Sky-Watcher 12 Inch Dobsonian Telescope

Item #CELE424-1

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  • $1,499.00
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  • $1,049.00
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  • Revolutionary truss-support that collapse together
  • Very easy to use with amazing results
  • Includes 25mm and 10mm Plossl eyepieces
  • 8x50 Right-Angle Viewfinder makes finding objects a breeze
  • Solid rocker-mount with Teflon bearings and tension clutch
  • 1500mm (f/6) focal length
  • Sky-Watcher 2 Year Warranty
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  • Description

    Choose this amazing, yet affordable Sky-Watcher 12" Dobsonian Telescope and you are in for one of the sweetest experiences in amateur astronomy. Imagine the exhilaration of opening a clam and discovering a pearl. The sky is full of pearls, astronomical pearls. While they won't make you rich in the financial sense, for amateur astronomers at least, observing the fabled pearls of deep-space is a rich and even exhilarating pastime. A catharsis for the soul that renders the mundane insignificant, and reconnects us with the inner child who revels in awe and wonderment. A night observing with the SW 8" Dob can leave you with a lingering sense of contentment long after the evening's viewing is over. Some of amateur astronomy's most revered and enthusiastically observed extra solar-system objects are now within your reach. This instrumentation provides entry into the brotherhood of serious amateur astronomers—you have arrived!

    Viewing through a 12" Sky-Watcher

    Everything in deep-space appears brighter, and wider in extension with the SW 12" DOB. Many of the more challenging to resolve objects in smaller diameter telescopes now reveal their essential structure. Objects just within the threshold of a 10" aperture now appear more prominent and may be worth dwelling upon for extended periods. Comet hunters will delight in the fainter magnitudes that are possible to discern in the SW 12" DOB. Here at last is a telescope within the threshold to tackle elusive deep-space gems like the Horsehead Nebula in Constellation Orion. Located in Constellation Perseus, M76, is a very faint nebula of 11th magnitude. The SW 12" will capture this baby like you want to see it. M97, a planetary nebula in Ursa Major is very faint, but as a serious amateur you will want to see it. No worries, the SW 12" DOB will fulfill your quest. M61, a spiral galaxy in Constellation Virgo, will reveal spiral arms as you would hope to see them, but you will need a SW 12" telescope to resolve them well. The list goes on, and you will delight in planning your own journey of exploration.

    The incremental resolving power of the SW 12" aperture is beyond just being impressive, it's within amateur astronomy's super aperture threshold where the lucky observer is able to resolve well, many, many objects that smaller telescopes just don't have the horsepower to detail satisfactorily because they can't pull in enough light. Again, Sky-Watcher's compact, collapsible optical tube design makes this super aperture 12" DOB a far more practical decision to purchase.

    Sky-Watcher Dobsonians Epitomize Ease-of-Use

    Observing with a Sky-Watcher Dobsonian has been described akin to shooting ducks in a gallery because it is so easy to find your target. Just swing your SW DOB to the quadrant of sky to be searched, and scan the vicinity. An 8x50mm Right Angle optical viewfinder provides both magnification and light-gathering to help narrow your search for those elusive fuzzies when star-hopping.

     

    Summer Sky/Winter Sky

    The summer sky is aglow with astronomical pearls. In the constellation Sagittarius several of the sky's most prominent emission nebulae can be seen well in your 8" SW DOB. The Lagoon Nebula (M8) is a rich aggregation of dust and gasses illuminated by its youthful central stars. This is an area of star formation, the universe giving birth. The Lagoon Nebula appears fiery red in astrophotographs due to the hot hydrogen gas. Located nearby is the smaller, but very beautiful Trifid Nebula (M20). These two nebulae can actually be seen in the same field of view. The magnificent Swan Nebula (M17) is also located in Sagittarius. It is named the Swan for its resemblance to the stately bird. The sky's most awesome globular star cluster, M13, is located in the constellation Hercules, a bee-hive of thousands of stars swarming about a central core. Globular clusters are no longer being formed in the universe, so you are observing fossil light, a glimpse back in time. This is the brightest object of its kind and always a treat to view. The globular cluster M92 is likewise very interesting and can also be found in Hercules.

    The winter sky holds several stunning pearls oft referred to in popular culture, not just astronomy. Our closest external galaxy, the beautiful Andromeda, perhaps the defining galaxy of the classic spiral form can essentially be seen almost in its entirety within one eyepiece field. Winter's diffuse Great Orion Nebula (M42) is the brightest emission nebula in the heavens. While it can be seen with the naked eye from a dark location, it is nothing less than spectacular in an 8" SW DOB. A billowing cloudlike cauldron of dust and gasses illuminated by large, intensely glowing youthful stars, this object is perhaps the mother of all pearls. The preceding is just a short sampling of objects that can be seen. Many more pearls of the night sky await you. 

    Features:

    • 8" (200 mm) Dobsonian-style Newtonian
    • 1200 mm focal length (f/6)
    • 2" Crayford-style focuser with 1.25" adaptor
    • 4-element Plossl 25 mm and 10 mm 1.25" eyepieces
    • 8x50 RA viewfinder
    • Solid rocker-mount with Teflon bearings and tension clutch
    • Collapsible Tube Design For Easy Storage and Transportation

    About Sky-Watcher:

    At Sky-Watcher USA we have one priority: you. To give you the best quality product at the best possible price with best service we can provide.

    Our products have the features and world-class quality that have made Sky-Watcher the fastest growing telescope brand in Europe. With our extensive line of Dobsonians and two-,three- and five-element APO refractors, we’re ready to set you up with the perfect scope for your needs.

    We want to ensure that your experience with a Sky-Watcher product is the best it can be. To make that happen we have a comprehensive technical and customer support program that makes fixing a small problem not a big deal. 

    At Sky-Watcher USA we’re bringing a whole new experience to owning a telescope. If you’re ready for the quality products and attentive service you’ve been waiting for, then you’re ready for Sky-Watcher USA.

    What's Included

    Sky-Watcher 12" Dobsonian Telescope, Finderscope, Eyepiece Tray, 10 & 25mm Eyepeices

  • Dimensions & Specifications

    Optical Design:

    Newtonian Reflector

    Aperture:

    305mm

    Focal Length:

    1500mm

    Focal Ratio:

    4.92

    Focal Length of Eyepiece 1:

    25mm

    Magnification of Eyepiece 1:

    60x

    Focal Length of Eyepiece 2:

    10mm

    Magnification of Eyepiece 2:

    150x

    Finderscope:

    8x50 RA Viewfinder

    Mount Type:

    Dobsonian

    Highest Useful Magnification:

    720x

    Lowest Useful Magnification:

    44x

    Limiting Stellar Magnitude:

    14.9

    Resolution (Rayleigh):

    0.46 arc seconds

    Resolution (Dawes):

    0.38 arc seconds

    Light Gathering Power:

    1898x

    Optical Tube Length:

    46.2 lbs

    Warranty:

    Sky-Watcher 2 Year Warranty


    Documentation

    Download the Sky-Watcher Dobsonian Telescope User Manual
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    Manufacturer Warranty

    Default manufacturer warranty.

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