How to Use Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope – Orion Telescopes

This 5.1″ aperture reflector telescope gathers an ample amount of light for great views of the planets and Moon, as well as brighter galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters.

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This “ST”, or “Short Tube”, version of the SpaceProbe 130 reflector is indeed more compact than the standard model. The 130ST reflector telescope’s optical tube measures 24″ long compared to 33″ on the standard 130. The focal length of the ST’s 130mm (5.1″) primary mirror is 650mm (f/5), yielding a wider field of view and brighter images for a given telescope eyepiece focal length. The 130mm aperture primary is a diffraction-limited parabolic mirror, the same type used on much larger reflector telescopes costing many times as much. On a short-focal-length design like this one, a parabolic mirror is a must for focusing incoming light to a point and delivering sharp, detailed images. Moreover, the secondary mirror is held in an advanced holder with thin 0.5mm metal vanes, to reduce diffraction spikes and light loss. These features combined with the included 25mm (26x power) and 10mm (65x power) Sirius Plossl telescope eyepieces and quick-release 6×30 achromatic finder scope make this one sweet optical system for astronomy! The SpaceProbe 130ST EQ reflector telescope also includes a collimation cap and center-marked primary mirror for easy optical alignment.

The included Beginner Barlow Kit is a great combination of accessories for anyone beginning a hobby of amateur astronomy and includes the powerful Orion Shorty 2x Barlow Lens, as well as the useful Orion Beginning Stargazers Toolkit.

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Cinnabar Sonar says:

Very informative video.
I am looking at this same telescope for my wheel chair bound little brother, is the tripod height adjustable? And if so how low can it go? Also, how easy is it for someone in a wheelchair to look into the eyepiece?

I am willing to do the assembly and help him track celestial objects, I just need to know if he can be able to look into the eyepiece or not.

Stargazer61 says:

It’s much appreciated how you guys take the time to post instructional videos and then reply to questions and concerns. My next telescope will definitely be from Orion Telescopes.

RyZe AsPiRe says:

I am completely new to astronomy but, I have a Celestron AstroMaster 130 equatorial mounted telescope, I have tried using it but can’t seem to get objects into my field of view, I used the starspotter to align the scope, I attempted to view the moon tonight but instead saw nothing through the eyepiece. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated 🙂

GingerBread Gaming says:

Are these settings the same for an Optus 76/700 EQ Reflecting telescope??

Xsauce says:

Very good video. You are the best Ken. The part with straw was kinda funny love it man

UnknowingPlayer says:

Can an RA motor be installed to the mount for this telescope?

kiwirider1050 says:

Great video. I just brought your scope but I’m in the southern hemisphere (new zealand) what star should I use? Thanks.

Charlene Nolan 86 says:

My telescope has no view finder. It’s an old telescope that was given to me. Is it fit for the dump?

Kay Foley says:

Thank you so much for this video! It helped a lot! However, is there a solar lens available for this? Thank you.

Garnett Leary says:

Finderscope again. Man I gave you the benefit of the doubt but here you go again demonstrating a product and spending too much time on finder scopes. Give it a rest. There are far more important issues to discuss as selling points. Let’s talk about that balance you demo early on. It sucks. The weights are all but bottomed out and the scope rides too far up in declination. Add some astrophotography gear and you have a headache. Finder scope! Seriously? When will Orion encourage it’s employees to stop assuming it’s clients are morons? Look how high that thing is stepped off! You guys reading this… yourselves a favor and go buy a Celestron product with XLT coatings. You’ll get the same views in a scope 1/2 the aperture and price of this stuff. So much for second chances.

Latner32 says:

the moon is great to look at, but when i aim it at jupiter ( jupiter was beside the moon at the time) its just a little dot even if adjust. any tips? missing anything?

Orion Telescopes & Binoculars says:

This message is for Colonel Vern — I’m sorry, there is no reply button on your comment, so I have create a new comment.  If you look at the #9007 SpaceProbe 130st on our website, the Barlow is not included.  It’s available as an option under the suggested accessories.

However, if you were to purchase the Spaceprobe 130mm Beginning Barlow Kit, that includes several add on items, including a Barlow.  So you can purchase the scope either way, but the basic Spaceprobe 130mm does not come with a Barlow.

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Sekkin says:

thank u 🙂

Roman Mellado says:

I’m confused. I got the longer version of the Spaceprobe (900mm focal length) for christmas (Best present ever!) and used the starrynight software that came with it to find Jupiter. Before watching this video I thought larger number meant better magnification (I’m just getting started in the hobby). So I aligned the finder scope and put in a 25mm eyepiece and was amazed by the view. After a while of looking through it I thought I’d see what it looked like through the 10 mm eye piece so I put that one in and Jupiter looked just like a bright yellow star though I could still make out its moons. With the 25mm eye piece I could easily make out a large disc and if I focused my eyes a certain way I could see the red bands on the “Surface” though only for a few seconds because it put lots of strain on my eye. Once again through the 10mm eyepiece Jupiter just looked like a Bright yellow star and any way I focused my eye andor the telescope I couldn’t see the great view I got with the 25mm. Please help I’m so confused.

