The main difference between the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST and the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ is the overall design. Both are Newtonian Reflectors with a main mirror diameter of 130mm and are come with an equatorial mount. In terms of actual functionality these two telescopes are very similar and target the same market audience. Namely beginner to intermediate astronomers who want to get stunning images of not only the Moon and planets but also deep sky objects.
In terms of price, again they are very similar. What I would look for is a good package where the main telescope comes with a bonus. For example you can choose between having the AstroMaster 130EQ come with a either a
- Motor Drive which is the second most expensive “combo/package” but it comes very useful if what you’re going for with this telescope is astrophotography. (Click Here for Direct Link)
- Accessory Kit which is a good option if you want to have a full set of eyepieces and filters. This combo is the most expensive since the accessories will last you a lifetime and you can use them with other telescopes as well. This can be also very fun for children as it offer them a lot of things and possible combinations to explore and play with. (Click Here for Direct Link)
- Smartphone adapter which is a great option if you are looking to do a lot of digiscoping and even photos or videos with your phone. Worth mentioning that the smartphone adapter is the NexYZ 3-Axis smartphone adapter, which again is universal so you can use it with any phone and with any telescope. If you more of a beginner this is the option I would choose. (Click Here for Direct Link)
- Omni 2X Barlow Lens which is perfect if what you want is maximum power from this telescope. (Click Here for Direct Link)
On the other side the SpaceProbe 130 ST has the smartphone camera adapter already included alongside the DeepMap 600 and MoonMap 260.