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    Recommended Dobs Dobsonian Telescopes

    Under 6 Inches

    Best scopes for new users and kids

    Orion StarBlast 4.5

    KSON 80mm and 102mm Dobs (in Australia from AustraliaTelescopes.com.au) are all under $100 and $140 respectively. Even the 135mm KSON dob is only $199. Amazingly most come with 2 eyepieces, finder and barlow lens.


    6-Inch Dobs


    StarBlast 6i - intelliscope dob



    The Orion XT6 with FREE SHIPPING at only $269 (updated pricing from $299 - FREE SHIPPING INCLUDED coupon link below!) is an incredible value. If you can we actually recommend you spend the ($100 more) and get the Orion XT8 which we recommend and discussed below.

    free shipping coupon for the XT6 at $269 below:

    http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/...398/p/8942.uts


    in Australia the KSON 160mm Dob is only $239 and comes with 2 eyepieces, finder, and barlow lens.

    8-Inch Dobs

    GSO Telescopes only recommended from Apertura and Meade.

    Apertura stocks 8 inch GSO dobs.


    For the more serious beginner, there are many Dobsonian Telescopes we recommend listed here as a dobsonian telescope provides the most aperture for the money:
    Recommended Dobs Dobsonian Telescopes


    Intelliscope Dobs from Orion

    If you live any but the darkest skies and/or want help to find objects or even just check what you are viewing you should get an Intelliscope-dobsonian Telescope, the Orion XT8i is simply your best choice (you do pay slightly more for the computer but if you need help finding 14,000 faint objects the help is great - especially in light polluted skies).

    The intelliscope encoder upgrade alone is worth at least several hundred dollars, as that is what you would pay to buy an encoder yourself or DIY (parts & time). The Orion system is well reviewed and is a wonderful setup. It also comes with a higher quality Right Angle Finder, and Starry Night Software than most other dobs.



    The Orion XT8i comes with Orion SkyQuest XT8i Computerized IntelliScope Optical Tube Assembly, 25mm Orion Sirius Plössl telescope eyepiece (1.25"), 10mm Orion Sirius Plössl telescope eyepiece (1.25"), Orion 2" - 1.25" eyepiece adapter, IntelliScope object locator hand controller, Orion 9x50 RA finder scope, Finder scope bracket with O-ring, Collimation cap, Telescope eyepiece rack, Dust cap, Starry Night special edition software

    We only recommend getting a barlow with it: Orion Shorty 1.25" 2x Barlow Lens | Orion Telescopes: Barlows


    For a Classic Orion XT8(true and tested amazing quality and support) Only $349 with FREE SHIPPING it is simply a steal.



    From Orion, the Orion XT8 - 8 inch quite portable and good value for the price Dob scope for $399 usd FREE SHIPPING INCLUDED!! but comes with:

    • Included Orion 2x Shorty Barlow Lens doubles the magnification of virtually any 1.25" eyepiece, adding magnification options to your telescope
    • The included Beginning Stargazers Toolkit provides plentiful reference material for nighttime observing and a handy red LED light to see them with





    We recommend the following eyepieces to fit in your budget (10mm and 25mm):
    http://www.telescope.com/Accessories...?ensembleId=51

    http://www.telescope.com/Accessories...?ensembleId=51

    Also 2X barlow - which doubles magnification (most Dob packages do not come with one)

    Orion Shorty 1.25" 2x Barlow Lens | Orion Telescopes: Barlows


    From Sky-watcher (made by Synta)

    Skywatcher 8-inch Dobsonian



    Why is this model great? Well it is collapsible so it basically can fit in your trunk better or the rear passenger compartment. Also makes moving it easier.

    GSO Dobs

    For all the GSO dobs and their clones, it pays to shop around do see:

    GSO Dobsonian Telescopes Guang Sheng Optical Dobs It Pays to Shop Around

    Recommended GSO made dobs including the high quality Meade Lightbridge dobs (recommended below)

    Z8 & Z10 Zhumell etc. are not recommended for several reasons including poor quality control and store service issues: Telescopes.com HayNeedle Store Review - Why We Say Spend Your Money Elsewhere

    For problems with this telescope including serious issues with the mirrors see: Zhumell Dobs - Junk or did I just get a bad one?

    Buying from Hayneedle is not recommended as mentioned above.

    This dob only comes with

    • Primary Mirror Cooling Fan which can be had for a few dollars anyways
    • Includes Laser Collimator
    • 2-Inch Format 30mm Eyepiece
    • 1.25 Inch Format 9mm Eyepiece
    • 8X50 Finderscope


    Compared to the LE XT8 we think the Intelliscopes, XT, and LE XT8 are a much better deal as they come with a RA finder, (barlow), Starry Night software and even a collimation cap - the Ferrari red of the LE Orion XT8 is a winner.


    GOTO DOBS

    If you want GOTO, AND a motor for your dobsonian telescope the XT8g is a great choice (albeit you pay a bit more for the motor and goto). The benefit of the motor is that you track objects, one of my (and my wifes) biggest frustrations with a dob is that when you have a high magnification you tend to get objects moving quickly away from your view. The motor on this dob will help you keep objects in the center of your view allowing you to enjoy viewing them without any distractions (like moving your dob every few seconds to keep things centered). Also this allows some ease of astrophotography and captures with cameras for planets, the moon, and brighter objects you see in your eyepiece. A worthy dob that is modernized from top to bottom.

    Orion XT8g



    Includes 2" dual-speed (11:1) Crayford focuser, 28mm 2" DeepView eyepiece, 12.5mm 1.25" illuminated crosshair Plossl eyepiece, EZ Finder II reflex sight, eyepiece rack, collimation cap, Starry Night software, and more!
    We only recommend getting a barlow with it: Orion Shorty 1.25" 2x Barlow Lens | Orion Telescopes: Barlows

    10" and Greater

    Orion Truss Intelliscope and Goto Dobs

    The Orion Dobs are simply outstanding at and above 10" as they are all truss tube . This means lighter weight, easier setup, transport and storage.

    ORION XX12i Shroud, Case, Intelliscope Set

    ORION XX14i Shroud, Case, Intelliscope Set
    Goto Orion Dobs:

    XX12G

    XX14G

    For a larger aperture, but more portable "cheaper" dob, the Meade Lightbridge series is great as its a truss tube just like the Orion dobs at and above 10". This means lighter weight, easier setup, transport and storage.

    Meade Lightbridge 10"





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    The Amazing Orion XT8 LE Ferrari Red is no longer sadly available as of Jan 2012...


    Current pricing from Orion shows their Limited Edition XT8 which is a steal at $399


    BUY Orion Limited Edition XT8 which comes complete with barlow, eyepieces, smooth 2" Crayford focuser that accepts 1.25" and 2" telescope eyepieces, and includes a 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, EZ Finder II sight, collimation cap, Starry Night software, and more!

    Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Reflector Aperture Optical Tube Assembly
    35mm Orion DeepView telescope eyepiece (2")
    Orion Shorty 2x Barlow lens (1.25")
    25mm Orion Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece (1.25")
    EZ Finder II reflex sight
    Collimation cap
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    2" Crayford-style focuser
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