Why did I choose a Dobsonian?

I was interested in visual astronomy. I wanted to observe in real time.

I wanted the largest proportion of my budget to be spent on the mirror, focuser and mount which needed to be secure and stable.

I wanted a telescope that would be capable of viewing solar system objects, binary stars and where possible, Dark Sky Objects.

The stunning, bright, retina blowing and almost 3D quality live view of the Great Cluster M13 cannot be matched by any flat digital image.

I had reasonable and realistic expectations of what I would be able to see from my location. The stunning, bright, retina blowing and almost 3D quality live view of the Great Cluster M13 cannot be matched by any flat digital image.

I read lots of online reviews from experienced and new users who used and recommended the Dobsonian mounted reflector.

I chose the Skywatcher 200P Skyliner Classic 8″ Dobsonian as it was a solid foundation scope that met my needs in terms of aperture, weight and size (for transportation), quality (optics, focuser, mount) and cost.

Check out my review.

As well as user comments and reviews on the Sky Watchers Lounge and Cloudy Nights forums I read and would recommend the following sites to others.

 

3 comments

  1. I saw your comment on Reddit and followed your link. I’m upgrading, and am looking to either Dobsonian or a cheap go-to. I can’t make up my mind. I just really like the idea of a tracking telescope.

    1. I can recommend the Dobsonian and I find learning the night sky with tools such as Stellarium and SkEye as well as finding objects is fantastic. I think the push-to method is great but go-to leaves me cold. I can see the benefit of tracking for astrophotography but at the moment, live observing hits all the right buttons. I also don’t think “cheap” and “Go-To” can be a successful partnership.

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