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S11610
S11610 Traditional Dobsonian 8-Inch (White)
The Sky-Watcher Traditional Dobsonian Telescope 203mm/1200mm (8 ) has a paraboloidal primary mirror to eliminate spherical aberration and a four-arm, secondary- mirror bracket with fine supports (0.5mm thick), to reduce diffraction spikes and light loss. In addition, this model include a 2 focuser with a 1.25 adapter, allowing the use of either ...
Sky Watcher4.825S11610 Traditional Dobsonian 8-Inch (White)
S11610 Traditional Dobsonian 8-Inch (White)

Sky Watcher

S11610 Traditional Dobsonian 8-Inch (White)

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The Sky-Watcher Traditional Dobsonian Telescope 203mm/1200mm (8 ) has a paraboloidal primary mirror to eliminate spherical aberration and a four-arm, secondary- mirror bracket with fine supports (0.5mm thick), to reduce diffraction spikes and light loss. In addition, this model include a 2 focuser with a 1.25 adapter, allowing the use of either eyepiece size. This model also include the new feature-tension control handle.

  • Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately.Super 25 and 10mm 1.25 eyepieces.950 finderscope
  • 8 (203 mm) Dobsonian-style Newtonian
  • 1200 mm focal length (f/5.9)
  • 2 single-speed Crayford-style focuser with 1.25 adaptor
  • 4-element Plssl 25 mm and 10 mm 1.25 eyepieces
  • Solid rocker-mount with Teflon bearings and tension clutch for altitude
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My son and I love this dobsonian telescope
by Valued Customer on July 19, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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My son and I love this dobsonian telescope. No issues from shipping. Aligned the finderscope and then stargazed! Easy to assemble and remove for storage.

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Really great for the price
by Valued Customer on June 29, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Really great for the price, very good image quality after collamination. I can't imagine a better starter telescope for the price. But watch some youtube videos on how to collaminate! and be sure to collaminate your laser collaminator. A few small issues: 1) the focuser is okay, but makes it hard to collaminate because the hole for the eyepiece allows for too much play. I bought a twist-to-lock 2"" to 1.25"" eyepiece adapter which solved this problem. 2) the elevation bearings are not teflon so there's lots of stiction. I solved this by buying some teflon and making new bearings. 3) the mount is pretty heavy. I'd recommend making a lighter weight dob mount if this is a problem for you.

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Arrived damaged but customer support sent me a new one
by Valued Customer on June 28, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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When it arrived, the mirror was detached and heavily scratched, however Skywatcher customer support was very responsive and shipped me a replacement. The views are absolutely amazing and I would recommend this to anyone!

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Excellent ""small"" telescope, if you can't afford 8""+ or just want something that's lighter in weight, click buy on this one now.
by Valued Customer on June 10, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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I own two Skywatcher Dobsonians, the 12"" collapsible and the 6"" traditional. The 6"" is ideal for those nights when your body just doesn't want to pick up something heavy, or if you know you're short on time or are going to have to move often (like to dodge a tree). It's still tall enough to work out well when used with a short stool or drum throne for a chair, making long observing sessions easily possible. Any smaller (like the 4.5"" Orion which I also have), and you'll be looking for a table to put it on so as to not be so bent over.6"" of aperture has enough light grasp for bright deep sky objects. 1200mm focal length helps make enough magnification for decent planetary detail. For a long time, the 6"" f8 Newtonian was the gold standard of amateur telescopes. More recently, that has shifted toward 8"" f6 and 10"" f5 or larger, but still, this is a serious telescope and not a toy in any way. If this were all I had, I'd probably want more, but for a second scope it's perfect. The 12"" has 4x the light grasp and is an absolute stunner. It also weights a hundred pounds, so there's that. The 6"" is nowhere near as hard to move.Speaking of magnification, an 8mm eyepiece yields 150 x magnification, and is about the max for an average night of planetary viewing for me. Considering this is my quick grab telescope, I bring an 8-24mm Celestron zoom eyepiece and a 6mm Orion Stratus 68 eyepiece. Occasionally the 6mm will work for me, but the zoom will always work for me, usually right around the 10mm setting. All depends on atmospheric conditions as any experienced stargazer knows.The straight through finder is easy to use especially for bright stars and planets. Keep both eyes open and move the scope until your target is in the cross hairs. I could see it being harder to use for picking up a fainter deep sky object, but I use my larger scope for that. Upgrading to a red dot/telrad could help with locating deep sky objects.Only Skywatcher offers the tension knobs on the sides like this has. My 6"" Dobsonian happened to ship before Skywatcher was officially brought to the 'States as a brand (and is labeled as a Celestron Starhopper). It's clearly the same thing as this listing, the only difference is a black main tube and a 1.25"" focuser. If you buy from Amazon, you'll get the upgraded 2"" focuser, which will provide better wide field views with a 2"" low power eyepiece. I don't use mine for that, so it's a non issue for me.

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Five Stars
by Valued Customer on May 17, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Works wonderful the few times ive used it so far. Very happy with it

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Four Stars
by Valued Customer on March 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Good scope but the mount is very heavy

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Pros and Cons
by Valued Customer on March 19, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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Pros and ConsAssembly: It arrived intact with all the parts accounted for. I managed to assemble it easy enough with the tools provided except for the screwdriver which does not have a rubber grip and is therefore very difficult to use.Size: The scope was actually smaller than I anticipated and moving it around is not that difficult. Keep the scope's shipping box if you want to transport it in a vehicle.Quality of lenses: The lenses that came with it are of an inferior quality, especially the 25mm, which showed a blurred image along the edges. I was able to compare it to better quality lenses which I had, and with the quality lenses the image was crisp and clear. Hence the main optics of the scope is very good. As this is a fast scope with a short focal length ratio the quality of the lenses become a factor.Focuser: The focuser is solid and smooth but as it is a single speed focusing at high magnification is a challenge. One can upgrade it or use a micro focuser.Finder scope: The finder scope provides a good crisp image but at zenith is very difficult to use. One can upgrade it to a right angle finder scope (I have already ordered one)This scope has good optics for the price but you should be prepared to spend a bit on quality lenses, a quality barlow and some essential upgrades if you really want to enjoy it to its fullest.

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For beginners to professionals!
by Valued Customer on November 25, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
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We put this together in about 20 minutes. (having a power drill is handy)! It is so user friendly and we are thrilled with the lense choices it comes with!

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Buy it!
by Valued Customer on November 09, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
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Wow! This was so worth every penny! Amazon had the absolute best price! I've seen Saturn and it's rings now! I found the Andromeda Galaxy! It's simple to use and powerful! This childhood dream has finally come true.

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This telescope is awesome. Of all my astronomical device purchases
by Valued Customer on August 24, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
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You grow up knowing the shape of Saturn, but then seeing it with your own eyes, ring and all! I giggled to myself because it was so exciting! Then I attached my phone and was able to get a decent picture to share with friends. I've even had kids over for a moon reviewing party. This telescope is awesome. Of all my astronomical device purchases, this is tops!

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Great for the money
by Valued Customer on August 19, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
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Great scope for the money. I purchased this one on a recommendation from my college astronomy professor and it hasn't disappointed. It's a bit heavy but that also means it's more stable and durable. If 60 pounds is a bit heavy for you, the comparable Orion weighs 20 pounds less. The Skywatcher fits in my Prius easily when I fold the seats down but If you have a sedan you might want to consider a collapsible.

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Best telescope for the $
by Valued Customer on June 27, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
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All I expected. Arrived in great condition and had to make no adjustments.

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