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Saxon DeepSky 6" Dobsonian Telescope

- Significantly large 6" aperture for well illuminated images
- Simple and easy to use design
- See more distant and faint objects with larger aperture size
- Ideal for Beginners and Seasoned Astronomers alike
SKU: SXN-239106
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Description

The Saxon Dobsonian 6 Reflector Telescope is a powerful telescope which allows you to see further into the nightsky without bursting your budget. They are one of the Best First Time User's Telescope as they give the most value. This is due to its unique design, whereby the majority of the product cost goes into its high-quality lens.

The Saxon Dobsonian range of telescopes come in 6", 8", 10", and 12".

It also comes with Plossl lens which are one of the more expensive to manufacture because of the quality of glass, and the need for well matched convex and concave lenses to prevent internal reflections. Set up is a lot easier compared to tripod-based models. Simply mount the main unit on the base and you're good to go.

*Please note, the image through all finder scopes will be upside down.

Saxon 6" Dobsonian Telescope Features:
- Significantly large 6" aperture for well illuminated images
- Simple and easy to use design
- See more distant and faint objects with larger aperture size
- Ideal for Beginners and Seasoned Astronomers alike

Specification

Additional Info

Specifications
Optical Design Newtonian (Parabolic)
Lens Material
Diameter 153mm
Focal Length 1200mm
Scondary Mirror Diameter 34.5mm
F/ratio F/7.8
Highest Practical Power 306x
Faintest Steller Magnitude 13.6
Resoving Power 0.74
Finderscope 6x30 Finder
Focuser diameter 2” with 1.25” adapter
Color White
Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) 1.25” Super 25 and 10
Mount Type
Slow-motion Control
Counterweight(s)
Piggyback Bracket
Accessory Tray
Ground Board Diameter 52cm
Ground Board Weight(s)
Motor Drive
Go-to
Tube Weight 5.78Kgs
Tube Dimension(dia. x length)
Tripod Height
Shipping Weight 14.8+10Kgs
Shipping Carton Dimensions 67x 80 x 11 cm3 / 126 x 39 x 37 cm3
Manufacturer Saxon
Recommended Usage Viewing Galaxies/Stars, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets
User Level For the Beginner

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Great First Telescope - Review by
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100
I purchased this second hand from a man who got it from ozhut and it was still in new condition. First night out and easily set up, playing around with lens and finally got a great pic of moon. Even took photos with the iPhone thru the eye piece. Next onto Mars. It's very fiddley and close up a slight nudge of the stand puts you off. Not sure if it's touchy do simian stand of beginners error. All up I am very happy with picture quality and how easy it is. Point and shoot. Definitely recommended. It's a little big and heavy but I roll it around on a skateboard to get around.
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Amazing telescope, good for the money - Review by
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100
Having previously owned a 60 mm refractor, this was my first 'serious' telescope. So far, the views of the moon and planets are awesome, with lots of detail. Have barely scratched the surface in terms of deep sky objects.

It strikes the perfect balance between aperture and portability, as well as price an quality, and is probably the all round best beginner telescope. Additionally, it is big enough to keep you satisfied for many years.

Unless you happen to have a good local dealer (rare, Australian Geographic doesn't count), I thoroughly recommend buying from ozscopes. To upgrade, colour filters as well as more and better eyepieces will fully unlock the potential of this magnificent scope.

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Pros: Accurate, user friendly, Good price, Decent glass, great first telescope, quality +++
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!

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A really great gift idea as its not to expensive and assembles easily. My partner loved getting this for xmas. - Review by
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80
I bought this telescope as a xmas gift for my partner, it went together quite easily and is easily manouvourable. Its a great first telescope and he absolutely loves it.
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Pros: price, portability, user friendly, Good price, great first telescope


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Good! (I think) - Review by
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80
Disclaimer: I'm a amateur so what would I know.

Fast shipping. Easy setup. I have managed to align the finder scope with by pointing at a mountain. Also managed to look at some distant high rise buildings on the gold coast and a small boat far out to sea. Looking forward to a clear night for star gazing.

