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  1. Sorry if this has been covered before. Can the dobsonian base of the Heritage 130p be flatpacked for transportation?
  2. I would have thought that a better complimentary scope to fit on that mount would have been a 130p. You would then have the benefit of a wider field of view and lower mags for open star clusters and galaxies. This is what I was thinking of doing but the problem is finding a 130p without a mount. I don't want two mounts. I'm given to understand though that the Heritage 130p will fit directly onto the GoTo mount of the SW127MAK so that may be the way to go. I believe some on the forum have done that successfully.
  3. I have the same scope as you though I only use it for visual astronomy. When viewing M42 I start with my 40mm EP with which I get my brightest and clearest view. After a spell of viewing with that one I switch to my 25mm EP and begin looking for a little more detail. I've never pushed it past a 16.8mm though as it loses clarity. Though small, I can see the ring nebula clearly with lower power EPs. However, if I push the mag up beyond about 80x it's bigger but I can barely see it due to light pollution and not enough light gathering power from the 5" mirror.
  4. I live in the middle of a town and suffer from a fair bit of LP. However, I've viewed a fair bit from my back garden with just my 5" Mak. I can see Andromeda clearly though most galaxies are are un-viewable with only a minimum mag of only 37 times. (40mm EP) However, I can see numerous star clusters both open and closed. I can also see many double stars and even the 'double double' in Lyra I think it is. The larger planets are excellent. Jupiter and Saturn being stunning. The moon blows me away at any mag right up to an over 200x. Also a number of nebulae are visible, the obvious being the Orion nebula. I've also seen the Ring and Cat-eye nebulae though these are very faint. All up you won't be short of things to look at with your 8" Dob when you get it, even from your garden on the edge of town. Clear skies,
  5. The one that came with my first scope (1145pm) was totally useless. It was touch n' go whether it would work or not. Very erratic performance. It was replaced by FLO with no problems and the new one worked OK. Judging by other comments I've read though, the models that come with SW scopes are of only average quality.
  6. I use a 6mm TS Planetary HR eyepiece from time to time with my scope. They have long eye relief and the ability to adjust the outer piece to suit your use a bit like the rubber eye-cup on binoculars. I too suffer from astigmatism which can be very irritating if I forget my glasses and yet it seldom causes a problem at the eyepiece. On the occasions that it does the TS EP works for me. I'd like to acquire an 8mm one but for the moment can't afford it.
  7. Thanks all for your replies and to Dave for sharing the results of your project. That must have taken a great deal of patience and dedication. I shall be trying for a view with my scope the next opportunity I get.
  8. I've managed Jupiter recently in the early evening just as the sun was dipping below the horizon but never broad daylight.
  9. Has anyone managed to locate Venus in the daylight with a scope? I managed it today at about 2.30pm roughly due south and gazing upward at about 45 degrees first with my trusty 10x30 Nikons and then again with my 15x70 Revelations. It was surprisingly bright in the Revelations considering that you can't see it with the naked eye. I was going to have a go with my scope but ended up going out with one of my girls for a drive in the country to photograph the snow on the fields before it melts away. I was wondering if it's any easier to view its phases in daylight with a scope due to there being less contrast between it and the background (or should I say foreground) sky. I have to say, my wife who really only lovingly tolerates my hobby was intrigued by it when I showed her where to look.
  10. LP is a pain isn't it. Where I live it's quite bad at times. I can just about see the Pleiades with naked eye. I can't see the 'Beehive' or 'Andromeda' without aid and can only make out the milky way once or twice a year but only very faint. However, once I know where things are, there are enough stars to be able to 'hop' to locations I've looked up ahead of time. I've managed to locate the 'Ring nebula' and various globular and open clusters this way. Double stars are nice to find as well. I managed to find the 'Coat-hanger' (Brocchi’s) cluster recently this way near the double star Alberio.
