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Sky-Watcher Heritage 130P Dobsonian (Singapore Edition)

Bestselling beginner's telescope from McGill which amazes you with fantastic views of the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and much more! Well-constructed and powerful tool in a light-polluted Singapore night sky. 

Telescope can be mounted to a standard astronomy mount for future upgrade. 

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SWDOB130S

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S$ 389.00

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The Heritage 130P telescope is an amazing and compact tool to ignite one's curiosity for the night sky! It was initially designed to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope. This is not only a highly affordable yet fully functional precision optical instrument, but also a beautiful collector’s item and ideal gift. Easy for storage. Suitable for kids from 12 to 99 years old.

The telescope tube is adorned with names of many famous figures that have made significant contributions to the advancement of astronomy over a 400-year period, including Galileo Galilei. You and/or your children will appreciate the progress of stargazing by entering these names into Internet search engines so as to find out the lives and accomplishments of these people! 

The Heritage 130P has a short focal length of 650mm (f/5). Supplied with two 1.25" eyepieces, namely SMA 25mm and SMA 10mm, it offers 26x and 65x magnification respectively.  Such levels of magnification are good enough for the beginner to view many interesting objects in the night sky. The user may get extra eyepieces or other accessories in future if this new interest grows. Details of this model can be found on the Technical data sub-page.

Best price and model you can find in Singapore for a telescope with such a huge diameter of 130mm. Astonishing light-gathering power for a small telecope!


Some beautiful objects that you can see with this telescope in a clear Singapore night sky:
Moon with its many awesome craters
Jupiter - a bright sharp disc with its largest 4 moons in close attendance
Saturn with its protruding thin rings
Deep-sky object M57 - the Ring Nebula in constellation Lyra, and the eyepiece view reveals a well-defined doughnut sharp in a field of very sharp stars
M13 & M15 globular clusters, simply hundreds of specks of light in a tight ball, becoming more diffused at the edges
M81 & M82, two galaxies close together in the constellation Ursa Major. The low power view (26x) of this pair is beautiful.
M31, M32 & M110 - all three galaxies in the same 26x view with room round them so you could see a clear distinction between galaxy and background sky. M31 definitely oval in shape, M32 small and compact and M110 very diffused a text-book view.
Double cluster in the constellation Perseus
And much more....

THIS MODEL MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER AGE OF 10 AS SOME MAY ENCOUNTER HAND-EYE COORDINATION ISSUE AS THE TELESCOPE MOUNT NEEDS TO BE CONSTANTLY ADJUSTED BY HAND DURING VIEWING OF OBJECTS IN THE SKY. So if you desire young kids to enjoy stargazing without any fuss, do consider a basic refractor telescope such as the Sky-Watcher SW707AZ2. 

Magnification: The pictorial guide below helps you estimate the size of objects in the night sky as viewed through an eyepiece, depending on the magnification you use on the telescope. 


NOTE: When using a new product such as this dobsonian, there is a learning curve. Once you have invested some time to master the basics of operation, stargazing will be a great enjoyment which may last a lifetime! So do not be discouraged if you face some initial difficulties in locating a star or do not collimate or align the optics properly!

MCGILL RATING:

Telescope Body: 7.5/10;  Mount: 6/10;  Verdict: Good Beginner's Model

*Based on ease of use, performance as claimed & mechanical quality

WARNING: Do not point this telescope or any type of viewing instrument towards the Sun as it will hurt your eyes and even cause permanent eye damage! 

Click here to know what objects in the night sky can be seen with the telescope below with its provided eyepieces (power).

 Telescope model  Sky-Watcher Heritage 130P (Singapore Edition) 
 Optical design   Newtonian reflector with parabolic primary mirror
 Aperture (mm)   130 
 Focal length (mm)  650
 Aperture ratio  f/5
 Resolving power  0.9 arc sec
 Limit value (mag)  12.4
 Highest practical power  260x
 Focuser diameter  1.25"
 Eyepieces
 (power/with barlow)
 1.25" SMA 25mm (26x) & 10mm (65x)
 Finder scope  1x Red dot finder
 Mount type  Dobsonian
 Telescope weight (kg)  6.5
 Accessories  

WARNING: Do not point this telescope or any type of viewing instrument towards the Sun as it will hurt your eyes and even cause permanent eye damage! 

The Heritage 130P telescope is a great functional optical instrument but it does have some limitations or constraints as well.

1) This telescope has an "open top" design, hence it is normal for dust/dirt to accumulate on the primary mirror located at the base. However viewing quality will not be affected if you maintain it properly and always remember to cover the top when not in use;

2) The image seen through a reflector is upside down. For instance, a signboard will be seen to be upside down with the wording inverted and unreadable. However the red dot finder supplied with this reflector has a normal (upright image) view. Hence reflectors are not suitable for viewing land objects;

3) The reflector may require some collimation (calibrating in layman's term), or correcting of the optical path if it is knocked accidentally resulting in a misalignment of the mirrors, ie. the mirrors may shift out of position. However it is pretty straightforward to collimate a reflector after some practice, even for a beginner. Please refer to the user manual for details should you need to collimate the telescope. It is also useful if you have a collimating eyepiece which makes collimation much faster and easier.

Collimation Tips: Click here to know how to collimate a Newtonian reflector with ease and confidence! Just learn from this expert as he is really good! No need to read other articles or you may get yourself confused!

4) Reflectors are the cheapest telescope you can get for the same size of light-gathering area as compared to a refractor or a cassegrain. If you were to get a good refractor with a lens diameter of around 130mm which is equivalent to the mirror size of Heritage 130P, it can easily cost more than 10 times the price of the 130P!

5) As this is a mass-production model, please note the workmanship may not be as good as telescopes which cost double or triple its price.

McGill's Sky-Watcher Heritage 130P comes with a 1-year Singapore Warranty against manufacturer's defects.