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Awesome telescope! - Review by
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Telescope arrived 2 days after I purchased it. All items were packaged appropriately and flawless. Telescope was properly collimated and instructions of assembly were sufficiently easy to follow.
First night out revealed great detail on jupiter and some clusters and M42 nebula that I had time to investigate.
So far I have been thoroughly impressed with the telescope and great service from ozscopes!

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Pros: price, great first telescope
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!, Size; it's not small. But that's because it's a Dob; it's expected

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Great telescope & impressed with the images. - Review by
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This telescope was for my two children (10yrs & under). My son received a department store el cheapo for his birthday some months ago. It sparked his interest but was a real pain to use and images poor, so bad I took it back.

The Dobsonian was recommended by a friend. Delivery was fine and all arrived undamaged. Assembly was straighforward. Nights haven't been so kind, with almost every night cloudy since.

So far I have seen the craters on the moon in awsome detail. Also, I have seen Jupiter with a couple of its cloud bands and four of its moons. Looking forward to some clear nights.

Although no expert is astronomy, I would recommend this telescope to any beginner.


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Pros: price, Accurate, Good price, Decent glass, great first telescope, adjustments, quality +++, Beautifully crisp image!
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!, Size; it's not small. But that's because it's a Dob; it's expected

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Brilliant! - Review by
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80
This is my first telescope. It's extremely easy to use, very upgradable with lenses, filters and eyepieces. I intend to get a digital camera mount for it, but being impatient, simply took some freehand photos of the moon the other night through the eypiece and the detail is astonishing! This was a great choice, and the people at OzScopes actually talked me DOWN from a more expensive telescope. Honesty goes a long way. Brilliant customer service. Thank you very much OzScopes, you have earned a regular customer.
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Pros: user friendly, Good price, Decent glass, great first telescope, quality +++, Beautifully crisp image!
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!, Size; it's not small. But that's because it's a Dob; it's expected

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Great first telescope - Review by
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It is quick and easy to assemble.
I've seen the moon and its craters in crisp detail.
The belts of jupiter are clearly visible along with its large moons.
The finder scope is very good for quickly locating objects.
It's relatively easy to carry given its size.

Great telescope overall and definitely recommended.

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Pros: easy to carry, price, Accurate, user friendly, Good price, great first telescope, quality +++, Beautifully crisp image!
Cons: Size; it's not small. But that's because it's a Dob; it's expected

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Been cloudy since I bought it (true) - Review by
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The telescope was easy to assemble and the one partially clear night we have had, it showed great promise, roll on Spring.
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Pros: price, user friendly, Good price, Decent glass, great first telescope
Cons: Size; it's not small. But that's because it's a Dob; it's expected

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I finally got a few good viewing nights in a row, and what an amazing telescope this has turned out to be.

I've been able to see the moon in crisp detail, along with a small yet clear mars. But to my delight i've been able to see a very clear Saturn along with it's rings. This is really a great first telescope and it has fueled my passion for more star gazing

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Pros: price, Accurate, Good price, Decent glass, Positive adjustments, great first telescope


