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- Item model number: skyliner 150p
- ASIN: B002HMLDRI
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 31 Aug. 2011
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Skywatcher Dobson Teleskop N 150/1200 Skyliner Classic DOB
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- Telescope Focal Length: 1200mm (f/8)
- 6x30 Finderscope
- 73% more Light Gathering than 114mm
- Diameter of Primary Mirror: 153mm
- Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x48 & x12
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Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x48 & x120 Highest Practical Power (Potential): x306 Diameter of Primary Mirror: 153mm Telescope Focal Length: 1200mm (f/8) Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm Parabolic Primary Mirror 0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports 6x30 Finderscope Direct SLR Camera Connection Wooden Alt-Azimuth Mount with Accessory Tray 73% more Light Gathering than 114mm
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I am leaving this review because I found the 1 star review of this product quite misleading and I don’t think it represents a fair ‘critical review’. I also think the following information might be relevant to lots of people thinking of buying a telescope.
I do not own one of these scopes but I have looked through one. I bought one for a friend and have recommended this model to several other people who are very happy with their purchase. I’m not going to talk in depth about the scope itself. What I would like to do is give you a fairly honest idea of what you might expect to see through this telescope.
People's expectations play a huge part in their reaction to what they see through a telescope. For myself I was blown away when I first saw cloud bands on Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. Yes the image is quite small and can be difficult to focus, especially if the planet is low in the sky or the telescope hasn't been allowed to cool down to ambient temperature. But even then, these objects are never going to be filled with detail like we see in so many pictures.
If you spend a lot of money on a really good amateur telescope you will definitely see more detail but even with the best telescope the view is often limited by the 'seeing conditions' (air currents and turbulence in the atmosphere).
With these points in mind, I feel it is unfair to give this scope a 1 star rating simply because it did not live up to expectations. New eyepieces might make a small improvement, and they can offer a wider field of view, but they are not going to improve the view dramatically. Likewise, collimation will improve the view (if the collimation is way out) but this type of scope holds its collimation really well so this is rarely the main cause of the problem.
For anyone who might be considering this telescope here’s what you might expect to see, even if the scope is working perfectly:
The moon: As the 1 star reviewer suggests, the moon is a glorious sight. It can be very bright so it’s best not to view the moon from a very dark location. Set up on the patio but leave the kitchen light on, or set up near street lights so your eyes are not totally dark adapted.
Mercury is a difficult object to view as it always stays close to the sun. In a telescope it is very small but you might just be able to make out that it has phases like the moon
Venus is also tricky because it is so bright and normally low on the horizon. But again, you should be able to make out the changing phases like the moon.
Mars is normally a disappointment. Even at its closest it only appears as a small orange disk, although sometimes you can see that one edge is brighter. This will be one of the polar ice caps but it is not clear and distinct.
Jupiter appears much bigger than Mars but is still fairly small in the eyepiece. You will see the two main cloud belts across the surface and the four largest moons that change position from night to night. The 'great red spot' is very difficult to see and actually appears as a very faint grey spot. Having said that, if you get a rare night of extremely good seeing it is possible to see it in this scope.
Saturn is just lovely. Yes it is small in the eyepiece, but to me, seeing the rings of Saturn is worth the price of this telescope in itself. You will also see Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons.
Uranus and Neptune are possible in this scope but they are so small and faint that they should not be considered viable targets, especially for a beginner.
Finding fainter objects like galaxies and nebulae can be a challenge for a beginner but this telescope will allow you to see a good number of deep sky objects. The misty cloud of the Orion nebula will be clearly visible. The elliptical smudge of the Andromeda galaxy will also be quite clear but it is just that; a faint elliptical smudge. You will not see the great swirling mass of stars that you see in long exposure photographs. Open clusters like the Pleiades and the Beehive cluster are very pretty and you can see lots of double stars some of which show stars of different colours.
Remember, even at £210, this is still very much a beginners’ telescope. But even much more expensive telescopes will not show you detail like you see in the photographs. In sharing the hobby of astronomy I think it is really important to find a balance between enthusiasm and expectation. People should be excited about seeing a distant planet or galaxy with their own eyes but they should also keep in mind that the view itself might not be all that stunning. It is what you are looking at, and the fact that you can see it at all, that makes it so special.
So, if you are considering this telescope then in my opinion you are making a pretty good choice for a beginner’s telescope of reasonably good quality. The 6" aperture is 'much' better than the small refractors that many people start out with. The dobsonian mount is far more stable and easier to use than the tripods that many beginners’ scopes use. And the fact that this scope uses a mirror, rather than a lens, means that you get less in the way of 'false colour' (a kind of rainbow fringe that surrounds bright objects in the telescope).
Remember this is a fairly modest beginner’s telescope and should be judged as such. For just over £200 I think it is extremely good value for money but keep you expectations realistic.
Hope that helps
(It comes with all the tools and all the eyepieces - thank goodness for the hard working Chinese manufacturers - this would cost thousands if made in Germany).
It was my first telescope and I had to mess about with the eyepiece and focus control until I could see anything and THEN....AMAZING!
As I scanned the sky a star shot across my gaze! A meteorite! I was stunned!
I looked at the full moon and it was like I could almost touch it!
Later, I looked at a bright star and it was instantly recognizable as Jupiter and all its moons; I could see the planet's rings. Staggering!
I was just blown away by how good this thing is for the money.
It can be carried fairly easily by an adult - out of the house into the garden.
I was using it in a heavily light polluted area and could still see many objects.
(The only tricky issue is moving the beast in a slow gradual way - it's manual and that is a drawback for scanning or tracking but for a beginner it's okay).
Of course you immediately want more and I'm already thinking about the huge 12" mirror version and a collection of good eyepieces.
What a revelation! Wish I'd bought this years ago!