SkyWatcher Heritage P130 Dobsonian Telescope
In honour of those that have gone before, this Heritage P130 Dobsonian is proudly brought by SkyWatcher to present in Commemorative International Year of Astronomy Telescope
Unlike any of its kind, SkyWatcher Herritage P130 are designed to be lightweight and portable but yet powerful enough, a perfect gift idea for your little astronomers who curious and wonder of their sky or anyone who wish to have a powerful Dobsonian Telescope during a car trip.
The SkyWatcher Heritage 5" Dobsonian Telescope is designed with the quality and precision that honors those that have gone before. Aside from being a great piece of glass fitted on a lightweight but durable 5" tube, you bring home a commemorative International Year of Astronomy Special Edition Telescope. This telescope takes on a Dobsonian make and innovatively designed to be small, collapsible so it's ultra portable on road trips, or simply to be stored away for later use!
SkyWatcher Heritage P130 Features:
In the Box:
|Recommended Usage||Viewing the Planets|
|User Level||For Beginners|
It's very compact and light for what it delivers, and I *LOVE* that the dobsonian mount is very, very stable and allows for minor adjustments. When I was a kid I had a 70mm reflector on a tripod which didn't allow for subtle adjustments and so was useless for anything higher than 40 magnification.
Which the Heritage 130 the dobsonian mount is wonderfully stable — even better (in a sense) than most other dobsonian mounts because if you use heavy eyepieces / barlow lense, etc., you can slide the scope back a bit to balance the weight, rather than bringing counterweights with you to attach to the bottom end of the scope.
I bought the scope on Monday, 'couldn't see much that night because the clouds didn't clear till very late. Last night (Tuesday) I saw Saturn and it's gorgeous looking rings clearly visible (not much more detail than that though), and this morning, just before sunrise I saw Mars (a blurry red crescent), Venus (a brimming white crescent), and Jupiter, a true sight to see: two faint parallel bands across its mid, and 3 bright white specs: its moons.
I viewed these in well-lit suburbia, on the front nature strip with cars driving by, viewing the planets between power lines, and a lot of light pollution from the dawn sky. I used a 32mm plossl lense to get the planets in the centre of view, then switched to a 6.3mm plossl lense to get a bit above 100x magnification. The plossl lenses that I used didn't come with the scope, but are basic Skywatcher plossl (50-60 dollars each).
I'm very impressed by this product, and it should be considered for use for adults as well as enthusiastic young minds. (Posted on Oct 28, 2015)
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability
Pros: easy to carry, price, portability, great first telescope
We pointed it up to a bright looking star and were almost disappointed to see there was some kind of lens issue producing four dots of light next to this star. After using Google SkyMap we then realised we had been looking at Jupiter and the four bright dots were in fact four of its' moons perfectly lined up (amateurs)! I'm amazed that this telescope allowed us to see Jupiter along with distinct stripes and moons. Cannot wait to receive the Barlow lens we ordered.
On the same night we were also able to see a very faint blue Orions Nebula! I cannot recommend this telescope enough for beginners. In the limited amount of time I have spent using it it has provided me with some truly spectacular moments of awe.
The parcel arrived quickly in 4 working days. There are some handling marks which cannot be removed on the dust cap as well as a couple of dings on the wooden mount which I assume is from some movement of the tube during transportation however this is not too big a deal and we are just thankful the telescope worked perfectly out of the box.
Thanks OZScopes! (Posted on Jan 26, 2015)
Pros: easy to carry, price, user friendly, great first telescope
She loves it, and with assistance from me setting it up she can enjoy looking at the moon, planets and stars.
It is easy to setup and carry, and very easy to operate. The dobsonian nature I think contributes to this, as there is not much fiddling to do. It has kept her interest over [almost] a year, and will continue to I'm sure. (Posted on Nov 18, 2014)
Pros: light, price, portability, user friendly
That's when it started raining for 2 weeks with clouds covering the entire sky each night. Sadly my immediate neighbourhood offers little in the way of terrestrial peeping tom opportunities so I had to wait it out.
I finally had a chance to pop this out last night as I noticed Saturn in prime viewing position from my yard in inner-west Sydney. Setup was quick, position and extend the barrel and pop in an eye piece. Saturn was still a bright indistinct disc with the included 25x wide angle eyepiece but I was pleased when I popped in the 10x eyepiece as I could clearly see that the indistinct disc had sprouted ears. A tiny focus adjustment brought the rings into clear view.
