8″ Skywatcher 200mm Dobsonian Reflector
AVAILABLE FOR HIRE
COLLECTION ONLY FROM OUR SOMERSET HIRE BASE
Discover the universe in breathtaking detail with the 8″ 200mm Skywatcher Dobsonian Telescope. Now available to collect from our Somerset hire base at West Withy Farm the 8-Inch Skywatcher is a high-performance telescope ideal for touring planets, star systems, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies visible under the dark skies of Exmoor.
Our Somerset hire base is located at Upton near Dulverton on the eastern side of Exmoor (about 30-35 minutes from Taunton and the M5). The telescope is available on a collect and return basis only for nightly and weekly hire.
Everything you need to explore the night sky is included with the telescope. We’ll give you a selection of interchangeable eyepiece lenses enabling you to explore the heavens using different magnifications. We’ll also give you star maps and guides to help you discover an amazing assortment of celestial jewels.
The telescope is a large piece of kit, yet is highly portable and goes together very easily. To assemble the telescope simply site the circular base, which weighs about 12kg and is 53cm diameter, on a flat piece of ground. The tube then lifts onto the base to nestle neatly on four teflon side lugs. Two tension handlebars are then used on either side of the base to secure the tube to the base. This allows the telescope to hold in any vertical orientation required, while horizontal orientation is handled by the base, which swivels 360-degrees around its centrepoint. The telescope tube itself is 112cm in length, so will fit neatly across the backseat of most cars.
SCOPE SPECIFICATION: Primary Mirror Diameter: 200mm – Focal Length: 1200mm – Tube Length: 112cm – Tube Weight: 7kg approx.
MOUNT SPECIFICATION: Dobsonian – Circular Base – Mount Weight: 12kg approx – Mount Height: 75cm – Mount Diameter: 53cm – Fixing: Moulded side bearings rest on 4 saddle side bearings. Two tension handles screwed into place
ASSEMBLED: Total Weight: 19kg approx. – Total Max Height: 130cm – Max Eyepiece above ground level height: 117cm – 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: £50.00
HIRE PRICES – 2 WEEKS (14 NIGHTS):
Collect From Somerset Base & Return to Somerset Base: £70.00
HIRE PRICES – 3 WEEKS (21 NIGHTS):
Collect From Somerset Base & Return to Somerset Base: £90.00
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.