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Zhumell Z10 Deluxe Dobsonian Ultimate Telescope Bundle

Item# ZHUE028
 
4.5

(34 Ratings)

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Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian Telescope Bundle

 

We could not have dreamed up a better bundle at such an amazing price.  The Zhumell Z10 is already become a classic for excellent dobsonian telescopes.  This bundle comes with all the standard accessories as the Z10 includes everyday, such as the Primary Mirror Cooling Fan, Laser Collimator, 2-Inch 30mm Eyepiece, 1.25 inch 9mm Eyepiece, 8x50 RA Finderscope, Dual-Speed Focuser and more.  But we have taken it a step further.  We took it a step further... drum roll please....

 

First we insisted on including our new Z100 16mm eyepiece.  Now you can experience 100 Degree Apparent Field of View for that "space-walk" feeling.  Its 2-Inch format is perfect for use with the Z10 telescope.

 

Next we added some highly useful filters.  Sticking with 2-Inch format, we included the High Performance Moon and Sky-Glow Filter for space exploration in urban settings.  This filter makes viewing objects in light polluted areas much better.  We also included a Variable Polarizing Telescope Filter, excellent for lunar observations with such a large aperture telescope like the Z10. 

 

Finally, we just had to include a TELRAD finderscope.  Even though your Z10 includes an 8x50 RA Finderscope, so many customers tell us the TELRAD Finder is a fantastic compliment and is listed on their "must-have" accessory list.  So we included it. 

 

And finally, just cause we can, we included a great book called Exploring the Night Sky.  This book is great for young and old alike, and is great for any beginning or advanced telescope enthusiast. 

 

Well there it is, for a limited time only we will be offering this tremendous bundle. 

 

Designed with you in mind
Zhumell's latest Dobsonian telescope is the result of a new approach to design. Customers like you told us how to improve our Dobsonian, and we listened. Never before has a telescope been designed with consumer needs, wishes and recommendations so much in focus.
The Zhumell Z10 Deluxe Dobsonian Reflector Telescope features a 10-inch aperture to capture substantial light for clear, long-range viewing. Used in conjunction with the two included eyepieces (32mm and 9mm) and Dobsonian stand, this telescope will make your night-sky observations and star parties more enjoyable than ever.

 

A primary mirror cooling fan brings the telescope into thermal equilibrium quickly so you can enjoy long viewing sessions without delay. You'll also enjoy the new adjustable azimuth bearing system, which facilitates smooth, even motion when tracking celestial objects. When you arrive at your subject, the dual-speed Crayford focuser allows for quick, easy adjustments, while the laser collimator ensures rapid, accurate optical alignment. 



  • 10-inch aperture
  • 2-inch, dual-speed Crayford focuser
  • Clutch mount with tension knob
  • Primary mirror cooling fan
  • New adjustable azimuth bearing system
  • Laser collimator for easy optical alignment
  • 2-inch SV30mm 68 degrees wide angle eyepiece included
  • 9mm 1.25-inch-format eyepiece included
  • Includes Dobsonian telescope stand

 

About Zhumell
At Zhumell we're committed to precision, performance, and people. Our products are designed and tested to make sure that they perform not only to our expectations, but to our customers' as well. We know that Zhumell customers are unique individuals whose pursuits vary and who demand the best products available. Whether you're an avid birder waiting to catch a glimpse of a yellow-rumped warbler or a keen observer and searcher of the night sky, we have the products that fit your needs.

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

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

Brand

Zhumell

Weight Complete

60 lbs

Finderscope

8x50

GoTo

No

Telescopes Series

Zhumell Dobsonian Telescopes

Focal Length

1250mm

Star Diagonal

1.25 Inches

User Level

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Zhumell Z10 Deluxe Dobsonian Ultimate Telescope Bundle
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (22)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Quality lenses (18)
  • Accurate (14)

Cons

  • Heavy (12)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (28), Avid adventurer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Terrific scope, great value, FAST ship

I ordered this scope late Thursday night. It was delivered mid-day Saturday! And that was FREE shipping!!! wow. I currently have a Meade ETX70 and a pair of super-giant 20x80 astronomy binoculars...Read complete review

