Sky-Watcher 6" f/8 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope

BH #SK6TD • MFR #S11600/OLD
Sky-Watcher
Sky-Watcher 6" f/8 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope
Key Features
  • 6" / 152 mm Aperture
  • 1200mm Focal Length, f/8 Focal Ratio
  • 2" Single-Speed Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • 25mm and 10mm Super Eyepieces
Sporting the large light bucket users have come to expect from a Dobsonian, the Sky-Watcher 6" f/8 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope gives users performance at a reasonable price. Its large parabolic primary mirror is highly reflective and corrects spherical aberration to eliminate distortion across the entire field of view, especially at the edges. The four-arm secondary mirror bracket is made with 0.5mm thick fine supports to reduce light loss and diffraction spikes.
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Sky-Watcher Traditional Dobsonian Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Performance
  • 3Mount
  • 4Focuser
  • 5Eyepiece & Accessories

Sporting the large light bucket users have come to expect from a Dobsonian, the Sky-Watcher 6" f/8 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope gives users performance at a reasonable price. Its large parabolic primary mirror is highly reflective and corrects spherical aberration to eliminate distortion across the entire field of view, especially at the edges. The four-arm secondary mirror bracket is made with 0.5mm thick fine supports to reduce light loss and diffraction spikes.

The 6" aperture draws in copious amounts of light to make detailed observations of the Moon and planets, and still reach out past our solar system to discover deep-sky subjects. Its moderate f/8 focal ratio means that it will require shorter exposure times versus similar slow scopes, which will allow you to capture more images during the night. When combined with its solid rack-and-pinion focuser this scope is an ideal choice for observation and imaging—especially with larger or heavier rigs. The focuser will be able to carry more weight, as might be necessary for imaging systems involving DSLR bodies, filter wheels, and other accessories. This 2" focuser will also accept larger eyepieces so users can enjoy a truly immersive visual experience, and a 1.25" adapter is included to enable the use of the more common size eyepieces and accessories

The heavy base weighs in at 25 pounds and provides a rock-steady platform with very low vibrations. This alt-az rocker mount features Teflon azimuth bearings and a tension clutch on altitude axis. Finally, the tension control handle allows users to adjust the settings allowing them to move the mount easily and smoothly by hand with minimal vibration and maintain its position when released.

Optical Performance

  • 6" aperture
  • f/8 focal ratio
  • 1200mm focal length
  • Efficient, highly reflective mirrors increase image brightness

Mount

  • Alt-az rocker design
  • Teflon azimuth bearings
  • Teflon bearings and tension clutch on altitude axis
  • Tension control handle allows for smoother rotation to reduce vibrations and limit over-compensation

Focuser

  • Single-speed rack-and-pinion
  • Accepts 2" eyepieces and accessories
  • Rack-and-pinion focusers have a higher weight capacity for larger imaging rigs that might include gear such as DSLR camera bodies and filter wheels
  • Includes a 2"-to-1.25" adapter

Eyepiece & Accessories

  • Eyepieces:
    • 1.25" diameter barrel
    • 25mm yields 48x power
    • 10mm yields 120x power
  • Finderscope:
    • 6x30
    • Straight-through viewing
UPC: 050234116008

Sky-Watcher Traditional Dobsonian Specs

Optical Tube Assembly
Optical DesignDobsonian Reflector
Aperture152 mm / 6"
Focal Length1200 mm
Focal Ratiof/8
Resolution0.77 Arcsec (Dawes)
0.93 Arcsec (Rayleigh)
FocuserSingle-Speed Rack-and-Pinion
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25", 2"
DiagonalNone
FinderscopeYes
Mounting SystemNone
Optical Tube DimensionsLength: 44.5" / 113 cm
Mount
TypeManual; Alt-Azimuth
General
BatteriesNone
GPSNo
Wi-FiNo
Weight15 lb / 6.8 kg (OTA)
25 lb / 11.3 kg (Mount)
40 lb / 18.1 kg (Fully Assembled)
Packaging Info
Package Weight54.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)49.1 x 19.5 x 17"
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Does this come with everything I would need?

Does this come with everything I would need?
Asked by: travis
Yes it does. In the Box: Sky-Watcher 6" f/8 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope 6x30 Finderscope 10mm Super Eyepiece 25mm Super Eyepiece 2"-to-1.25" Eyepiece Adapter Limited 2-Year Warranty
Answered by: Alex S
Date published: 2021-01-08

Does this come with the base?

Does this come with the base?
Asked by: Delaney
Yes, as pictured the Sky-Watcher 6" f/8 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope BH #SK6TD • MFR #S11600/OLD comes with a base (mount)
Answered by: John
Date published: 2021-11-14

Does this telescope require collimating?

Does this telescope require collimating?
Asked by: Jeff
Yes, all Dobsonian telescopes require occasional collimation. I would recommend this eye piece for collimation: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/201848-REG/Celestron_94182_Collimation_Eyepiece_1_25.html
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2020-11-05

Is the focuser metal or plastic?

Is the focuser metal or plastic?
Asked by: michael
The 2" focuser is a nice cast metal...the only plastic is the knobs. I'm exchanging those soon for some aluminum knobs.
Answered by: Terry
Date published: 2021-01-05

Does this come with everything I need out of the ...

Does this come with everything I need out of the box?
Asked by: travis
Yes, this would come with everything you would need right out of the box.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-04-08

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Can this be mounted on a tripod or is it for tables only?
Asked by: Anonymous
This telescope is designed for the dual axis Dobson mount as shown in the photos, which provides rotary and pitch adjustment for positioning. With a 1200mm focal length, it is intended to be placed at ground/deck level but could be placed on a low table, a coffee table for example, wide enough and strong enough to support it.
Answered by: Miles C.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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