6″ Skywatcher 150p Dobsonian Reflector
AVAILABLE FOR HIRE
COLLECTION ONLY FROM OUR SOMERSET HIRE BASE
The 6″ 150p Skywatcher Dobsonian Telescope as shown to the right is now available for hire from our Somerset Hire Base at Upton near Dulverton on the eastern side of Exmoor (about 30-35 minutes from Taunton and the M5). It is available on a collect and return basis only on a nightly basis, and over a 1-week and 2-week hire period running from Friday to Friday.
An ideal telescope for viewing the moon, the planets and the many hundreds of star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that can be seen from the dark skies of Somerset, Devon, Exmoor and Dartmoor, the 6″ skywatcher will not disappoint!
Everything you need to explore the night sky is included with the telescope. We’ll give you a selection of eyepieces for different magnifications, and we’ll give you star maps and guides on what to look for in the night sky and how to find it.
The picture to right shows how the 6″ telescope is set up for observing. It is assembled from two parts, both of which are highly portable. The wooden circular base weighs about 12kg and is 53cm diameter. It will fit in the boot of most hatchbacks or saloon cars. The telescope tube itself weighs about 7kg and is about 44cm in length, so fits easily across the back seat of most cars.
Set up is very simple. The tube slots onto the base from above. Moulded side bearings on the tube itself rest on four saddle side bearings on the base. Two tension handles are tightened on either side of the base.These should be screwed all the way in until there is some resistance in the tube’s forward / backward motion. You’re then ready to observe!
SCOPE SPECIFICATION: Primary Mirror Diameter: 150mm – Focal Length: 1200mm – Focal Ratio: F6 – Tube Length: 1120mm – Tube Weight: 7kg approx.
MOUNT SPECIFICATION: Dobsonian – Circular Base – Mount Weight: 12kg approx – Mount Height: 750mm – Mount Diameter: 510mm – Fixing: Moulded side bearings rest on 4 saddle side bearings. Two tension handles screwed into place
ASSEMBLED: Total Weight: 19kg approx. – Total Max Height: 1300mm – Max Eyepiece above ground level height: 1170mm – Assembly Time: < 2 minutes
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE HIRE: Telescope Tube, Telescope Mount, Set Up Instructions, How to Use Instructions, 2 x Eyepieces (25mm and 10mm), 1 x 6×30 finderscope, sky notes for the month including information on the best objects to view and how to find them.
HIRE PRICES – NIGHTLY:
Collect From Somerset Base & Return to Somerset Base: £25 for first night, £10 for subsequent nights
HIRE PRICES – 1 WEEK (7 NIGHTS):
Collect From Somerset Base & Return to Somerset Base: £40.00
HIRE PRICES – 2 WEEKS (14 NIGHTS):
Collect From Somerset Base & Return to Somerset Base: £60.00
Payment for telescope hire from our Somerset base is by cash at time of collection or by paypal / bank transfer at least 24 hours in advance of pick-up.
Security Deposit: An additional £100 security deposit will be required in addition to the payment. The deposit will be returned in full on safe return of the telescope.