Sky-Watcher Flextube 250P - SKU# S11720
The Sky-Watcher 10" DOB: The Sweet-Spot for Aperture and Value!
The SW 10" DOB is an very satisfying telescope to own, an instrument that will provide a lifetime of continuing exploration of the heavens. This telescope will hit the sweet-spot for many amateurs, providing all the capability and value you are seeking in a large aperture telescope. Sky-Watcher's revolutionary truss-support concept allows the optical tube's front and back cells to collapse together, aligning on the truss support rods which can then be locked down for easy and secure telescope transport. This one piece, low-hassle OTA design is mechanically simple and results in a large aperture telescope that can be reasonably handled and transported by one individual.
Viewing with the SW 10"—Size Does Matter
With this telescope you have tremendous light gathering power. Prominent deep-space objects seen well in an 8" SW DOB, such as diffuse emission nebulae in the summer sky like the Lagoon (M8), Trifid (M20), and Swan (M17); the stunning globular star clusters M13 and M92 in Constellation Hercules; the awesome winter sky's Great Orion Nebula (M42) in Constellation Orion, and our enormous local galaxy group companion the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) in Constellation Andromeda, to name a very few, will appear more spectacular, brilliant, and wider in extension in a SW 10" DOB. There is no question the incremental resolving power of a 10-inch aperture is visually impressive when compared to an 8-inch. Therefore, it is no wonder then that the 10" aperture is overtaking the 8" as the serious amateur astronomer's aperture of choice in a Dobsonian telescope.
Sky-Watcher 10" DOB – a Class Act!
Pride of workmanship manifests itself in high quality standards of optical and mechanical fabrication. The polishing process for primary and diagonal mirror yields smooth mirror surfaces ensuring good contrast, and properly corrected optics show minimum alterations to the optical wave-front. On each parabolic primary mirror, and elliptical diagonal mirror aluminum is vacuum deposited to the front glass surface and then over coated with hard quartz (SiO4). Additional layers of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) and (SiO4) are then applied The mechanical and structural components of the OTA exhibit rigid construction and outstanding stability.
Sky-Watcher Dobsonians Epitomize Ease-of-Use
Observing with a Dobsonian has been described akin to shooting ducks in a gallery because it is so easy to find your target. Just swing your SW DOB to the quadrant of sky to be searched, and scan the vicinity. An 8x50mm Right Angle optical viewfinder provides both magnification and light gathering to help narrow your search for those elusive fuzzies when star-hopping. The standard-equipment backlash-free 2" Crayford Focuser insures ultra smooth focusing adjustments. Multi-coated, 4-element Plössl eyepieces (25mm and 10mm) provide a spacious 52° Apparent Field of View. To ensure mechanical ease-of-use, SW uses a high-performance Teflon bearing system in both axes combined with tension adjustment in altitude to facilitate setting the appropriate amount of friction, assuring smooth vertical and horizontal manual movement without free-play from small bumps or gusts of wind.
|Mirror Coatings||94% Aluminum|
|True Aperture (mm)||257|
|Primary Aperture (mm)||254|
|Focal Length (mm)||1200|
|Secondary Obstruction (by diameter)||25%|
|Secondary Obstruction by Area||6%|
|Light Gathering (compared to next size down)||57%|
|OTA Length (Retract/Ext.)||31.5"/44"|
|OTA Outer Diameter||11.375"|
|OTA Weight (with accessories)||33|
|Dob Base Weight||26.5|
|Dob Base Measurements||29.5"x20"|
|Zenith Eyepiece Height||48"|
|Included Finder||8x50 RACI|
|Included Eyepieces||25/10 Plossl|
|Magnification w/ Included Eyepieces||48x/120x|