Sky-Watcher Dobsonian telescopes provide excellent all round performance for the observation 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.
|Average Rating (25 Reviews): |The Foundation of your Telescopic Empire
Thursday, 28 May 2020 | Ben
I’ll start by telling you, I’m the kind of chap that wants to make sure I’m getting value for money and that the retailer is reputable. This means I tend to do a lot of research before I buy it, which in turn can lead to me being even more confused.
As you probably know already, there are a lot of different telescopes and retailers out there, all with attractive prices and accessories etc.
Let me hopefully save you some time. Let FLO save you some time. Let’s save you time so you can be looking at the skies sooner rather than later.
This is the only entry level telescope you should buy, and FLO is the only place you should buy from.
Thursday, 28 May 2020 | Michael
Wow. So easy to build. Sturdier than ikea. And handles very well. Not as heavy as I thought.
Monday, 25 May 2020 | Ian
Arrived well packed and secure to prevent damage in transit.
Took about 45 mins to build as very straight forward.
The total size of the scope is about 135cm high x 55cm diameter base and the scope is easily moveable in two parts. Adding and removing the scope to the base takes about 5 seconds!
Used that night in OK viewing conditions and was able to see some amazing objects inc double stars, nebulae, open & globular clusters. The supplied 25mm lens is decent, the 10mm is slightly lower quality. The 9 x 50 spotting scope is excellent and only gets slightly awkward to use if pointing straight up.
I am delighted with this product so far and have zero negatives with either FLO or the telescope. 100% recommended.
Saturday, 23 May 2020 | Dave
This is my first telescope, very easy to follow instructions to build the base all fittings correct and fitted well.
Aligning the main scope with the finder scope was a doodle with the instructions.
Used it first time and was amazed at the clarity of the images,, really happy.
FLO e-mailed to say maybe a couple of weeks wait but arrived after a week, so again great service.
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 | Ian
Well packaged and arrived safely. First impressions were WOW! We got to use the telescope at a fairly dark place, seeing the Great Orion Nebula was fantastic.
The only down side is the supplied eyepieces, being Modified Acromatics. They aren't the best quality, I'm afraid.
Tuesday, 4 February 2020 | Tia
I bought this telescope as my first one and it has done wonders so far, I have seen the moon and a couple of nebulas and I am just waiting for the planets to swing my way but I am very impressed and would 100% recommend to anyone looking to give star gazing a shot.
Sunday, 18 August 2019 | Elliot
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!!
Amazing bit of kit for the price
Friday, 8 March 2019 | Paul
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.
Very nice, but very large
Monday, 20 August 2018 | Francis
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.
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 | Christian
Really pleased with the telescope, saw jupiter really well through it. Delivery was super fast, I will definitely use Flo again. Thank you.
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