Skywatcher 8 Dobsonian Telescope

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The Skywatcher 8" Dobsonian Telescope is an excellent value-for-money telescope for beginners and experts alike.

  • 203mm (8") reflector telescope
  • 1200mm focal length
  • Dobsonian alt-azimuth mount
  • f/5.9 focal ratio
  • 25mm (48x) and 10mm (120x) Plossl eyepieces
  • 5 year warranty
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At a glance

  • A popular telescope with a low price point
  • Easy set up, transport and operation
  • The large 8" aperture allows your to see more distant and faint objects
  • Able to achieve high levels of magnification
  • Popular with amateur and seasoned astronomers due to it's power and clarity
  • Dobsonian alt-Azimuth mount which swings up or down, and left or right


The Skywatcher 8" Dobsonian Telescope is an affordable large-aperture scope and very popular with amateur astronomers of all levels. The 8" aperture gathers enough light to enable you to not only view the Moon and planets in our solar system but also allows for detailed viewing of stars, constellations, double stars, nebulae and galaxies, giving you a stellar viewing experience. The patented Tension Control Handle means the mount will properly stabilise the optical tube so the telescope can remain in its desired position to view an object and will maintain its position even when the mount is rotated.

Dobsonian telescopes - Dobsonian refers to their style of mount - are renowned for being simple and uncomplicated to use, making the Sky Watcher 8" Dobsonian a perfect telescope for beginners. Dobsonian telescopes provide great viewing due to their higher focal ratio and lower focal length. This allows Deep Sky Objects which are further away and dimmer, to be more visible.

What Can I see?

  • Lunar craters as little as 2km in diameter
  • Small details on the surface of Mars
  • As many as six or seven of Saturn's moons; Encke Gap in Saturn's rings is often visible
  • Small details of Jupiter's weather systems, and Jupiter's four Galilean moons can be seen as tiny discs from a dark sky site
  • Thousands of globular clusters with detail, resolved almost to the core
  • Internal detail in nebulae including internal star birth regions, and visible structures in many galaxies from a dark sky site
  • Double stars separated by less than 1 arcsecond
  • Faint stars down to magnitude 14.2

Key Features

  • Quick and easy setup with no tools required
  • 9x50 finderscope with mount helps guide the telescope
  • The tension control handle allows users to easily add or reduce tension, thereby increasing or decreasing the friction between the optical tube and the sideboard of the mount. This means that the optical tube stays in position when in use but can be moved when prompted. Additionally, the tension adjuster can be tightened to lock the optical tube in position.
  • The teflon bearing surface of the mount ensures extremely smooth movements, allowing the telescope to be manipulated with effortless precision.
  • The paraboloid primary mirror of these Dobsonians eliminates spherical aberration, while the four-arm, secondary mirror bracket with fine 0.5mm supports reduces diffraction spikes and light loss.
More Information
  • Optical Design: reflector (Paraboloid)
  • Aperture: 203.2mm (8")
  • Focal Length: 1200mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/5.9
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 47mm
  • Eyepiece 1: 25mm (48x magnification)
  • Eyepiece 2: 10mm (120x magnification)
  • Maximum Useful Magnification*: 400x
  • Mount: Dobsonian alt-azimuth
  • Tube Dimensions: 20.5cm x 112cm
  • Tube Weight: 11kg
  • Base Diameter: 52cm
  • Base Weight: 15.7kg
  • Total Telescope Kit Weight: 26.64kg
  • Finderscope: 9x50 finder
  • Focuser Diameter: 2" with 1.25" adapter
  • Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14.2

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

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