The STARQUEST Series is a lightweight, ‘grab-and-go’ range combining proven high quality Sky-Watcher telescope optics with a newly designed and well-engineered Equatorial/Alt-Azimuth mount. The mount features a high quality clutch system, precision 122 gear-tooth/360° gearing on both axes and excellent stability with a maximum payload of 3kg. The mount, when polar aligned and used in equatorial mode, allows you to easily track objects as they move across the night sky with its smoothly operated slow motion control cables. Alternatively the mount can simply be used in Alt-Azimuth mode, making it an ideal and versatile mounting for beginners.
With an extremely useful 130mm of light gathering aperture and a superb parabolic primary mirror, the STARQUEST-130P telescope package is a highly capable all-rounder for the observation of the Moon, bright planets/nebulae, galaxies and star clusters. Supplied complete with Equatorial/Alt-Azimuth Mount and adjustable aluminium tripod.
"An easy-to-assemble 'grab and go' telescope that gives rewarding views...Looking smart and fresh in its white, black and green livery, the StarQuest 130P's tube is nice and short, so it is not unwieldy for newcomers to handle...it can also be configured in an alt-azimuth position, which is useful for viewing awkward to reach areas of the sky such as near the celestial pole, or for viewing landscapes during the day...The system only weighs 8kg and it's easy to assemble which means the StarQuest 130P is more likely to get used than a more awkward setup, and less likely to get left in the corner of a room without any action...Overall, the StarQuest 130P is a well-made and easy-to-use telescope that will give a lot of pleasure to first time stargazers; it could also work as a simple grab-and-go option for more advanced observers.” - BBC SKY AT NIGHT MAGAZINE