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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
Have had this scope for nearly a year now, used it many dozens of times, and am very happy with it – it’s a perfect first ‘serious’ scope. It arrived well out of collimation, and collimating the secondary was a steep learning curve – it would be best to do some reading up on this before getting any kind of Newtonian, if only to avoid blind panic! Since then, it has held its collimation very well. I soon found the technique for ‘nudging’ it around the sky, and am now happy with the Teflon bearings, though at higher magnifications it can be a bit frustrating at times. With its heavy base and low centre of gravity it is rock steady. Vibrations settle very quickly indeed, and even a bit of wind doesn’t really affect it. Though the whole thing weighs around 20kg, I find that with the tube vertical and the handles screwed tight, I can easily move the whole thing by lifting with the handles and shuffling along – and I’m a ten stone weakling in my sixties! While the base and tube are satisfyingly good, the accessories are less so. The straight-through finder is hard work, and soon got replaced by a right angled, fully corrected one, along with a red dot finder. You can then use the RDF to get to a visible object you know, the 9x50 to see a 5 degree field and get the scope centred for a 25mm-ish eyepiece. The supplied eyepieces are poor, worse than poor if you wear glasses. The 25mm is useable for a while but the 10mm is terrible. One thing I discovered after a bit is that you can create a sort of alt-az version of an azimuth setting circle on the base, and get a cheap magnetic inclinometer to put on the tube. If you then get an app like sky-safari or stellarium which gives you instantaneous alt-az coordinates for any object in the sky, you can ‘set’ the scope to a precise alt-az position, which makes it incredibly easy to find difficult-to-see objects without excessive ‘star-hopping’. This has saved me so much time, and would be my most recommended ‘hack’.In these 10 months or so I’ve seen dozens of galaxies and planetary nebulae, along with hundreds of open and globular clusters, as well as ‘resolving’ many, many double stars. All in all, this 200p dobsonian is a highly recommended buy, but remember you will need to budget for some decent eyepieces, and a better finder. It might be worth looking at the more expensive Stellalyra version, or the GSO equivalents, as there is a version of these with a better finder, and better bearings, along with a two speed focuser. It cost £100 more though.
We have only been using this telescope (the first we have bought) for 2 days but it has already exceeded all expectations. Delivery (international) was very fast and the telescope itself is very well built. The Moon is glorious (the Astro Essentials Moon filter is a highly recommended accessory for starters). Last night we managed to see Jupiter with some moons, including clearly visible coloured bands on Jupiter. All this from our back garden, under strong street lighting and with Jupiter low in the sky.The two included lenses are really great for starters and the advice, found on many forums, to start with the basic lenses before deciding what type of additional lenses you want, is spot on. Higher zoom is not always good, we find the moon much more spectacular through the 25mm standard lens, where you can see the whole moon in one go. On the other hand, the detail we could make out on Jupiter through and add-on 8mm lens + 2x Barlow was beautiful, even as the planet shot through the field of view in a matter of seconds.In short, if you are looking for a starter telescope, you will most definitely not be disappointed.
Really great scope, fast and efficient order processing and delivery. Can see Jupiter, orion nebula, andromeda galaxy - bit faint so order Barlow and filters right away, also collimator. Clear skies
Absolutely blown away by this scope and the speed with which it was dispatched! Only looked at the Moon - late afternoon - was breathtaking, Am utterly addicted now and will be casting my eye towards Barlows.......
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
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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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