Skywatcher Explorer 130P-DS OTA

Skywatcher Explorer 130P-DS OTA


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Model:  sw_130p_DS
Part Number:  10219
Brand:  Skywatcher


Optical Tube Assembly 

The new Skywatcher Explorer-130P DS has the same superb parabolic primary mirror as the Explorer-130P but features a 1.25"/2" Dual-Speed 10:1 ratio focuser for enhanced focus control and a shorter tube length with the secondary mirror positioned closer to the primary mirror for more convenient prime-focus photography. 

The Explorer 130pDS is a surprisingly capable imaging Newtonian, check out the images and discussion from owners at Stargazerslounge


  • Magnification (with eyepiece supplied) x23
  • Highest Practical Power (Potential) x260
  • Diameter of Primary Mirror 130mm
  • Telescope Focal Length 650mm (f/5)
  • Eyepiece Supplied 28mm (2"/50.8mm)
  • 6x30 Finderscope
  • Parabolic Primary Mirror
  • 2" (50.8mm) Dual-Speed 10:1 Crayford Focuser
  • 0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports
  • 30% more Light-Gathering than 114mm


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Saturday, 12 August 2017  | 

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.

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A Bargain Imager
Monday, 23 February 2015  | 

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

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A hidden Gem
Friday, 22 November 2013  | 

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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Great for the starter imager
Monday, 8 October 2012  | 

i have had my 130pds for a few months now and i am very happy with it.
it certainly benefits from a coma corrector but still for the budget its a good performer on speed and light gathering ability. the small size of the scope makes it very easy to move and means the mount requirements are very low. haven't found anything I don't like about it yet.

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