Celestron StarSense Explorer 8-inch Dobsonian telescope review

The Celestron StarSense Explorer 8-inch Dobsonian telescope ($799.95/£649.99) couldn’t come sooner. If you want the most bang for your buck when observing the night sky with a telescope you should always consider a Dobsonian. That’s been a rule of thumb for years in the world of amateur astronomy, but Dobsonian telescopes are often ignored by beginners because their design means they have to be manually pointed at objects.

Celestron StarSense Explorer 8-inch Dobsonian: Key Specs

Optical design: Newtonian reflector

Aperture: 8-inches/203 mm

Focal length: 47.24-inches/1200 mm

Focal ratio: f/5.9

Eyepiece focal length: 0.98-inches/25 mm (48x)

Total kit weight: 43.4 lbs/19.68 kg

Mount type: Alt-azimuth Dobsonian

They’re also very large, hard to move and difficult to store. Why bother when you can get a small, portable and computerized ‘Go To’ reflector telescope that finds objects for you?

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