SkyWatcher 10" Dobsonian Telescope
Regular Price: $949.95
Sale Price $929.90
|User Level||For Intermediate|
|Highest Practical Magnification||400x|
|Eyepieces||Super 10 & 25mm|
|Mount Type||Dobsonian Mount|
|Warranty||5 Years Limited Warranty|
- Very Good Telescope
I did a few solid days of research on telescopes on the net, Iceinspace is a very good start as are some others. Make sure you do your research on what scope is best for you.
There were cheaper 10 inch dobs around but given some of the good things said about Ozscopes customer service and helpful advice and info I received from Sarah over the phone I decided to go with Ozscopes.
The telescope itself was ordered on a Thursday and arrived in Darwin on Monday, awesome, shipping was Star track, was $200 but got it here fast and the day before the wifes birthday.
The Sky watcher 10 inch dob was easy to assemble, took me 45 mins taking my time and reading the instructions (at times), however I am fairly mechanically minded and good with assembly of "things" so if you are not then it may take you 60 to 90 mins.
The scope was very well packed and I inspected all items and components for damage and completeness, there were no problems there. The instructions were pretty simple and clear but could do with a little fine tuning so you don't have to re read and double check to be sure of what they were saying
Once assembled I aligned the spotter scope (daytime) on a distinct cloud in the distance, fairly simple and later proved to be accurate.
The next night, wifes birthday, we took the scope out into our front yard (normal suburban lighting), there were no clouds and the moon was about half.
I lined up the moon and using the supplied 25mm lens viewed and centered the moon, I then went straight to the 6mm that I bought with the scope and . . . WOW!!
Such amazing detail, we could see the craters and valleys so clearly, looking at the edge of the moon we could see the ripples and small height differences of lunar hills and craters, so amazing.
A helpful app for our iPad that we use to view the sky in great detail with awesome information is Night sky by iCandi apps. So helpful in finding stars, planets, the ISS and more.
Next was Jupiter, just rising above the neighbors house, this time with the 6mm and the 2 x lens I bought, OMG, WOW!! Could clearly see three bright moons of Jupiter and could make out the bands that run around the giant planet.
Jupiter is large in the scope at that magnification moves from view in around 25 seconds. It was not "crystal" clear but Jupiter was low in the sky and thus we were view through a lot of Earths atmosphere, hopefully it will be clearer with a later in the night viewing.
All up I am very happy, as is my wife, with the Sky watcher 10 inch dob Telescope, it is expensive at over $1200 with lenses and shipping but so worth the views that we can now see from our light polluted front yard, we will be heading out of town soon to get some clearer skys.
(Posted on 6/10/2017)