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Hi there people,
Firstly can I say what a joy it has been reading and learning from some great posts by your community.
My question (as a complete newbie) has probably been asked and answered many times before but some posts are quite old so I hope that you don't mind me re-asking in case there are more upto date answers.
Ok, I am looking at purchasing the SkyWatcher heritage 130p as I want a portable telescope to take to South Africa with me and after reading the forums it seems like a good option. I will be there for a few months including being next to the Kruger National Park where light pollution will be at an absolute minimum so I am hoping for good results .
I have read that a 150mm would obviously be preferable but is there one that is portable ?? I carry very little luggage so I can accommodate a reasonable size perhaps upto around 10 kilos or so if such a scope exists and would fit into a case that can go into cargo or would this be a no-no ?
If there are any options please can someone advise.
If I do end up with the 130p then I will have a budget of upto £150 to get any additional equipment (ie :- eyepieces) that may be required or would I be better of spending £300(approx) on a different scope with little to no budget for extras ? My intention initially and perhaps ultimately with a travel-scope would be observing the planets only and would obviously like as much planetary detail as feasibly possible but I certainly don't expect Hubble like images !
I have intentions of purchasing a larger scope at a later date for home use so it really is just about a portable telescope at this stage.
Can I say many thanks already in anticipation of some quality feedback from you lovely people !!
Hi I am a total newbie.
Threads similar to this have been thrashed out before but I have not located my issue.
I'm based in Ipswich UK and purchased a SW 130p on a goto with v3 handset.
I have tried various times over the last 12 months to set it up but never have I got to complete the set up stage.
If I select brightest star it never chooses something in view. e.g last night Mars (below horizon)
When I try 2 star align I input the first star and but cannot locate a second star e.g last night I chose Vega but none of the other stars were visible. I particularly wanted Arcturus as there were only a few stars visible. I am using a star map app on an iPad to identify the stars.
This is the same result time after time. Lights go out around here around midnight allowing many more stars to try, but by then I've given up on the mount scanned around a bit and am packing up as gotta go to work.
My location lat/long is listed as 52.056736 and 1.148220 the handset after much trial and error will only accept this as 114 00 E 52 00 N. Is this the cause?
I have read some people align N first I tried this with no change.
I'm getting to the point of giving up and buying bins :-)
Thanks in advance if anyone has an idea
By barrie greenwood
completely new to this game so please bear with me
ok my first scope was bought from jessops and is a skywatcher 130 mirror and focal of 900mm had it a little over a month and have been struggling with planets fuzzy and loss of detail at higher mag but im hoping the seeing is the problem
And yesterday I stumbled across a scope on ebay from a member on here call bigal1
anyhow bought this as it was a decent price and spoke to him at length he recommended this site
what I have found was this scope is also a sky watcher but a 130P and only 600mm focal but on a side by side it appears much more sharper on land test than the larger scope
My question is why is it the mirror or just a better scope in general just want to know which is the better one
Thanks in advance Baz