EXPLORER-130PM 130mm (5.1")

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cstone
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EXPLORER-130PM 130mm (5.1")

Post by cstone » Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:04 pm

My first telescope was an Skywater 5.1" 130mm Newtonian Reflector.
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Skywater 5.1" 130mm Newtonian Reflector.
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It orignally came with a motor driven EQ2 mount. A 10mm and 25 mm eyepeice with x2 barlow lens. Also a red dot finder. I've changed the mount for a EQ5 that I picked up from Kelling Heath for £80.

Its easy to setup and polar align and I've had some fun with the telescope and peformed plenty of web-cam imaging. I still have the telescope in a wooden box that I made.
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Jupiter taken with a Skywater 5.1" 130mm Newtonian Reflector and Toucam WebCam Adaptor
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Even though I have the 11" I'm sure the is a lot more I can do with this scope
Celestron 11" Telescope
Eq6 Pro Mount
Eq5 Mount
EQ Mod
QHY5 Guide camera
Cannon 1000D SLR Camera

I choose to image with an 11" SCT Celestron in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard......

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Re: EXPLORER-130PM 130mm (5.1")

Post by rwilkinson » Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:18 pm

Carl and I certainly had some good views of a number of Messier objects with this little 'scope at Kelling Heath, in 2007 and 2008.

Its original EQ3 mount was a bit "whackery" (as Gerald would say), but once mounted on the EQ5 it was much improved. And adding a webcam and Barlow lens, we got good images of Jupiter in 2008, even though it was quite low in the sky.

But the one downside we found is that (although it has a T2 thread on the focus tube) its focal plane isn't far enough outside the tube to allow prime-focus imaging with a DSLR attached.

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Re: EXPLORER-130PM 130mm (5.1")

Post by rwilkinson » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:37 pm

Those of you who were thinking about buying one of these 'scopes at our recent meeting may be interested to know that there's an almost-new one in ScopesnSkies' Bargain Zone: http://www.scopesnskies.com/second-user-bargains.html

imartin

Re: EXPLORER-130PM 130mm (5.1")

Post by imartin » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:56 pm

Ross et al,

Word of warning. There are two varieties of the 130. The scope that is shown in scopes and skies is "EXPLORER-130M 130mm (5.1") f/900 Newtonian", this has spherical mirror. the M stands for motorised
There is also a EXPLORER-130PM 130mm (5.1") f/600 Newtonian which has a parabolic mirror, thats what the "P" stands for as well as the Focal Length being 600 mm as opposed to 900mm

I have not used either scope, but by all accounts the model with the parabolic mirror will give better views.

Ian

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