31 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Less than I hoped for but still good value,
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The seller was prompt, the service good. My disappointment lies with the fact that the stars are still just light and nothing dramatic can be seen with a telescope of this magnitude. Having said that, I have been excited to see moons around Jupiter and the rings of Saturn, and the moon is fantastic. I struggled to find advice on what telescope to buy and bit the bullet with this one. I now wish I had used the money towards something that would deliver the wonders of the universe. It is a big bit of kit and not easily storeable, so take that into consideration. Probably value for money but I didn't know better. I hope this review is helpful to others.
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Initial post: 16 Apr 2011 15:01:42 BDT
K. J. Wilkins says:
This review was useful to me, as I'm thinking of getting it as a starter. As for stars they will always appear small because of the distance between us, but you be able to see many of the brighter DSO suchs as M42 and the Andromeda galaxy. Not sure where to look for them, I recommend you download a free tool called Stellarium if you haven't already will help you nagivate to many wonders with your SW 130.
Posted on 28 Mar 2012 19:13:21 BDT
Mr. A. P. Birch says:
To see stars as anything but pricks of light is impossible with most amateur telescopes. The distances are light years and even though the stars are massive compared to our star the appearance is just a prick of light.
These telescopes are best used as you say for our planets and moons and also the bigger nebulae which are fantastic.
Posted on 4 Dec 2012 20:55:14 GMT
I wanted to get this as a gift for my husband so was helpful.
Posted on 11 Dec 2012 11:52:14 GMT
Mr A. Ledger says:
I have this scope, and it's very good value for money. For the same money, you will not be able to buy something that 'delivers the wonders of the universe'. There's a reason why the images from the Hubble are so stunning - it's massive! With this scope, with dark skies, you will be able to observe the cloud effect of the Orion nebula, and that's not bad for a bit of pipe, two mirrors and a lens. Persevere with it and you may find that things improve.
Posted on 5 Jan 2013 11:06:35 GMT
P. Lyon says:
It's a shame you didn't enjoy this 'scope, as it is a wonderful piece of kit for the money...hours can be lost in deep space! I think you bought the wrong 'scope; all reviews of this 'scope (including Sky at Night magazine) suggest it is much better at deep sky observation, and that is true however; M A Ledger's comment has it right, if you want the 'wonders of the universe' you should join a local club as they are likely to have much larger 'scopes or, save up at least £1800 and buy something much larger/better optics. Unfortunately, and like many others who buy 'cheaper' 'scopes, the incrdible world of astronomy is lost to them because of their expectations - you will never see the heavens in the same way TV programmes show them - Mr Cox has access to some of the largest 'scopes in the world, and Hubble!!!
Hope this helps someone...it is an amazing telescope for this money, and a great introduction to an incredible subject.
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