No telescope type has changed the hobby quite as much as the Dobsonian Telescope. Start with the fact that Dobsonians look so much different than our typical idea of a telescope. The base of the Dobsonian sits on the ground, no tripod mount necessary. And their open framework is a far cry from the tube assemblies we're used to. But one look through the eyepiece of a good Dobsonian like the Generation II 10-inch from our friends at Explore Scientific and you'll understand why astronomers of every
The ideal workhorse for the deep sky observers. A 305mm mirror collects more than 1,800 times as much light as the naked eye. Details on planets and deep
Before the popularization of John Dobson’s mount design with low center of gravity combined with a Newtonian optical assembly, the vast majority of amateur telescopes consisted of small telescopes with small mounts. They were difficult to use for serious deep-sky observations by beginners. And while large commercial telescopes could certainly do the job, they were relatively expensive. The ingenious combination of simple yet effective mechanisms with big-aperture Newtonian optics gives the Dobsonian Telescope worldwide popularity, and this telescope design typically offers the largest aperture per dollar of any telescope type.