Saxon DeepSky 8" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope
- An old favorite gets a complete facelift with new features and upgraded components!
- Come with ultra smooth Crayford focusers
- Saxon’s patented tension adjustment control on the altitude bearings
Retail Price $815
|User Level||For Intermediate|
|Highest Practical Magnification||406x|
|Eyepieces||Plossl 10 & 25mm|
|Mount Type||Dobsonian Mount|
|Warranty||5 Years Limited Warranty|
- Great Telescope for the price
I'm an average sized guy and have no real difficulties carrying the thing around. If you were of light build or a kid you may run into troubles and need assistance. When collapsed it will fit in the boot of most small sized cars, definately the back seat.
The height of scope mean I'm constantly bending over to view things, not too handy for someone with a bad back but its manageable with regular breaks.
So far I have only had the chance to observe from my back garden in the city, despite the lights and glare I've been able to observe Saturn (breifly) and a few other features. The moon was quite amazing although very bright, need a moon filter. Overall I'm pleased with the quality of image in the city so looking forward to some dark skies out in the country.
Overally a good scope for the price, build is good, image is good and being able to collapse means you can transport a bit easier. Some people may find difficult to move around easily but for your average adult it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
(Posted on 6/10/2017)
- goo all rounder for planetary & deep space
The whole setup is a little heavy to carry & I installed $10/- lockable caster wheels which makes it much easier to drag the whole setup.
Unfortunately, it has been cloudy & raining for last 4 days in Melbourne so no show. Came well collimated. I possibly would have/should have purchased a Cassegrain 10" OTA to mount on heq5pro.
The prices are quite dear for cassegrain plus all other accessories compared to US sellers, why??
On whole it is ok for now, being my first scope. (Posted on 6/10/2017)
- Good first scope
I wouldn't recommend getting a smaller scope than this. Also, the collapsible one is a must, as the collapsible one once collapsed barely fits across our back seat of the car so the regular non-collapsible one would be too big to transport.
(Posted on 6/10/2017)
- Saxon 8" Collapsible Dobsonian
I chose the Saxon 8" collapsible as I am limited for storage and I needed to be able to move it easily by myself - a 10" would have been great but the weight is getting up there. This model arrives in two boxes and apart from the reflector tube, it is completely un-assembled. The instructions provided are good and make assembly a painless process - two people would make it a snap. The tools for assembly however only deserve one destination and that is not anywhere near the scope. I guess you can't expect tradesman quality tools as they are meant to be disposable however if you have your own tools it does certainly help.
Once assembled the scope certainly looks impressive and for those who don't know telescopes, certainly looks far more expensive than it is. The build quality is quite good. It is from China and I am generally fairly biased against anything from China but I was quite impressed at how well it fitted together. I was however very disappointed that it did not come with the redesigned "buttery smooth azimuth bearings" that it was being advertised with - the very old style teflon washer is still the pivoting system. When I contacted Ozscopes about this they were friendly but were unable to assist so I contacted Saxon who informed me that this was an update that would come in the future but when they had no idea. Ozscopes have since removed this feature from their description however Saxon are still advertising it with it.
The first night I used the scope I wasn't particularly impressed. The teflon washer as described above meant any fine movement left and right is quite jerky and makes it very hard to track. The altitude bearing system, again just teflon runners, is not much better. To top it off the images were far from crisp. Before trying again I decided to check the collimation and yep, it was out - probably knocked in transport. The instructions for collimation at first look complicated, hence the reason I had not collimated when I assembled the scope, but it really is a simple process - the biggest problem I had was finding an old 35mm film canister! After collimation the scope is a different beast. The bearing system is still annoying and really is the biggest down fall of this scope but the images are great. We found saturn and could see 4 moons - a truly memorable occasion, and also found plenty of nebula. It certainly would be assisted with a Barlow but the lenses supplied aren't bad and are a great place to start.
Would I buy this scope again? Maybe as the price is good but other manufacturers are offering roller bearings for the altitude bearings which would solve half of the problems.
Am I happy with this purchase? Yes. A few modifications and it will be terrific. The service from Ozscopes was great and postage was fast and well priced. (Posted on 6/10/2017)
- Saxon 8" Collapsible Dobsonian
When it was first delivered I honestly didn't know what to expect when i first looked through the eyepiece, but I wasn't prepared for the beauty and rich features when I first (predictably enough) looked at the moon then I found Jupiter Mars and Venus, still waiting on Saturn, since then I have been observing Nebula, Galaxies, Clusters, the list goes on.
I can now, with a bit of patience and a dark night, see Galaxies Stars and Globular clusters out to Mag. 10, the only bad thing I can really say about this scope is it makes you hunger for a bigger one.
For entry level to advanced I feel there's something for everyone with the Saxon 8" Collapsible, It's light, portable, easy to assemble/disassemble, accurate, solid with an excellent clarity and magnification range. Maybe the addition of star charts and extra lens e.g: Barlow, It would assist the novice a little. The charts can all be downloaded off the net for free but a nice laminated one thrown in the box would be a nice touch.
All in all, buying the Saxon has been undoubtedly one of my best investments of all time, and has opened my eyes (quite literally) to a whole new universe.
I'll have to give it a 4 star rating, (only because I can't afford the 12 or 16"!) Awesome. (Posted on 6/10/2017)