Product Comparison: Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ (31045) vs Celestron Inspire 100AZ (22403)


General Specifications
Brand
Celestron
Celestron
Model
AstroMaster 130EQ (31045)
Inspire 100AZ (22403)
Origin
USA
USA
About the Product
Discover our Solar System with the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ! You’ll be ready to observe in minutes thanks to the quick and easy no-tool setup. The 130EQ provides bright, clear images of the Moon, planets, star clusters, and more for great nighttime viewing.
The ultimate telescope for the novice to intermediate astronomer, the Inspire 100AZ features the largest aperture in the Inspire family line and its short tube offers a wider field of view perfectly suited for larger, fainter deep sky objects.
Key Specs
Optical Design
Newtonian Reflector
Refractor
Aperture
130 mm
100 mm
Focal Length
650 mm
660 mm
Focal Ratio
f/5
f/6.5
Highest Useful Magnification
307 x
241 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
19 x
15 x
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ (31045) Reflector Telescope
  • The optics are pretty good. They are very clear compared to what I have used in the past.
  • Versatile - can be used for land or astronomy. My primary purpose was for astronomy, but since we live near the water, it's nice to have something that also works for seeing boats off in the distance.
  • Easy to collimate and set up (but my husband is pretty mechanically-minded)
  • Excellent brightness of even faint, distant objects. This thing really does produce very bright, vivid images.
  • The image quality is quite great and be sure to collimate well before using it.
Celestron Inspire 100AZ (22403) Refractor Smartphone Adapter Built-in Refracting Telescope, Blue
  • Lightweight, quality sight, crisp optics, and neat focus indicator numbers on side of scope for easy return to reference.
  • Bought exclusively for solar eclipse but already see that we will be using it for more sightings.
  • Exactly what I needed for life on the Bay to see dolphin and manatees up close once sited.
  • Great gift. I'm enjoying viewing the night sky, planets and the moon.
  • The accessory to use your phone's camera takes a little patience but I can easily take pictures of the Moon with it. Cool telescope for my use.
  • While the telescope works great, I was a little disappointed in the magnification.
Size & Weight
Height
35 in.
52 in.
Width
24 in.
38 in.
Depth
12 in.
33 in.
Weight
28 lbs.
20 lbs.
Features
Optical Coatings
Fully coated glass optics
Fully coated glass optics
Finderscope
Built-on StarPointer
StarPointer Pro
Optical Tube Length
610mm (24")
Star Diagonal
None
Erect image 90° (1.25")
Accessory Tray Included
Yes
Yes
Extras
All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images, 2 eyepieces – 20mm with built-in erect image corrector and a 10mm
Fully coated glass optics, SkyPortal app, Red LED flashlight, 20mm & 10mm Kellner eyepieces, Starry Night Basic Edition software, Focus micrometer
Software
Starry Night Basic Edition
Starry Night Basic Edition
What customers say about "Features"
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ (31045) Reflector Telescope
  • The eyepieces are also quite good for the price. There are 10mm and 20mm eyepieces that are perfect for beginners.
  • The tube is made of sturdy, rolled sheet metal, with good quality heavy duty plastic at either end.
  • Easy to set up. Quite user friendly (I’m horrible at getting binoculars to focus, but I could easily bring the moon into focus and stare for hours).
  • Easy and actually fun to assemble. However, the picture instructions provided are difficult to read and it seemed that some steps were glossed over.
  • It’s heavier than you think. I plan on dragging this all over the United States this summer, but it is a bit cumbersome. Finding a carrying case that you are sure this telescope will fit in is almost impossible.
  • Not computerized -- but depending on how you look at it, that also means one less thing to break
Celestron Inspire 100AZ (22403) Refractor Smartphone Adapter Built-in Refracting Telescope, Blue
  • Easy to use with features that the BIG scopes do not have such as highly useful removable red flashlight embedded above accessory tray.
  • Easy to align red sight with scope which we did in less than 2 minutes. Excellent value!
  • Also the scope cap doubles as smart phone holder for astrophotography.
  • It comes with 2 eyepiece magnifications, both pretty powerful, but could really use a 30mm to go with the 20&10mm for even faster siteing response..
  • The only complaint is that although all components are made of nice material, the engineering is missing a little, for instance the telescope slide bracket doesn’t have a stop on the glide.
Mount Information
Mount Type
CG-3 Equatorial
Tripod mount
Tripod Material
Aluminum
Steel
Dovetail
No
No
Maximum Height Adjustment
0 in.
47 in.
Legs
1.25" steel tube legs
1.25" steel tube legs
What customers say about "Mount Information"
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ (31045) Reflector Telescope
  • Tripod is sturdy enough to sit on thick carpet or outdoors with no issues
  • The tripod retracts for easy storage
  • Tripod is sturdy enough to be useful and keep the image clear
  • The tripod is actually made of light steel tube and it's not very stable with all the weight on top of it.
  • The mount is not so good. The RA adjustment is relatively smooth, and adding a little silicon grease helped a lot, the Declination adjustment is very rough.
Celestron Inspire 100AZ (22403) Refractor Smartphone Adapter Built-in Refracting Telescope, Blue
  • Stable tripod configuration with locking accessory tray for added sturdiness.
  • For the price it’s great, and is made of quality material.
  • Seems really well thought out and constructed. We have had it over a year now.
  • Excellent, the only thing is that, the tripod not have a graduation.
  • Tripod and head are all metal & much better then similar scopes. I
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE, FCC
Other Information
Manufacturer


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