  11. Another thing to do is set your slew controls to a slower speed once you are on target unless you are using the GoTo and it's tracking of course in which case what I just said is moot. (I don't use my GoTo, just the slew controls, you can tell.)
  12. Someone may correct me on this but I think you'll find that the 'Supertrak' will track anything other than planets and the moon once you have set it up correctly but it will not find objects to look at. The Synscan GoTo will find and track things including planets and the moon, that are in it's database but it will not track things that you find yourself and locate with the slew controls. At least mine doesn't. I will add that I very quickly lost interest in setting up the GoTo especially as there is an awful lot of stuff in the database that relatively small scopes can't see and I find more enjoyment in locating things myself. I do a little research before I go out and then use the 'star hop' method to locate stuff. The free software 'Stellarium' is good for helping with this. I find it more rewarding doing it this way and it helps you get to know the sky. As I'm a visual stargazer I wouldn't buy another scope with a GoTo system, I'd spend my money on the Optics.
  13. I don't know whether the electronics are better or not on the Celestron 127 but I have the Skywatcher version and have no problems with it. I believe the setup requires one more step (I stand to be corrected on that though). The Skywatcher also comes with two eyepieces as opposed to the Celestron's one, a 25mm and a 10mm and despite what some have experienced the 10mm that came with mine works very well when used with this scope. The Skywatcher also comes with a very nice optical viewfinder. I have used both both optical and red dot types and personally prefer optical over the red dot viewfinders anyday. However, that is my personal preference and does not reflect the views of everyone using this forum. Just my two penneth.
  14. This company puzzles me. I ordered two colour filters and a pair of binoculars from them a couple of years back. I never did get a satisfactory pair of binos. Just cheap and nasty things. They didn't have the colour filters I wanted so without asking just sent me two different colour ones. The ones I ordered were branded ones and the ones I received were unbranded and absolute rubbish in which the filter glass was not fitted correctly and were loose and rattling about. Communication with them was almost impossible. Took days to actually get to talk to someone who I have to say was very pleasant. However, one of the replacement filters I received was again the wrong colour but at least they were the branded ones and very good quality. The second or third pair of Binos I received were so bad they went straight in the bin as I didn't have the time or patience to bother trying to contact them again. Lesson learned, I will never have anything to do with them again. Strangely, others have had several dealings with them and highly recommend them. I can't work them out!
  15. I believe the 25mm and 10mm supplied EPs are supposed to be of the same quality which is 'standard' as opposed to 'good' but what you are experiencing is the problem we all have when pushing to find the best high powered EP for our respective scopes. The higher the magnification we attempt to attain we begin to lose clarity due to lack of light and imperfections in the optics. In my relatively small (5") mak I still get pretty good clarity on the planets due to it's long (1500mm) focal length with the 'standard' 10mm EP. However, even a fairly 'good' quality 6mm EP doesn't produce good quality views most of the time. Shorter focal length scopes require better quality EPs to produce good quality high power views. As regards the moon, I use a variable polarising filter. I find it especially useful as you can vary it's effectiveness for the moon's different Phases. I've even managed to see the cresent phase of Venus with this filter.
  16. I can't comment on the BST EPs but I can say that I agree that the 5mm EP would probably push the 127Mak beyond it's best. I have a 6mm TS planetary HR which on rare occasions has given nice views of Saturn and Jupiter and on account of that it seldom gets used. My best views of the moon and planets at the moment come from a 16.8mm Kson ortho which gives pin sharp views on it's own but also works well with the SW 2X DELUXE Barlow. I know there are better EPs and Barlows out there but for the moment these work well for me.
  17. Glad you got it sorted. You would think they were tested before they sent them out. Clear skies!
  18. I wondered if that's why Skywatcher have their Dobs made in white as opposed to the dark colours of the Orion scopes. I prefer the look of the Orion Dobs myself but at the end of the day it's what is inside that counts. As for your motor problem, you have probably already tried this, but did you make sure that the scope was balanced equally either side of the centre point at which it rotates. I use a RA 9x50 viewfinder and that combined with a TS Planetary HR EP makes that end of the scope quite heavy, so I have to remember to move the scope forward a bit to balance it out otherwise I have a similar problem. Goes like crazy in one direction and slow as a snail in the other.
