, respectfully.
What your son or grandson can expect to see:
Your son or grandson will be amazed when they see our moon, the rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s rings and four Galilean moons, and so much more to include nebula and star clusters.
This telescope delivers very nice optics as the 130 mm optical parabolic mirror (5.11 inch) collects plenty of light, so the images your son or grandson sees will be brilliant and clear. Mobility is also a very nice convenience to have, and the relatively small size of this instrument gives them the ability to take it anywhere. Additionally, many customers agree that this telescopes price, and performance are a direct reflection upon its value.
After receiving their telescopes, some customer’s packages were missing various items or parts. Additionally, other customers had said that the directions provided with the telescope were inaccurate and not the easiest to understand or follow; and mentioned that the videos on Youtube were more helpful. Some customers also reported that they had received dented telescopes through shipping. Finally, a few customers who had some issues with their telescope did not have the best customer service experience.
Things to know / Tips:
- For those of you who have younger sons or grandsons, they will need your help getting started with this instrument before they are comfortable to use it without assistance; this would be a good time to bond and have some fun. Also, yes this is a compact telescope, however smaller hands would be extremely challenged to take advantage of its mobility; they will need assistance.
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- Although this instrument will allow your son or grandson to view the heavens and provide cool images, in the future, you may want to look at an additional accessory kit with various eyepieces, lenses and filters to really take full advantage of this telescopes capabilities; and go from cool to spectacular; as this telescope allows you to expand. If you are thinking that viewing the heavens during the day would be cool, acquiring a solar filter will do the trick. Additionally, using various filters such as oxygen or light pollution may intensify the viewing pleasure when exploring nebula; while we’re on the subject, a moon filter would also be cool, reducing the glare.
- If you are intending on checking out the heavens for the first time and are unfamiliar with using a telescope - do not expect to see them through a home telescope as they are seen on TV or through Hubble images; seeing the heavens directly from a personal telescope is a “live” viewing experience which if quite different from seeing the images in a publication. There is definitely something about a live viewing that makes it an exciting experience.
- Because this is a reflecting scope, keep in mind that everything you see is actually upside down.
- Subscribing to Sky & Telescope or even Astronomy Magazine will keep you informed with things regarding news, night sky events, astronomy equipment, and various eyepiece topics.
- For those of you who wear glasses - the instruction manual provides some helpful tips to get the most out of your experience.
- Nice optics
- Missing parts
- Poor instructions
- Arrived damaged
- Customer service
My Overall Take:
When comparing the good and the bad, the vast majority of customers agree that this telescopes price and performance are a direct reflection upon its value. Let me reiterate that this is a nice portable telescope for first-timers and intermediate level astronomy enthusiasts to check out our universe. Your son or grandson will be amazed after viewing the stars through this instrument.
But don’t just take my word for it - check out all the reviews and videos on Amazon for yourself to see what customers are saying about this product.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope review, and I look forward to helping you out again and again in the future.