Also I was just kind of wondering I was looking at the Nebula in Orion’s belt (I believe there are many but I could only see one) and it just looked like glare coming from the star but after refocusing and doing all kinds of stuff it was still there so I figured it was the nebula. Why is it that they aren’t in color like hubble images? Anyways Starrynight said that the horsehead nebula should be nearby so I located the stars where It should’ve been and saw nothing. I did take into account that telescopes give an upside down image so I knew I was looking in the right area. (The stars are arranged .  .
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so it is kinda confusing) I was wondering maybe if it was the low magnification eyepiece or just not dark enough skies or something. Also it was around 55 degrees F so my mirrors fogged up a bit. Maybe that had something to do with it? Please give me some advice. Thanks for the great telescope Orion!

Merul Dhiman says:

Do you have any kind of padded case for this telescope. Thanks

Abigon says:

Thank you, what is the easiest way to find the recommended Barlow lens?

Vernon Kluding says:

Excuse me Ken, but I looked on and apparently the Shorty 2x Barlow is included in the telescope.  Is this correct?  Because according to this video it seems as if the Shorty is separately sold.

Vernon Kluding

Stand Down says:

This is the best video I have found explaining how to work this type of scope. Thank you!

Dan says:

this is more complicated than I thought

Vai Fan says:

This has got to be one of the most useful videos I have seen on YouTube about how to use an EQ mount, how to balance, etc. There are many videos out there of course, and I have benefited from them but this one spells it all out so nicely and easily. Thank you Ken and Orion Telescopes & Binoculars for such a great, helpful video for us beginners.

TheEliminator says:

I have a celestron 114. I tried looking at Venus and I keep seeing what appears to be the secondary mirror holder. Any tips? I’m new to this

Yusmandin Idris says:

On regency bireuen office so need some telescopes for analizing outerspace zodiac atjehlast ago per everynight,esa,nasa,space….dont forget bireuen in aceh.dont for get yeah…

photographybysharonwest says:

I am new to this. Should I balance the telescope with the camera on it?

Michael Khan says:

Hi Need some help… i hav an Orion 10013 GoScope 80mm TableTop Refractor Telescope

and i have these two adapters

but i cant get the telescope to focus.. the 1.25mm lns is too far away from the telescope when placed into the Solomark adapter… how do i fix this? Am i missing a piece?

Jackson Catlett says:

so for long exposure astrophotography would you have to manually turn the telescope to track stars? Is there no way to do it mechanically so you don’t have to keep up with the stars at a perfect rate (which would be pretty impossible)

Larry Gardner says:

Just received this telescope yesterday. Setup took me about an hour and everything looks good so far except for the cloudy skies and snow we got today. Just too cold outside for any serious viewing, at least for me. I went back and forth between two other telescopes, but after putting it together this was the right choice for me as a first telescope. Looking forward to using it when the weather warms up in the early spring.

Katlyn Pflederer says:

This video was so helpful. Thank you for posting!

Abigon says:

I have this telescope, and all my images of Saturn, Jupiter and Venus are really bright, and have little shape. How can I fix this? I would like to be able to see color, shape, and as upclose as possible. Can I do that with this telescope?

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Pink Soldier says:

I can’t seem to get my telescope to focus. I use my finder, but the focus is all blur 🙁

Erik Anacleto says:

Best video on how to use this type of telescope and the equatorial mount.

Kevin Mitchell says:

Thank you for this wonderful video, after viewing it I was able to balance the telescope. Not an Orion, but similar (secondhand as a starter), wondering whether it’s possible to capture photos through the telescope? Now to align it and start viewing the night sky. Youngest daughter really wants me to get it out there so she can scan the skies. Q, In the pack of lens was a sun filter, does this screw into the magnifier lens? Regards Kevin.

Soops 69 says:

Really useful info, thanks.  Just got myself a Skywatcher 130m and before I use it, this tutorial is helping me immensely before going outside and trying it out.

Alex Nguyen says:

Do I have to realign to north at the Polaris every time I move my telescope?

R M says:

Great video man. Thanks

toto che handala says:

i just bought this same scope at a pawn shop for $20. Of course it is missing a few pieces and has a few dents from being dropped i suppose. i did buy 2 eye-pieces on ebay and also a finderscope too. The counterweights were missing so i am experimenting with that problem…i am trying to use a 5 lb weight from a weight set…Yea, yes, have a laugh folks…

A K says:

Thank you

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