MOST POPULAR BEGINNER’S MODEL
The Heritage-130P was specially designed to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009 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 Parabolic Primary Mirror set as the highly acclaimed Explorer-130P, this telescope provides an excellent introduction to astronomy with wonderful views of the Moon, planets and the brighter Deep-Sky Objects.
The collapsible patented FlexTube system makes the telescope compact and easy to transport and store.
The uncomplicated manually operated Dobsonian alt-azimuth mount is quick and easy to setup and comes fully assembled straight out of the box.
Supplied in a colourful gift box.
FREE fine-tuning service ensures your Heritage 130P arrives in tip-top condition with properly-aligned optics!
NOTE: Images seen through this Newtonian telescope are upside-down. Therefore it is only suitable for viewing the night sky, and not for land-based observation.
Also known as the AWB OneSky Reflector Telescope in USA for use in community outreach programs.
What can I see with this telescope?
Some beautiful objects that you can see with Heritage 130P in a clear Singapore night sky:
- Moon with its many awesome craters
- Jupiter – a bright sharp disc with its largest 4 moons in close attendance
- Saturn with its protruding thin rings
- Deep-sky object M57 – the Ring Nebula in constellation Lyra, and the eyepiece view reveals a well-defined doughnut sharp in a field of very sharp stars
- M13 & M15 globular clusters, simply hundreds of specks of light in a tight ball, becoming more diffused at the edges
- M81 & M82, two galaxies close together in the constellation Ursa Major. The low power view (26x) of this pair is beautiful.
- M31, M32 & M110 – all three galaxies in the same 26x view with room round them so you could see a clear distinction between galaxy and background sky. M31 definitely oval in shape, M32 small and compact and M110 very diffused, a text-book view
- Double cluster in the constellation Perseus
- And many more….
How big are the planets when viewed through this telescope?
The chart below offers realistic views of the night sky. Do NOT expect that planets and star clouds will look big, clear and beautiful as seen from pictures taken by the Hubble Telescope or other state-of-the-art deep space imaging equipment! The supplied eyepieces for Heritage 130P offer magnifications of 26x and 65x. It is strongly recommended to get the optional 2x barlow lens which can double the magnifications to 52x and 130x.
Option 1: Celestron 1.25″ 2x Barlow with camera threads – Useful accessory which doubles the magnification of supplied eyepieces to 52x and 130x respectively. Just insert this barlow in-between the focuser and the eyepiece. Purchase this item with the telescope at close to 40% discount! May be connected to any DSLR camera body with an optional T-ring for the camera’s brand.
Option 2: Thickly-padded bag for safe transport of the telescope body together with the red-dot finder permanently attached. Available at a discounted price as an add-on purchase.
This wonderful telescope has been around since 2009! It’s definitely a proven performer with thousands of loyal users all over the world! Adventurous users can add a custom-made shroud, stiffen the focusers, etc. to improve its performance.
This type of telescopes (Heritage 130P & 150P) are strongly recommended by several famous bloggers such as:
Review below was done in 2019 at an old launch price. The telescope has seen increased in price worldwide.
- 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
- 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