Sadly I did not have too much time to spot any other planets as I soon spotted a fugging great big huntsman crawling along the outside table I had set up on.
Great telescope for the price if you're not out to become an astronomy superstar. (Posted on Aug 25, 2014)
Pros: easy to carry, price, portability
It is compact - but this means it has a short focal length, which is the distance the light travels between the mirror and the eyepiece. Fine for faint but big things like galaxies, but realistically, most beginners will want good views of the moon and planets first, which are small and bright. To get enough magnification to see these things, you will need short focal length eyepieces - very expensive for good quality.
Additionally, the supports for the mirrors have a cheap and flimsy look and feel to them - it is difficult to collimate the mirrors accurately. It also means that everything shakes quite a lot when touched, so is not good for the kids.
All in all, I would only recommend this for deep sky viewing, which is hard to impossible in most cities and towns. If you are looking in the over 200 dollar price range, I would recommend saving a bit more and getting a 6 inch dobsonian made by saxon or skywatcher. More expensive - but it has a bigger mirror, meaning better views, and eliminates the problems mentioned with this scope. (Posted on Jul 21, 2014)
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability
Cons: focus mechanism, Rough finish
It turned up in a few days and I excitedly took it out and tried to use it - but nothing appeared in the eyepiece. Thinking that it needed collimating I followed some steps (sans collimator) and soon realised that the mirrors were completely out of alignment - something was seriously wrong.
The problem was the bar holding the secondary mirror wasn't attached correctly - as mentioned in another review. I checked the same scope on display in an Australian Geographic store up the road to see if this was actually the problem, and it was. The bar looked to be threaded incorrectly where it attaches to the actual scope, and the back of the mirror clearly wasn't straight. This was probably a manufacturing fault.
Anyway, I ended up driving across town to Ozscopes to hopefully swap it for a new one, and after showing them the problem they grabbed another for me to take home. I checked to make sure it didn't have the same problem before leaving. Customer service was helpful and friendly.
Once I got it home I set it up. As a first time user of a telescope I have to say it was easy to set up and start using. Not much was out that night but I was pleased to see Jupiter and 4 moons, with two bands just visible. Not bad from inner city Melbourne! I look forward to seeing the moon and Saturn in the coming weeks, and also taking it out of the city for more serious viewing.
My advice to anyone is that if you're thinking of buying an entry level telescope this should be your starting point. The aperture is big enough to view some interesting objects, and it's simple to use and reasonably portable. Can't go wrong at the price either. Can't wait to get a larger telescope down the track but this will do for now.
(Posted on Jan 31, 2014)
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability, user friendly, great first telescope
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability
I will buy some additional equipment soon, like a Barlow lens and a couple of filters.
Great baby dob to get started into astronomy. I can't wait to go to the beach with it. (Posted on Dec 20, 2013)
Eagerly waited for nearly a week to receive it. Packing was good. Looked good.
Impatiently read the instructions & started hooking it up.
Aligning the view finder;something new to me, but it helped. Then came the horror.
I kept pointing at the moon but just couldn't see anything. Everything was opaque. Didn't understand what I was doing wrong. Backed away & to my surprise noticed that the secondary mirror was way too bent to receive the light from the Primary mirror.
Noticed that secondary mirror attached to the stem had been bent & the nut securing it wasn't tightened all the way.
I had a dilemma. To avoid the hassle of sending this back I rather fixed it myself.
True enough the risk I took to bend the stem did break the a short section to the threaded end. It was a trying time to remove the secondary mirror without damaging it or letting fall onto primary mirror.
But anyway I managed to remove the mirror & bend the stem to the right angle to the tube & aligning it with the primary & re-attached the mirror. Seemed ok to me.
Now what I saw filled my heart. The craters were mesmerizing. Panned to the right & looked at Jupiter & its moons, 4 of them. The last time I saw Jupiter was through a binoculars 34 years ago when I was 16. Later caught the Pleiades.
So after all these years of pondering & yearning to see them again has paid off.
Not accusing anyone but these things do happen. I will still patronise Ozscopes but sure hope they check where these things are coming from.
Now to get a Barlow lens.
Had to strain when looking at Jupiter & barely can make out faint pink bands.
That is it. My 2 cents worth.
Great scope to have for a beginner.
Michael C (Posted on Nov 24, 2013)
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