Highlights of the Meade StarNavigator 130 Telescope
- The Meade Star Navigator 130 mm reflecting telescope is portable and easy to use, even for beginners.
- Over 5” of aperture means you can explore a wide range of celestial objects, from the Moon & planets to galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, comets, double stars, and more.
- The alt-azimuth single fork arm mount of the StarNavigator 130 is lightweight and attaches easily to the included aluminum tripod.
- Fully computerized, the Meade 130mm Star Navigator Telescope includes a database of 30,000 objects that can be visited with just a few button clicks on the Meade AudioStar hand controller.
- The AudioStar controller has Astronomer Inside, which means you can hear about an object via the built-in handbox speaker! You can also take a guided tour of the best objects up at the time you are observing, which is a wonderful way to learn the sky.
- Control your StarNavigator telescope with your PC using an RS-232 interface.
- The adjustable aluminum tripod allows you to observe in either a sitting or standing position.
- Includes a red dot finder to help you center your alignment stars, or to see where your telescope has landed!
- The Meade StarNavigator 130 telescope also comes with two eyepieces which gives you 40X and 111X magnification. Additional eyepieces are available optionally.
- Power the telescope with eight (8) AA batteries (not included)
More About the Meade 130 mm Star Navigator Computerized Telescope
The Universe is a pretty big place, and even the most cosmically savvy travelers could use a little help getting around. The Meade StarNavigator reflector is a fully computerized telescope that is programmed to guide you to over 30,000 celestial objects, including those you’ve heard of, like Saturn, Mars, and the Orion Nebula, as well as to a whole bunch of galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, and other deep sky curiosities that may be new to you.
The Meade StarNavigator 130 Telescope Is Easy To Use, Even For Beginners!
All you have to do is set it up on a relatively flat surface, point it in a northerly direction, turn it on, put it through a simple, quick alignment, and you are off and running on a guided tour of the Universe. This procedure will take you about 5 minutes after you’ve learned the ropes. The included hand controller makes alignment a fairly simple procedure by giving the user directions on its LED screen. After entering in your ZIP code & answering a question regarding Daylight Savings Time, you will be asked to center a bright star of the telescope's choosing in the eyepiece and push a button, and then you’ll do the same thing with a second bright star. From this basic information, the StarNavigator’s computer can calculate where it is on the planet, and that’s all it needs to know to find the other 29,998 objects in its database…all you have to do is make the request by pushing a few buttons on the keypad, and the Star Navigator will move, or slew, to the desired object.
The Meade StarNavigator 130 Delivers!
Llet’s talk about the light-gathering capability of the Meade 130 mm StarNavigator. The bigger a telescope’s aperture, or diameter, the more it can see. Think about your own eyes for a minute. When we walk into a bright room, our pupils contract automatically, because there is plenty of light with which to see. However, if we walk outside into the dark, the size of our pupils will increase as quickly as they can to help us see better. Humans are not great at seeing in the dark, because our pupils can only dilate to about 7 mm. Telescopes assist us when we want to “see in the dark” because they have lenses or mirrors that are way bigger than our pupils to help them gather the light that objects emit. How much light an object emits determines how well you will see that object with a given telescope. The larger planets and the Moon give off a lot of light, so much so that we can often see them without the help of an external light-gathering source, like binoculars or a telescope. That is why a small telescope will allow you to see details of the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mars, and a few other bright objects just fine. However, as objects get fainter (usually due to their immense distance), smaller telescopes have a harder time seeing that light, and consequently, so will you. With over 5” of aperture, the Meade StarNavigator reflector telescope has the capability to help us see beyond the solar system and into our home galaxy, the Milky Way, and beyond. And that's what astronomy is all about, seeing in the dark as best we can so that we can explore the wondrous mysteries of the cosmos from our own little perch here on Planet Earth.