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SkyWatcher Explorer 130M Telescope

SkyWatcher Explorer 130M Telescope

With 130mm quality main mirror there is plenty of light grasp to see a wide variety of objects from the Moon and Planets to distant galaxies and nebulae. Supplied with four carefully selected magnifications as standard, a red dot finder for easy object location and a tracking motor. The tracking capability means this telescope will not only keep objects in the eyepiece but it can be used for astro imaging, simply add a T ring and connect your DSLR or one of our smartphone adapters to use a phone camera. Some cameras may require an optional T Adapter barlow to reach prime focus.

With 900mm focal length it is easier to get higher magnifications which are needed to view the planets well, this version is better for planetary observation than the shorter P model but has a physically longer tube.

Astro Imaging with your camera
The ideal entry level telescope if you want to start taking pictures of the night sky. In order to use a camera on a telescope it needs to be equatorially mounted, have a suitable T thread and be able to track the night sky - The Explorer 130M has all these features as standard. Simply add the correct T ring for your DSLR camera and you can start imaging with this telescope. Sometimes cameras on newtonians will not quite reach prime focus, if this happens you can add product 20364 (Barlow with T thread) and this will resolve it.

Direct SLR Camera Connection - A T thread on the focuser allows you to attach your DSLR Camera with a T-Ring, we stock a range of Canon, Nikon & Sony T-Rings

An exceptional instrument that combines sharp 130mm f6.92 optics with an equatorial mount and motor drive

SkyWatcher Deluxe Mirror Coatings
Silicon dioxide produces a much more durable coat than silicon monoxide but requires specialized equipment to apply it and is therefore more expensive. Protection is needed, because in most reflectors, the mirror is open to the elements and deterioration of the reflective layer reduces the resolution of the telescope. ALL Sky-Watcher reflectors are Multi-Coated with Silicon Dioxide as standard for Optimum Durability and Long Term Performance.

"Our first test on the Sky-Watcher Explorer-130 was to check the collimation of the mirrors, which we found were well aligned. This scope has one of the largest mirrors in its price range, which is a great asset because it means it can gather more light...Optically, the quality of the field of view while studying the star Altair was very good using the supplied 25mm eyepiece. The star remained sharp across 80 per cent of the view, with only slight distortion close to the field edges….Taking everything into account, this telescope made observing the night sky enjoyable and relatively hassle free.great views coupled with ease of use."
BBC Sky At Night Magazine

Magnifications (with optics supplied): x36, x72, x90, x180
Highest Practical Power (Potential): x260
Diameter of Primary Mirror: 130mm
Telescope Focal Length: 900mm (f/6.92)
Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm
x2 Barlow Lens
Red Dot Finder
EQ2 Equatorial Mount
R.A. Motor Drive with Multi-Speed Handset (DC)
Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray
30% more Light Gathering than 114mm

Customer Reviews

  Skywatcher Explorer 130M   Well packaged and with all the necessary accessories to get started. Instructions are good and understandable. First telescope and well pleased with it. Just waiting for some clear sky at night. Impressed.  (13/10/2019) Mick L - Shropshire

  Excellent Service and Delivery  Product as described,packaged very well and dispatched promptly. The telescope was easy to assemble, and after a little bit of reading easy to operate. Over all good product and service.   (19/08/2018) Morton - Leicester

  Excellent service and fast delivery  This was purchased as a gift for my 15 year old nephew. I did a bit of research and learned that this would be a great entry level telescope for him. It arrived quickly and wasnt too difficult to put together. None of us have the first clue how to use it but well have fun trying!   (16/02/2018) Dawn Caple - Midlands

  GOOD QUALITY PRODUCT - FANTASTIC CUSTOMER SERVICE  Item was purchased on behalf of my Dad for my Mum, as a Christmas present. There was an issue with delivery of the product, which was purely down to the delivery company, NOT Harrisons. I called Harrisons and spoke with Ed, to find out where the product was. Ed worked very quickly to resolve this   (31/12/2017) Lucy - North West, UK

  Skywatcher Telescope  Excellent service. Received the telescope the day after ordering. The price for the telescope and also delivery price was very good. I have assembled the telescope but not tried it out yet as it is a present for someone. Would certainly recommend!   (17/11/2017) Sandra Klee - Sheffield

  Excellent service  I read lots of reviews from owners and articles about best telescope for beginners etc. Harrisons had the best price I could find and packing and delivery were excellent. So far it seems great but I have a lot to learn (which is great!).   (10/11/2017) Bob - Notts

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SkyWatcher Explorer 130M Telescope

MPN: 10713

Price: 189.00

Including VAT and Warranty ✔

A 130mm Newtonian telescope package based on the award winning SkyWatcher 130 but with the addition of a motor drive system with handset that allows you to track objects in the night sky. More than capable of revealing fine detail on the Planets along with deep sky objects such as galaxies nebulae this fine instrument offers excellent performance and real affordability. Supplied complete and ready to use with tripod, mount, drive motor with multi speed handset, finderscope, two eyepieces and a barlow lens to double the power of the eyepieces. With 30% more light grasp than 114mm telescopes but at virtually the same price this package will show far more detail and reveal fainter objects.

With 900mm focal length it is easier to get higher magnifications which are needed to view the planets well, this version is better for lunar and planetary observation than the shorter P model but is physically longer.

Perfect for starting astrophotography
The tracking motor on the equatorial mount and the t-thread on the focuser makes this the perfect entry level astrophotography telescope package, with a large 130mm primary mirror there is plenty of light and resolution for imaging and visual astronomy. Some cameras may require a barlow with T thread to reach infinity focus, ref 20364.

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