Brand: Sky-Watcher

Sky-Watcher Classic 200P 8" Dobsonian Telescope (S11610)

S11610

Brand: Sky-Watcher

Sky-Watcher Classic 200P 8" Dobsonian Telescope (S11610)

S11610

This 8" dob is a great option for anyone looking for get some great deep sky views. You'll detail outside of the solar system so you can see nebulosity and structure in far off galaxies.
  • Affordable, large 200mm aperture delivers stunning viewing experience
  • 78% brighter than 150mm model
  • Patented tension control handle allows for precise slewing and maximum stability
  • Parabolic primary mirror with Radiant Aluminum Quartz (RAQ)
  • Heavy-duty rocker box with Teflon bearings
  • 2-inch Crayford-style focuser with 1.25-inch adapter allows for use of nearly any eyepiece
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Why we love the Sky-Watcher Classic 200P 8" Dobsonian Telescope (S11610)

Dobsonian telescopes are some of the best beginner telescopes available. They're simple to use, and open the night sky up to everyone. These scopes will give incredible views of the planets, mind blowing views of the moon, and some really interesting views of deep sky objects like galaxies and nebulas. For a bit of context, an 8 inch dobsonian telescope will gather 816 times more light than the human eye.  You'll neve outgrow these scopes, they are perfect for visual astronomy.

Featuring large apertures and easy functionality, Sky-Watcher's Classic Dobsonian is the ideal beginner scope. Often referred to as '˜light buckets', Dobsonians provide users with the highest possible aperture for their money when compared to telescopes of a similar size, such as Schmidt-Cassegrains or refractors.

Product Description

Developed in the 1970s, the Dobsonian-style telescope is an inexpensive solution for bright, detailed visual observing using a simple design. The name '˜Dobsonian' comes from the telescope's inventor, John Dobson, a Vedanta monk who popularized sidewalk astronomy and dedicated his life to astronomy outreach. Dobson was well known for constructing large aperture reflecting telescopes capable of deep sky viewing, using low cost materials. These were often made with found materials, heavy cardboard tubes, recycled porthole glass, and plywood mounts. Dobson, who literally wrote the book on how and why to make amateur telescopes, encouraged other astronomers to assemble their own telescopes and taught workshops on telescope making.

The Classic Dobsonian uses a parabolic primary mirror design, constructed of borosilicate, then polished and coated with our proprietaryRadiant Aluminum Quartz (RAQ)producing a remarkable 94% reflectivity. With an 8-inch aperture, the Classic 200P Dobsonian is 816 times brighter than the human eye! This simple yet effective design is perfect for visual observation of faint objects, such as nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies.

Supporting the Classic Dobsonian is more than just a simple rocker box. The base uses Teflon bearings for smooth, easy azimuth slewing and a patented tension control handle to lock the telescope in place. Once locked on an object, the telescope can support both 1.25-inch accessories as well as the heavier 2-inch eyepieces, allowing you to use virtually any eyepiece on the market.The Classic Dobsonian includestwo 1.25-inch eyepieces, a 1.25-inch adapter, a 2-inch eyepiece adapter, dust caps and a 9x50 finderscope.

At Sky-Watcher, we stay true to the traditional John Dobson design, using just two mirrors, a metal tube, and a simple rocker box. Although we love computerized telescopes, using a star chart to find objects by hand can be far more fulfilling and will improve your knowledge of the night sky. Unplug your electronic devices, step outside, and become immersed in the wonders of the universe.

What can I see with a Sky-Watcher Classic 200P 8" Dobsonian Telescope (S11610)?

Here are some simulated views of common objects. Results with your telescope will vary with viewing conditions, obrits, equipment and more.

Jupiter with

25mm Eyepiece - 48x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Jupiter with

10mm Eyepiece - 120x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Jupiter with

5mm Eyepiece - 240x Magnification

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Moon with 25mm Eyepiece

48x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Moon with 10mm Eyepiece

120x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Moon with 5mm Eyepiece

240x Magnification

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Andromeda with 36mm Eyepiece

33x Magnification

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Andromeda with 25mm Eyepiece

48x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

Andromeda with 10mm Eyepiece

120x Magnification

(Included with This Telescope)

What's in the Box

  • Optical tube assembly
  • Base
  • 9x50 Finder
  • 25mm eye piece
  • 10mm eye piece

Specifications

Optical Info
Optical Design Newtonian
Mirror Coatings Radiant Aluminum Quartz (RAQ) coatings with 94% reflectivity
Glass Type Borosilicate
True Aperture (mm) 257
Primary Aperture (mm) 203
F/Ratio 5.9
Focal Length (mm) 1200mm
Secondary Diameter 48mm
Secondary Obstruction (by diameter) 24%
Secondary Obstruction by Area 6%
Observational Info
Dawes Limit 0.57
Rayleigh Limit 69%
Limiting Mag. 1400%
Minimum Magnification 29
Maximum Magnification 40000%
Light Gathering (compared to next size down) 78%
General Info
Focuser 2" Crayford
OTA Length (Retract/Ext.) 43"
OTA Outer Diameter 9.375"
OTA Weight (with accessories) 20
Dob Base Weight 25
Dob Base Measurements 29"x20.5"
Zenith Eyepiece Height 45"
Accessories
Included Finder 9x50 Finder
Included Diagonal No
Included Eyepieces 25/10 Super (modified Kellner)
Magnification w/ Included Eyepieces 48x/120x
Included Case No
Corrector No

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I bought a 8" Dobsonian as my first telescope and love it!! For a newbie in this amazing hobby, the 8" dobsonian offers simplicity and easy to transport scope. I can easily move it from my leaving room to my back yard. It doesn't take too much space in my car when I travel and bring the scope with me. It come with 2 eyepieces (10 mm and 25 mm) which are perfect to get you started observing the moon, planets and other sky objects. Highly recommended for those who want to start enjoying this hobby. Finally, my purchase experience with All-Star telescope was great!!

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