I ordered this scope late Thursday night. It was delivered mid-day Saturday! And that was FREE shipping!!! wow. I currently have a Meade ETX70 and a pair of super-giant 20x80 astronomy binoculars by Celestron. Both give fine views of the moon and resolve a disk for Jupiter and the four big moons, but I really wanted to see the rings of Saturn. So I began searching for a new scope. I took me weeks to sort through all the options, website, articles and endless array of choices. I was finally able to decide what features I really wanted and how much I wanted to spend. I think that is half the battle. Since there are so many options out there, try to get really clear on what you want the scope for. You hear it all the time, a high end scope that sits in the closet is no better than a "lesser" scope that you actually use. So I tried to get really clear on what I wanted to do NOW, what I might want to do in the future and most importantly how likely I would be to ACTUALLY do what I wanted to do. I think I looked at nearly every scope on the site that was at least 8 inches in aperture. I kept coming back to this bundle. I think it hits the sweet spot on all my main criteria:1. I wanted a large aperture at least 8 inch.2. I wanted to be able to transport it.3. I wanted to get the accessories I would need, not just the scope.4. It would be nice to have a motorized or GoTo system but not required. 5. Astrophotography? Hmmm… I kept vacillating on that one. 6. And of course, I need to see those rings… Let's start with the first, Aperture. This one was pretty easy. The bundle and included accessories really swayed me toward Zhumell. When looking at the Zhumell dobs, The 10 inch was only $100 more than the 8 inch. The 12 inch would have been nice, but it was $200 more than the 10 and did not have the bundle option, so I went with the 10. (Of course, now that I have had first light, I can't help but wonder how much MORE I would see with the 12…) So if you don't need the bundle, maybe look at the 12 instead.Transportability – It is BIG. But it is manageable. The tube is 4 feet long. And it weighs! I can lift it, but I don't want to carry it too far. The base is on a 2 foot lazy susan and stands about 28 inches. It is also heavy, but it has a handle, so it is easier to move. Think about the size of your car when you buy this. I have an Odyssey and an old Civic. It should fit in the van no problem, but I am not sure about the Civic. I think I can lay the tube across the back seat, just can't bring anyone along with me. Since I live in the suburbs of Chicago, I get a lot of light pollution, so I will definitely be looking for opportunities to pack this in the car and head to darker skies. I will edit my review later to let you know how well it went when I have the opportunity to transport it. You do not move it while assembled on the base. You lift the tube off the base, move it and then you move the base and finally re-seat the tube. There are no tools with this. Just gravity. You simply lift the tube out of the base and later set it back in the same way. (I have seen dollies that can move a dob on wheels, but I don't have this, so I cannot say how well it works). Maybe a small hand truck is in order. Accessories – the bundle is a really good deal. You get filters, a nice 2 inch wide view eyepiece and a telrad. The scope already comes with a finder scope, two standard eyepieces, dual speed focuser, a cooling fan, a laser collimator, the base and an eyepiece tray. It did not come with a case or an instruction manual. You can find a link to the instruction manual in the listing here. Download the PDF and/or print it out. It is about 40 pages, so it was easy to print and if this helps keep the cost down, then I have no problem with their not including it. I ordered a case on another site that should fit the tube. I will update my review when I receive it to let you know how well it fits. Even the book in this bundle is cool. It is by the author Terence Dickinson of NightWatch fame. (If you don't have a copy of NightWatch, it is highly recommended. Think of the book included in this bundle as like a mini version of that). So I think the bundle was well worth the extra cost, but even the scope by itself is an excellent deal considering all the extras it includes. I think it is hard to go wrong either way. If you have the budget, get the bundle, otherwise, just get the scope and add accessories later. Motorized, GoTo – there are many options in this category. I decided I could do without these features. If you go with this Dob, you will have to move the scope manually to each target. It is NOT a GoTo scope. You have to learn the sky with charts and star hoping. This is very rewarding once you get the hang of it. It is exactly like finding an address in the car. You can go "old school" and pull out a road atlas and figure out the best route or just type the address into your smart phone and go. If you are like me, I have sometimes driven someplace with my GPS and later not been able to find it again on my own. The GPS does not require that you LEARN the route, just that you follow it. It has the advantage of getting you there without your getting lost however, so like most things there is a tradeoff. If you want to learn the sky "old school" and don't mind getting lost a little along the way, then this scope will get you there with great views along the way. (you never know what special places you can find when you get lost) If you want find stuff at the push of a button, then these dobs will NOT do it for you. (There are plenty of non-Dobsonian GoTo scopes on this site). Astrophotography – I decided that for now, I wanted to improve my views of the sky, grab more light, and learn more of the sky. I am pretty good with the major constellations and locating planets, but with this scope I hope to start finding more deep sky objects and learn even more of the sky. Since I don't even own a camera yet, I thought that astrophotography could wait for now. However, while a scope like this cannot track the sky for long exposures, you can take short exposure shots through the eyepiece. Here is a nice article on this: http://www.iceinspace.com.au/63-201-0-0-1-0.html Rings - So, it is Monday now. I assembled the scope as soon as it arrived and I enjoyed first light on Saturday night. Caught the rings of Saturn just before it dropped below the neighbor's house. Awesome! Can't wait to do more. I will update as I learn more. Assembly - I was able to do the assembly pretty easily and by myself, but here are two very helpful links. The first explains how to assemble the scope: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVBRDCS_qsI&list=PLC4534635A16B5D97&index=4&feature=plpp_videoThe other explains how to collimate:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbh4rcozAvw&list=PLC4534635A16B5D97&index=5&feature=plpp_videoI was having a very hard time performing the collimation until I realized that the collimator they sent is different than what they used to send. To turn it on, you have a button at the end now instead of a switch on the side. On mine, this button had been depressed during shipment, and my batteries were nearly dead. Fortunately I had the correct size batteries in the house (LR44). Once I replaced them, the collimation was a snap! So be sure you have fresh batteries before you start. Also, in the video, he makes a CRITICAL point. Make sure you point the tube horizontally or lower. This way, when you are adjusting the screws, if you accidentally drop your screwdriver, you won't drop it into the tube and destroy your mirror! Wow what a great tip. So glad I watched the video before trying to collimate. I don't think I would have thought of that till it was too late. Turned out to be a the really long review. Hope you find some of this helpful. I am very pleased both with the scope and with telescopes.com! Thanks and Clear skies.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Defective Scope, Will Seek Replacement

