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Product no.: 25455

Telescope N 130/650 Explorer 130PDS OTA

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  • Newtonian optics with parabolic primary mirror
  • 2" focuser with reduction
  • Designed for astrophotography

Product description

More about the series Explorer...

The N 130 / 650 telescope:

This telescope is a good starting point for new amateur astronomers. With 30% more light gathering capacity than a 114mm telescope, even more fascinating celestial objects can be observed by amateur astronomer newbies. The 130mm aperture and 650 mm focal length high-performance optics allow you to observe many nebulae and other DSOs. With an f5 aperture ratio, the telescope is also ideal for wide field observing. Breathtakingly beautiful Open clusters are well worth seeking out too. Its short length means that the telescope is very stable, even on smaller mounts, with vibrations damping down very quickly. The external design can also be considered a real gem, boasting an elegant design of the highest calibre.

The advantages in a nutshell:

  • 344X light gathering power
  • vibration resistant and wind insensitive due to compact design
  • highly portable and quickly assembled

Included in delivery:

  • tube with optics
  • focuser
  • eyepieces
  • finder

The PDS version of the Explorer comes with a dual speed focuser. This has a 1:10 reduction ratio for sensitive focusing which is most important for astrophotography, but is also very useful for visual observing. The tube length has been slightly shortened compared to the Explorer P version and the secondary mirror has consequently been enlarged in order to further optimize the system for astrophotography.

The difference to a normal 130mm Newtonian telescope:

  • better focuser: most 130mm Newtonian telescopes only have a basic 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser.
  • sufficient focus travel for astrophotography: ordinary Newtonian telescopes have only very short back focus

Advantages and scope of delivery with this PDS telescope:

  • OTA with130mm aperture and 650mm focal length
  • 6x30 finder scope
  • 2", 28mm eyepiece
  • parabolic 130mm mirror
  • 2" Crayford focuser with 1:10 reduction ratio
  • easy adaption to cameras
  • T-2 thread provided
  • tube ring clamps and dovetail rail
  • thin secondary mirror vanes for higher contrast

It not only matters which telescope you buy but also where you buy it. Our additional services:

  • We are a leading telescope dealer and know the devices we sell. Our customer service team will gladly help you after your purchase if you have problems with assembly or operation.
  • We provide a copy of the 80-page Telescope ABC beginners handbook with every telescope.
  • We also provide an edition of the exciting astronomy magazine, “Sterne und Weltraum” with each telescope.



Type of build
Aperture (mm)
Focal length (mm)
Aperture ratio (f/)
Resolving capacity
Limit value (mag)
Light gathering capacity
Max. useful magnification
Tube weight (kg)
Tube construction
Full tube


Main mirror´s construction
secondary mirror design
Ventilation for central mirror


Type of build
Connection ( to eyepiece)
Gear reduction
1:10 Fine movement
Connecting threaded socket (camera-side)


Mounting type
no mount
Type of build
GoTo control

Included accessories

Finder scope
2'' eyepieces
Eyepiece adaptor
1,25" - 2"
Tube clamps
Prism rail


shipping weight (kg)

Area of application

Moon & Planets
Nebulae & galaxies
Nature Observation
no (Only with appropriate Sun filter)

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Skywatcher Telescope N 130/650 Explorer 130PDS OTA

Customer reviews

Good scope

Review by T. L. on 30.10.2022 01:07:54

( 5 / 5 )

Perfect beginner scope for imaging, it's light and easy to handle and is a breeze to handle on my heq5.
Well packaged and delivered super fast.

i am very happy with this telescope

Review by stars9345 on 14.04.2020 14:39:54

( 5 / 5 )

I totaly agree with M.D., I needed a cheap telescope that is capable of doing astrophotography and I am very happy with my purchase. it is also quite portable, with only 4kg. I mounted it to a eqm35 pro and it has no problem handeling it. If you want to use it for astrophotography, I strongly recomend taking flats, becouse after I started doing this, my images suddenly had dark background even without any filter in bortle class 6 skies. I also tried using it for visual, and I was very happy with some objects like m81 and m82, as well as some globular clusters like m13 and m3. However I would recomend a larger scope if visual is all you want. It comes with all the acsessories, so mount and camera is all you need… and of course some clear skies!

Great scope

Review by M. D. on 06.06.2019 07:21:51

( 5 / 5 )

Currently using this one for astrophotography and works like a charm. It has minimal coma, though that needs to be corrected if you want crispy clear and sharp images.

It has sufficient backfocus when using a DSLR or another type of camera. The crayford focuser is excellent for getting perfect focus.

The 2" to 1.25" adapter has a T2 thread to thread on various DSLR bayonet adapters.

Totalmente desajustado.

Review by fahema2012 on 24.06.2020 19:31:16

( 3 / 5 )

El tubo desprende calidad , pero ha llegado sin ninguna calibración. Enfocador demasiado tensionado notando los saltos de los rodamientos. El espejo primario completamente suelto, las fichas engomadas de sujeccion totalmente sueltas y por ende el tubo sin colimación ninguna. Es una decepción que una tienda como astroshop envíe un producto sin control de calidad ninguno y sin revisar.
Me ha decepcionado la tienda y la fabrica, desde luego no compraré un cassegrain como tenía pensado, como venga igual de colimado que este es un riesgo que no voy a correr.
Por lo demás una vez sujetado bien el espejo , suavizado el enfocador y colimado con laser, la verdad , contento. Ahora bien , si no está dispuesto a realizar este tipo de maniobras, no lo compre y menos en esta tienda.

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