SkyWatcher Heritage 5" Tabletop Dobsonian Telescope

  • Collapsible Table Top Dobsonian
  • Lightweight and Extremely Portable
  • Collapsible Truss-Tube Design
  • Aluminized Paraboloidal Mirrors
  • Amazing Light Gathering Power
  • Suitable for Amateur Astronomers
  • 5 Years Skywatcher Limited Warranty
    Stock Status: AVAILABLE (3 - 7 days)


    Retail Price $399

    Product Description

    SkyWatcher Heritage 5" Dobsonian Telescope

    In honour of those that have gone before, this Heritage 5" Dobsonian is proudly brought by SkyWatcher to present in Commemorative International Year of Astronomy Telescope

    Unlike any of its kind, SkyWatcher Heritage 5" 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 5" Dobsonian Features:

  • Collapsible Small Table Top Dobsonian
  • Lightweight and Extremely Portable (14.5" long, Total weight less than 7kg)
  • Collapsible Truss-Tube Design, No Disassembling or Collimation is required between uses
  • Aluminized Paraboloidal Mirrors for Sharp and Detailed Images
  • Amazing Light Gathering Power for Outstanding Resolution and Bright Image
  • Suitable for Amateur Astronomers
  • Backed by 5 Years Skywatcher Limited Warranty
  • In the Box:

  • Red Dot Finderscope
  • 25mm Eyepiece
  • 10mm Eyepiece
  • Additional Information
    Additional Information
    Product Weight (KG) 7
    Secondary Mirror Diameter 39.8mm
    Faintest Steller Magnitude 13.3
    Resoving Power 0.9
    Focuser Diameter 1.25”
    User Level For Kids
    Telescope Type Newtonian-Reflector
    Aperture Size 130mm
    Focal Length 650mm
    Focal Ratio f/5
    Highest Practical Magnification 260x
    Finderscope Red Dot
    Eyepieces Super 10 & 25mm
    Mount Type Tabletop
    Tripod None
    Warranty 5 Years Limited Warranty
    Video Link No
    Customer Reviews (16)
    Best scope before they begin to get bulky, and at a great price
    Overall Score
    This may be packaged to appeal as a kids telescope, but I actually bought this telescope for myself. A 5.1" telescope has a decent aperture, and because it's less bulky it's easier to throw into a car, with room to spare for a road trip.
    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.
    Review by Elliott (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great first telescope for the whole family
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    We bought this telescope for our son's 8th birthday and are really happy with it's ease of use, and also the fact that it's a sturdy dobsonian mount means that the kids can't tip it over in their excitement while looking at the moon or spotting planets. Overall it's a great first telescope that the whole family can enjoy! Review by Andrea (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Excelent for young enthusiasts
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    I bought this for my 8 yo niece last Christmas [late review sorry!]

    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.
    Review by Ian (Posted on 6/10/2017)
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    Purchased this telescope as a gift for my girlfriend and chose the Heritage P130 after reading many positive reviews and claims it was ultra portable and easy to set up. I'm so glad I chose this one! In no time at all we were all set up and had a breathtaking view of the moon with craters crisp and clear. You don't realise just how fast the moon moves until you see it creeping out of view!

    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!
    Review by Rich (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Good scope - perhaps not first choice for beginners
    Overall Score
    I personally don't own this one - but have used other people's quite a few times. While it has a large aperture in a small, cheap package, their are tradeoffs in its design.

    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.
    Review by Alexander Bakin (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Order this to summons 2 weeks of straight rain
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    I chose this as my first vaguely serious telescope after poking around review sites for many months. Everything arrived quickly and in good order and I was keen to crack it open to have a go.

    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.
    Review by Harald (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Excellent value for the money
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    I love this scope! After a few cloudy nights I could finally see the moon, the constellation of Orion with Rigel and Betelgeuse, as well as Sirius and Jupiter (with its moons). The craters of the moon and the maria were very clear. It was really exciting.

