Dobsonians give the best value for money of any type of telescope. You get a large aperture at an affordable price with a design that is simple and solid. And with this Skywatcher telescope you can combine the benefits of a traditional Dob with the convenience of a computerised GoTo tracking telescope.
The truss tube design is engineered to combine ease of use, extreme portability and consistent performance in an affordable package. Unlike other truss tube designs, the SkyWatcher Collapsible Dobsonian does not need to be disassembled between uses. It transports as two compact pieces that can be assembled and ready to use in just seconds. It is easy to collimate once set up, and it holds its collimation throughout the evening. The patented Tension Control Handle allows users to add or reduce tension, thereby increasing or decreasing the friction between the optical tube and the sideboards.
The hand control allows you to point your telescope at a specific object, or even tour the night sky at the touch of a button. The simple to use menu system allows automatic slewing to over 42,900+ objects. Even an inexperienced astronomer can master its variety of features in a few observing sessions. The telescope can also be moved manually whenever the user wishes, but with no need for re-alignment. After moving to a new object the telescope will automatically begin to track the new object accurately. No re-setup is required during the observing session.
The 12 inch (303mm) primary mirror collects more than twice as much light as an 8". Images are bright. Planetary nebulae will be full of details that cannot be seen in smaller scopes. Galaxies will reveal their spiral arms. Planets and the moon can be viewed in stunning detail. The limit on what you can see will not be the telescope, it will be the observing conditions.