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About Sidd

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  1. One last thing on accessories. Since I'm new so I have no idea. Would any given Cheshire and any given Barlow or filter etc fit on the skywatcher heritage 130 ??? Do we have to get specific accessories or are the eye pieces and cheshires etc made of a generic diameter that fits all telescopes ???
  2. Thanks for the response. I shall ask him to get me a Cheshire then. You are right Barlow isn't a big thing and I might be able to locate it locally or get it ordered online later on thanks mate ! beaides, I'm going for the DSO observation and not really interested in planets as such. Regards
  3. So you suggest I get a Cheshire cullimator withh it too or would I be able to do it without tools when the need be ? Also if I would need a 2x Barlow with it ? I just don't want to ask for too many things from my friend so just wondering if I should ask for these now or maybe get a hand of the scope first and then worry about other accessories please suggest.
  4. My Dear Ricochet, Thank you for your prompt response. My query or confusion for that matter is resolved and I shall get the heritage for sure. I shall dig out a bit on focal lengths and ratios out of personal interest later on but my decision has matured. Yes you are right about transportation too. I do not want to pain my old lad who has been a sport in bringing me my favourite pipe tobaccos on every visit so I can't bother him and risk discontinuation of my otherwise regular supply he even brought me a snooker cue once and had a bit of a trouble in hand carrying it. Imagine a Pakistani traveling on a plane carrying a large circular tube I'm glad it was a pre 9/11 thingie Anyway I shall be confirming my order to him today. Besides this is the only grab and go scope that is of high quality like a parabolic mirror etc and would suit me best as I plan to use it from three locations. I shall think about the shroud and tripod later on. Kind regards, Sidd
  5. Someone told me just yesterday that reflectors in the 500-600 focal length cant dive deep enough and hence focal lengths in the 900-1000 range should be purchased. Is this correct because the scope I am trying to get falls near the 650 range... please suggest !
  6. One more thing. Te guy on that forum explains culmination of this scope. There are adjustment knobs on the outside of the primary and on the inside of the primary there is a dot in the center. He explains he did his alignment simply by looking through the eyepiece and aligning both dots - primary through secondary- by the adjustment knobs. That is so simple no Cheshire etc required. Is this true or is it that when the problems start when the secondary goes out. Is that so? If yes, culmination seems easy on this scope.
  7. Thanks guys. After going through the detailed thread you notified I'm certain that this is he scope for me. I shall have experience with it with the supplied eye pieces and the dobs mount and then progress towards the mount or shroud modifications I find I feel like that. Seems like I'm in for some long hours of observation can't really wait now !!!
  8. Ok guys thanks a million for all the assistance. One more thing has cropped up. Kindly advice. Some people are saying that the heritage tube is flex and therefore the secondary mirror is exposed to light and hence the scope won't work great unless used in a very dark environment otherwise a dark black sheet has to be used to cover the exposed secondary mirror for good results. How far is this true. Please let me know as I have made up my mind for this scope and I think for me the dobs mount would do just fine. If it didn't I shall get a camera tripod and try to find the clamp for it. Somebody was suggesting skywatcher explorer 130 but it doesn't have high reviews.
  9. Please help me with this. Does a normal camera tripod fit on to the SH100p ? If yes, then those are available here like for cameras .. but what about the mount? I don't think the cameras have such mounts and even if they do what about the clamp in which the scope will fit.... If this can be done locally I would really be a happy man.
  10. I am still thinking. I might as well not order anything for collimation. The cap can be easily made at home and the rest of the procedure can be carried out. Yes it will take experience and time to fully grasp it but it can be done DIY. My friend would take it on the plane with him somehow I hope.
  11. Thanks... I have decided on the SH130p for sure now Cheers
  12. By the way, does anyone know the price of Heritage 130p and also the name /location of a shop that sells it around London. My friend's office is in South London so I believe he'd be getting it from within London.
  13. Indeed Erla, this is an advantage for me. You know why? Because I don't think that I will be able to get another scope for another few years or so. It depends, if I am as passionate about astronomy in a few years from now as I am today, I might, if not, well then this might be my only scope you see. So I am sure now that this is the one I am getting thanks a lot for your help.