    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.
    Review by Marie (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Use with Barlow
    Overall Score
    To focus when using a Barlow, drop the tube down 1 cm to focus . Review by Rob (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great beginner scope for the price
    Overall Score
    I did a bit of research as I don't have much money at the moment yet didn't want to buy a cheap telescope that would ultimately disappoint, so I settled on this as a decent compromise. I also thought that it would be easy to fit in the car for camping trips and the like

    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.

    Review by Trent (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Pretty Good for a start
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    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.

    Kind Regards,
    Michael C
    Review by Michael Chandran (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Great Little Telescope!
    Overall Score
    I bought this telescope as an upgrade to a Tesco I've had for years. Just received it today and couldn't wait to take it out on a test run. (That's for the really fast postage ozscope!)

    I got a very quick look at the moon before it slipped below the trees. Looked very clear even that close to the horizon, can't wait to have another look tomorrow.

    I then pointed the telescope at Jupiter. Wow, both Jupiter with its cloud bands along with the moons were clearly visible even with the light pollution of Melbourne's city not far away. Very impressed, should be unreal when I get it somewhere darker.

    This telescope is so small and portable I reckon it'll inspire me to pull it out more often even for a quick viewing session. It was fairly easy to set up apart from the finder scope which I seem to be having issues with aligning. The lenses it came with do a good job but it could do with a bit more magnification, going to set it up with my barlow and see how it goes. Needs a table/stool to work from (I did use it on the ground today so it is possible but I imagine more comfortable when up off the ground).

    Overall very happy with this scope, can't wait to take it out again.
    Review by Jacinta (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Perfect.. Just Perfect!
    Overall Score
    Well I'm an amateur of Astronomy and this being my first telescope.. Wow!.

    I first looked at the moon which was crisp and had very good detail. I tried Mars although I believe there was a bit too much light pollution, So i'll wait for a darker night.

    The telescope itself is finely built, very portable, and easy to set up. I'm happy with this being my first telescope, and let me tell you, I'll definitely be keeping it for the years to come.

    The package arrived which had no scratches or marks on the telescope which was a bonus.

    Thank you Ozscopes!


    Review by Matt (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Very Happy
    Overall Score
    There are numerous cheap telescopes for sale online. The best by a long way is the skywatcher heritage 5inch. I would recomend anyone looking for a good telescope but cheap to buy one. Mine arrived quickly and undamaged could not ask for more. Thank you. Review by Greg (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Overall Score
    My first telescope. Clouds finally parted long enough tonight for me to use it.
    Was blown away by the detail on the moon. Every little crater looked Crisp and Clear.
    Very user-friendly. Only took about a minute for me to locate the moon and focus in.
    Highly recommended for first timers such as myself.
    Review by Chad (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Ultimate first telescope!
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    Very fast delivery and very good condition. Tried out my view on the moon and it look angelic! The mOon craters are beautiful and crispy clear! I will never see the moon the same way again. As it is my first view, I couldn't locate Saturn. I pointed at the exact location my iPhone app "SkyView" indicated, just couldn't see it. As this package comes with 10mm, I wonder issit not enough? Do I need x2 Barlow lens? This, I will try to find out. Anyway, great lens for me & all beginner user!! Review by Tan (Posted on 6/10/2017)
    Excellent choice for cheap first scope
    Overall Score
    Worked excellent out of the box. Eyepieces are acceptable for the price.
    I have tried this scope with other eyepieces. I would recommend a 32mm (mine is a Super Plossl type with 52degree apparent field of view) for wide fields of nebulas and many globular clusters, and a 5mm and 9mm each with 58degree fov (Planetary type).
    Saturn looks excellent with the 9mm Planetary, and on very clear nights the 5mm gives closer views.
    Tried a Meade Series4000 2x barlow. This will not come to focus as you cannot screw the focuser in far enough. Apparently you need a short barlow, but cannot verify this... Just get a shorter focal length eyepiece like a 5mm and get a model with the widest fov you can find. The 10mm supplied eyepiece is good for Saturn and you will only be able to use more magnification on nights of excellent seeing.
    As with any scope once you collimate with a lightpipe and autocollimator the views of the planets sharpen up even more.
    I used a 13% transmission neutral density filter on the 5mm and 9mm Planetary eyepieces for stunning views of the moon.
    Review by Mark (Posted on 6/10/2017)
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