Skyliner Dobsonian Telescopes
Dobsonian Telescopes are named after John Dobson who invented and popularised this simple approach to observing in the 1970s. Despite the availability of inexpensive equatorial mounts and computer control it continues to be popular with anyone wanting simplicity and a large aperture for the money.
It is the quickest telescope of all to set up, needing no alignment. Place the base on an even surface, place the tube on the base and you are ready to go. Experienced users can find objects quicker with a Dobsonian than most computerised mounts and new users quickly learn to find objects for themselves.
We find it easier to store than an equivalent equatorial telescope because its footprint is smaller and it will stand in a corner or behind a door, all ready to be picked up and taken outdoors.
The Skyliner range of Dobsonian Telescopes offers the best value for money and you can choose from apertures between six and twelve inches.
If you are new to astronomy we thoroughly recommend two books to complement your Dobsonian. Walk Through the Heavens is a smal paperback that will help you learn the constellations so that you can use them as signposts when hunting for objects.
Turn Left at Orion is a larger hardback book written for beginners and helps you find over a hundred of the most popular and most interesting objects in the night sky. Most people quickly find and enjoy the most obvious objects such as the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter , the Orion Nebula and a few others, depending on the time of year. They then get stuck on what to do next. This is when Turn Left at Orion helps them move on.