  19. Mine is a black diamond finish with white on the front and back on the AZ GoTo but on the ad I purchased it from it was all black. Had it nearly two years now I think. Great scope!
  20. I have visited Aldi's regularly and I've never seen them sell a telescope for more than £80. The seller in question could end all this by posting it's specs on his listing for all to see. They are usually on a label attached to the side of the scope. From the photo on the first listing it looked as if it was there.
  21. I can't compare this scope with a scope of larger aperture. However, I went from a 4.5" short tube reflector (SW1145pm), which is a great little scope to the SW127 (5") mak and the difference on the planets and moon was amazing. The views were much clearer and higher mags are possible. The moon is especially breath taking. Having a focal length of 1500mm compared to the 500mm of the 1145p though, it does have a narrow 'field of view.' This isn't too big a problem but it does mean that some of the larger deep sky objects won't fit in the FOV, even at low mags. I found the GoTo to track accurately for over half an hour when set up correctly. One thing that gave me a little problem at first was getting the mount level. I was putting in all the details the GoTo was asking for but it still wouldn't 'GoTo' accurately. This turned out to be due to not getting the mount absolutely level. Once I got that sorted there was no problem. I Must say though that once I'd used the GoTo for a while and got to know the skies a bit better I lost interest in the GoTo aspect and I never use it now. I Plan ahead what I would like to see, look up where to find it and go hunt for it using a pair of 10x50s the view finder and the slew controls only.
  22. I owned a 1145p for a while and found it to be a lovely little scope. It doesn't offer the higher powers of the long focal length refractors, but it still is a good piece of equipment. I no longer own it, but in some ways it is better than my current scope. (SW127 Mak) I particularly loved the wide field views of open star clusters like the Plieades, Beehive and melotte 111.
  23. I don't think you'll be disappointed with either scope on a GoTo mount. Do bear in mind the earlier posts on the different strengths of the two scopes. They are not imaginary, they are real and neither scope is going to be better than the other on everything. The short focal length of the 130p and its supplied eyepieces will not get you anywhere near the high magnification of the 127Mak for really good views of the planets. However, another option might be to get the 130p and invest the difference in cost between it and the 127Mak in a really good quality high power eyepiece for planetary viewing. A good 5mm for example will give you 130x. I personally use a TS Planetary HR with my Mak as it has good eye relief. However, I'm sure there are fellow astronomers on here that would suggest which would work well with the 130p. With this option you have the benefits of the lower power and wide field of view of the short focal length 130p but also a respectable higher power option for viewing the moon and planets. Just a thought.
  24. I think as everyone has pointed out that each of these scopes has its strengths and weaknesses. I had a SW114pm before I bought my 127 Mak and there are times when I wish I still had it as there were things I could see with that, that I can't see as well with my Mak because I can't get the mag low enough with the Mak. The Mak is far far better on the moon, planets, splitting double stars and resolving globular clusters than the 114pm was but the 114pm was better for galaxies even though it had a 13mm smaller mirror. I also preferred the wide FOV of the 114pm for viewing open clusters like the Plieades and the beehive. My favourite of the two scopes has to be the 127 Mak, but I'm sure that in time I will end up with at least two scopes so that I can enjoy the strengths of both types.
  25. Of the two, the 130p and the 127 Mak, the 127 will be better on planets as you will get a clearer view at higher mags. However, although it is pretty good with deep sky objects the extra light gathering of the 1inch bigger mirror and the wider field of view (FOV) of the 130p will be better for DSOs. I have the 127 Mak and I really like it. If I were to buy again right now I would probably go for the biggest collapsible Dob I could afford.
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