Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope Review

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There are so many things that I like about this wonderful telescope, the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST.  The best thing about reflector telescopes is that the eyepiece is at a convenient height for viewing. Doesn’t matter whether you want to check out a full or new moon low on the horizon, or a galaxy high overhead, a reflector gives you and easy vantage point from a standing position. As a point of difference, a refractor telescope is a bit trickier to align, especially at objects which are straight above you in the sky, where you have to get your eye (and the rest of yourself) down to a viewing position beneath the telescope and the eyepiece. But that is just a preference thing.

The SpraceProbe 130ST is an upgraded version of the Orion SpaceProbe 130 reflector, and therefore an improvement that is worthy of inclusion in this list of Best Telescopes for 2015. The 130ST has been upgraded with redesigned internal optics, and has been designed ST which stands for ‘Short Tube’. The Orion SpaceProbe 130 ST retains the brilliant 130 mm aperture and parabolic mirrors, but is more compact than the standard model. The 130ST reflector telescope now has an optical tube that measures a mere 24 inches long rather than the 33 inches on the standard 130 telescope.

The SpaceProbe 130 ST has undergone a significant internal upgrade. The 130mm aperture is made up of a primary diffraction limited parabolic mirror, which is usually limited to much larger and much more expensive reflector telescopes. Additionally, the secondary reflector mirror is mounted in a precision adjustable mount, which is tailored to reduce diffraction, loss of focus, and maximise the light path.

All of this is the technical description of the internal optical physics of the instrument, but what it actually means is that the upgraded model is much more compact and easy to set up and transport.

As the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST weighs in at between 12 and 13 kg, this telescope is easy to transport, enabling you to set up in your own backyard with no trouble, but also pack up and travel to your favorite viewing location whenever you get the urge. The big advantage with this telescope is the equatorial mount, which allows you to constantly adjust the telescope scope to follow the path of your chosen target with a simple tiny twist of the control thumb wheel. The SpaceProbe 130 ST makes it a very simple adjustment for tracking, aligning and maintaining focus on a particular object, by having a manual fine control knob.

If you find the task of manual adjustment of the telescope becomes too onerous, an optional AstroTrack electronic drive is available for automatic tracking, but this is not included with this package.

To maximise your viewing pleasure, the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST EQ reflector telescope comes with two Sirius Plossl eyepieces (25mm and 10mm), a very handy 6×30 finder scope. The package also comes with a collimation device and factory marked primary for easy optical adjustment. The Orion SpaceProbe 130ST telescope is mounted on a precision made equatorial mount with slow-motion hand controls, and the manual rack and pinion adjustable tracking unit will help you to stay in focus!

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3 Responses to “Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope Review”

  1. Betty

    Feb 21. 2016

    Orion XT 6 Classic (Electronics)I’ve had my SkyQuest XT6 for almost a month. One of the parts didn’t make it with the telescope and it was a week later until it came. So I had a brand new telescope that I couldn’t use for a week. I’ve always heard that Orion has a reputation of great customer service, and I don’t doubt that. But it shouldn’t have taken a week after the day my telescope arrived to get a very small part to me small but required, to be able to turn the scope on its mount. As to its performance, to me the XT6 is pretty amazing. I once had a Newtonian with an 8 mirror that I had custom-made to precise optics and it didn’t perform as good as this off the shelf XT6. I live in the city so deep sky objects that are observable are few, so I haven’t been able to test it on those yet. But my passion is lunar and planetary observing anyway. The craters and mountains on the Moon are absolutely razor sharp. Jupiter is also crisp and well-defined, and is a spectacular sight with its 4 largest moons. Seeing 2 moons on each side of the planet, all 4 lined up in a straight line, is an awesome sight. The Dobsonian mount is very sturdy and stable. And that’s the one thing I would put a note of caution on the weight of the telescope if you’re a senior citizen (like me) and/or have a bad back or bad neck (like me), or bad knees or whatever. The optical tube weighs about 13 lbs and the Dobsonian mount about 20 lbs. Doesn’t sound like much, but the 20 lbs all concentrated in a relatively small area even using the handle on the mount may be very heavy for certain people, or for a child to try to handle. But if you’re strong and in good physical shape, the telescope should be no problem for you. And last of all, the most amazing thing about the XT6 is the unbelievable quality of the optics and mount at such an incredibly low price. This has got to be the best deal on the market for a moderate size Newtonian telescope. I can’t imagine anyone having a better 6 f/8 Newtonian reflector even at a higher price. The XT6 is a beautiful optical instrument that I’m extremely proud to have. One other thing that I forgot to mention before: The telescope was almost perfectly collimated upon delivery. I had only to tweek it just a hair to get it centered. This is very remarkable when you consider how easy it is to get a Newtonian’s optics out of alignment, and that the XT6 arrives by UPS truck. I tip my hat to Orion for that.

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      Jul 27. 2016

      Betty – I totally agree!
      I hope you continue to enjoy your Orion XT6 Reflector.


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