Sunday, February 2, 2014

☄ Sky-Watcher 5.1 Inch Heritage 130P FlexTube Telescope ☄

The Heritage-130P Telescope is a rater small but powerful 5.1 inch telescope that has been specially designed to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope.

The telescope tube is adorned with the names of many famous figures that have made significant contributions to the advancement of astronomy over this 400yr period, including Galileo Galilei himself.

Housing the same superb Parabolic Primary Mirror as the highly-renowned Explorer-130P, the Heritage telescope is an excellent and capable all-rounder which will provide wonderful views of both the Moon & Planets as well as Deep-Sky Objects.

On of the special features of this telescope is the collapsible patented FlexTube™ system that has been incorporated in the tube. By doing this, not only does it take up little space it is even more convenient to transport, use and to store. The uncomplicated manually operated Dobsonian alt-azimuth mount makes it a superb, highly portable, grab-and-go system. The complete telescope & mount comes fully assembled straight out of the box. Supplied in presentation Giftbox
  • Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x26 & x65
  • Highest Practical Power (Potential): x260
  • Diameter of Primary Mirror: 130mm
  • Telescope Focal Length: 650mm (f/5)
  • Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm
  • Parabolic Primary Mirror
  • Single-arm Secondary Mirror Support
  • Red Dot Finder
  • Wooden Alt-Azimuth Mount
  • Collapsible/ Extendable Tube Assembly
  • Overall maximum height: 46cm (collapsed), 69.5cm (extended)
  • Weight Approx 6.2kg
  • Built-in Carrying Handle
  • 30% more Light Gathering than 114mm 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

☄ [IMAGE] The Moon With Detail ☄

Moon telescope detail
☄ Moon Telescope Size Detail ☄
One of the first objects seen when stargazing is probably going to be the moon in the sky. With it being so big it is hard to miss. Yet most people have never really got to see what the really moon looks like close up. The good thing thought is that you can get some good pictures of the moon with even a fairly basic and inexpensive telescope.

However like with most things in life, the more expensive the telescope is the more detail you will be able to see. But when it comes to astronomy there is also another factor you should think about. That is the more detail you are after, the size of your telescope will also get larger.


So there is a choice you have to make. 


Are you going to go big and limit your mobility?


Or are you going to go smaller and be able to set up your telescope pretty much anywhere you want?

The rule of thumb for a best size of a telescope is set by most astronomers to be a 10 inch telescope. This is because even though a 10 inch telescope is rater big, it is still small enough so you can take it in your car and not being to heavy to set up once on site. The size difference if you think about it 8 inch vs 10 inch is not that big and the weight is almost the same. The new Collapsible truss-tube / flextube design of Dobsonian (DOB for short) telescopes make them very compact and you can fit a 10 inch telescope in the back of your van without taking anything apart.

Now personally, I would really recommend the 130mm or 5.1 inch telescopes that are available too, these are very mobile, not that big, affordable price and easy to setup. You will get a good telescope for your money. But it really depends on what you are going to do with your telescope and what you are looking forward to see.

The moon in the picture have not been taken by any of the telescopes but is a NASA photo. However if you are looking to get similar detail you most likely are looking at a 10 to 12 inch telescope with clear skies and little light pollution. But do keep in mind that what you see in photos are not always the whole story, a camera is only as good as it's ability to capture light and the human eye is still way more sensitive, meaning you will probably see even better detail yourself once you have everything set up and in focus.