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Sky Watcher 10" GoTo Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope

SKU : SW-S11810

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  • 254 mm (10-inch) Aperture for Detailed Views
  • f/4.7 Focal Ratio for Sweeping Views.
  • User-friendly Unique Designs and Features.
  • Collapsible Design for Easy Transportation and Storage.
  • Computerized Mount Equipped with Guided Tours and Digital Library.
  • Will ship directly from Sky-Watcher in the continental US

Product Details

  • Traveling with your telescope just got easier with the Sky-Watcher 10-inch GoTo Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope. This Dobsonian telescope is the best choice for those looking to take their star studies to the next level.

    SKY-WATCHER 10-inch GOTO COLLAPSIBLE DOBSONIAN TELESCOPE Top 5 Features

    • Easily collapses down for convenience and transportability.
    • Unlike other truss tube (open part of the telescope) designs, you can adjust it for easy storage in addition to transportation.
    • Tension Control Handle allows you to manually move the scope without realigning.
    • Dobsonian’s dual encoder technology gives you the comfort to manually adjust your telescope without having to realign it.
    • The Sky-Watcher SynScan AZ hand control includes a library of over 42,900 celestial objects.
  • specifications

    Aperture254 mm (10")
    Camera/Eyepiece Connection1.25" Nosepiece
    Database42900 Objects
    Focal Length1200 mm
    Focal Ratiof/4.7
    Free ShippingYes
    Optical DesignDobsonian
    Power Consumption15V 1A
    Slew Speed1000x
    Tube Diameter289mm
    Tube Length1118mm
    Tube Weight33 lbs
  • included items

    • 10-inch f/4.7 GoTo Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope.
    • SynScan GoTo Hand Control & Cables.
    • 8 x 50 RA Finderscope & Bracket.
    • 2-inch Crayford Focuser.
    • 1.25-inch Adapter.
    • 10mm Plossl Eyepiece (1.25-inch).
    • 25mm Plossl Eyepiece (1.25-inch).
    • Dust Cover.
    • Eyepiece Tray.

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A OPT Telescopes Customer
BF
01/27/2022
Brian F.
United States United States

A slight learning curve, then wow

As someone who's owned multiple equatorial mounts with GoTo, I thought I'd be able to figure this GoTo Dob out without reading the instructions. Well, I was wrong! Interestingly, you need to point the entire telescope parallel to the ground but pointing north towards Polaris to help it figure out where it is for the star alignment process. Once I figured that out, then it was off to the races. Personally, having a Dob with GoTo isn't really the selling point for me — I'm usually able to locate objects manually on my own. But having tracking is a massive upgrade from the average telescope. Whenever you're observing without tracking at high magnifications, like the planets, they are going to drift out of your eyepiece's view pretty quickly, like within 30 seconds. Having tracking on this size (10") of a telescope is a dream, because it keeps your objects centered for 10+ minutes at a time if you do the alignment right. This is hugely important for public outreach, when you're too busy to be fussing with aligning the scope every 30 seconds. I haven't tried it yet, but it also makes planetary imaging much more achievable. You'll still have field rotation to contend with, but programs like AutoStakkert! and Registax can compensate for this. My two gripes with this telescope are 1) the weight, and 2) the finder scope. There's not much that can be done about the weight. It is a heavy beast made even heavier by the tracking motors. It weighs 72 lbs, but what's worse is that it's incredibly awkward to carry, even with the included handles. But it does separate into two pieces for transport, which is nice. I am going to pick up a $20 wood dolly from a hardware store to easily move it across flat surfaces. My other gripe is the finder scope. Even after swapping it out for a new one, the finder scope bracket is always significantly skewed, indicating an issue with the finder shoe itself. It's difficult to center stars/objects in the finder FOV and have it aligned with the eyepiece FOV for this reason. I would take a star off the overall rating because of this, but it might just be limited to my scope (which I picked up secondhand). Oh, yes, right, the actual view through the telescope: it's to die for! Never have I seen so much detail on the planets and the moon. I haven't gotten the chance to bring it out to a dark sky site yet but I hope to do so soon and really take advantage of this.

Z
08/16/2018
Zach

Lots of Potential but Difficult to use

This scope I will admit was a large jump from my last few scopes. I'm a novice and wanted to get something I would spend less time finding and more time sharing the views with my family and friends. I opted for the GOTO mount and it was easy to put together and the Shipping was awesome from OPT! However, I've had a lot of trouble with alignment for the go-to mount to work well. I have searched lots of forums and help and I can't seem to make this alignment process to work well. You can get it close with a few degrees off each object. Unless you are somewhat familiar with the night sky you'll miss a good show even with the goto feature. Make sure to update the firmware out for the box. That did help a bit. I will keep learning how to align this scope better and hopefully make it fun again instead of frustrating. The glass and overall quality are great and I like the collapsible feature. It runs great off my car battery jump pack for hours. I don't like the weight but that's what you get with this size. If I had known about the difficulty of the go-to mount I would not have purchased the extra feature.