The simplest, best value way to start out in astronomy. With a 12" telescope you will see clear detail in deep sky objects such as clusters and nebulae. You will have sharp views of the planets, even at high magnification. You will see extraordinary detail in the moon's craters, be able to see the gap in Saturn's rings and details in Jupiter's atmosphere. Star clusters will resolve into a group of stars, nebulae will be visible and even some of the brighter galaxies. You get a large aperture telescope that you are not going to easily outgrow
Dobsonians give the best value for money of any type of telescope. You get a large aperture at an affordable price but still keep portability. The design is simple and solid. It consists of a solid tube and a wooden box-like cradle mount. Setting up is as simple as putting the mount on the ground, slotting in the tube and adjustingthe tension. You navigate the night sky by moving the scope left and right, up and down, by hand. This is simple and intuitive for beginners when compared with more complicated mounts.
The Sky-Watcher Flexitube 12″ Collapsible Dobsonian improved the Dobson design building a collapsible system that allows the telescope to be easily stored or transported. The 3 metal bars, used to fully extend the tube, have an auto-lock spring loaded system that simplify the set up of the telescope so only one person is required to fully extend the tube. The rigidity of the telescope keeps the mirrors collimated and the tension control system keeps the telescope balanced, so it is not necessary to move heavy counterweights. No Disassembling or Collimation is required between uses.
Just extend the tube, use the finderscope and point the telescope towards your favourite night sky objects – sit back and enjoy the great light gathering of the Sky-Watcher Dobsonian!
The 12" Dobsonain telescope is a Newtonian reflector telescope with f/5 focal ratio, making it ideal for planetary and deep-sky observation. It has over twice the aperture of a 8" Telescope. More aperture means better light gathering power thus more detail you are able to see. With this telescope you are able to see details in the planets, prominent deep-sky object such as nebulae, star cluster and much more. The telescope is equipped with a 2″ focuser with a 1.25" adapter, to allow easy use of either eyepiece size.
The Tension Control System allows you to adjust the friction setting; to increase or reduce the amount of resistance when moving the tube on the wooden mount, so you always have the appropriate resistance. The secret of the design is to correctly balance the optical tube with the specially designed handles (found on the base) and this adds enough friction and tension to allow the tube to move easily when nudged or to stay solidly in position.