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    Default Should I buy a Skywatcher p130?



    I kinda regret not picking up this scope during the Xmas sales, saw it at a shop for AUD$180 it was a bargain and steal but passed on it thinking have to get back to work next time Ill go put it to good use. Now at some stores its AUD$350, cheapest I can find it as an online store for AUD$250. Been seeing reviews and this Dob aint bad it seems. Just wondering around that ball park price range say AUD$350 is it ideal or are there better scopes or dobs that I should focus on?

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    Default Re: Should I buy a Skywatcher p130?

    Hello Archangel, could you post a link to the telescope you are looking at?

    You could also look here for a used telescope: http://www.astrobuysell.com/au/
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    Default Re: Should I buy a Skywatcher p130?

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    Default Re: Should I buy a Skywatcher p130?

    Sky-Watcher Heritage P130 Tabletop Dobsonian Telescope | OZScopes

    this was the cheapest that I can find from an aussie site. alot of the overseas sites are cheaper but once converted to aussie dollars more expensive and even worse with the sky high shipping fees. Thanks for the other link for used scopes as long as the lenes have no scratches and works fine I dont care for damage on the outside Ill check them out too

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    Default Re: Should I buy a Skywatcher p130?

    I searched around the various australian sites and that was the cheapest price I could find also.
    There is this and in the buy and sell though: Australia Astronomy Buy & Sell
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    Default Re: Should I buy a Skywatcher p130?

    The telescope gets very good reviews from people who have one. It is a keeper kind of telescope, one that remains useful as a grab and go te!escope if you decide later to buy a larger scope. Unlike most entry level telescopes it has a very sturdy, vibration free mount.

    It has the same issue that is common to nearly all tabletop telescopes .... Finding a suitable "table top" to sit it on, especially away from home. This issue is minor and easily solved. I used a table top telescope for around 25 years before upgrading (a Meade 2045LX3 102mm SCT). A cheap used wooden bar stool makes a nice support for tabletop scopes, especially if you can find a three leg stool.
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    Default Re: Should I buy a Skywatcher p130?

    Is it better to get this skywatcher p130 dob over any standard scope? For example checking ebay and I stumbled on a few beauties around that price range and just not sure if they are better or worse than the p130. Check them out via below links let me know what anyone thinks trying to see for that price range what is the ideal and bestest to get I dont want to get a dud scope and find out there is a better at that price range

    Orion Skyscanner 100: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Orion-Sk....c100678.m3607

    Celestron 114eq: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Telescop....c100675.m4236

    Saxon: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Telescop....c100675.m4236

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    Default Re: Should I buy a Skywatcher p130?

    IMO p130 is better than any of those 3 but you would be better off saving for a 6" or 8" full size Dob.
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    Default Re: Should I buy a Skywatcher p130?

    Of the choices, I would rule out the Celestron 114eq immediately. Judging by the specs it appears to be a bird-jones design which is going to introduce some new issues when it comes to collimation.

    The Skyscanner I'd dismiss from your choices just for its smaller aperture.

    The Saxon is interesting, you can't beat a tabletop dob like the P130 or Skyscanner for simplicity, but if you're willing to learn to use an EQ mount, which is not hard, this could be a good alternative. The clock drive is going to be nice for keeping stuff in view once you get everything lined up, however the mount is bit light so it could be a bit shaky. With the drive doing the tracking though you aren't really going to have to touch it much while observing. The eyepieces described aren't going to do you much good. The 4mm will probably be about useless, that leaves the 10 mm which at 90x I'd consider to be more mid to high power. So you're going to have to invest in another eyepiece or two to use this. Good thing is at F7 its going to be a bit more forgiving on the type of eyepieces you use than the P130 would be at F5. I don't think it's a bad deal, but you'd have to factor in the cost of buying probably one low power EP to get your started.

    The P130 is nice and compact, easy to transport and store, but I find its claims of not needing calibration between uses to be a bit dubious, especially with a light truss design. Its a tough choice, the deal-breaker for me would be I just don't like buying used stuff on eBay. So i'd stick with your first choice of the P130. If I was me.

    I'm surprised no ones mentioned to you yet, but for starting out you should seriously consider some binoculars. Looking at the shop page you linked to the P130, they have some nice ones with apertures 50mm and up that are well within your budget that would make great astronomy binoculars. Every astronomer should have a pair, they may not be as sexy as a big telescope, but a good pair of binos is going to show you alot.
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    Default Re: Should I buy a Skywatcher p130?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shelldrake View Post
    IMO p130 is better than any of those 3 but you would be better off saving for a 6" or 8" full size Dob.
    I've heard good reports about the Heritage P130 but I agree with David 100% and Don Alvarez for suggesting a good pair of binos.

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