Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Telescope Review
I’m really loving my Orion 130ST, it comes in handy whenever I’m in the mood for a spontaneous stargaze. With it’s compact size, and beautiful image quality, the value you get for the price is almost a steal.
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Even though there is a small amount of light pollution in my area, I have a pretty great view of everything I want to look at. It is no problem at all to simply point the telescope and see Jupiter’s moons or Venus in amazing detail.
The scope, only about 24 inches long, is a breeze to maneuver and attach/remove on the mount. Of all the scopes I have used, this one falls on the lower end of the weight spectrum which is always a good thing. As I plan my camping trip to Garner State Park, I know I am definitely bringing this baby along. It can be assembled extremely quickly; and be ready to use in as little time as five minutes.
The 130ST has a diffraction-limited F5 parabolic primary mirror, which supplies a lot of light and produces crystal-clear images with excellent depth. The secondary mirror has advanced technology that provides more light and helps to eliminate diffraction spikes.
The eyepieces, manufactured by “Plossl,” are what most telescope-enthusiasts believe higher-quality than the “Kellner” eyepieces that can be commonly found in a scope around this price range. The scope’s focal length is 650mm, which is great because it makes for a really wide field of view that results in a superior image.
Overall, I would highly recommend the 130ST telescope to beginners who are looking for a high-quality scope and to intermediate stargazers who are looking for great performance. The value for the price is exceptional. It comes with a one-year warranty, which is good in case something goes wrong, although my 130ST has never given me any trouble.
If you are trying to buy this telescope, I highly recommend you buy it from Amazon here. You will not find this cheaper anywhere on the market.