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  1. Another Heritage fan and can certainly recommend the Skywatched BST lenses as well. I've had great views of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and the great cluster in Hercules. Can't wait for the nights to come a little darker so I can get some better views.
  2. Don't forget to take your scope with you and put them side-by-side, that way you can test all the eyepieces and compare.
  3. Excellent news, best thing to do now is learn about your telescope works so you can get the most out of it. Then if and when you are wanting to upgrade you will know what you want out of a telescope.
  4. Bit late on this one, but if you really want to buy a starter scope and just can't wait then the Heritage 130p is a great little scope. I've had one now for a couple of years and really been nice to use with my family. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/skywatcher-heritage-130p-flextube.html
  5. If it's had a bash enough to do that much damage then my advice is swap the whole scope. Otherwise there will be a question mark on the rest of the scope. It's a good scope, so sorry it has begun like this!
  6. Hi, I had a similar problem when I bought mine, you won’t lose anything by giving collimation a go and you'll learn how to do it without worrying you might break it. If collimation doesn’t work then take it back. Collimation worked for me though and I'm very happy with the scope. Give it a go and good luck!
  7. Another vote for the Heritage 130p dob. Quick to setup, easy to steer and nice optics. You wouldn't be disappointed if you got it I'm sure, just search for threads on this forum about it and you'll find lots of others praising it too.
  8. For anyone wanting to just dip their toe in then the Sky at Night is running the summer Moore's Moon Marathon - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk7h/features/moore-moon-marathon
  9. Another +1 for the Heritage 130p - I have a 6 years old son who's attention span is well... like a 6 year old boy. I can set the telescope up in under 2 mins and have him looking through it at something that will make him go 'wow' every time.
  10. Another vote for the Heritage 130p. I was in a similar position a couple of months ago. The number of people (as you can see already in this thread) practically raved about the 130p. All I can say is if you have a astronomy shop nearby go have a look at it and see how small it collapses to. It's so quickly is unpacked, setup and stargazing (under 5min) that grab n go describes it perfectly.
  11. Hi - I'm a newbie at this as well. For me as well as trying to learn the stars I'm trying to learn to slew around the skies with the scope to keep up with their motion. I've a 'dob' so it's a case of shoving but I'm sure for any scope it just takes practice. With regard to your Saturn view, then as others have said on here if you can get the planet in the eyepiece and keep it there and keep watching it for a few minutes your eye will slowly adjust and you will see more detail. It doesn't sound possible but stick with it as this did work for me also!
  12. With regard to opening up the scope it should just be a case of loosening the two screws holding the extending rods in place and forcing it them gently (but firmly up). You'll find there's a stiff bit at the initial bit but once past those it should slide open. As for the feet as long as the scope is stable then I wouldn't worry about it. If it's not then probably worth speaking to the place you bought it from to see if you can get a spare or replace the scope..?
  13. Congratulation Sir on your success (cuppa was certainly well deserved). I've got the Heritage 130p and saw Saturn for the first time the other night. Was a wonderful view, 3 moons (I think) lovely defined gap between the rings and the planet and the hint of a band of colour on the surface. I'll have a look at your other thread as the scope I feel is a really nice easy one (as others have told me).
  14. Great choice of scope - I have one of the H130p and love it. Take your time (you'll have lots of nights with cloudy skies), learn the skies (get the books that people have suggested on this thread) and enjoy.
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