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    Hello, I was looking at getting a AstroMaster 114EQ Telescope as a starter telescope after using binoculars for a while now, but it has been suggested that the Sky watcher Heritage 130P FlexTube™ 130mm (5.1") f/650 Parabolic Dobsonian Telescope' is a good scope and at a great price, I was just wondering what peoples thoughts are about this scope?

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    Also would there be much difference between a 5.1" and a 6" dob??

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    My daughter use that scope . Nice low cost . There would be a gain in light grasp with the larger sciope , size and price would be more though.

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    'Twas my first scope. Great scope. You would not be able to easily see a difference between views with a 5" vs a 6" scope. I think there was some kind of virus on it that made me keep buying scopes after I got it. You will need some kind of stool for it.
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    Hi Nw 82,

    It was my first scope too and I wouldn't part with it! I use it as my travel scope for holiday as it fits easily into our small car. I took it to a dark sky site in Sept and the views were very good. For the money it is a great scope and I'm happy with it.

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    OK, i've sort of decided i want this scope, 5.2 inch is probably a good starting point, the only thing is it has a focal ratio of 5, is this a good thing or a bad thing??? I have tried reading up about focal ratio but im still a bit confused!!

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    A quick and dirty explanation is, the lower the f number(f/4 to 6) the less magnification and wider field of view you will have. The high f numbers have higher mags and a narrower field of view. The f/5 will give nice wide field views. You can still mag up on planets, but not as much with higher f numbers. The bonus is you get great views of open clusters and star fields like the milky way. The wider field also helps while learning the sky. You can see more space in the ep. One caveat is that budget widefield eps don't work very well in low f number scopes. You are better served with eps like plossls or higher end widefield eps. I have a 4.5 inch scope that is f/4.5 and love it.
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    Hello Everyone,

    I was also interested in buying "Sky Watcher Heritage 130P". After reading the posts here, I am totally convinced and about to place an order.

    My supplier is giving a variable barlow lens free. Can you guys help me in deciding any other accessories that I would be needed, for example lunar filter?

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    Neera,

    Congratulations on buying your new telescope. The Heritage 130 is an excellent starter scope and can provide you with years of service. Best to get the telescope and use it a while before buying a lot of accessories.
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    just a quick one, I know the heritage isn't exactly the scope fot astrophotography but do I think id get a basic pic with a webcam and webcam stacking ?

 

 
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