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Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian Telescope S11700
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This is a great scope that I would highly recommend to other beginners like myself. It is at the limit of what I am willing to carry (20-25 pound each...
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Sky Watcher 8 inch Dobsonian

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, CA Written on August 22, 2013
I bought this Sky Watcher 8 inch Dobsonian Telescope as an upgrade to my first real telescope, a Celestron 130 EQMD Astromaster. The 8 inch dobsonian is a significant upgrade with respect to the views you will get on deep space objects, and the resolution at high magnification on planets. My 130EQ Astromaster would really never provide great resolution about 200X, but I found with proper collimation, I get good resolution at 400X on this Dobsonian. I was also able to see the Ring nebulae on the first night out (I have found it before so I knew where to look), and I could actually tell it was the ring nebulae. On the Astromaster it was just a blur. I also saw the Orion Nebulae like never before. I could see the Cassini division of the rings on Saturn on my first night. I could never see this on the Astromaster. The Dobsonian mount is also very easy to use and rock solid. Yes, it doesn't track, but the 130Eq mount is so sensitive to the least vibration, it makes viewing of the planets difficult. The fact that it doesn't track is not really that much of an issue. With the wide field of view you can still focus and view your object at higher magnification. I had purchased Celestron Xcel eyepieves for my Astromaster (trying to get everything out of it that I could) and they work great on the Sky Master. I have not yet tried 2 inch eyepieces, it can only get better with those. Lastly, I would say for the price, it's hard to beat. 1200 mm focal length for $400. Be ...
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Great Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NH Written on June 26, 2010
This is a great scope that I would highly recommend to other beginners like myself. It is at the limit of what I am willing to carry (20-25 pound each for the base and the scope). Putting it together was very easy and I got great views with it on my first night out. The 8 inch mirror provides very nice views. I saw the galaxies M81 and M82 in one field of view, the globular cluster M13 and the planetary nebula M57 on my first night out. This scope is a big step up from my last 60mm scope. I can now split the pole star easily for example.
It is not a small scope, so go see one in person if you can at a starparty or a store if possible, to see if you feel comfortable handling it. (Or look at any 8 inch scope to get an idea.)
The fact that this scope can collapse is very convenient. The mechanism for this is very sturdy and does not seem to affect the stability of the scope. It also makes carrying and storing it pretty easy.
One minor drawback is the fact that it did not come with a collimation tool like some other 8-inch scopes. However, it did come with 2 eyepieces and a good right angle finder scope.
The altitude motion is very smooth and the tension handles work very well (some other brands come with springs and may or may not work as well). The azimuth motion is not as smooth, but with a little practice you get used to that. This is common all 8-inch scopes in this price range from what I understand.
All in all a great scope, with great value for the money.
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Sky-Watcher 8" Dobsonian

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on April 26, 2009
This was my first telescope in a long time.I am a relative beginner as I haven't been interested snce the Space race. It is definitely the best scope I've owned or used. When I received it, it came in two boxes. I was able to easily assemble it. The collimation was slighty off out of the box but easily adjusted according to the instructions.
On our first night of using it I got the spotting scope lined up. Then I adjusted the mount so the friction was a little easier and started searching. Saturn was easily found. It was clear and my family got excited about the moons that we could see. The moon was a crescent and crystal clear. It had a 3-D quality to it through the telescope.
On a later night when there was no moon I started seeing galaxies and nebula. You need a dark sky to see but they are visible. We spotted M51, M81 and M82. Before it went below the horizon I viewed the Orion Nebula. I am very anxious for this to be in view again this fall.
In all, this is a good telescope. For the money, I am pleased. Once you get used to the mount (lift and nudge) it easy to use. It's very heavy so prepare to get a cart to assist in getting it around. I would suggest getting a X2 Barlow with this. It gives twice as many options for viewing.
Pros: Good Quality for the money
Cons: Ambient light can affect image through truss tubes-Heavy...
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Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AZ Written on January 13, 2009
Very nice product, especially for the price. For me, it was an upgrade from a beginner scope (4.5" reflector), and the improvement is profound. I especially like the fact that it takes 2" eyepieces.
Pros: A lot of telescope for the money
Cons: Very few - Just those inherent in a very basic design...
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