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azoic
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Reged: 04/16/14

gadgets for heritage 130p
      #6489945 - 04/26/14 02:01 PM

hi!

Since I am about to my first scope i wanted to here your advice for additional eyepieces and so on:

my current shopping list at my local german distributor involves:



telescope(inkl. 10mm & 25mm):http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p2705_Skywatcher-Heritage-130P-FlexTube-Dobson---Parabol-Optik---ab-6J.html

+overview(32mm): http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p151_Super-Ploessl-...

+ details(6mm): http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p4923_TS-Ultra-Wide...

+collmation: http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p3675_TS-Justierkap...

would you guys recommend a barlow with it - if yes which one? or should I leave some eyepieces out and just get a 4mm straight(which one?) (please post potentials with link so i have an easier time identifying it - and buy it potentially directly in my shop http://www.teleskop-express.de/ )

thanks a lot for all your advice and help in advance. I am sure your experience can make the difference here.

Oh and before I forget i donīt wear glasses or anything so no troubles using any eyepiece.

Thanks,
Alex


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Achernar
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Reged: 02/25/06

Loc: Mobile, Alabama, USA
Re: gadgets for heritage 130p new [Re: azoic]
      #6490547 - 04/26/14 07:20 PM

With the eyepieces you are planning to acquire, I would say a Barlow is optional, not a necessity. If your telescope is F/5 or faster, a Cheshire eyepiece and a sight tube are needed, or a quality laser collimator and a sight tube are needed to collimate it. For a laser collimator to be of any value, itself must be collimated. If not, it will lead you astray, just as an incorrectly set up laser interferometer led to the Hubble Space Telescope ending up with a primary mirror being made perfectly but with the wrong curvature. Don't bother with a 4mm right now, most of the time you will find low and medium power eyepieces are the most useful. Where high power eyepieces are useful is observing the moon and planets, and small deep sky objects when high magnifications are needed and the seeing steady.

Taras


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CosmoSat
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Reged: 07/24/09

Loc: India
Re: gadgets for heritage 130p new [Re: azoic]
      #6491266 - 04/27/14 04:35 AM

Quote:

thanks a lot for all your advice and help in advance. I am sure your experience can make the difference here.





If I may, I would suggest u to hve a look aa some other options too for a first scope.

Skywatcher Skyliner-150P Classic Dobsonian - Aperture 150mm / Focal length 12...

GSO Dobsonian Telescope 200C - 8" f/6

Clear Skies!


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AcTrust
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Reged: 08/11/13

Re: gadgets for heritage 130p new [Re: CosmoSat]
      #6491527 - 04/27/14 10:19 AM

I highly recommend going for the 6 inch Skywatcher or Orion Telescope over the 130P. I have used the 130P before and it is decent but it has a couple issues I didn't like. The focuser is probably one of the poorest I have seen. It is simply a "screw" and turning it each way makes the "screw" go in or out, and yes it can fall right out of the telescope if you don't pay attention. Another issue is how open the upper tube assembly is, I found stray light here in the city to be an issue.

I went from the 130P to the Orion Starblast 6 to stay in a table-top telescope and found the Orion to be a Major improvement in terms of contrast when I looked into the scope. The Starblast 6 is one of my favorite Telescopes still. From there the 6 inch Skywatcher with a 2 inch focuser is my next vote.


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