• BK DOB 8" SynScan GPS
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  • SKU: BD310251  MAP: $1,548
  • Products Features

    The exciting new Sky-Watcher Dobsonian SynScan series is precision engineered instrument that will allow you to easily find and enjoy viewing night sky treasures, such as Planets, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Galaxies and much more. With its patented collapsible tube design, these Dobsonians are truly the ultimate in portability and performance.

    The elegant truss tube design was carefully engineered to combine ease of use, extreme portability and consistent performance in an affordable package. Unlike other truss tube designs, the SkyWatcher Collapsible Dobsonian does not need to be disassembled between uses. It transports as two compact pieces that can be assembled and ready to use in just seconds! It is easy to collimate once set up, and it holds its collimation throughout the evening! The patented Tension Control Handle allows users to add or reduce tension, thereby increasing or decreasing the friction between the optical tube and the sideboards.

    The SynScanTM AZ hand control allows you to point your telescope at a specific object, or even tour the night sky at the touch of a button!! The user-friendly menu system allows automatic slewing to over 42,900+ objects. Even an inexperienced astronomer can master its variety of features in a few observing sessions. The patented Freedom Find (dual-encoder) technolgy allows the telescope to be moved manually whenever the user wishes - but with no need for re-alignment!

    The Sky-Watcher Dobsonian SynScan series combines the convenience and affordability of the traditional Dobsonian with the convenience of a computerized Go-To telescope.


    Freedom Find™ - tracking made easy!

    With the patented Freedom Find (dual-encoder) technology which allows the telescope to be moved manually or electronically in either axis without losing its alignment or positional information. After moving to a new object the telescope will automatically begin to track the new object accurately. No re-setup is required in one observing session.


    SynScanTM AZ hand control SPECIFICATIONS:

    Power Supply: 10 to 15 V DC 1Amp, 2.1mm Plug (Center positive)
    Motor type: DC Servo Motors, 
    Resolution: Motor encoder: 1,620,000 counts per revolution, Main axis encoder: 11,748 counts per revolution
    Slew speeds: 1.0X, 2.0X, 8X, 16X, 32X, 200X, 400X, 600X, 800X, 1000X
    Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar
    Tracking Mode: Dual Axes Tracking
    Alignment Method: Brightest-Star Alignment, Two-Star Alignment
    Database: 25 user defined objects. Complete M, NGC and IC catalog, partial SAO catalogues, total 42,900 objects
    Go-To Pointing Accuracy: Up to 5 arc min

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    Photos of Retracted truss tube and SynScan Remote Controller



    "Sky-Watcher’s GoTo Dobsonian
    High-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 (www.skynews.ca | review).

    Read the 3-page article in PDF (580KB)



  • DOB SynScan

  • Specifications
  • Optical Design Newtonian (Parabolic)
  • Diameter 203mm
  • Focal Length 1200mm
  • Secondary Mirror Diameter 47mm
  • F/Ratio F/5.9
  • Highest Practical Power 406x
  • Faintest Steller Magnitude 14.2
  • Finder Scope 8X50*
  • Focuser Diameter 2" crayford
  • Eye Piece 1.25" SP10 & SP26*
  • Tube Weight 11kg
  • Tube Dimensions 320mm x (835-1115)mm
  • Shipping Weight 24+18 kg
  • Shipping Dimensions 77x58x30 cm3; 92x40x48 cm3
* Standard accessories may vary.
* Contact your local distributor for details