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FLO Says: The Skyliner 200p is our bestselling telescope and the UK's most popular Dobsonian. Highly recommended!
Model: dobsky200Part Number: 10717
"The Skyliner 200’s flat-packed base is very easy to build and set up, and comes with excellent instructions….The optics were sharp across 80% of the 1 degree field of view….We were very pleased with the appearance of al the test objects – we even managed to find the Crab Nebula, M81 and M82 in near-full Moonlight, whereas the other scopes were struggling. Under darker skies the Double Cluster had that ‘Wow’ factor when it was centred using the 25mm eyepiece, as did M35. The Pleiades (M45) was just a bit too large to fit in the field of view, but the main central stars looked stunning….Turning to Saturn, the view really took our breath away: we saw five moons, a clear-cut Cassini Division and a colour difference between the A and B rings. Not only that, but Saturn also displayed a prominent belt – with this scope planetary detail is certainly not compromised….Fans of deep-sky observing would certainly find the Skyliner satisfying….The Skyliner was a joy to use.” BBC SKY AT NIGHT MAGAZINE
Instructions to put it together were adequate as I am not normally good at following instructions. However the small screws to hold the eye piece holder on the Telescope screwdriver philips screw head got wrecked. Just managed to extract the screws before using a plastic weld super glue to stick it on there securely.Saw Jupiter and Saturn clearly on my first night out with it. I would share the photo's i took with my galaxy s10 through the eyepiece if I could in this review, but being a phone camera doesn't quite do it justice!!
First the only bad thing. It didn't come with any instructions on how to put the base together, but a quick google search led me straight the needed pdf.Really easy to put together once the instructions were to hand. Obviously a big bit of kit, but rather light considering.The 2 eyepeices it came with (10mm and 25mm) are great (I'm a full on newbie, this is my first telescope), so much so that i'm wondering just how much better expensive brand replacements can actually be.The telescope itself is absolutely fantastic and giving me absolutely amazing views from my back garden, just a couple of miles outside of Newcastle.Even the finder scope felt amazing to use and look through and was a doddle to line up with the main view.I don't have a collimator yet but from the clarity of the views im getting I would say it seems like the factory collimation has held up well so far, and if it isn't still fully collimated then I really cant wait to see the views when it is, because they are already clean and crisp.The feeling of excitement and pure joy after navigating a dobsonian by hand and finding M81 and M82 was like nothing i've experienced in a long time, im 37 and it had me giggling like a little kid and saying "wow" every few seconds. Even after only a few hours of Stargazing, and this being my first telescope, I would highly recommend this bit of kit to anyone even slightly interested in observing the night sky.
This is a very nice telescope, but while you're contemplating aperture and focal length please also consider the size of the telescope. It is much larger than the image would suggest, being 8" across, 5' tall, and it doesn't fold down in any way. If you have any doubts about storing or moving this telescope then you may want something a little bit smaller.It also doesn't come with an equatorial mount, which may an advantage, and my not be.Please seek advice from you local astronomy club.
Really pleased with the telescope, saw jupiter really well through it. Delivery was super fast, I will definitely use Flo again. Thank you.
For the simplicity and ease of set up coupled with the large appature this scope is my go to set up for long nights wizzing around the night sky or for when there isn’t a break in the cloud. The build quality is great and I found it holds its collimating very well. With only occasional tweets needed to keep everything sharp.
We purchased this telescope back in February ( it is now November). Viewing from the back garden of our house the sky is quite heavily light polluted ( we are on Teesside ) but earlier in the year we had spectacular views of Jupiter ( cloud bands, spot and larger moons crystal clear ) and Saturn ( moons, rings and Cassini Division) . We have now notched up good views of over 30 DSO's ; despite it being mostly summer month twilight viewing and many nights with no viewing at all owing to cloudy skies. Great views of M3, M11, M13 and M15 - the higher mag. eyepiece supplied clearly resolving individual stars when using averted vision. Very good, clear, detailed view of M57 on many occasions. M27 visible clearly but have yet to see any detail - the same for M1 last week which was VERY faint. The Leo galaxies could clearly be seen but were also faint as the sky not very dark. 'Easier' objects such as M31, M44 and M35/6/7/8 all excellent viewing through the Dob. but we have yet to observe proper structure in M31. In addition many excellent double stars have been split. I bought this telescope as a first serious telescope for my son (16) who wishes to read Astrophysics at university . It has been an excellent choice - I was recommended a 'Goto' type by an experienced amateur-astronomer friend but decided on the Dob. as I thought that manually locating DSO's would have the element of discovery that a GOTO type would not provide. This has definitely proved to be the case - many attempts required before finally the thrill of seeing M65 and M66 - also M67 proved challenging when we first started. Great fun and really rewarding when you first locate a new DSO after considerable patience and application.We have had no problems with collimation at all. The base easy to assemble in an hour or so and the tube and base can be separated very quickly if you need to move the telescope say from the front to the back of the house. Additional fairly essential accessories purchased have been a 12mm Celestron X-Cel eyepiece (£59), a Celestron Barlow lens (£24) and the book 'Turn Left at Orion' (£22). Total expenditure including the Dob has been about £400. The rewards for this modest outlay have been tremendous - not least the thrill of locating DSO's for the first time and the 'father-and-son' time shared. Both endure long after the price has been forgotten..
this is a great telescope, recommend it!!
I am really happy ordered it for christmas, fast delivery and a very good telescope 10/10!
I was in a quandary if I was going for the 127 Mak or the 200 dobson, after a lot of help and advice from members of SGL the decision was made I went for the dobson, A decision I am not regretting, ordered 12.30 am on the wed and was delivered by 9am following day I was over the moon with it and its performance. It is very quick and easy to locate objects, a lot quicker than a goto system. having a 130 az goto synscan it was like waiting for a kettle to boil. tracking i can cope very easy.A brilliant telescope!!
After very long and arduous research, I realised this telescope was the best choice for me, and I'm overjoyed to say I made the right decision. This telescope is absolutely incredible. After a few nights of observation, I've managed to see a plethora of astronomical beauties. Observing Saturn takes your breath away. Rings were clearly visible, including a few of Saturn's moons. Also looked at the moon and the clarity of the craters was remarkable. On the shadow side of the half-moon, I used my rubbish 6mm lens (meaning I was achieving 200x magnification) and I was surprised at the fact that the telescope was still achieving exceptional clarity. I looked up the see Lyra and felt the desire to try to locate M57 for the first time ever. The Ring Nebula shines at magnitude 8.8 and even with the moon up during the relatively early summer sky, it was incredibly bright. Using averted vision, you can clearly see the ring shape, using either supplied eyepieces. Looked at M13 but that was very fuzzy; quite disappointing, in truth. The only real drawback is the size and weight of it; it makes it awkward and difficult to carry and move about, which can be discouraging, but lugging the telescope around is far worth it for the exceptional views this telescope is capable of. In conclusion, this is a fantastic telescope and I would recommend to any beginner or intermediate.
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The boxed weights are a total of 27KG, (2 boxes, 15KG and 12KG) this will include the packaging and accessories. Allowing for this it will be around 26KG in total.The 200P dobsonian is designed so you can carry the base out and then the telescope, its very easy to sit the telescope in the base once outside. The base will be around 15KG and the Telescope itself around 11KG.
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