I purchased the Z10 to upgrade from my Orion XT8 and so far I believe I made a big mistake. I collimated the Z10, took it outside, collimated again, then pointed the scope...Read complete review

I purchased the Z10 to upgrade from my Orion XT8 and so far I believe I made a big mistake. I collimated the Z10, took it outside, collimated again, then pointed the scope toward the Great Hercules Cluster expecting to find a nice difference in the view between the XT8 and the Z10. Unfortunately, the view was disappointing. The image was dim and was not in focus. No matter what I did with the collimation and no matter how I adjusted the eyepiece focus, the view remained much less than what is expected from a 10" Dob. Overall, the viewing experience with the XT8 was much more enjoyable. The optics were crisp although obviously the resolving power of the telescope was less. Currently, I have decided to seek replacement of the defective scope via the warranty process, but I am disappointed that I had not sent the item back faster to get a full refund. I wish I had chosen the XT10 instead of the Z10. Originally, I was lured by the lower price of the Z10 versus the XT10 and reasoned that the quality would be similar based upon various reviews online. I guess you get what you pay for. As someone who has owned an Orion XT8 and a Zhumell Z10 I can say unequivocally that the Orions are worth the extra money. The quality of the eyepieces that come with the scope are better with Orion. Also, there is something wrong with the particular Zhumell scope I received. I am willing to change my view if I receive a good scope, but that remains to be seen.

