|Article number:||ES 8" First Light Dobsonian|
No telescope type has changed the hobby quite as much as the Dobsonian. Before the introduction of the Dobsonian by John Dobson, the vast majority of amateur telescopes consisted of small telescopes with primitive mechanics - barely enough to see the polar caps of Mars or the rings of Saturn. Larger telescopes, such as the Schmidt-Cassegrain were reserved for the wealthy. The ingenious combination of simple yet effective mechanisms with the greatest possible opening gives the Dobsonian telescope a unique triumphant march around the world. Nowhere do you get as much light for your money like a good Dobson.
Now, Explore Scientific has come up with the ultimate universal design. This Dobsonian can be converted into a Newtonian telescope. If you ever wanted to take pictures, simply unscrew the bearings from the tube and place the scope on an EQ mount with the included Vixen style dovetail plate.
The unrivaled stiffness of the included 2.5" HEX focuser with helical gearing and 10:1 reduction makes focusing easy and allows the use of both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces. Including the 2.5" Hex focuser is a quantum leap for this price class of telescope.
A Red Dot viewfinder as well as a 25mm SPL eyepiece are included.
|Primary Diameter:||208mm (8in)|
|Focuser:||HEXagonal 2-speed Rack and Pinion|
|Telescope Weight, Optical Tube/Assembled:||25lbs/46lbs|