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SkyWatcher Black Diamond 10" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope

- Huge 10" aperture will brightly illuminate images
- Simple and easy to use design
- Collapsible design makes this telescope more mobile
- See more distant and faint objects with larger aperture size
- Able to achieve high levels of magnification
- Ideal for Beginners and Seasoned Astronomers alike
- Slick Black design
- 5 years Skywatcher limited warranty
SKU: SKY-SWDOB250C
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Skywatcher Black Diamond 10" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope

The Ultimate in Convenience

SkyWatcher does it again. An old favorite gets a complete facelift with new features and upgraded components! The new Skywatcher Black Diamond 10" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope presents a collapsible truss-tube design. The best part? It requires no reassembly between uses - the ultimate in convenience!

The venerable Dobsonian reflector design has recently undergone some important upgrades and improvements: SkyWatcher is pleased to introduce the all-new Collapsible Dobsonian complete with Crayford focuser – the ultimate in large aperture portability and performance.

This elegant truss tube design was carefully engineered to combine ease of use, extreme portability and consistent performance in an affordable package. Unlike other truss tube designs, the SkyWatcher Collapsible Dobsonian does not need to be disassembled between uses. It transports as two compact pieces that can be assembled and ready to use in just seconds! It is easy to collimate once set up, and it holds its collimation throughout the evening!

To top it off, all of the new Collapsible Dobsonians are shipping with ultra smooth Crayford focusers.

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

Skywatcher Black Diamond 10" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope Features:
- Huge 10" aperture will brightly illuminate images
- Simple and easy to use design
- Collapsible design makes this telescope more mobile
- See more distant and faint objects with larger aperture size
- Able to achieve high levels of magnification
- Ideal for Beginners and Seasoned Astronomers alike
- Slick Black design
- 5 years Skywatcher limited warranty

Specification

Additional Info

Specifications
Optical Design Newtonian (Parabolic)
Lens Material
Diameter 254mm
Focal Length 1200mm
Scondary Mirror Diameter 58mm
F/ratio F/4.7
Highest Practical Power 508x
Faintest Steller Magnitude 14.7
Resoving Power 0.45
Finderscope 8X50 Finderscope
Focuser diameter 2” with 1.25” adapter
Diagonal
Eyepiece(s) 1.25” Super 25 and 10*
Mount Type Dobsonian
Slow-motion Control
Counterweight(s)
Piggyback Bracket
Accessory Tray
Ground Board Diameter ¢520×740
Ground Board Weight(s) 12.5Kgs
Tube Weight 15Kgs
Tube Dimension(dia. x length) ¢380×(800-1120)
Tripod Height
Shipping Weight
Shipping Carton Dimensions 97x55x40(cm3) / 79x68x13(cm3)
Manufacturer SkyWatcher
Recommended Usage Viewing Galaxies/Stars, Viewing Nebulae, Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets
User Level For the Hobbyist

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Better than I expected! - Review by
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100
At first, thanks to OzScopes for amazing service, speed of the delivery and communication as well. At second, this telescope is the best choice what you can make if you are starting with stargazing and you realy want to explore and see the beauty hidden up there. Get more eyepices after your first observing to get closer (that is what I did) and you are ready! Absolutely clean and crisp image (Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mercury, detailed observing of surface of the Moon) and as far from the lights you will be as much you will see (Nebulas, Comets, etc).
Excellent quality of telescope, no plastic crap from China, this is something, what can stay with you for ages...You will not be disapponinted! 10/10

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Pros: price, user friendly, 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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Fantastic! - Review by
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This is my first real telescope and I have to say WOW! The trade off with weight, price portability and ease of use is near on perfect, just need the motor drive to make it perfect. Very well built and good quality. The P25mm eye piece is a great first starter. I have had the scope for a month now and use it every chance i get. Great to throw on my Nikon DSLR too! Just neet the T-Ring and use the scope's built in T-adapter by unscrewing the 1.25" adapter. I also can't speak more highly of the service from Ozscopes, especially Tarni, thank you. Big thumbs up and Clear Skys!
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Pros: price, user friendly, Decent glass, great first telescope, Beautifully crisp image!


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Built Well, Works well. highend scope for amatures - Review by
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100
i had original planned on buying an 8 inch dob but ended up geting this as it was on sale for 750 at a local closing store in perth. although i didnt buy from oz scopes its a great site!

Building the mount took about 20 mins, easy enough to do no probs. the quality of the parts was great , more than i expecting. there was 8 heavy gauge screws holding the base together!!!

on that same night i was able to view Jupiter and its moons as well as the orion nebula all with the eye pieces supplied
quality of the parts and viewing was A+

only down side is how heavy the whole thing is (as a whole) if the scopes detached its probably a different story, but this just adds to the rugged build quality of the base


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Pros: Decent glass, great first telescope, accurate, adjustments, quality +++, Beautifully crisp image!