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5.0

Astounding Performance and Value

By Tyler D

from Townsend, GA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Zhumell Z10 Deluxe Dobsonian Ultimate Telescope Bundle:

    The optics on my Z10 Zhumell were absolutely high-grade. They have provided me with stunning views of both planetary and deep space objects alike. The excellent construction, quality control, and performance aside; I must say the big winner of the package is both the Telrad finder, and the Z100 16mm eyepiece. At first I thought they had the Z100 16mm priced at almost $200 just to make this package seem more attractive, but I was dead wrong. The 16mm eyepiece is by far my favorite eyepiece to use in the dob. My 30mm Meade ultra Wide, and 8-24mm Baader Mark III Zoom are 2nd and 3rd in terms of use. It just seems to give the perfect combination of magnification, area, and sharpness. The view is by no means perfect out to the edge, but I would say 85-90% IS perfect. And from what I understand even the Tele Vue Naglers/Delos/Ethos have a tiny % of distorted edge performance, though I'm sure they're better overall. I still just can't believe how well this combination scope and eyepiece performs! I picked up a zhumell barlow for $50, and I must say it isn't nearly up to pairing with the Z100, but mine might not be a great example and for $50 it works well enough I suppose. So keep that in mind if buying this package the Z100 deserves a high quality barlow.

    Bottom line? Buy this package if you're new to astronomy, or would like a larger scope capable of seeing pretty much anything under decent conditions.

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    5.0

    WOW!

    By Charles

    from ALBUQUERQUE,NM

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Quality Lenses
    • Quality Light Bucket
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Ota Could Use A Handle

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Zhumell Z10 Deluxe Dobsonian Ultimate Telescope Bundle:

    Ordered Sunday w/ Free shipping, arrived on Friday. Printed out online manual and assembly was fairly straightforward. No missing parts. Overcast for several days. Took the time to collimate mirrors and sight in the finder scope. Then first light. New crescent moon just after sunset, beautiful. Jupiter w/ moons and bands, splendid. Orion's nebula? Simply awesome!
    I am one happy camper. The two speed focus knob is a joy. A handle to lift the OTA would be nice. I may add one.

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    5.0

    Amazing!!

    By Patricia

    from LUNENBURG,MA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • easy to focus
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses
    • Simple
    • Stable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Zhumell Z10 Deluxe Dobsonian Ultimate Telescope Bundle:

      This telescope bundle is one of the best out there! The quality is unbelievable, the set up is quick and easy and it is simple to use! The clutch system is perfect andn holds the telescope right where I need it! The eyepieces and filters along with the set i purchased from zhumell are amazing! This telescope is a great buy for intermediate astronomers of hobby astronomers! This is my second telescope and first dobsonian and i love it! Keep it up Zhumell!!

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      4.0

      Good telescope

      By Ronald

      from FULTONDALE,AL

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Zhumell Z10 Deluxe Dobsonian Ultimate Telescope Bundle:

      Telescope is excellent. Only problem that I had was the dual focuser would not move the eyepiece when the scope was not in a verticle position. Took it apart and found that the grommet on the left dial side was missing. I replaced this and it worked fine.

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      4.0

      NICE TELESCOPE! Better than expected!

      By Ed

      from ARLINGTON,VA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to Use
      • Nice Finish
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Dust Cap Poor Fit
      • Inadequate Eyepiece Tray
      • No Collimation Directions

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Moon

      Comments about Zhumell Z10 Deluxe Dobsonian Ultimate Telescope Bundle:

      The telescope is not too heavy, easy to carry by the knobs, and the base is easy to carry by the handle, although at 22" x 25", the base is just a bit bulky going through the door.

      Easy to build, good hardware, and nice finish. Its easy to adjust the tension and easy to track objects. Nice 16mm eyepiece. I use top quality eyepieces and I am quite satisfied with this 16mm, which is sized perfectly for moon viewing. Polarizing filter very necessary- the moon and planets are very bright.

      I collimated the scope with the included collimator before I realized that the collimator was way out of adjustment. I had to collimate the collimator with the telescope before collimating the telescope again. There are no instructions included, but there are several other good resources. The first few viewing sessions were not impressive. It took quite some time to get the secondary mirror positioned well. The best position is off-center away from the eyepiece.

      With the 2 included 2" eyepieces the included eyepiece holder is inadequate. The eyepiece caps fit loosely and will fall off. The telescope dust cap shrinks in the cold and will either fall off or fall through the end landing on the spider.

      I'm viewing in the city and the moon looked awesome! I'd never seen so much detail. Easy to see some deep sky objects in light pollution. Can't wait to try it out in the dark skies.

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