It is rare to find a product that finds the perfect balance between being affordable for its class and providing top-notch quality.
The zhumell telescope is one such product where they have struck a balance between providing an astronomy worthy telescope at a price range that is affordable for a lot of amateur and masterful astronomers.
Now to provide you with a complete zhumell z130 review we would have to go through a lot of what is provides from being a tabletop portable, fairly powerful telescopes to its areas where it performs best and where it does lack when compared with others in its category for reflector telescopes.
Not to confuse you but this is not a Logitech speakers z130 review, what we have in question here is the complete zhumell z130 review so that before you make a purchase, you know completely that what is it that you are going to buy.
For these reflector telescopes be it the zhumell z100 or this, they are upgradable to an extent where a Barlow lens could improve what and how far a telescope shows, similarly attaching a 3x or a 5x Barlow lens could greatly enhance what we see.
However, the problem with that is that too high a multiplier tends not to work with slightly lesser powerful telescopes, now with an aperture of 5” it can only be multiplied to a certain number.
However, if the aperture are greater than 5” it does help with the overall crispness and the scope of what we can see.
How to set up the telescope
All you need to do when setting it up is to mount it onto the Dobsonion mount and check for any missing parts. Assemble the parts, the finder scope, the tube, making sure the base is stable and rotates, and finally the eyepieces.
Then what comes next is collimating the telescope, which is essential for viewing clear, crisp images.
Next is to align the finder scope according to the eyepiece as what you see through the finder scope should also be visible with the eyepiece.
Finally, remove the dust caps from the bottom and the top which despite being fairly obvious is what many miss very often.
Further attachments that we recommend
If you really wish to achieve a huge magnification, we would advise you to buy a Barlow lens instead. What a Barlow lens does is that it magnifies the already present eyepiece by 2x or 3x.
Considering the 5” aperture, it is recommended that the magnification should not exceed any more than 200x given the power and the size of the telescope.
This value is determined by a rule where a maximum of 40x the aperture magnification and below gives the best results.
So if you were to use a 2x Barlow lens, it would magnify your telescope from a 26x and 65x magnification to a 52x and 130x magnification.
Similarly, if you change the eyepieces then the results would differ too where the Barlow lens would then magnify the current times of the eyepiece. So with this addition, you can really enhance your scope of observation that you would get from the z130.
The absolute strong areas for Zhumell z130
When giving a zhumell z8 review, one can draw a comparison with what both of these can do, but when sketching a complete zhumell z130 review we must only look into what this particular one can provide and what its limits are.
To list the strong areas for this zhumell telescope we can start off by:
- Its strong and sturdy design does not lack in quality in any aspect.
- It’s portable nature where it can be carried and mounted without any hassle or technical expertise.
Areas of improvement
Considering the nature of the telescope where it targets beginners mostly, an area where some improvement could be done is the quality of the eyepiece. The rest of the components are fairly well built but the eyepiece really has room for improvement.
Another concern that you would have when buying it would be cleaning and maintenance. Now because of the way it has been built it is very open to dust and air which means that it needs to be cleaned very often and the dust caps need to be used religiously because it cleaning this delicate telescope does become a hassle.
Zhumell’s Credibility and Competitors
A debate that often springs up for a zhumell vs orion battle. Now when comparing telescopes, as mentioned it is a tradeoff between one or two features for the price. Similarly, if we look at the SkyQuest XT4.5 by Orion, we might get a better focal length but it is less powerful than the zhumell, but it gives better magnification.
Then the XT6 is a much more powerful option providing more detail but it comes at a higher price.
Is It Worth The Money
To be honest and to put it as simply as possible, Yes! It is worth the money by a mile. It is like zhumell telescope with its z130 has struck the perfect balance between affordability and power making it an ideal telescope for beginners.