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Dobsonians

Dobsonians

A Dobsonian telescope is an alt-azimuth mounted newtonian telescope design popularized by the amateur astronomer John Dobson starting in the 1960s. Dobson's telescopes featured a simplified mechanical design that was easy to manufacture from readily available components to create a large, portable, low-cost telescope. The design is optimized for visually observing faint deep sky objects such as nebulae. This type of observation requires a large objective diameter of relatively short focal length and portability for travel to relatively less light polluted locations. Dobsonians are intended to be what is commonly called a "light bucket" operating at low magnification, and therefore the design omits features found in other amateur telescopes such as equatorial tracking. Dobsonians are popular in the amateur telescope making community, where the design was pioneered and continues to evolve. A number of commercial telescope makers also sell telescopes based on this design. The term "Dobsonian" is currently used for a whole range of large-aperture Newtonian reflectors that use some of the basic Dobsonian design characteristics, regardless of the materials from which it was constructed.

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    Dobsonian Telescope - Generation II - 20-inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope - DOB2036-00 Dobsonian Telescope - Generation II - 20-inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope - DOB2036-00
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    Dobsonian Telescope - Generation II - 20-inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope - DOB2036-00

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    (Please note: This is a special order item with an estimated delivery time of 90 days.) Description The ideal workhorse for the deep sky observers, the Explore Scientific 20-inch f/3.6 Truss-Tube Dobsonian is our largest aperture telescope. The 500mm...
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    Description This is a Generation II telescope. All updates have been performed on this telescope. No telescope type has changed the hobby quite as much as the Dobsonian. Before the popularization of the Dobsonian by John Dobson, the vast majority of...
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    Description This is a Generation II telescope. All updates have been performed on this telescope. No telescope type has changed the hobby quite as much as the Dobsonian. Before the introduction of the Dobsonian by John Dobson, the vast majority of...
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    Description This is a Generation II telescope. All updates have been performed on this telescope. No telescope type has changed the hobby quite as much as the Dobsonian Telescope. Before the popularization of John Dobson?s altazimuth mount design with...
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    Dobsonian Telescope FirstLight 10" Dobsonian - FL-DOB1005-01

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    THIS ITEM IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK AND ON BACK ORDER. ESTIMATED RESTOCK IS MID-NOVEMBER. ORDERS PLACED NOW WILL BE FILLED WHEN THE ITEM IS BACK IN STOCK. Description No telescope type has changed the hobby quite as much as the Dobsonian. Before the...
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    Dobsonian Telescope FirstLight 8" Dobsonian - FL-DOB0806-01

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    THIS ITEM IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK AND ON BACK ORDER. ESTIMATED RESTOCK IS MID-NOVEMBER. ORDERS PLACED NOW WILL BE FILLED WHEN THE ITEM IS BACK IN STOCK. Description No telescope type has changed the hobby quite as much as the Dobsonian. Before the...
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