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Celestron SkyProdigy 130 self aligning GoTo telescope, £395.00 from First Light Optics plus £7 p&p

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Came across this when browsing, seems a great deal with a saving of over £250 This is a 130mm Newtonion reflector telescope from Celestron. However, this model is fully automated - simply power it
sandym Avatar2y, 10m agoFound 2 years, 10 months ago57 Comments
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What are the views like through it? I had a 130m Skywatcher and was always a bit disappointed, it probably needed collimating and I live in a light polluted area. Also the lack of goto meant I was never really sure if I was on target or not and searching out deep sky fuzzies was a no go, despite my best star hopping efforts.
Any feedback welcome because I am seriously tempted by this.
thanks
jut1972
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Im looking for a telescope but this is way over my budget. The one i might get is Skywatcher Heritage 130p.
its portable and heard it is really good at what it does.

I've got one of these as well as a couple of big scopes. My kids use it, and I'm amazed at how good it is. Simple and effective, top value.

Hi
What are the views like through it? I had a 130m Skywatcher and was always a bit disappointed, it probably needed collimating and I live in a light polluted area. Also the lack of goto meant I was never really sure if I was on target or not and searching out deep sky fuzzies was a no go, despite my best star hopping efforts.
Any feedback welcome because I am seriously tempted by this.
thanks

Well if you live in a place with a lot of light pollution you need the biggest scope you can afford. And GOTO is useful because at least you know you're looking in the right place...so it might come down to a big dob or a smaller GOTO. But if you like star hopping a big Dob will be better, with a dewshield (as that helps to prevent extraneous light bouncing around into the tube). Also recommend a cloth over your head to increase the contrast (weird but true) and put up some shielding from any lights that are near you. eg hang a sheet off the washing line.
Personally I don't enjoy the star hopping. I just want to look at stuff :)
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yeah I struggled with star hopping. The scope shows so many stars it was hard to work out which was which!
Hi
What are the views like through it? I had a 130m Skywatcher and was always a bit disappointed, it probably needed collimating and I live in a light polluted area. Also the lack of goto meant I was never really sure if I was on target or not and searching out deep sky fuzzies was a no go, despite my best star hopping efforts.
Any feedback welcome because I am seriously tempted by this.
thanks[/quote]
jut1972
JonF992
Transmigration
Im looking for a telescope but this is way over my budget. The one i might get is Skywatcher Heritage 130p.
its portable and heard it is really good at what it does.

I've got one of these as well as a couple of big scopes. My kids use it, and I'm amazed at how good it is. Simple and effective, top value.

Hi
What are the views like through it? I had a 130m Skywatcher and was always a bit disappointed, it probably needed collimating and I live in a light polluted area. Also the lack of goto meant I was never really sure if I was on target or not and searching out deep sky fuzzies was a no go, despite my best star hopping efforts.
Any feedback welcome because I am seriously tempted by this.
thanks

Well if you live in a place with a lot of light pollution you need the biggest scope you can afford. And GOTO is useful because at least you know you're looking in the right place...so it might come down to a big dob or a smaller GOTO. But if you like star hopping a big Dob will be better, with a dewshield (as that helps to prevent extraneous light bouncing around into the tube). Also recommend a cloth over your head to increase the contrast (weird but true) and put up some shielding from any lights that are near you. eg hang a sheet off the washing line.
Personally I don't enjoy the star hopping. I just want to look at stuff :)

Edited By: CFC on Jan 22, 2014 01:00
jut1972
Yeah the earth's flat. Good boy.
No its neither flat neither globe.
Thanks much appreciated.
jut1972
JonF992
Transmigration
Im looking for a telescope but this is way over my budget. The one i might get is Skywatcher Heritage 130p.
its portable and heard it is really good at what it does.

I've got one of these as well as a couple of big scopes. My kids use it, and I'm amazed at how good it is. Simple and effective, top value.

Hi
What are the views like through it? I had a 130m Skywatcher and was always a bit disappointed, it probably needed collimating and I live in a light polluted area. Also the lack of goto meant I was never really sure if I was on target or not and searching out deep sky fuzzies was a no go, despite my best star hopping efforts.
Any feedback welcome because I am seriously tempted by this.
thanks

Hi, first off they're on special offer at First Light Optics, a good company to deal with. I think the views are very good. What you see all depends on the eyepiece used. The standard ones aren't all that good, but decent ones are not too pricy - say thirty quid or so. With my 6mm eyepiece, you can see a bit of detail on Jupiter if the sky's clear. I've seen the Orion nebula through it, very good too, and Andromeda is good. The key is finding your way aruond. A combination of the book "Turn Left at Orion" and the free software Stellarium should see you right. You can also get good free or very cheap apps which can act as a sky guide.
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Skywatcher Heritage 76 Mini Dobsonian telescope 45.00 @ Firstlightoptics

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The Sky-Watcher Heritage-76 has been designed to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) and the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope. This is not only a functional optical in…
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Good price, nice little scope. Hot.
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