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Sky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope

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5.0

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  • Revolutionary truss-support that collapse together
  • Very easy to use
  • Includes 25mm and 10mm Plossl eyepieces
  • 8x50 Right-Angle Viewfinder
  • 2" Crayford-style focuser with 1.25" adapter
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Sky-Watcher 12" DOB: Deep-Space Hero!

 

The Sky-Watcher 12" DOB is a big gun. If you are shooting for well resolved, elusive 12th-magnitude fuzzies, you now have the power. In fact, a very significant wow-factor extends down to viewing the stuff people usually concentrate on with 8" and 10" telescopes. Except they say, "WOW!", when they view through this super aperture amateur 12" SW telescope. You can not only be a hero to yourself, but a mystical guru to other backyard astronomers, scout groups, friends, and neighbors. Astronomy is a great hobby to share, and a SW 12" DOB makes you potentially the hit of any star party. Well, so much for ego satisfaction—the point is—the SW 12" DOB is a serious telescope that will be purchased by a serious amateur who wants serious deep-sky penetrating resolution. Be advised this Light Chariot is one sweet astronomical ride!

 

Viewing Through the SW 12" DOB

 

Everything in deep-space appears brighter, and wider in extension with the SW 12" DOB. Many of the more challenging to resolve objects in smaller diameter telescopes now reveal their essential structure. Objects just within the threshold of a 10" aperture now appear more prominent and may be worth dwelling upon for extended periods. Comet hunters will delight in the fainter magnitudes that are possible to discern in the SW 12" DOB. Here at last is a telescope within the threshold to tackle elusive deep-space gems like the Horsehead Nebula in Constellation Orion. Located in Constellation Perseus, M76, is a very faint nebula of 11th magnitude. The SW 12" will capture this baby like you want to see it. M97, a planetary nebula in Ursa Major is very faint, but as a serious amateur you will want to see it. No worries, the SW 12" DOB will fulfill your quest. M61, a spiral galaxy in Constellation Virgo, will reveal spiral arms as you would hope to see them, but you will need a SW 12" telescope to resolve them well. The list goes on, and you will delight in planning your own journey of exploration.

 

The incremental resolving power of the SW 12" aperture is beyond just being impressive, it's within amateur astronomy's super aperture threshold where the lucky observer is able to resolve well, many, many objects that smaller telescopes just don't have the horsepower to detail satisfactorily because they can't pull in enough light. Again, Sky-Watcher's compact, collapsible optical tube design makes this super aperture 12" DOB a far more practical decision to purchase.

 

The 12" Sky-Watcher Establishes a New Standard in Large Aperture Ease-of-Use

 

Observing with a Dobsonian has been described akin to shooting ducks in a gallery because it is so easy to find your target. Just swing your SW DOB to the quadrant of sky to be searched, and scan the vicinity. An 8x50mm Right Angle optical viewfinder provides both magnification and light-gathering to help narrow your search for those elusive fuzzies when star-hopping. The standard-equipment backlash-free 2" Crayford Focuser insures ultra smooth focusing adjustments. Multi-coated, 4-element Pl?ssl eyepieces (25mm and 10mm) provide a spacious 52? Apparent Field of View.

 

To ensure mechanical ease-of-use, SW uses a high performance Teflon bearing system in both axes combined with tension adjustment in altitude to facilitate setting the appropriate amount of friction, assuring smooth vertical and horizontal manual movement without free-play from small bumps or gusts of wind. This also eliminates the need to have a balanced optical tube as in an equatorial mount. Sky-Watcher's Teflon bearing system is preferable to the use of ball-bearings. Ball-bearings make unintended movement of the optical tube more difficult to control. Fortunately, at low power, deep-space objects leisurely drift through the field of the SW 12" DOB, so constant mechanical adjustment of the telescope's orientation isn't needed to keep objects in the field of view.

 

Sky-Watcher's revolutionary truss-support concept allows the optical tube's front and back cells to collapse together, aligning on the truss support rods which can then be locked down for easy and secure telescope transport. This one piece, low-hassle OTA design is mechanically simple and results in large aperture telescopes that can be reasonably handled and transported by one individual. This innovation gives Sky-Watcher users tremendous functional ease-of-transportability.

 

Sky-Watcher Uses Quality Components Throughout

 

The Sky-Watcher 12" DOB utilizes quality components throughout. Pride of workmanship manifests itself in high quality standards of optical and mechanical fabrication. The polishing process for primary and diagonal mirror yields smooth mirror surfaces ensuring good contrast, and properly corrected optics show minimum alterations to the optical wave-front.

 

On each primary mirror, and elliptical diagonal mirror aluminum is vacuum deposited to the front glass surface and then over coated with hard quartz (SiO4). Additional layers of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) and (SiO4) are then applied. Dust covers are provided to help keep your DOB clean when not being used.

 

The mechanical and structural components of the OTA exhibit rigid construction and outstanding stability. The mount construction is sturdy and rigid. Mount design, while simple, facilitates smooth motions about both axes. Quality accessories enhance the observer's viewing experience.

 

Supplier Sku:
S11740
Shipping Restrictions:
Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Viewing Galaxies/Star Clusters , Viewing Nebulae , Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Features

Alt-Az Mount

Brand

Sky Watcher

Finderscope

8x50 Right Angle

Telescopes Series

Dobsonian Telescopes

Optical Design

Reflector

Aperture

12 Inches

Focal Length

1500mm

Focal Ratio

f/5.0

Mount Design

Dobsonian

Highest Useful Magnification

610x

User Level

For the Enthusiast

Component

.38 arc sec Resolving Power

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Sky WatcherSky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope
 
5.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (7)
  • Accurate (6)
  • Quality lenses (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid adventurer (5), Casual/ recreational (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Satisfied

By Ricky

from Spotsylvania , VA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Astronomy

Comments about Sky Watcher Sky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope:

Item arrived a week early and packaged very well; easy to assemble in a small amount of time. Can't wait to use it!!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super fast shipping

By Benjamin

from ELK GROVE,CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sky Watcher Sky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope:

      Telescope arrived 2 days earlier than expected.
      Great job.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pretty dang awesome.

