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nemesis94

A question about a £100 pound telescope

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I bought a Skywatcher HERITAGE-100P Tabletop Parabolic Dobsonian Telescope can I buy eyepieces to make it more powerful or can I only use the eyepieces that came with it? Thanks

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Yes, you can use other 1.25 eyepieces with this scope

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Hi, nemesis, and welcome to SGL.

As above, you can get more powerful eyepieces, but a word of caution: greater magnification means a fainter image and the limits of the scope will rapidly become apparent. You will always see more with a small bright image than a big faint image. I suspect with this scope, you will gain more by using the magnifications you have and training your eye to see rather than just look (if that makes sense to you).

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Thanks for your reply. Yes I see what you mean, I am only recently getting into astronomy. I will be upgrading to a more powerful telescope soon.

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1 hour ago, nemesis94 said:

Thanks for your reply. Yes I see what you mean, I am only recently getting into astronomy. I will be upgrading to a more powerful telescope soon.

You should have one basic x2 Barlow Lens with the scope as the description shows, and also 10mm & 25mm eyepiece.

If you stick each eyepiece into the Barlow, they will become 5mm and 12.5mm accordingly (in other words Barlow will add x2 "Power").
I would not suggest buying anything else for such a scope.

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Although it's a 'cheap' telescope, it has a decent mirror. You might find you see more by buying a decent mid-range eyepiece, the standard Skywatcher 25mm isn't bad but I keep meaning to replace my 10mm one with something a bit better such as one of these:

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bst-starguider-eyepieces/bst-starguider-60-8mm-ed-eyepiece.html

 

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1 hour ago, Stub Mandrel said:

Although it's a 'cheap' telescope, it has a decent mirror. You might find you see more by buying a decent mid-range eyepiece, the standard Skywatcher 25mm isn't bad but I keep meaning to replace my 10mm one with something a bit better such as one of these:

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bst-starguider-eyepieces/bst-starguider-60-8mm-ed-eyepiece.html

 

Its a cheap, but good scope. The standard EP's are fine to use. You will be kept busy with the 10mm and 25mm it comes with. Because this scope is about 100 (of anyone's money), i robably would not buy more EP's for it, BUT...............you plan to buy a bigger scope and any 1.25" will be useful. 

I'd just sit back and relax and enjoy the Heritage. I cant remember if it comes with a 2x barlow (mine didnt, but later models did).

 

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There is a bit of a quandary here in as much that at f4 the scope needs A  decent eyepiece to get the best out of it. This is compounded by the fact that although the supplied 25mm might be usable the 10mm imo is poor.  However a decent plossl replacent (gso?) plus a similar 2x Barlow could be cost effective way to go. You might get these at knock down price at Astroboot.

 

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17 hours ago, nemesis94 said:

Thanks for your reply. Yes I see what you mean, I am only recently getting into astronomy. I will be upgrading to a more powerful telescope soon.

Welcome from Land Down Under

Before upgrading to a new scope, first decide what going to use it for

Just viewing planets, moon or other deep sky objects, than cannot go past SW 250mm collapsible dob, as easy to set up, and store and transport

If looking to venture into AP, then probably a SW ED80 on a HEQ 5 or 6 mount

Helpful as well, to lob up to a astronomy club in your area, and talk to members there, and they only too happy to show you there set-ups

John

 

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I have the same kit, made in the same factory overseas, but under a different branding or marque.  It's a 100mm f/4 Newtonian...

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I consider it a specialty telescope; not really for a beginner.  I got it for low, low power observing primarily.  One night, I popped in this lovely 30mm, that FLO carries incidentally...

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...and then took this afocal shot of the Moon at a low, low 13x...

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I'm in the process of improving it throughout, after which it will suit the purpose for which it was purchased, and admirably.  Perhaps even better, I got mine when it had gone on sale.

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