This is a review of the Sky-Watcher 12 inch Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope. It’s a terrific telescope that will allow you to see many of the planets and stars in our night sky. Whether you are watching the stars by yourself or with your children, it’s a good scope for the backyard. It’s sturdy and substantial, so you can set it up in the backyard without worrying that it’ll get blown over with the wind.
Pros of the Sky-Watcher 12” Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope
- Huge aperture
- 1-year warranty
Cons of the Dobsonian Telescope
- Can’t be easily carried to a hiking spot
- Magnification 44x – 720x
- 1,898x naked eye
- Focal length 1500mm
- Focal ration f/5
- Weight 100 pounds
- Dimensions 30” x 29” x 5”
What’s Included in the Box
In the box, you’ll find all the components you’ll need to look at the stars with your children. There’s the telescope case, the 2” Crayford focuser with an adaptor of 1.25 inches. There are two 1.25” eyepieces. The rocker mount has a tension clutch with Teflon bearings. Everything you need for viewing is in the box for your convenience. It will take some time to set up the telescope on first use.
The optics are the very thing that enable you to zoom in on the stunning night sky. They’ll give you breathtaking views and the ability to see stars and planets that are not visible with the naked eye. It’s beyond the capabilities of most telescopes, too, especially the smaller ones.
The magnitude of the telescope has much to do with the ability to see things in the night sky. Whether it’s stars, planets, or other bodies in the sky, you’ll get a magnitide of 14.9 with the 25mm and 10mm eye pieces. This will give you even clearer pictures of the sky.
The aperture is large enough to allow the viewer to see things that those with smaller telescopes can only dream of seeing. Viewers using the Sky-Watcher 12 inch Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope have seen the Andromeda galaxy and most of the planets all the way to Jupiter. That’s an incredible amount of planets and stars to be able to view from your own backyard.
The Sky-Watcher comes with tools and detailed instructions that will make it easy for anyone to set up the telescope in no time. Most people, even first-time telescope owners, found that it took less than an hour to go from the box to the backyard. One of the reasons it’s so easy to assemble is the smooth movement from the quality components.
Collimate the Telescope
Before using the telescope for the first time, you’ll need to collimate the scope. This can seem like a daunting process, but the manufacturer has included instructions to make it much easier. If we can add a few tips to the process, always mark the center of the mirror. It’ll make attaching the rulers to the mirror much simpler.
For this process, you’ll be centering the mirror on the drawtube, aiming the eyepiece at the mirror, and centering the mirror for field of view. Properly aligning the mirrors will ensure that there’s no coma in the Newtonian reflector. A coma in the mirror will give the stars or planets a halo that make them more difficult to see.
While some telescopes have the ability to be taken off the tripod and carted where you want to go, this one has to be brought down to two pieces. It’s still an extremely portable telescope for the size and magnification available. You want to be able to easily break down the scope and assemble it in a new location.
Imagine you and your kids are in the backyard, but find that the sky isn’t as visible because of light pollution. Break the telescope down and put the two pieces in the back of the car, you’re ready to travel to the local park, or you can even take this camping. Breaking this down and reassembling it only takes the use of the three knobs on the telescope.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the length of the telescope when it’s ready for storage or moving?
When detached from the base, the telescope is 44 and ¼ inches long. If you leave it in the base, it’s 53 and ½ inches.
Can it be taken hiking to a good spot for viewing?
This telescope is heavy. While you can lift and place it in the vehicle, you likely won’t want to strap it onto your back for hiking. It weighs 100 pounds when assembled.
Does this come with a storage case?
It does not. You’ll have to find your own storage case for the telescope.
If you want to view the stars with your children, we recommend the Sky-Watcher 12 inch Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope. It’s great even for beginners, but intermediates love it, too. You don’t have to worry about upgrading the telescope as you become more than a novice star gazer.