Saxon DeepSky 8" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope

- Does not need to be disassembled between uses
- 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

SKU: SXN-239128
Stock Status: IN STOCK

Ships Out Next Business Day

Retail Price $899

Product Description
DOB 8” COLLAPSIBLE A COLLAPSIBLE TRUSS-TUBE DOBSONIAN DESIGN THAT REQUIRES NO REASSEMBLY --THE ULTIMATE CONVENIENCE! The venerable Dobsonian reflector design has recently undergone some important upgrades and improvements: Saxon is pleased to introduce the all-new Saxon 8" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope 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 Saxon 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.
Additional Information
Additional Information
Product Weight (KG) 39
Optical Design Newtonian (Parabolic)
Lens Material
Diameter 200mm
Focal Length 1200mm
Scondary Mirror Diameter 47mm
F/ratio F/6
Highest Practical Power 406x
Faintest Steller Magnitude
Resoving Power
Finderscope 9x50 finderscope
Focuser diameter 2” with 1.25” adapter
Eyepiece(s) 1.25” Plossl 25 and 10
Mount Type Dobsonian
Slow-motion Control
Piggyback Bracket
Accessory Tray
Ground Board Diameter ¢520×740
Ground Board Weight(s) 11.5Kgs
Motor Drive
Tube Weight 11Kgs
Tube Dimension(dia. x length) 320×(830-1110)
Tripod Height
Shipping Weight
Shipping Carton Dimensions 97x55x40(cm3) / 79x68x13(cm3)
User Level For Intermediate
Telescope Type Newtonian-Reflector
Aperture Size 203mm
Focal Length 1200mm
Focal Ratio f/5.9
Highest Practical Magnification 406x
Finderscope 9x50
Eyepieces Plossl 10 & 25mm
Mount Type Dobsonian Mount
Tripod None
Warranty 5 Years Limited Warranty
Video Link No
Customer Reviews (5)
Great Telescope for the price
Overall Score
I have had this telescope for a few weeks now so have had a chance to get to know it. The build quality is good for the price, no difficulties putting the base toghether either. It can be a little jerky when moving / rotating but its something you get used to and learn to accept. If you were handy with DIY etc you may be able to adjust / modify to suit your needs better. Overall I'm happy with the quality and build of the scope.

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.

Review by iKris82 (Posted on 6/10/2017)
goo all rounder for planetary & deep space
Overall Score
Good scope, but not having azimuth bearings makes nudge/push to align jerky. This is advertised by Saxon as having azimuth bearings, but mine came (April 2012) without.

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.
Review by SL (Posted on 6/10/2017)
Good first scope
Overall Score
Not a bad first scope at all. The first night i had it i freaked out, because i couldnt' find anything, but the next morning after seeking help i found out i had not used it properly (ah). So the next night, i was in love! first night out i found mars, saturn and the orion nebula just by my self with no help from third party references. Saturn is really cute seeing the rings and everything, and i shat my self when i found the orion nebula because i was just pointing it around and was like 'hang on, thats a nebula!" and was really excited that i found a deep space object.

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.
Review by Mike (Posted on 6/10/2017)
Saxon 8" Collapsible Dobsonian
Overall Score
This was my first scope after using binoculars and after much research I choose a Dobsonian for two main reasons - price and simplicity.

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.
Review by Iain Godsman (Posted on 6/10/2017)
Saxon 8" Collapsible Dobsonian
Overall Score
Being a first timer to this world of in depth study of those amazing lights that have guided us in one form or another, I was truly amazed as to what you could find and see, if all you had to do was look. The Saxon 8" is amazing me on a nightly basis and its ability to see with such clarity still the over riding thing that draws me to it on a nightly basis.
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.
Review by Nic Priest (Posted on 6/10/2017)
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