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.
|Average Rating (19 Reviews): |I love this scope but there were a couple of issues
Monday, 5 April 2021 | Douglas
This is a really nicely designed product and I have enjoyed it very much since I got it in 2014 from FLO. Let me first mention the positives. The primary mirror is good: a nice size and high quality. I did an artificial star test and the results looked very good. I also looked at it with a Ronchi eyepiece and the pattern looked perfect.
The flextube structure is brilliant: is allows for compact storage, good protection and, perhaps not so obvious, good ventilation. Another secret is that you can actually increase the back focus by shortening the tube by not fully extending the tube. Because the position can be locked with screws, the shortened tube is stable. Also great is that, unlike similar models of this size Newtonian, it comes with an attached Vixen dovetail. I actually have always used it on my small Vixen mount, not on the Dobsonian mount that is included.
I can complain a bit about the focuser. I needed to put some Teflon tape on the threads since there was too much slop in the movement. The tape made it stiffer and you can keep putting on more layers of tape to make it however stiff you like (and remove it easily too). Teflon is very low friction so it ends up moving surprisingly smoothly. The only complaint is that the whole eyepiece rotates, which is an issue if you attach a camera to it (I have attached a small ZWO camera to take some images -- the guide camera ones are perfect for this telescope). An improvement on the focuser is to attach a helical focuser. Since I had one anyway, I have used it this way when attaching a camera (although I suspect the focuser costs as much as the telescope so it kind of goes against the the theory of buying this telescope). The included focuser plus Teflon tape works well enough.
Now the only major complaint I have: the secondary mirror. First of all, the way it attaches to the tube is a bit finicky and it came very loose so that the secondary mirror rotated way too easily. This needed to be tightened with a small pair of pliers (there is a locking nut next to where the metal rod attaches to the inside of the tube). In a quality control issue, my secondary came installed rotated by 180 degrees from the correct orientation. On first thought you would think the mirror is symmetrical but in fact it is not. So the way it came, it appeared not circular as viewed from the primary mirror but rather as an oval. This is a subtle error and might not be realised at first so it is worth checking. The mirror is attached with double sided tape which required careful pulling off (using cotton gloves to avoid messing with the mirror coating). I then reattached the secondary using a useful product from 3M called "Damage-Free Picture Hanging Strips". This is similar to Velcro but stronger and more secure. That way I could play with the position of the secondary and also easily swap it for another one. The reason I mention swapping is because I realised that the secondary mirror that came with the telescope was quite a bit oversized. The specs on the SkyWatcher website say that the secondary is 34.5mm. In fact, the one I got was 40mm (minor axis diameter). This represents a 31% central obstruction, which is quite high, even for a fast Newtonian (the secondary mirror gets smaller as the F number increases). In fact, the maximum size of the secondary mirror holder is 35mm in diameter and a quick calculation shows that for most objects (such a looking at the moon), a 30mm mirror is large enough. So I ordered a new 35mm diagonal mirror from Orion Optics UK and with the "Picture Hanging Strips" it was then very easy to swap the secondary mirror.
All in all, a lovely telescope that I have used for many applications. So light and simple and I do not worry about children damaging it. I actually bought this with the intention of using it for a special purpose: a solar Newtonian telescope. This involved etching the mirror coating off the primary. See "Dave Groski's White Light Newtonian Page" for details about this approach. The results were brilliant and this telescope was perfect for that application. I actually have one secondary with no mirror coating and one that still has it on so that I can have more or less attenuation, depending on what I want to do (i.e. visual or imaging).
Good for planets and DSOs
Saturday, 4 April 2020 | Valentino
When I bought this, I thought it was just a cheap average telescope considering the price. But let me tell you, DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE PRICE
This Scope is very capable of both DSO and planetary observations. Although, if you want to take this scope to its fullest potential, I recommend buying another set of Plossl eyepieces and a 2x Barlow lens.
Saturday, 29 February 2020 | Lovrenc
The telescope itself was awesome, but I made a mistake.
When I got it it was cloudy for the whole week, so I thought I could collimate it. When I nudged the mirror, a few hours of my life were gone. I give you this advice: 'Do not try to collimate it before you check if the mirrors are alligned.'
Everything else was great.
Fantastic!- With some modifications
Thursday, 13 June 2019 | Ira
The scope is great for any beginner, DSOs are easily resolved, and details in planets and the moon are magnificent! Overall the experineces i've had with the scope is great. However there are some useful modifications that you *need* to get the full experience:
A light shroud- for better contrast
Making the helical focuser stiffer (using silicon tape)- Allows for a more accurate focus, heavy eyepieces don't flex down the focuser, collimation stays very constant no matter where you point.
These fixes are easy though, do do not be discouraged!
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | Steve
Powerful, portable, easy to store. This really is a brilliant scope! I can honestly see no negatives, some might say a minor negative is, as its flexible the mirrors are exposed to light pollution and dew, but a light shroud is an easy job and a doddle to make... The performance of this scope is amazing, trust me, buy one!
Sunday, 5 May 2019 | Keith
I was fortunate to be able to use the scope immediately after purchase when there were gaps in cloud. What I saw was amazing. The following night was completely clear. The soft rubber of the eyepieces were ideal as I wear spectacles. The maneuverability is excellent and I can observe objects right overhead with comfort. I love the Dobsonian mount which operates smoothly. With a carrying handle the scope is very portable and I can see myself taking it on holiday to Spain. My son has the same scope and so I knew what to expect. But having such an excellent piece of equipment, tailored to my needs, is just amazing. You simply cannot get better value for money.
Wednesday, 5 December 2018 | Richard
After lots of research decided on the 130p as my first real scope. A few months later, I haven’t regretted the decision for a moment. Service was great from FLO, really quick delivery. The scope is easy to set up. I have had to tweak the collimation each time, but only very slightly and probably wasn’t strictly necessary. The views from my back garden in central Cambridge have been great despite the light pollution and I have loved learning to star hop. Finding the double cluster in Perseus was a total buzz.
Would heartily recommend this scope. Only negatives to think about are you need something to put it on so you don’t break your back bending over to view and also you need to get right behind the red dot finder to use it well. This can mean some contortions if observing near the zenith.
Friday, 11 May 2018 | Kate
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.
Sunday, 22 October 2017 | Karl
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 !
Tuesday, 2 February 2016 | Paul
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.
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