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Model: Heritage_130PPart Number: 10213Brand: Skywatcher
The Heritage-130P was specially designed to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope. 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 Parabolic Primary Mirror set as the highly acclaimed Explorer-130P, this telescope provides an excellent introduction to astronomy with wonderful views of the Moon, planets and the brighter Deep-Sky Objects.
The collapsible patented FlexTube system makes the telescope compact and easy to transport and store.
The uncomplicated manually operated Dobsonian alt-azimuth mount is quick and easy to setup and comes fully assembled straight out of the box.
Supplied in presentation Giftbox.
A digital camera is not suitable for this telescope. The mount is not designed to hold that amount of weight and also does not track so couldn't be used for long exposure deep sky imaging. Instead, we would recommend using a panetary camera which could be used to take short videos of bright objects such as planets and the moon. You could achieve short bursts of video without requiring tracking.
The heritage 130p is not a toy, it might look diminutive or flimsy but these are traits that do not apply to this telescope. The base is strong and easy to use and the telescope is fully functional and packs a punch. Since purchase I have bought several additional eyepieces to further improve the observing experience. I have seen a Jupiter moon shadow transit; wow never thought a telescope this size would reveal that from my own front garden. For observing I sit on a plastic garden chair and place the telescope on a paving slab as decking provides for too many vibrations. If I want to raise the telescope higher then I plonk it on an upturned bucket. The telescope can be removed from the base and has a standard fitment so can be used on other tripods. There is also a big following on this telescope in the US where it is branded the OneSky.
I bought this specifically as a grab n go to take on a trip to Hungary & Romania, where, I hope to find the odd dark sky (you live in hope !). Basically I agree with all other comments: the focuser is "a bit odd ball" but made up for by the utter brilliance of the thing as a whole, and you do get used to it really quickly. It's small enough to lob in the back of "even" a Fiat Panda (yep, I am doing a multiple thousand mile trip round eastern Europe in a Panda) and nothing less than a joy to use. The Dob bearings are really smooth & light grasp is wonderful - but then, it's actually a decent aperture wrapped up in a really cleaver collapse-able design, which, despite all fears is solid, remarkably well engineered for the price and just works !I'm really impressed - crazy price really, for what you get, great views, super portable, quick cool down - Chinese mass production at it's very best !FLO's service was awful - I'm joking ... of course ! You place an order and it simply arrives, with plenty of personal communication in the unlikely event of any issues.The 130p Flex really is a little gem - every home should have one !
Was looking for a small scope to take on holiday and am considering a larger dob for garden use and plumped for this after reading lots of favourable reviews. I'm not disappointed. As soon as I saw the primary mirror it was obvious the quality belies the price. I collimator with a Cheshire bought at the same time and got it spot on in minutes. Tonight it got first light for a quick star test. Collimation was spot on and the views I got in the supplied 25mm eyepiece were impressive in my light polluted garden. Very impressed. Am looking forward to taking it on holiday later this year. Will be supplementing with some better EPs and am seriously considering a large skywatcher dob very soon. And FLO were a pleasure to deal with keeping me informed every step and very quick delivery. Thanks guys.
Love it all! (Maybe this item could be delivered with better oculars.matching this "FANTASTIC" optic quality!!!
As a newcomer to the Astronomy scene, I found the choice of telescopes aimed at beginners pretty daunting. At first I had my eye on a few of the Orion GoScopes, and a Celestron. But it wasn't until a chat with the online Astronomy community that I was pointed in the direction of the Heritage 130p.With a bigger mirror size and focal length than a lot of the other beginner scopes in this price range, its ease of storage due to the flextube design, its portability, the inclusion of a red dot finderscope, and two good quality starter eyepieces, you really cannot fault this in terms of bang for buck.I've had fantastic views of our Moon, Jupiter, Mars, the Orion Nebula, and a few other DSOs - and i'm only just starting out. That being said, I would recommend buying a 2x Barlow Lens - it really is an essential purchase if you want to get the most out of this scopeAt such an affordable price, this is - in my mind - the perfect beginner scope. You won't be disappointed.
Next day delivery - very impressed. Arrived safely as well packaged in sturdy box and presentation box. Set up in no time at all as per previous reviews.Good solid base and very easy to carry. Instructions simple to follow. Will be heading to my allotment plot to try it out once the weather starts to improve.
Really pleased with this little scope. I was looking for something more portable than my 200p / EQ5 setup. Having considered a short tube refractor or a Mak I decided that anything needing a tripod and counterweights is not going to be that portable. This can be carried with one hand so fits the bill exactly.Don't be fooled by it's small size, it's actually a quality instrument, very sturdily constructed. The primary and secondary mirrors are fully adjustable for collimation.I knew I would have to sacrifice some image quality for portability with this, but really not that much, nowhere near as much as I expected. From my suburban garden it shows me nice detail on globular clusters, and the ring nebula is definitely discernible as a ring. This is not just a good scope for its size. It's a good scope full stop.The focuser, being helical rather than rack-and-pinion type takes a little getting used to but is capable of getting the eyepiece in the right place which is what's important.The best thing that with this scope I can be out and observing in five minutes flat. Perfect for taking on holiday, or for that quick astronomy fix during breaks in the cloud.
This was my first scope, now i have three different scopes, i like the extended truss thing, i have seen some nice clusters in Cassiopeia with the heritage 130, moon and planets good but you need a x2 barlow for saturn and jupiter, you can cover a lot of sky with this scope on a suite-able bench, or on the floor sat on a bucket!! the only thing lets it down is the focuser, its a screw helix type and there is a fair bit of slop, its a bit of a pain when collimating, ive lent it to my cousin who knows nothing of astronomy and he soon mastered it he was well chuffed to have seen the moon and orion nebula and jupiter, i think he wants it!! on the whole good starter scope, average aperture 5inch , portable light easy to use. oh and make your self a light shield out of black card to go round the middle when truss is open, works a treat on stray light.
So i thought id venture into the world of astronomy because of my general interest in space. I never really saw myself getting one due to the price you "think" a good telescope costs. However after reading a fantastic review from an unbias source, this little beauty was recommended. So out I went and bought it. On my first attempt I spotted Jupiter and 4 of its moons, and in goo detail. I could just make out the bands around the middle. With a bit more investment in some new lenses this telescope will last me a long time to come!! Highly recommended.
Very impressed with this scope!I Had to make a minor primary mirror alignment when I got it, but this adjustment was really easy due to the scopes short physical length meaning that I could reach the adjusters and also keep my eye on the Cheshire eyepiece.Had my first light with this last night and am well impressed! Such a portable, easy to store and use scope with really good optically quality.To my delight, the eyepieces provided are perfectly usable so I won't be rushing out just yet to get better ones until I know what I want in an eyepiece.Before deciding to get this for my first scope, I went through the usual headache inducing procedure in deciding which one to go for and had 2 GOTO scopes on the shortlist. I then read an article from an old astronomy sage who suggested to keep it simple at first and develop from there. Good advice. After all, if I get bored in a month or two, there is no great financial loss.So, instead of getting the GOTO's I went for the Heritage 130P and have no regrets whatsoever. I think it is excellent value for money and more importantly, it works very well indeed.The build quality and materials used are much better than I expected from the photographs and dispels the toy like appearance which this scope can sometimes have. This is no toy.I can be out of the house and observing in 5 minutes! Great little scope and would not hesitate to recommend it.
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