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    Default Re: Skywatcher Heritage-100P



    Well, I had one spectacularly clear moonless night (observing from about 10pm-midnight) on Saturday whilst camping in a remote coastal location (N. Norfolk) with almost zero light pollution - rated "night blue" on this page (only 2 orange streetlights about 200m away that I could avoid by crouching down behind our car).

    The 100P was mounted on my Hama Traveller Compact Pro with the legs fully retracted. I was kneeling next to or crouching over to observe.

    The upshot: the 100P is definitely a keeper!

    I have never seen the kind of bright, clear views from my ST80 that I got through the 100P that night (I've been to other similarly dark sites with the ST80 once last year in July).

    The double cluster in Perseus postively sparkled and didn't look too dissimilar to how it does in my 8" Dob in the back garden under a moderately light polluted sky.

    The most visually dense of the Auriga clusters to my eyes (M37) positively exploded with pinpoint pricks of light - a totally different view to the one I got when I first tested the scope.

    I found M81 and M82 very easily by pointing it in the general vicinity and as they were almost at the zenith, I got a beautiful view (not unlike the one sketched here. Pretty good for a 4" reflector - the inky darkness of the sky definitely helped, so did the lack of ambient light which was definitely affecting contrast in my earlier tests.

    I actually didn't do a complete head-to-head with the ST80 since I was simply enjoying the views and using the mini-Dob mount so much (plus I didn't want the hassle of trying to look at things at the zenith on the ST80's tabletop mount which is tricky and I only have one tripod so would be unable to get a good direct comparison). The mini Dob mount worked great on the tripod - so much better than my ST80 does when directly attached. It's so well balanced (the refractor much less so) - there's zero droop!

    I'd definitely not hesitate to recommend it to the beginner as a starter scope or to a more experienced observer as a travel scope. The coma is my biggest issue with it - I wonder if it can be corrected without spending the earth - all the coma correctors I've seen for sale are designed for 2" focusers and are pricey to boot.

    I'll still be keeping my ST80 for its terrestrial use, it's guiding ability down the line if I ever get enough cash saved for an imaging rig, plus I like the built-in T-adapter for some lightweight imaging. I already also have a solar filter designed specifically for it so I'll be keeping it as a grab/go white light solar scope until I can get/make one for the 100P.
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    Default Re: Skywatcher Heritage-100P

    Sorry to ask this but I am a beginner,could you explain about removing the primary mirror and spotting it,and if you mark the mirror in anyway can you leave it there,thanks,Bob.

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    Default Re: Skywatcher Heritage-100P

    I'm afraid I haven't tackled this yet (not sure I will either unless my collimation becomes way out of whack) since mine was nicely adjusted from the factory and needs no altering currently. I believe Terry did this though with his...

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    Default Re: Skywatcher Heritage-100P

    I have one and it didn't really need collimating. I used a laser and checked it. At that size mirror you can judge without having it spotted, I tweaked the secondary ever so slightly, the primary was perfect

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    Default Re: Skywatcher Heritage-100P

    The more I read about this little scope, the more I'm tempted by it. The fact it can go on a photo tripod with its mount seems more versatile than the Heritage Flexitube 130P, despite the smaller aperture.

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    Default Re: Skywatcher Heritage-100P

    Yes, it's small enough so that it can be supported by a good sturdy photo/video tripod.

 

 
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