Sky-Watcher GoTo Collapsible Dobsonian 8 Inch

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  • 8” GoTo Dobsonian telescope with 42,000 object database and simple alignment procedure
  • Collapsible truss tube design for maximum portability
  • 2” Crayford focuser with 1.25” adapter for use with either size telescope eyepieces
  • Dual axis encoders allow you to manually point the telescope without disturbing the telescope’s alignment
  • Includes 8x50 right angle finderscope and 2 Plossl eyepieces (10mm and 25mm)
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  • Description

    It’s one of the most important questions you’ll ask yourself while shopping for a new telescope: manual or computerized? But with Sky-Watcher’s GoTo Collapsible 8” Dobsonian, you can have both! You simply won’t find a more versatile telescope for the price.

    The best of both worlds

    Sky-Watcher’s innovative SynScan computerized hand control is the brain behind your Sky-Watcher GoTo Dobsonian. With an internal database of more than 42,000 celestial objects, this easy-to-use hand control can locate any object you see in the night sky with push-button ease. Or, let your Sky-Watcher GoTo Dob take you on a tour of all the best objects based on your time and location. To get started, just perform a simple alignment procedure.

    Dobsonians are always a hit at star parties. From first-time stargazers to junior astronauts-in-training, you’re bound to attract attention with this telescope. That’s when you’ll really appreciate having GoTo tracking capabilities. Once the telescope has locked in on its target, it continues to track with spot-on accuracy as the object drifts across the night sky. Everyone can enjoy a stunning view—without the need for you to constantly reposition the telescope.

    Best of all, you can switch back and forth between manual and computerized modes in a single night! Sky-Watchers dual axis encoders allow you to swing the telescope on its rocker box mount without disturbing the alignment. Slewing to objects manually is smooth and easy thanks to the adjustable Tension Control Handle, Sky-Watcher’s patented design. Grab a quick view of the Moon or any other object at any point during your observations.

    Innovative collapsible truss tube

    Even in the smaller apertures, a Dobsonian’s large optical tube can quickly become cumbersome in the field. Sky-Watcher has solved this problem with their patented truss tube design. Simply loosen a few knobs and condense the tube to half its length. When it’s time to observe, the tube pops back up as easily as you lowered it—no need to attach truss supports individually. So get ready to grab and go; you can take this Dobsonian anywhere!

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    What's Included

    8” Dobsonian-style Newtonian telescope, GoTo Dobsonian base, 2” single-speed Crayford-style focuser with 1.25” adapter, 4-element Plossl 25mm and 10mm 1.25” eyepieces, 8x50 right angle erect-image finderscope, SynScan hand control with 42,000 object database

  • Dimensions & Specifications

    Optical Design

    Newtonian Reflector


    203mm (8")

    Focal Length


    Focal Ratio


    Focal Length of Eyepiece 1


    Focal Length of Eyepiece 2



    8x50 right angle viewfinder

    Highest Useful Magnification


    Limiting Stellar Magnitude


  • Product Guarantee

    We stand behind all the products we sell, and your satisfaction is our top priority. If you're not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, simply send the item back to us in its original packaging within 30 days of its delivery.

    Manufacturer Warranty

    Sky-Watcher USA warrants your telescope to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Sky-Watcher USA will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Sky-Watcher USA, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Sky-Watcher USA to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Sky-Watcher USA together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Sky-Watcher USA.

    The Proper Return Authorization Number must be obtained from Sky-Watcher USA in advance of return. Call Sky-Watcher USA at (310) 803-5953 to receive the number to be displayed on the outside of your shipping container.

    Return & Exchange Policy

    At our site, returns are easy! You may return new, unused, and resalable items for a refund or exchange. Simply ensure that the item is returned in its original product packaging within 30 days of delivery.

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