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Model: dobsky200Part Number: 10717
Sky-Watcher Dobsonian telescopes provide good all round performance for observing the Moon, planets, Deep Sky Objects and nebulae.
The Dobsonian mount, popularised by John Dobson in the 1970s, is a simple and efficient method of mounting a Newtonian reflector.
Based on the Alt-Azimuth principal Dobsonian telescopes are fast and easy to set up. It is a box-type mounting which allows the telescope to pivot in altitude, while the box itself is rotated on a base in azimuth. The secret of the design is to correctly balance the optical tube and use materials that enable it to moved easily when nudged but stay in position when not.
The mount is designed to be driven by hand as opposed to slow motion controls.
Features and specification
It took 6 months to arrive, instead of the 2 to 3 months quoted, but I'm sure that was outside FLO's control. Easy to assemble (think easier end of Ikea), although there were a couple of minor discrepancies between instructions and actuality. A bit bigger that I expected, although easy for one person to carry the base and OTA separately and is a matter of seconds to mount the OTA. I'm a relative novice at observing and used it in a moonlight sky in an urban setting so can't fully review performance. Fairly easy to move around the sky. Found it a bit awkward to aim the finder scope at the intended targets, but maybe that will come with experience. Finder scope seems to keep its alignment even when removed from OTA and refitted later. Scope came almost perfectly collimated - have't tried any adjustment. Was easily able to split a 4" double, but 2" double looked like a single oblong. I believe the scope will support considerably higher magnification so making the latter double split possible. All in all, the telescope met my expectations and I would recommend it.
I purchased this for both myself and my father to enjoy back in September, It arrived on time in December (pandemic!) and has had several nights of use. I have to say as a first timer when it comes to telescopes the workforce of FLO have been exceptional. I had a ton of questions and all of them were answered before I even made my purchase, allowing me (as a complete novice) to choose the right scope for me. Never at any point did I feel like I was being 'sold to' Just really good, friendly advice. The build quality of the scope is fantastic, The scope itself arrived prebuilt just needing the finder scope to be attached along with the handles (all really simple). The base was fairly easy to assemble and only took around 30 minutes to complete. I would advise getting yourself a laser collimator to get the mirrors aligned for the best viewing, the scope comes with a bunch of tools to help assemble it and also has an alan key to adjust the small secondary mirror and a phillips screwdriver for the primary mirror adjustments. You will need a slightly larger alan (hex) key for the primary mirror locking bolts which isn't supplied. Honestly the most exciting bit of kit I've bought in a few years, excellent views of the moon and the stars. Hoping to see the planets later in the year! Will always come back to FLO to purchase future items.
My grandson hasn’t had too many clear nights to use the telescope since Christmas, but he has been impressed with what he has been able to see so far! Thank you for ensuring it got to him in time for Christmas Day!
This is my first proper telescope and has not disappointed. Easy to build from the two boxes it arrived in with clear instructions and decent enough tools included if you don’t posses any. Slightly irritating but when you come to collimate the mirrors the supplied Allen keys don’t fit the locking screws on the primary mirror so had to go searching around the garage and various ‘man draws’ to locate the correct sized Allen key. The collimating was slightly out, not surprising after weeks in transit and being piled in the back of DHL’s vans but it was rectified easily enough. The tube and base separate easily for transport and are not too heavy when moving around, I reused the polystyrene moulds that came in the box to hold the tube securely in the boot of my car.Performance: To mirror everyone else you will not be disappointed as long as you are realistic and not expecting hi-res Hubble images. The moon is stunning and the details along the terminator of craters and mountain ranges just pop out at you. I saw the Orion Nebula on a poor night with too full a moon, and was able to see the rings of Saturn and Jupiter just after the conjunction on the 21st Dec. Conditions were not ideal for viewing and detail was limited but they were there and could be easily identified. I’m very happy and can’t wait to get out there again on a better night for viewing.One thing that wasn’t so good. DHL! Drop it Hide it Loose it! They managed to deliver the tube and loose the base assembly. Lots of frustrating phone calls that went nowhere and resulted in me just driving 20 miles to the depot and doorstepping them. They assured me it had been delivered I assured them it hadn’t. Anyway long story short they found the base assembly box in a pile of parcels that was ready to be returned to sender! Maybe FLO might consider using a different courier, I have yet to have a good experience with large deliveries using DHL and their customer service is in direct opposition to that of FLO.
