Sky-Watcher Explorer 130P-DS OTA

Sky-Watcher Explorer 130P-DS OTA

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About this product

Model:  sw_130p_DS
Part Number:  10219

Optical Tube Assembly 

The new Sky-Watcher 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 130P-DS is a surprisingly capable imaging Newtonian, check out the images and discussion from owners at Stargazerslounge

The Sky-Watcher Coma Corrector is also available for astro-photography. 

You need only a T-Ring to fit your DSLR to the focusers T-thread but for best results you will need to use a Coma Corrector. (When using a Coma Corrector you will need an M48 Ring to suit your camera). 


  • 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
  • Weight (including tube-rings and mounting dovetail) approx 4 kg


Customer reviews

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Very Pleased
Sunday, 9 January 2022  | 

Have had this tube a few weeks now and managed to make a start with my observing. On the whole it seems a strong well made telescope. The images with the supplied eyepiece seem very clear. It is a elevation to see the moon using this telescope, and myriad of stars that appear out of the night sky is quite astonishing.
The service from FLO was very good. There was a small damaged component but this was dealt with promptly.
I purchased a Cheshire Collimator and this works well.

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Excellent value
Tuesday, 30 November 2021  | 

I've started my astrophotography journey with this and I am enjoying every minute of it. It is a highly capable scope.

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The 130pds Skywatcher
Tuesday, 28 July 2020  | 

A superb scope I have been using this for a couple of weeks as the weather did clear up on some days.
I have connected this up with the star discovery WiFi mount and it works wonders. I have seen many objects clusters and galaxies such as the andromeda and many that are faint.
Also itís good for planetary good details with Saturn and Jupiter when a Barlow and digital zoom on the camera are used thanks FLO.

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Wednesday, 8 July 2020  | 

Great product.. At a fantastic price..
Very well made.. Very good quality..just needed a few minor tweeks to set up.. Puts it from 4* to 5*....A bargin.. 👍

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Outstanding value
Monday, 3 February 2020  | 

This was my second ever telescope, for my first astrophotography rig. So far it has performed exceptionally. I use it with a canon 600D on a HEQ5 mount. There was no need for collimation out of the box and the stock focuser I've personally found to be excellent.

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Excellent beginner scope for Astrophotography!
Wednesday, 18 September 2019  | 

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.

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Feels like a pro tool
Monday, 12 August 2019  | 

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.

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Wonderful scope and stellar service from FLO
Thursday, 2 May 2019  | 

Thank you and clear skies to all!


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Good telescope
Friday, 15 March 2019  | 

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.

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The best decision I ever made.
Thursday, 20 September 2018  | 

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.

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Q1. Are tube rings and a dovetail included?

Yes, the OTA comes with suitable tube rings and Vixen-style dovetail bar.

Q2. What is the weight please?

The weight is approx 4 kg.

Q3. Does it come with a 2" to 1.25" adapter?

Yes, the 2" focuser comes with a 2" to 1.25" adapter included for use with 1.25" accessories.