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Explore Scientific - 16" Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope

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Explore Scientific 16" Truss Tube Dobsonian

When John Dobson introduced his telescope design, it was a contradiction: large aperture, but lightweight and inexpensive?  These were things had never been combined in a telescope design and it changed the landscape of astronomy as a hobby forever.  Explore Scientific has taken the Dobsonian design and has maintained the original design concepts of the Dobsonian but has refined the design for a high quality observing telescope that won't break the bank.  

Explore Scientific's 16" Dobsonian telescope features an ultra-lightweight truss tube design.  The primary and secondary pack away in the rocker box base, making this large aperture Dobsonian telescope easy to transport.  Premium features like cooling fans, a 2" precision focuser with helical gearing and a 10:1 focus speed ratio, an included LED red dot finder, collimation assist tool and soft light baffle get the best performance out of the 16" primary mirror.   With simplicity in mind, the entire telescope can be assembled and disassembled without tools.  The entire design has been optimized for stability and stiffness with minimal weight.  

Dobsonians make telescopes for astronomers who want to get serious about observing thanks to their manual operation but are a long time favorite in the astronomy community thanks to their high light gathering power.  Be wowed by the pinpoint glittering of star clusters and the intense detail of the craters and valleys of the Moon.  Familiar objects of the night sky are awe-inspiring when viewed through a large aperture Dobsonian telescope.


Name Explore Scientific - 16" Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope
Manufacturer Explore Scientific
Model EXP-DOB164500
UPC 812257015580
Manufacturer Part # EXP-DOB1645-00
In The Box 2" focuser with helical gearing and 10:1 reduction LED Red Dot Finder Collimation assist tool Soft light baffle and two radial main mirror fan for fast temperature equilibrium
Telescope Aperture 14.1" - 16"
Aperture 16"
Finderscope Yes
Focal Length 1826mm
Focal Ratio f/4.5
Focuser Helical
Optical Design Dobsonian Reflector
Primary Mirror 406mm
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 25%

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