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Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD Reflector Telescope with Motor Drive

SKU: CLS-31051

  • Manual German equatorial mount with setting circles - to accurately locate and track sky objects

  • Adjustable, full height steel tripod with deluxe accessory tray

  • Quick and easy no-tool setup

  • Includes a 20mm (with built-in erect image corrector) and 10mm eyepiece, a finderscope, and a motor drive

  • Motor drive automatically tracks celestial objects as they appear to move across the night sky

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Regular Price: $680.00

Special Price $599.95

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Discover our Solar System with the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD! You’ll be ready to observe in minutes thanks to the quick and easy no-tool setup.

Designed for beginners with a passion to take a step further into their astronomy hobby, the reflector telescope easily tracks and observes near and deep-sky ojects with a fast focal ratio for astrophotography or imaging. Its oversized parabolic mirror will provide bright, clear images of the Moon, planets, star clusters, and more!

Celestron Astromaster

Manual German Equatorial telescope:

The AstroMaster mount comes with two slow motion control knobs that will help you make fine pointing adjustments to the telescope in both Right Ascension (RA) and Declination (DEC) axes. 

Accessories Included:

To boost you off quickly into your starry explorations, the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ telescope kit comes with a 20mm and 10mm eyepiece, and a built-in Red Dot Finderscope (StarPointer). The two eyepieces offer different magnifications for low and high-powered viewings, and the 20mm has a built-in erect image corrector (to correct image horizontally and vertically for land-viewing/terrestrial use). 

Motor Drive: 

Easily turn your manual German EQ mount into a tracking mount by installing the included RA motor drive to your telescope. The RA motor drive compensates for the Earth’s rotation, so the telescope tracks sky objects' movement through the night sky from east to west.

With the telescope mount properly polar aligned (see link on how to polar align in the Southern Hemisphere) and the RA drive attached, you only need to make occasional adjustments in declination (Dec) to keep an object in the eyepiece for long periods of time.  The Celestron single-axis motor drive is designed with the essence of simplicity - It attches without any complicated nuts or screws, and runs smoothly on a 9V battery so there are no cords to get in the way and trip over so you can get started on your hobby almost instantaneously!

The motor drive can be used in both the Northern or Southern Hemispheres.  To change hemispheres, you'll just have to reverse the motor’s direction by simply flipping the N/S switch on the face of the motor drive. You can also change the motor speed by turning the “Speed Rate Regulator” knob - located just under the power indicator - in either direction, allowing you the ability to match different solar system objects which move at different rates (the Moon, planets, and deep-sky objects).  

Starry Night Software: 

Included with your purchase is a free download of Celestron’s Starry Night Software. This advanced software by Simulation Curriculum offers detailed information about celestial objects and helps you plan your next observing or imaging session. 

Optical Tube Info:

Optical Design

Newtonian Reflector


130mm (5.11")

Focal Length

650mm (25.6")

Focal Ratio


Focal Length of Eyepiece 1

20mm (.78") with built-in erect image corrector

Magnification of Eyepiece 1


Focal Length of Eyepiece 2

10mm (.4") standard eyepiece

Magnification of Eyepiece 2



Built-on Red Dot Finderscope (StarPointer)  

Star Diagonal


Highest Useful Magnification


Lowest Useful Magnification


Limiting Stellar Magnitude


Resolution (Rayleigh)

1.07 arc seconds

Resolution (Dawes)

0.89 arc seconds

Optical Coatings


Optical Tube Length

610mm (24")

Optical Tube Diameter

Not given by Celestron

Optical Tube Weight

Not given by Celestron

Mount Info:

Mount Type

CG-3 Equatorial (Manual German EQ)


1.25" diameter with spiked feet

Power Requirements

9V battery (for Motor Drive)

Motor Drive

RA (Right Ascension) Motor Drive

Weight of Counterweights

2 x 28lbs (2.2kg)


Starry Night Basic Edition Software

Included Items

  • Newtonian Reflector OTA
  • CG-3 Equatorial Mount & Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • 2x Eyepieces (20mm with Built-in Erect Image Corrector & 10mm Standard Eyepiece
  • Built-on StarPointer finderscope
  • 2 x 28lbs (2.2kg) Counterweights

About Celestron
Celestron was founded by Tom Johnson whose first telescope design was a simple 6-inch reflector, built for his young son. He gradually progressed to making larger scopes in more sophisticated designs. Today, the Celestron company is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing optical equipment including telescopes (computerised and non-computerised), binoculars, spotting scopes and its accompanying accessories. Celestron's legacy spans 50 years, and has grown to enjoy recognition from amateurs to serious astronomers globally. The company seeks to remain innovative by growing its product offerings, while supporting science education around the world.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Optical Design No
Mount Type German Equatorial
Aperture 130mm (5.11")
Focal Ratio f/5
Eyepiece 1 20mm
Eyepiece 2 10mm
Eyepiece 3 No
Finderscope Make Built-on Star Pointer
Electronic Hand Control No
Motor Drive Yes
Go-To Functionality No
Focal Length 650mm (25.6")
Tripod No
Tube Length 610mm (24")
Highest Magnification 307x
Warranty Information 2 Years Warranty
Additional Specifications of Product No
Shipping Dimensions No
Shipping Weight No


Customer Reviews

Great service Review by Mrs. Hallett
Overall Score
Telescope arrived 3 days following my online purchase and in good order. Thank you, I had great experience on email with your service team and appreciate all the advice and honest opinions provided. (Posted on 26/09/2015)
Good firs ttelesocpe Review by FordJ
Overall Score
This is my first telescope. Optics are pretty good. Tripod is solid.

I have recently learned that I should be looking for a telescope that is at least 8 inches in diameter width, to maximise my viewing. I should have saved for a 150mm or a 200mm, on hindsight.

All that said, still a brilliant telescope with great optics, and highly recommended to a first time telescope owner. (Posted on 26/09/2015)
Love it! Review by Emily
Overall Score
I Love It! Got it as a gift from my Boyfriend because I was obsessed with Astronomy and all the planets.
Saw jupiter and it's moons, The moon was in amazing detail. I need more eyepieces now (Posted on 15/08/2012)
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