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Skywatcher HERITAGE-130P Dobsonian Telescope
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- Diameter of Primary Mirror: 130mm
- Telescope Focal Length: 650mm (f/5)
- Overall maximum height: 46cm (collapsed), 69.5cm (extended)
- Highest Practical Power (Potential): x260
- 30% more Light Gathering than 114mm
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The Heritage-130P has been specially designed to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th Anniversary of Galileo's first telescope. This is not only a highly functional precision optical instrument but also a beautiful collector's piece and ideal gift. The telescope tube is adorned with the names of many famous figures that have made significant contributions to the advancement of astronomy over this 400yr period, including Galileo Galilei himself. Housing the same superb Parabolic Primary Mirror as our highly-renowned Explorer-130P, this telescope is an excellent and capable all-rounder which will provide wonderful views of both the Moon & Planets as well as Deep-Sky Objects.
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The 25mm is the one you'll use the most, it gives a very wide field view of the sky, which is perfect for viewing anything from planets, nebulas and even galaxys. The quality of the image and optics are phenomenal. I currently own a 3inch cat telescope and would say this one is easily 2 times better.
The 10mm is best for planets or very faint objects. Jupiter looks amazing right now through this telescope. It's bands and moons are clearley visible. Be sure to look at it every few days, as what you see largley depends on the atmosphere.
The red dot finder included is also very useful. Once you've lined it up, you point the red dot at what you want to see and your telescope will be there.
The whole telescope folds down to about half of it's size, which is perfect if you don't have a spare room for it.
It is a decent weight, but still light enough to transport and move.
I've managed to store it in a wardrobe. Theres also a nice carrying handle for it.
Overall this is an excellent telescope at an excellent price. Skywatcher also do light pollution filters for about 20 pounds. These work really well if you have orange street lights blotting out the stars.
I would reccomend this for the serious beginner or intermediate astronomer. If you are an absolute beginner i would recommend a pair of binoculars first, so you can learn the sky and where all the constellations are.
However this comes at a cost. All the screws to collapse or move the telescope are a cheap feeling plastic. This means it can be very difficult to get it to sit securely in one place while focused on an object. The secondary mirror attachment is poor also. The first one that was sent out was completely bent so it was impossible to align it properly. It was picked up by courier the next morning with a replacement arriving that evening! This one is aligned correctly but the secondary mirror can still spin out of place quite easily.
Basically you could either buy another scope that feels sturdy and well built but does it's job to a less satisfactory level, or you can buy this which will kick anything in it's price bracket's ass when it comes to optics but feels pretty flimsy. I definitely recommend getting this if you can't spend anymore than £150, but if you're not strapped for cash I'd look at getting a more expensive model to get the best of both worlds.
As a side note it packs away very well and looks great in any room, which is unusual for dobsonian telescopes.
Great views, smart, but cheap feeling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Minor damage on delivery ( rubber foot had been broken off ) But great quality telescope and rapid delivery!!Published 6 months ago by OJ
Love the look! Love the weight! love the portability!..... Love it all! ( Maybe, delivered with a better pair of oculars) but; knewerteless....I Love IT!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer Thommy Öhlund
This is an excellent telescope for the price! Very easy to set up and use!Published 17 months ago by Dave Pont
Son was doing GCSE Astronomy and this type of telescope was recommended. It has proved very useful and produces great images.Published on 15 Jun. 2014 by bobo
I bought this after being recommended it by an astronomy blog.
For a starter scope it's great, but understand as soon as you focus on the moon you'll want more. Read more