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Sky-Watcher Heritage 130P Review – Recommended Scope

4 Nov 2020, 16:47 UTC
Sky-Watcher Heritage 130P Review – Recommended Scope
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Analysing The Optical Tube of Heritage 130P

The Heritage 130P, AWB OneSky in the US, is optically a 130mm (5.1”) f/5, with a focal length of 650mm – just like the Zhumell Z130 and numerous tripod-mounted 130mm f/5 scopes like the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST and Celestron NexStar 130SLT. However, unlike those telescopes, the 130P has a collapsible tube – the entire front section has been replaced with a pair of struts similar to those found on Sky-Watcher’s larger collapsible/FlexTube Dobsonians, and a minimalist circular frame holding the focuser, finder, and secondary mirror.

Obviously at this point you’re probably wondering why more scopes aren’t sold in this configuration. The answer is that it does inevitably come with compromises which not all users are not willing to contend with. The first, obviously, is the large amount of stray light that can get into the tube. The scope does have a baffle directly across from the focuser that prevents light from shining directly into it, but light pollution, moonlight, and even the glare from bright stars can still get in around this baffle – or bounce off it, since it is rather shiny plastic. You can solve this with a DIY shroud, but ...

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