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FAQ

Q:
im a beginner at this and I'm looking for the right telescope for myself. because i live around the city area, i was thinking of taking the telescope to the mountains or somewhere where more stars are visible. is there any suggested telescope that are less than 500 dollars? thank you
A:
The SkyWatcher 102/1300 EQ2 Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope would be the best portable telescope in your price point, currently $499.95 http://www.ozscopes.com.au/skywatcher-mak102eq2-maksutov-cassegrain-telescope.html It features a 102mm aperture and massive 1300mm focal length for it's size. Alternatively, we have a special on it's little brother, the SkyWatcher 90/1250 EQ Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope, currently $299.95 http://www.ozscopes.com.au/skywatcher-90eq1-maksutov-cassegrain-telescope.html As you will be in areas with low light polution, even a 90mm aperture will be more than adequate for your needs, as the reflective surfaces are of high quality, providing over 100 lines of image resolution per mm
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Does this scope come with the base or do I buy it separately?
A:
Yes, this scope comes with the base. You can have a look at the manual and see all the parts in the package. http://www.saxon.com.au/pdf/Dobsonians.pdf
Q:
How much does this scope weigh in total - Saxon 6" Dobsonian? Is it suitable for a 7 year old?
A:
The Saxon 6" Dobsonian tube is 5.78 kgs. The mount should be about 10kgs. It is a fairly simple telescope to use so it is suitable for beginners. A 6" Dobsonian would go up to above your waist in height, but the tube is still quite bulky and heavy. In terms of usability it is very easy to use and straightforward, but it might be hard for your child to manouver / move even the tube because it's quite heavy. Because of that you would need to help your child to move the tube :) If you were after a Dobsonian you could also get the Skywatcher Heritage 5" (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/skywatcher-heritage-5-dobsonian-telescope.html) it's a table top dobsonian so it's more lightweight and your child can move it him/herself. There's also the bundle with the eyepiece and filter kit (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/skywatcher-heritage-5-dobsonian-telescope-christmas-bundle.html). But you might find it less appealing because it's made of more lightweight, thinner metal and may not be as 'durable' as the full sized Dobsonians.
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Is it easy to mount a digital SLR camera to the SAXON 6" Dobsonian Telescope and take photos? Do you have the mount? Are they expensive?
A:
To mount an DSLR onto a telescope including the Dobsonian you would need just some extra astrophotography accessories (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/accessories/astrophotography). You will need a T-ring for your specific brand of camera, and a T-adapter such as this one (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/camera-adapter-variable-eyepiece-projection-saxon-ca003-1-25-inch.html) or this (http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-t-adapter-universal-1-25-in.html). They're not very expensive and will just cost about $100 altogether.
Q:
What are the differences between this telescope and the SAXON F1309EQMS Newtonian Reflector Telescope. And which is better for deeper space viewing?
A:
Both telescopes are reflector type telescopes, so both use mirrors. The 6" Dobsonian however has a different mount and design - it is a much longer tube (about 1m) and sits on a Dobson mount which sits on the ground. The Saxon F1309EQMS has about a 5" aperture and comes with an EQ mount, which swings in a circular motion following the direction of how the moon/planets would move from our location, and is a much more portable telescope. The Dobson mount, on the other hand moves in a simple up, down, left and right movement, and is very heavy and not suitable for moving about at all. The F1309EQMS also comes with a motor drive, which helps the tube to move to 'follow' a sky object as it moves across the sky. The Dobsonian does not come with this and would have to be moved manually. Comparing the two, the Dobsonian 6" would be better for deep space viewing. The larger aperture would let you see more brighter nebulae and see the planets in more detail. Galaxies would appear as dim fuzzy patches in the 5" (F1309EQMS) but would start to show some shape in the 6". In short there would be differences in detail and clarity.
Q:
You say that magnification is focal length/eye piece focal length. But the 6" & 10" both have the same focal length and ship with the same eye pieces yet have different magnification. Why is this ?
A:
Do get the magnification of the eyepiece, you divide the Focal length of the scope with the eyepiece measurement in mm. For example, for the 6mm eyepiece, you divide the 1200mm focal length with 6mm, which will give a magnification of 200x. For the 10mm eyepiece, 1200/6 will give a magnification of 120x. The smaller the eyepiece in mm, the higher the magnification.
Q:
What are the magnifications of this telescope and how do you work them out???
A:
The formula to calculate magnification (power) = focal length of the telescope (in mm) / focal length of the eyepiece in mm. You can find this Dob's focal length in the "Specifications" tab.
Q:
Will i need to buy something to mount this telescope (SAXON 6" Dobsonian Telescope Item# SXN-DOB6). If not then where is it placed when viewing?
A:
The dobsonian telescopes actually have a wooden base and sit directly on the floor.

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