Skywatcher 12 Dobsonian Telescope

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The all-new Collapsible Dobsonian complete with Crayford focuser - the ultimate in large aperture telescopes for portability and performance.
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The venerable Dobsonian reflector design has recently undergone some important upgrades and improvements: SkyWatcher is pleased to introduce the all-new Collapsible Dobsonian 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 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 bearing system has been redesigned as well. The new SkyWatcher Collapsible Dobsonians feature buttery smooth azimuth bearings. Even the twelve-inch model can be rotated with just the push of a finger. Like our traditional Dobsonians, the new collapsible Dobsonians feature SkyWatcher's patented tension adjustment control on the altitude bearings. This eliminates the need and added cost of clumsy counterweight systems to balance the telescope.

  • Massive 12" aperture will brightly illuminate images
  • Simple and easy to use design
  • Collapsible design makes this telescope more mobile
  • See more distant and faint objects with larger aperture size
  • Able to achieve high levels of magnification
  • Ideal for beginners and seasoned astronomers alike
  • Features a Crayford focuser

Please note that this product currently cannot be shipped to New Zealand.

More Information
  • Optical Design: Collapsible reflector
  • Mount: Dobsonian
  • Aperture: 305mm
  • Focal Length: 1500mm
  • Eyepiece 1: 1.25 25mm
  • Magnification 1: 60x
  • Eyepiece 2: 1.25 10mm
  • Magnification 2: 150x
  • Highest Useful Magnification*: 600x
  • Focuser Diameter: 2 with 1.25 adapter
  • Secondary Mirror Diameter: 70mm
  • F Ratio: f/5
  • Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14.9
  • Resolving Power: 0.38 arc sec
  • Finderscope: 8x50
  • Base Weight: 22kg
  • Ground Board: 63.2cmx74cm
  • Tube Weight: 21kg
  • Tube Dimensions: 45cmx140cm
  • Length of Optical Tube (collapsed): 92cm

* Please note that the maximum useful magnification depends greatly on atmospheric conditions. We recommend a maximum magnification of around 250x on an average night.


Optical Type: 12" Reflector

Mount Type: Dobsonian Alt-Azimuth

Great For: Adults

Can See: Many solar system objects, nebulas, galaxies, star clusters

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