My initial telescope was a 114mm tabletop Dobsonian which was gifted to me June 2020. I knew almost straight away that I wanted something better. I looked around various forums and two things kept getting mentioned Skywatcher 200 dobsonian and FLO. I eventually succumbed and ordered this scope. I knew the pandemic was causing supply issues but FLO were upfront and honest and told me the next delivery wouldn't be until Dec (it was very early Nov) but there was a good chance it would arrive pre-Christmas but no promises. Well true to their word the telescope arrived on 21st of December.First impressions are this is a big scope. It stands just over 4ft tall when fully assembled. It is fairly heavy but in saying that the main OTA and base come apart easily to allow it to be moved around. I only use the telescope in my garden so find I can move it short distances without having to separate the two bits. I'm also lucky enough to have a garden store to keep the telescope in. I imagine if you have any steps to negotiate you may find it easier and safer to separate both parts.Assembly was pretty straightforward. Just take your time and follow the instructions.Once assembled it is ready to be used and you won't be disappointed. My initial thought was look at objects I've seen before, which I did. Albireo, Aldberan, The Pleiades, Orion Nebula and M15 (the globular cluster in Pegasus). They all showed way more detail than my previous telescope. The Moon was an excellent target very clear and detailed but when full and cloudless it is very bright.I'm not going to lie I found the finderscope, although it is good, hard to get along with. My old telescope had a basic red dot finder and I found myself yearning after it. It was just easier to find objects with a RDF. I guess it's just what your used to but I have ordered a RDF to accompany the finderscope.I would have no hesitation in recommending this telescope nor would I hesitate in recommending FLO for their customer service.
First time bought a telescope. Easy to set up, and provides great opportunities to not only explore the skies, but also just astronomy in general
As complete beginners to astronomy, my partner and I did plenty of research before choosing this telescope. Originally we were looking at the Orion XT8, until I found that the Skywatcher 200P was highly recommended and has the same specs as the Orion for considerably less money (and also comes with an additional lens). There was a long wait for delivery due to the pandemic, presumably causing manufacturing/shipping disruptions, however FLO were fully upfront about this and actually, the scope arrived a week earlier than we anticipated - delivered on the 23rd of December which felt somewhat like a miracle! Customer service has been excellent throughout, with all of my questions answered patiently and quickly. It was easy to build although undeniably large - I plan on inventing some sort of carry case so make it easier to get in and out of my car. Regardless, it does strap into the back seat quite well with the seatbelts around it.Due to poor weather, we've only been out once with this scope, but found it very easy to use and quickly found M42 with a surprising amount of detail, as well as getting some really clear images of the moon. Unfortunately, the temperature was - 1°C and my toes nearly fell off so we had to cut our trip short. However, our first experience with this scope was phenomenal and we are very much looking forward to clear skies (and thicker socks) so that we can enjoy it to its fullest potential.
After reading a few forum and Facebook group reviews, this telescope (I have never understood why it isn't described as a Newtonian with a Dobsonian mount) kept getting praise and recommendations. Based on all those positive comments and based on the price point, I decided to to purchase it after initially considering a 150P.I expected a wait which turned out to be two months but once I found (by using the FLO Facebook page) the correct email address (questions@ NOT contact@ which was indicated on the Paypal receipt) for FLO communications were prompt, helpful and friendly. Based on that I am very happy to recommend them.Building...Two two packages arrived and assembly was straight forward using the instruction manual Just a few suggestions... P4 Step 3 Base assembly instructions.I did not find this section clear, i) there is no mention about installing the three black feet and they are not listed in the parts list on P3 either.Also I inadvertently installed board D upside down. ii) NB the three stapled pads should face upwards.P4 Step 7 Saddle side bearings. I think the diagram of the bearing, bolt and arrow is meant to show that the nut in the bearing is supposed to be closest to the bolt as it enters the bearing but I was not sure. P10 Collimation. I found this difficult to follow but many of the guides are the same. Well all apart from this one which is brilliantly easy to understand - https://garyseronik.com/a-beginners-guide-to-collimation/A ton of friendly advice at https://stargazerslounge.com.Conflicting views on this topic from the forums A) "New telescopes usually do not need collimating - use your scope first and consider once you are familiar with it" B) A new scope will always need collimating before use.v) I think a basic collimating cap should be included with the telescope. 35mm film canisters, especially grey ones!, as described in the manual are not easy to come with and were only talking about pennies. I also did not want to put a hole in a lens cap!P11 Suggest adding section on v) Carrying/caring / dos and don'ts for your telescope vi) Useful/recommended accessoriesUse...Had some great views using the telescope for the first time - Venus, Pleiades, Orion nebula, Moon, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus viewed on the same day (morning/evening)Issues? None really although I find the straight through finder scope painful (in terms of bending over) to use and I am not sure how good quality the supplied eye pieces are.In summary - A great telescope from a good supplier so very happy to recommend First Light Optics and the Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200P Newtonian with Dobsonian mount.
Great piece of kit to get started. The stand is solid, and it's easy to adjust the position of the scope. I've seen Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn and it's rings so far with it. Easy to assemble, and not too heavy to move around. FLO provide a great service too.
Ordered the telescope and then realised the shipping time was from 40 to 60 days, an email to the team confirmed this but luckily some stock must have arrived because the telescope was shipped the next day. The telescope arrived undamaged and as others have said this is a large scope. The mount is easy to assemble and use and with telescope mounted not too heavy to move short distances, Have only viewed Saturn and Jupiter and image quality was excellent with the supplied eyepieces although I shall invest in better quality / higher magnification at a later date. Excellent service from FLO.
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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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