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Superb - Review by
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100
Purchased the 10 inch Dobsonian. could not be happier with it

Huge aperture allows semi urban viewing. I live in the outer suburbs of Melbourne and have a great deal I can see from the comfort of my backyard. Although I am looking forward to making a trip to a dark site nearby.

Finder scope is very simple to align and is well designed (my previous scope went out of alignment within moments or slight bumps)

The only con for this scope is its size which is to be expected given it is a dobsonian, that being said it is still releatively easy to transport, and simple to set up.

Amazing delivery time (3 business days) and a simple (once i got the instruction manual online) task to set it up.

I wholeheartly recomend this scope

Aidan

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Pros: Accurate, user friendly, Good price, great first telescope, quality +++
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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A great telescope for Junior Astronomers and even for the more experienced - Review by
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100
As Alex said in his review, "If you're looking for a first time telescope and you can afford this one, go for it, you will not regret it." I strongly agree to that. You will not be disappointed!

Base board construction is a workout but the instruction are so easy to read and understand.

Yet to take the telescope for proper planetary gazing and star gazing it still doesn't let you down.

Truly a great scope and it's worth saving every cent for!

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Pros: price, Accurate, user friendly, 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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A truly great first telescope - Review by
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I received this telescope for my 21st birthday, and it turned out to be a lot better than I had expected it would be. After reading the manual, I was sure getting it ready to use for the first time would be a chore, trying to get the thing properly collimated etc. But the first time I set it up, pointed It at some street lights a few K's away and aligned the finderscope, I could already see the picture was crisp and just perfect.

We then pointed it at Jupiter and what we saw was amazing: you could clearly see the clouds of Jupiter, and 4 of its moons, it was beautiful!

I've yet to take it out for a proper nights stargazing, but I'm sure when we do, we'll be just as impressed as we were this first time.

The only minor problem I had was that the bearings needed to be a lot tighter than I understood the instructions said they should be to stop it from dropping the front while aligning it. It would be nice if it were more balanced, I'm not sure how well this thing will cope when I try attaching my SLR to it.

If you're looking for a first time telescope and you can afford this one, go for it, you will not regret it.

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Pros: price, Accurate, user friendly, great first telescope, Beautifully crisp image!
Cons: tripod quality

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Warranty

Your Skywatcher Products is under Warranty

Your Skywatcher® product is warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for FIVE year after the date of purchase. In the event of a defect under this warranty, we will, at our option, repair or replace the product, provided that you return the product with proof of the receipt.

This warranty does not cover damages caused by misuse, improper handling, installation, collimation or maintenance provided by someone other than a Skywatcher Authorized Service Department.

For Skywatcher Products purchased elsewhere, will NOT qualify for manufacturers warranty from us, it must be returned to the place of purchase to resolve any issues.

FAQ

Q:
Can you please tell me if the crayford focuser on these is a 2 speed, ie 10:1?
A:
I just checked one, it has the single speed crayford. Only the 14" and 16" models have the dual speed.
Q:
Can anyone recommend the right telescope for a 9year old for Christmas? He is very keen on the night sky and astronomy in general. I want to get the right one that will last for years.
A:
The dobsonian telescopes are definitely one of the best value telescopes around and can last for years. If your 9 year old is comfortable with navigating the night sky, this would be a very good choice. If you were after a computerized telescope (A telescope that can find and follow stars automatically), I would recommend with the Celestron Nexstar Series or the SkyProdigy series. However, you will not be getting the same Aperture as a 10" dobsonian. Do note that a 10" Dobsonian has a 1.5m long tube and sits on the floor which may make it slightly difficult for your 10 year old to carry around or look through on his own.
Q:
I've been considering a Black Diamond 10" Dob, but I have a couple of questions: 1) Am I able to Upgrade to a EQ mount at a later point in time? 2) Do you sell camera attachments specifically for this telescope in case I wished to pursue astro photography?
A:
You will be able to upgrade to an EQ Mount by removing the tube, getting the right Tube rings for them and then reattaching them to an EQ mounted tripod. However, the concern is that you would need a very sturdy tripod to support the weight and size of the tube, as most sturdy tripods that are available only support up to an 8". You may need to look into getting a custom tripod setup for a 10"! For astrophotography with this scope, you simply need a T-ring and T-adaptor if you have an SLR camera. If you have a digital, then you can get a digital camera adaptor to hook your camera onto your eyepiece. For more information, feel free to refer to our guide: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/astrophotography-tips-techniques

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