The Celestron Astromaster 130EQ-MD Telescope is ideal for any astronomers looking for a little more manual control over their telescope. Sure, options that find the planets and stars for you are great, but if you’re a little more experienced and are looking for a further challenge, it can take away some of the achievement from you. This is where the Celestron Astromaster 130EQ-MD telescope comes into play. This telescope features a mount with two slow motion control knobs (the MD denotes Motor Drive).
These slow motion control knobs allow you to fine tune your viewing and make fine pointing adjustments to the telescope – both in right ascension and declination axes. You may also hear these axes referred to as “RA” and “DEC”.
The telescope also includes a motor drive, which allows you to turn your manual German equatorial mount into a tracking mount. This process is simple, straightforward and shouldn’t take too much time. The RA motor drive helps to compensate for the Earth’s rotation while you are viewing, helping you to use the telescope to track stars’ movement from East to West. You’ll find that you only need to make minor adjustments to the DEC axes to keep a star in sight for long periods of time.
Celestron Astromaster 130EQ-MD Telescope – Versatility
The drive can be used in both Northere and Southern Hemispheres. If you do want to switch hemispheres, all you have to do is flip the N/S switch on the face of the motor drive. This will switch the motor’s direction.
As you can see, this telescope has a number of useful features. An added bonus? How easy it is to set up. It can be put together and packed down without the need for any specialist tools. In fact, you don’t need any tools at all. This makes it easy to store and portable too.