Sky-Watcher 12" Dobsonian Telescope

Sky-Watcher 12" Dobsonian Telescope

Sky-Watcher 12" Dobsonian Telescope

B&H # SKSW12DOB MFR # S11740
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Product Highlights

  • 12" Dobsonian-Style Newtonian
  • 1500mm Focal Length
  • 2" Crayford-Style Focuser
  • 2 Plossl 1.25" Eyepieces
  • 8x50 Viewfinder
  • Teflon Bearings, Tension Clutch
  • Collapsible Tube Design
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Price:  $1,135.00

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  • 1Description

The 12" Dobsonian Telescope from Sky-Watcher is a large-aperture, short focal-length, Newtonian reflector. It provides big light-bucket gathering, good optical quality and unique utility. It has an inspiring simple construction, emphasizing ease-of-use and greater aperture for lower cost.

Sky-Watcher's optical tube design utilizes their proprietary truss support system. That system allows the optical tube's front and back tubes to collapse together, aligning on the truss support rods, and locking down for secure transport. This one piece, low-hassle OTA design is mechanically simple and results in a large aperture telescope that can be reasonably handled and transported by one individual. This innovation gives Sky-Watcher users tremendous functional ease-of-use.

The Sky-Watcher Dobsonian's large aperture and fast focal ratio make it the ideal dedicated telescope for wide-field, deep-space observation of faint galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. For ease-of-use, Sky-Watcher uses a high-performance Teflon bearing system in both axes combined with tension adjusters in altitude that assure smooth manual movement.

Sky-Watcher Dobsonian telescopes offer quality optics, huge aperture, solid construction, and superb value for the investment.

In viewing deep-space, aperture counts big time. With this telescope you have tremendous light gathering power. Some prominent deep-space objects that can be seen under the right viewing conditions in an 12" SW Dob are the Horsehead Nebula, M76, M97, M61 and many more.

On each parabolic primary mirror, and elliptical diagonal mirror, aluminum is vacuum deposited to the front glass surface and then over coated with hard quartz (SiO4). Additional layers of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and (SiO4) are then applied.

An 8x50mm right angle optical viewfinder provides both magnification and light gathering to help narrow your search for those elusive fuzzies while star-hopping. The standard, backlash-free, 2" Crayford Focuser insures ultra smooth focusing adjustments. Multi-coated, 4-element Plossl eyepieces (25mm and 10mm) provide a spacious 52° Apparent Field of View.

Large aperture 12" (305 mm) Dobsonian-style Newtonian for more light gathering ability at less cost
2" Crayford-style focuser with 1.25" adaptor brings those warm fuzzies into quicker and clearer focus
Two, 4-element, Plossl 1.25" eyepieces; 25 mm and 10 mm
Conveniently located accessory tray holds 3 eyepieces
8x50 RA viewfinder to help find target object
Solid rocker-mount with Teflon bearings and tension clutch facilitates smooth vertical and horizontal movement
Truss-support system allows the optical tube's front and back tubes to collapse together for easy and secure transport
UPC: 050234117401
In the Box
Sky-Watcher 12" Dobsonian Telescope
  • 2 x Plossl Eyepieces; 10 mm and 25 mm
  • Finderscope
  • Eyepiece Tray
  • Celestron Two Year Limited Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
    Aperture 12" / 305 mm
    Focal Length 59.06" / 1500 mm
    Focal Ratio 4.92
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Eyepiece 60x:  0.98" / 25 mm
    150x: 0.39" / 10 mm
    Maximum Useful Magnification 720x
    Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14.9
    Finderscope 8x50 RA Viewfinder
    Tripod N/A
    Mount Type Dobsonian
    Power Source None
    Optical Tube Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Weight 46.2 lb / 20.97 kg
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    Package Weight 107.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 41.0 x 29.5 x 26.0"
    12" Dobsonian Telescope is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! It has star power! Very easy to follow instructions for assembly. The balance of the base bearing assembly is amazing. I found the rings of Saturn with the lowest power eyepiece with ease. What a sight, with the enormous light gathering power of the 12 inch mirror. Almost too easy to rotate on the bearing base, well balanced and easy to nudge off the sighting if not careful. Would recommend this telescope to any night sky lover!
    Date published: 2011-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome large dobsonian! This is my first 12 inch dob. I used to own a 10 inch dob. I see noticeable differences between my old 10 inch and this 12 inch for deep sky objects and planets. This scope fits in the backseat of my compact car. I recently transported this scope to a dark site, and observed famous late spring/summer objects including globular clusters (M3, M4, M5, M10, M12, M13, M22, M28, M53, M92), open clusters (M6, M7, M11, M23) nebulas (M8, M17, M20, M27, M57) and galaxies (M51, M64, M65, M66, M81, M82, M94, M101, M104) all of which looked fantastic through this large dob. Saturn looked amazing as well - I think I got the best view of Saturn in my life (I have owned more than 10 scopes and looked through many high-end telescopes over the past 10 years). Due to the collapsible structure, the scope retained its collimation really well and basically I do not need to collimate it when I move the scope from my garage to backyard. The crayford focuser is smooth and accurate. I really liked B&H's services. They gave me a really good deal (substantially cheaper than in other telescope retailers + free shipping + no tax to CA residents) and the shipping was relatively quick. The packaging was great. I enjoy this scope a lot and highly recommend this Skywatcher scope to anyone who are looking for a 12 inch dob.
    Date published: 2014-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simplemente Increible Muy buen telescopio, y muy buena calidad de imagen y definicin.
    Date published: 2015-03-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Value The optics on my sample seem to be quite good. For the price it's really a bargain. The mounting, as with most econo-dobs leaves something to be desired. I recommend experimenting with tightening or loosening the lock nut bolt assembly on the ground board to get a decent amount of friction for the azimuth motion w/o being overly stiff. I use some heavy eyepieces and the tension adjustment on the altitude bearing doesn't work well enough so I used Velcro to provide for a detachable weight on the back end of the tube.j Using just the provided right angle finder didn't work for me as I couldn't aim the scope well enough, so I got a Telrad reflex 1x finder for straight-through pointing, and after sighting either a known star or planet, or such I then use the right angle finder to refine the pointing and then try to star hop. I observe in a light polluted environment so the whole process is difficult except for a few objects. When I get my next scope I will make sure it has a computerized finding ability built in. The scope itself is pretty heavy (even w/o the mount) so I put it on a dolly and wheel it out to the observing location in my backyard; hand cary the mount. Place the scope tube in the mount. Screw in the two handles and then observe. The mirror needs about an hour to cool down though.
    Date published: 2015-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Bang for your buck This telescope is the perfect size for ANY nighttime viewings. Compact enough to pack into a Scion xB large enough to view any celestial object without straining yourself whilst bending over close to the ground. Though a little on the heavy side. I recommend that you remove the optical tube before moving it by hand to the setup location and/or get a padded wagon to transport. I think this scope will be for my primary viewing over my 11 SCT! Bottom line the price and quick shipping CANNOT be beat!!!!!
    Date published: 2016-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is a well made easy to use telescope. As always B&H has the best price and fastest shipping. I have been dealing with B&H over 25 years they never disappoint.
    Date published: 2015-07-20
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