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"Sky-Watchers GoTo DobsonianHigh-tech meets bargain-telescope design. A shotgun marriage or a match made in heaven? We find out!"
"Could the new Sky-Watcher SynScan telescopes really work? ...my
doubts were allayed the first night out.Our test telescope,on loan from
Pacific Telescope Corp., worked great. Surprisingly so."
- Alan Dyer wrote in his 3-page review of the Sky-Watcher GoTo Dobsonian telescope at SkyNews November/December 2010 issue (http://www.skynews.ca/ | review).
Read the 3-page article in PDF (580KB)
Sky-Watcher improves on the often unwieldy standard design of Dobsonians with their 16" f/4.4 Collapsible GoTo Dobsonian Telescope.
It features a patented truss tube system that enables the front
corrector plate/eyepiece assembly to be moved back and locked against
the main rear tube to greatly reduce the size of the OTA for storage and
transportation. This open OTA also has the benefit of reducing overall
weight versus standard Dobs. To add another level of usability to the
scope is a motorized ground-based rocker alt-az mount. Equipped with
dual servo motors, they are controlled using the SynScan computer hand
controller. This self-contained system features over 42,000 celestial
objects with alignment assistance, guided tours and full go-to
capabilities. Its dual encoders, coupled with the patented Tension
Control Handle, enable users to manually move the scope without having
to realign it.
It features an exceptionally large 16" aperture
conical parabolic mirror to draw in copious amounts of light to make
detailed observations of the Moon and planets, and still reach out past
our solar system to discover dim deep-sky subjects that smaller scopes
are unable to resolve. A conical mirror, as opposed to a standard
parabolic, helps to reduce the mirror's weight while allowing it the
ability to more evenly acclimate to the ambient temperature. Its f/4.4
focal ratio and two-speed Crayford focuser makes this an ideal choice
for imaging. Its fast focal ratio enables devices to capture images in
less time than slower scopes, while the unique focusing mechanism
employed in the Crayford-style gives it the ability to achieve
tack-sharp focusing with zero back-lash that rack-and-pinion focusers
generally are unable to.