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Sky-Watcher 8" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope
|Price:||$453.68 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- Collapsable Tube Design For Easy Storage and Transportation, 8" (200 mm) Dobsonian-style Newtonian
- 1200 mm focal length (f/6), 2" Crayford-style focuser with 1.25" adaptor, 4-element Plossl 25 mm and 10 mm 1.25" eyepieces
- 8x50 RA viewfinder, Solid rocker-mount with Teflon bearings and tension clutch
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|Item Dimensions||5 x 27 x 30 inches|
|Item Display Weight||69 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||2 Year telescope warranty|
|Shipping Weight||67.35 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
So the scope got delivered yesterday
1: Holy moly!, this thing is huge!!
It took about 30-45 minutes to put everything together (very clear instructions and all tools provided). I then took the scope outside (moving the base first, and then the OTA). Against all odds, we had clear skies but I only had about an hour or so after sunset before running errands. The scope sat outside for about 1-2 hour to cool off the mirror and wait for darkness. I then collimated the primary and secondary using a homemade collimating cap (35mm film canister with hole punched in lid). I have a laser collimator (Orion) on order but I made do with the film canister for now. I then aligned the right angle finder (pain to use, I have a telrad on order to replace it).
I've never collimated a dob before, but it was pretty straightforward and took about 5-10 minutes. The scope came with a 10mm and a 25mm plossls (I already have another 25mm, 12mm and 6mm plossls and a 2x barlow).
I viewed M42 in Orion and the views were stunning even from my somewhat light polluted backyard using the 25mm (60X) and 25mm+2x barlow (120x). I'm pretty sure I saw dust lanes. I even used the 12mm + 2x barlow (250x) and felt that I could have gone even higher in magnification.
Unfortunately, then I was out of time and had to pack up the scope.Read more ›
Assembly was easy and tools are included. Took about 20 minutes to put together. Unlike the picture, the mount was black (which I prefer anyway).
The collimation was off a little, but better than I expected - I used a laser collimator to get things aligned to my liking.
First light was tonight! M42 and Jupiter looked great. I used low power (30x) and high (250x), and both provided reasonable images. Unfortunately the moon was quite bright and it was windy and cold, so the session was short.
So far, I'm impressed with the amount of scope I have for the price. I'll update again as I have the chance to do more observing.
- Update on 4/14/2013: Viewing has been good. After a bit more collimation, the scope is performing well and I have no complaints. Except with Celestron - they seem to ignore their customers feedback and have not responded by any of my complaints about their service. I am quite hesitant to purchase any Celestron products in the future based on this.
So I started my search over and the term Dobsonian (Type of Mount) kept popping up from amateur astronomers.
So naturally I being researching and came across this magnificent scope!!
Not only is The dobsonain mount easy to maneuver, lock and keep track/move with the sky.
It's easy to assemble!! (All needed tools are in the box)
Now to the scope it self.. When you first unbox the unit you can immediately tell it is very well crafted.. (no cheap plastic bits)
The 2" focuser is very smooth (it does come with a 1.25" adapter) and the x2 - 1.25" plossl lens it comes with are very decent quality (only wish it came with a Barlow lens)
The finder Scope is excellent quailty and accurate as well
I was skeptical about the whole collapsible thing, but it transitions very smoothly making it much easier to store and carry. So very glad I went this way. Plus it keeps the primary mirror and secondary mirror in completely different tubes.. (Just in case you drop a tool or 2 down the tube it doesn't bust up your primary mirror.)
After my horror story with the 127EQ I bit the bullet and purchased a hotech 2"/1.25" laser crosshair collimator..seriously collimation is a snap (2 mins Max) ...A must have !!
After every is ready to go and it's all collimated.. And you finally sit down..on a clear night..Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
2 scopes without bases! There should be 2 boxes not one. I keep getting the scope with no base. What do I have to do to use this thing, make my own base?Published 2 months ago by Ben Gonzales
awesome very portable telescope. The mirror is very high quality and they include some decent lenses, I'm happy with it.Published 3 months ago by Hans
The scope arrived with a broken set screw on the spotter scope ring but easily replaceable at the local hardware store, and we had purchased a Telrad sight as well, so no worries... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jessica Whytsell
I just got my telescope Skywatcher which does not correspond with my purchase, I received the wrong base 8 telescope "and a telescope 10", which has brought me problems... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brayan
Item was packaged perfectly. The base is particle board, be careful not to over-torque the fittings. The optics are great when properly collimated. Read morePublished 8 months ago by DaveWNH
A wonderful reflector! I bought the Sky-Watcher over the Orion due to the fact that this one collapses and makes for easier storage/transport. Read morePublished 10 months ago by <sigh>
I previously owned an Orion reflector, and had been used to the quality of their devices. When I stumbled across this Dob on Amazon, I figured there must be a catch. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Damon
very good , I hardly have to collaminate it im very happy with it.Published 10 months ago by Pen Name