|Average Rating (11 Reviews): |Excellent beginner scope for Astrophotography!
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 | Aaron
The 130PDS is an amazing little scope! There's just no way possible to get a 650/130mm scope for such little money with all the right accessories and features. I've been using this with my Canon 80D and the 2-speed focuser holds up just fine under the weight and comes to focus very nicely with a GSO 1.1x coma corrector. Very lightweight and compact. Wonderful little scope. I need to work on developing a dew prevention method for the secondary now.
Monday, 12 August 2019 | Nikas
Before that I've had regular Explorer 130P which is a good tube, but this one is a game changer. Feels like a tank whilst easy to use. Amazing OTA at a tiny cost.
Wonderful scope and stellar service from FLO
Thursday, 2 May 2019 | Minos
Thank you and clear skies to all!
Friday, 15 March 2019 | Andrew
This telescope gives a nice bright, sharp view. I tried a few different eyepieces and there seems to be very little loss using a 1.25 eyepiece compared with the supplied 2" eyepiece. I like the dual speed focuser. I give it 4 stars due to two negative points: The tube had two small dents which is disappointing for something brand new. The instruction book is not specific for this model. Its a general guide on telescopes and mounts. It has no info on collimation or the various eyepiece adapters/spacers supplied.
The best decision I ever made.
Thursday, 20 September 2018 | Adam
Choosing this scope over a refactor for my introduction to imaging and putting my savings into a better mount, camera and filters was the best choice I ever made since I started imaging 3 years back. How much would a refractor with 650mm focal length at F5 and no CA cost? You will need a coma corrector and time to learn the art of colimation.
FLO : perfect. SW130PDS : flawless.
Tuesday, 17 July 2018 | Arnaud
What hasn't been said? FLO was superfast and reliable. As for the OTA, it compares favorably to my C8N (200mm) with the advantage of the superb focuser and for a fraction of the price. A must have for AP!
Friday, 27 April 2018 | David
Having had a sw200p telescope for 6yrs i recently acquired a 130pds as it has a wider field of view ,first off its nice and light and easily transported,and stored away ,smooth 2 inch focuser ,DSLR easily connected with correct adapter,personally found easier to collimate than my 200p ,don't be put off by its size this is more than capable of taking great images , good for visual use too ,would recommend as a starter scope for imaging and visual too at an affordable price .
Saturday, 12 August 2017 | Shaun
This is a lovely little telescope, and much more economical than a semi-decent small refractor.
My only gripe is that the O-rings are solid metal and weigh 1kg, which is a third of the weight of the whole apparatus, which makes it close to the weight limit of my mount with camera etc. The OTA only weighs 3.4kg without it.
Monday, 23 February 2015 | Roger
I combined this little gem and coma corrector with the EQ6 AZ GT about 6 weeks ago. It's very easy to mount and the OTA holds collimation very well.
The only area to watch for is balancing, once you have your coma corrector and camera mounted.
For such a short and light OTA, the imaging train does represent a significant off-OTA axis weight.
The solution is to add a 0.5 - 1.0 kg extra counterweight (home-made) to the mirror end of the OTA.
Then you're laughing. I'm getting 4 minute unguided subs without trails on the EQ6 AZ GT. I'm no expert, having only been into the hobby for 11 months but 4 minutes is pretty cool, IMHO.
There are threads on the forums about the imaging performance of this OTA, and even the most ardent ED APO refractor fan has had to admit that this OTA is a worthy opponent, at a fraction of the cost.
Really recommended, folks
Friday, 22 November 2013 | Nadeem
After having this scope now for a few months, the 130P DS is a real imaging gem.
The scope holds collimation very well, steel constructed tube & with very little flexure. A smart small Astrograph.
The FOV with a DSLR is quite comparible with a ED80 @ f6.37,with smilliar focal lengths.
Somethings to weigh up ! Do you go for a ED80 or the 130P DS for imaging? well the choice is yours, but the price of £165 + a Coma Corrector & a focal ratio of f5 compared to imaging @ f6.37, my choice would be the 130P DS.
Also the focuser is not bad either, its directly screwed onto the OTA & I have not detected any image shifting while focussing.
It would be nice if Skywatcher compliment the scope with a solid dovetail like you get with the ED80's.
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