      By Nate

      from Eagan, MN

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to Use
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Sky Watcher Sky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope:

      This scope is pretty impressive. Gives excellent views, and impressed family and friends. Although it is a beast to move around, you'll soon forget about the weight when you look through this scope. The finder scope is pretty decent also.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      She said she likes my 12"

      By UplandAssault

      from Midlothian, TX

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Exceeds expectations
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Sky Watcher Sky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope:

      It comes with 2 multi-coated plossl eyepieces a 10mm and 25mm. It does not come with a Barlow, I recommend that you buy one when you purchase this fantastic telescope.

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      • No

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice scope

      By billykkutter

      from Livingston Montana

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Sky Watcher Sky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope:

        [...]. It took about an hour to put the base together. I really love the quality lenses in the finder scope.Easy to collimate.Tight calibration on eyepiece adapters.Very pleased with my purchase. Watched Saturn sink to the southwest night skies with a full moon out the last three nights. Verymystical.You will love the simplicity of use.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WOW

        By irch

        from Long Island NY

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Price
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Sky Watcher Sky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope:

          Fantastic light bucket. Very well made. All quality parts. [...]

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          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Talk about Big Gunz

          By Clint the Astronutt

          from Morriston,Fl.

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Sky Watcher Sky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope:

          Putting together the base was alot easier than I thought .It took about 45 minutes. This scope and base are very heavy but you can remove the optical tube from the base and carry both separately. They weigh around 40lbs each. The view's are awesome.

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          (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent starter and beyond scope.

          By Brian

          from Maui, Hawaii

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Sky Watcher Sky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope:

          This is my first telescope. I decided on the 12 as it seemed big enough to really see alot, fit into a nice price range, i.e. bang for the buck, and reviews on other websites from other gentlemen who seemed to know their stuff had me conviced. I would suggest a google search of the scope and check out said reviews. They helped put things into perspective and you can see some pictures for size comparison.

          Good:
          1.)Solid base and scope. When extended it secures quite well and moves pretty fluidly for it's size. It makes a nice clicking noise when it's fully extended and then it's just a matter of tightening the screws. I have no qualms about how any of the things are secured within the scope. The mirror rests on 3 clips which are suspended upon a spring base. There are securing screws once the scope is collimated on the bottom of the tube so the mirror shouldn't move around when transported. Everything else from the truss tubes to the eyepieces are secured with multiple thumb screws at each junction point.
          2.)Compact size... Relatively speaking for a dobson. It does shrink down into a very nice manageable size for transportation. The tube rests upon 4 rocker points on the base. Each side of the tube has a handle, one of which controls the tension in the vertical movement. When extended the tube moves quite well and seems to hold it's place nicely. The tube comes out of the base very easily, after removing the handles, for split transportation.
          3.)Initial eyepieces and clairity seem good. This being my first really nice scope I'm impressed for an initial purchase. The two eyepieces are plossls a 10 and a 25mm. They give 52 degree fields of view which I don't believe is listed. 52 degrees is decent from what i've read. Stellar objects i've viewed so far drift pretty slowly across the field of view allowing some pretty good view times. I can only imagine how 60 and 82 degree Nagler eyepieces would look!
          Side note the bottom bucket does come with a very tight cap to seal the main mirror.
          4.)Cost... The price point for this scope I felt was excellent. I shopped around for a month looking at all the different dobson sizes and styles. Truss tube seemed the way to go for portability sake. Beyond the 12 inch range seemed a little unwieldly in size and weight when it came to transportation ease which was my biggest concern. You also hit a pretty sizeable price jump after you cross the 12 inch range.

          Bad:
          1.)I had some initial issues with collimation and the finder scope. The finder scope has to be alligned and while I like it's ability and ease of use I'm having a little trouble aligning it with the main mirror. It has a 3 point thumb screw suspension system which moves the scope around in the harness. A little awkward to align for a newbie. The main mirror was also misaligned out of the box. Due to the size of the scope you really need a second person to adjust the main mirror screws while you watch the alignment in the eyepiece telling the person when to turn and stop. I can see it taking a long time if you are by yourself.
          2.)Heavy. It's a little heavy. But, with all due respect, it's a 12 inch dobson... I'm a pretty big guy and can move the tube and mount around pretty easily, but I can see someone who is older or has any lifting issues finding the scope a little hard to move. It's very awkward to single handedly move the scope around while still mounted on the base. It's just too heavy to do safely without risk of damage to the scope or injury. This means a break down of the two must be done to effectively and safely move the whole scope around. If there is a shortcoming in this scopes tube it's that the tube doesn't have some sort of secure handle on it's exterior to get a good grip. Maybe a after market modification? I'm too afraid to do that at the moment. The base does have a secure handle and is alot easier to move than the tube.

          Bottom line: I would recommend this if you want a solid base of a scope that has the ability to see alot of things. I was very excited to get this in the mail and have not been disappointed at all with it's performance. Size, when it comes to transportation, may be an issue for you, but it wasn't for me. You will get your money's worth out of this scope if size isn't an issue when transporting.

          Looking forward to bigger and badder eyepieces down the road and exploring the stars :)

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