Optical Tube Assembly
The new Sky-Watcher Explorer-200P DS has the same superb parabolic primary mirror as the Explorer-200P but features a 1.25"/2" Dual-Speed 10:1 ratio focuser for enhanced focus control and a shorter tube length with the secondary mirror positioned closer to the primary mirror for more convenient prime-focus photography.
The Sky-Watcher Coma Corrector is also available for astrophotography.
You need only a T-Ring to fit your DSLR to the focuser's T-thread, but we recommend using a Coma Corrector for best results. (When using a Coma Corrector, you need an M48 Ring to suit your camera).
|Average Rating (10 Reviews): |Skywatcher 200pds excellent
11 March 2023 | Neil
FLO were excellent. Delivery within 2 days.
I already own the excellent 130 pds (which is amazing value) and wanted to step up.
The scope arrived very poorly collimated and this took some time to rectify with my laser, without one I think it would have been impossible. Perfect now though. However, I've only had one clear night since it arrived and I managed a few decent pictures. They exceeded those I've taken of the moon with a much more expensive scope with the same aperture (8" meade lx10 SCT). This is probably due to the excellent dual speed focuser on the 200 pds. Based upon the good deep sky images I get with the 130 pds, I expect much better with the 200. I wanted an all round scope for solar system imaging (does well with Barlow, despite focal length of only 1000 mm) and deep sky. This is the perfect solution.
Great scope fast shipping
15 February 2022 | Philip
Fast shipping to the United States excellent customer care. Telescope performs well and is actually quite beautiful I would recommend FLO and would buy from them again
Sky-Watcher Explorer 200P-DS OTA
08 February 2022 | Simon
This is an absolutely excellent telescope and at such a reasonably price . It is so lightweight and perfectly mounted on my NEQ6 Pro mount . Collimation was reasonably easy with the Rigel Aline Collimation cap . The optics are fast at f/4.5 with Skywatcher x0.9 Coma Corrector . My camera (850D) connected perfectly to the coma corrector .
On my first night , I was imaging some of the Ursa Major Galaxies with my modded 850D DSLR ( Messier 51/109/81-82) . The results were quite impressive even with relatively few exposures to stack ...good detail and colour . I am looking forward to re-imaging again with more exposures . This is a great telescope for Deep Sky imaging , and is very wide field . I am really looking forward too imaging nebulae (like Messier 8) . Planetary nebula ( like Messier27) , globular and open clusters . I hope to use the telescope to image a wide range of galaxies ... including more challenging ones also . I would give this telescope 6 stars.!
Sky-Watcher Explorer 200P-DS OTA + HEQ5 Pro
05 January 2022 | Sean
Great combination but it's worth noting that if you use the 200 OTA with the HEQ5, the counterweights are only just enough for the 200 and the included eyepiece.
If you want to put some heavier lenses or a camera onto the telescope, the standard counterweights are not quite enough for good Right Ascension balance. You need either extra weights or a weights extension bar to make sure that the scope balances. There are discussions around moments and vibrations for extra weights vs. extension bars, so look those arguments up if you're having to make a choice.
24 December 2020 | Ross
I wanted to upgrade from a 130mm (650 mm focal lenght) newtonian, to something that I could still use to capture some nebula and would also really get some more detail on targets like M33 Triangulum; I haven't been disappointed! One note to to people is really to consider the camera sensor you are planning to use too; as it makes a huge difference of your field of view! I did collimate this on arrival and it was slightly out - nothing major though and not surprising given it has been shipped from the UK to Europe.
The surprise for me was really that the increased aperture was not the main thing I liked, the general build was so much more sturdy that my previous scope. The focuser is real a game changer, and also the rings, dovetail and guide scope being included were all very nice touches. I am using this with the NEQ6 pro and I dont have any issues with the weight. I do see these sold with the HEQ5 Pro and wonder if this OTA with all the other imaging accessories may start to push the limits of the mount a little (just something to do a little research on if you are looking to purchase).
Anyway, I literally have no regrets with this OTA, it is fantastic, and allows me to get good signal in a much shorter time which is important as I have a fairly limited sky view.
Service was spot on from flow - there was a fairly long lead time for this but all well communicated and clear - arrived exactly when they said it would.
Cool scope with bags of potential
11 May 2020 | Paul
I had been observing using a Skywatcher 120mm Refractor. It's a great scope. I found myself becoming more interested in imaging than viewing. I got some okay results from the 120 (CA was obviously a thing, as was the tight FOV).
I took a break and decided to use lockdown as a good reason to restart the hobby. I'd been considering the 200P-DS for a while. (several years!) It offered me a nice fast scope at an affordable price. (I had considered a an APO refractor, but the cost of those soon mounts up). It was also very much weighted toward astrophotography.
In terms of imaging it's very much tailored to my level of skill - I've learned the basics and been fighting with a refractor. I found that it's much more forgiving than my refractor and it's not too fast to present another learning curve. So I reckon it's a good intermediate to advanced level telescope. I'll probably hit my limit for I exceed the scopes!
So far the scope has exceeded my expectations. Although designed more for imaging I have had some pretty good visual experiences so far. It's early days and a 90% moon has been making life interesting. Imaging - so far M101 and M13 have been targets and I've been very impressed with the results - focusing is especially good with the dual speed controls. So far coma has not been much of an issue, but my sessions have been limited by light and time.
Fit finish and build quality is great. Collimation was more or less spot on out of the box. Bundled accessories are all well made and machined.
The scope is heavy and a little bulky - but still very manageable. It really is in the sweet spot where size and aperture are just right.
Great scope - I love it!
16 July 2019 | Andrew
Firstly, thank you to FLO for their amazing service. Order received at 9am Monday. Telescope arrived 11:40am Tuesday. The 200 PDS is an excellent instrument and exceeds my previous Skywatcher 200p that I bought in 2002. The new model is an absolute breeze to collomate, taking only 2-3 minutes to do both the primary and secondary mirrors (previous model had tiny, equal size possidrive screws for the primary. Nightmare) and the image quality is first class. Easily observed the Ring Nebula in Lyra, even under a bright 11 day moon. Resolution of the "double-double" in Lyra was easily achieved. Detail on the surface of Jupiter, even though only 14 degrees above the horizon, so not really favourable conditions was quite amazing. Great Red Spot easily observed. Jupiter will look stunning in 5 years when it is well placed for observers in Northern latitudes. I can't recommend this telescope enough.
Sky-Watcher Explorer 200P-DS OTA
23 January 2019 | Alexander
very happy with the super purchase
20 September 2018 | Garreth
i really have been due to call you all just to thank you all for the FANTASTIC SERVICE YOU GAVE ME LAST WEEK..
I could not believe the speed with which you processed the order(less than a day i think) The price is amazing--and the quality of these scopes is legendary..The optics were a little out of collimation-probably due to transport--and with this -it easily split the 4 components of EPSILON LYRAE with separations of about 1.6 seconds of arc..
When set--the optics will be top notch..
This is an amazing company you are driving..very good luck with all you do in the future--keep up the good work--AND if anyone i know is in need of top gear---i shall definitely put you all up on the stand..
Well done--20* for the whole thing..
17 April 2018 | Tony
what can i say, excellent service from First Light Optics, quick delivery, and an awesome scope to boot, Just a bit surprised at the ribbing I received from certain family members as to how i was going to be able to see into the eye piece as I am rather short, however nothing a pair of steps can't solve!. thanks Martin, for answering my questions and the team for being their usual efficient selves,