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Saxon DeepSky 8" CT Dobsonian Telescope

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Features
- Does not need to be disassembled between uses
- An old favorite gets a complete facelift with new features and upgraded components!
- Come with ultra smooth Crayford focusers
- Saxon’s patented tension adjustment control on the altitude bearings


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Saxon DeepSky 8" CT Dobsonian Telescope

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Summary
DOB 8” COLLAPSIBLE

A COLLAPSIBLE TRUSS-TUBE DOBSONIAN DESIGN THAT REQUIRES NO REASSEMBLY --THE ULTIMATE CONVENIENCE!

The venerable Dobsonian reflector design has recently undergone some important upgrades and improvements: Saxon is pleased to introduce the all-new Saxon 8" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope complete with Crayford focuser – the ultimate in large aperture portability and performance.

This elegant truss tube design was carefully engineered to combine ease of use, extreme portability and consistent performance in an affordable package. Unlike other truss tube designs, the Saxon 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!

To top it off, all of the new Collapsible Dobsonians are shipping with ultra smooth Crayford focusers.

*Please note, the image through all finder scopes will be upside down. DOB 8” COLLAPSIBLE

A COLLAPSIBLE TRUSS-TUBE DOBSONIAN DESIGN THAT REQUIRES NO REASSEMBLY --THE ULTIMATE CONVENIENCE!

The venerable Dobsonian reflector design has recently undergone some important upgrades and improvements: Saxon is pleased to introduce the all-new Saxon 8" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope complete with Crayford focuser – the ultimate in large aperture portability and performance.

This elegant truss tube design was carefully engineered to combine ease of use, extreme portability and consistent performance in an affordable package. Unlike other truss tube designs, the Saxon 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!

To top it off, all of the new Collapsible Dobsonians are shipping with ultra smooth Crayford focusers.

*Please note, the image through all finder scopes will be upside down.
Specifications
Specifications
Optical Design Newtonian (Parabolic)
Lens Material
Diameter 200mm
Focal Length 1200mm
Scondary Mirror Diameter 47mm
F/ratio F/6
Highest Practical Power 406x
Faintest Steller Magnitude
14.2
Resoving Power
0.58
Finderscope 9x50 finderscope
Focuser diameter 2” with 1.25” adapter
Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) 1.25” Plossl 25 and 10
Mount Type Dobsonian
Slow-motion Control
Counterweight(s)
Piggyback Bracket
Accessory Tray
Ground Board Diameter ¢520×740
Ground Board Weight(s) 11.5Kgs
Motor Drive
Go-to
Tube Weight 11Kgs
Tube Dimension(dia. x length) 320×(830-1110)
Tripod Height
Shipping Weight
Shipping Carton Dimensions 97x55x40(cm3) / 79x68x13(cm3)
Manufacturer Saxon
Recommended Usage Viewing Galaxies/Stars, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets
User Level For Beginners
Focal Ratio N/A
Mount Type N/A
Tripod N/A
Upgradable to Go-To N/A

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Saxon 8" Collapsible Dobsonian - Review by
Overall Score
80
This was my first scope after using binoculars and after much research I choose a Dobsonian for two main reasons - price and simplicity.

I chose the Saxon 8" collapsible as I am limited for storage and I needed to be able to move it easily by myself - a 10" would have been great but the weight is getting up there. This model arrives in two boxes and apart from the reflector tube, it is completely un-assembled. The instructions provided are good and make assembly a painless process - two people would make it a snap. The tools for assembly however only deserve one destination and that is not anywhere near the scope. I guess you can't expect tradesman quality tools as they are meant to be disposable however if you have your own tools it does certainly help.

Once assembled the scope certainly looks impressive and for those who don't know telescopes, certainly looks far more expensive than it is. The build quality is quite good. It is from China and I am generally fairly biased against anything from China but I was quite impressed at how well it fitted together. I was however very disappointed that it did not come with the redesigned "buttery smooth azimuth bearings" that it was being advertised with - the very old style teflon washer is still the pivoting system. When I contacted Ozscopes about this they were friendly but were unable to assist so I contacted Saxon who informed me that this was an update that would come in the future but when they had no idea. Ozscopes have since removed this feature from their description however Saxon are still advertising it with it.

The first night I used the scope I wasn't particularly impressed. The teflon washer as described above meant any fine movement left and right is quite jerky and makes it very hard to track. The altitude bearing system, again just teflon runners, is not much better. To top it off the images were far from crisp. Before trying again I decided to check the collimation and yep, it was out - probably knocked in transport. The instructions for collimation at first look complicated, hence the reason I had not collimated when I assembled the scope, but it really is a simple process - the biggest problem I had was finding an old 35mm film canister! After collimation the scope is a different beast. The bearing system is still annoying and really is the biggest down fall of this scope but the images are great. We found saturn and could see 4 moons - a truly memorable occasion, and also found plenty of nebula. It certainly would be assisted with a Barlow but the lenses supplied aren't bad and are a great place to start.

Would I buy this scope again? Maybe as the price is good but other manufacturers are offering roller bearings for the altitude bearings which would solve half of the problems.

Am I happy with this purchase? Yes. A few modifications and it will be terrific. The service from Ozscopes was great and postage was fast and well priced.
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Overall Score
100
Not a bad first scope at all. The first night i had it i freaked out, because i couldnt' find anything, but the next morning after seeking help i found out i had not used it properly (ah). So the next night, i was in love! first night out i found mars, saturn and the orion nebula just by my self with no help from third party references. Saturn is really cute seeing the rings and everything, and i shat my self when i found the orion nebula because i was just pointing it around and was like 'hang on, thats a nebula!" and was really excited that i found a deep space object.

I wouldn't recommend getting a smaller scope than this. Also, the collapsible one is a must, as the collapsible one once collapsed barely fits across our back seat of the car so the regular non-collapsible one would be too big to transport.
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