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Explore Scientific - Generation II - 20-inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope - DOB2036-00

Explore Scientific

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Description

Aperture: 20” f/3.6 :

The ideal workhorse for the deep sky observers, the Explore Scientific 20-inch f/3.6 Truss-Tube Dobsonian is our largest aperture telescope. The 500mm mirror collects 5100 times more light than the naked eye. Details on planets and deep sky objects will be visible even for inexperienced observers. Bright star clusters are resolved to the core, and the sight of the terminator on the moon is an unforgettable experience.

The fast 20" f3.6 main mirror as well as the large 120mm secondary mirror are made of high quality quartz material, so the cooling time is reduced to a minimum and this Dobsonian is quickly ready for use. Every main mirror is delivered with an individual optical test certificate, which guarantees the highest capacity. A laser engraved center mark of the main mirror allows easy adjustment. The optical surface has a high-quality aluminum coating with 94% reflectivity and an extremely resistant quartz protection layer. The mirror overcomes frequently occurring dew fogging and cleanups without damage and guarantees a long service life.

No telescope type has changed the hobby quite as much as the Dobsonian. Before the introduction of the Dobsonian by John Dobson, the vast majority of amateur telescopes consisted of small telescopes with primitive mechanics - barely enough to see the polar caps of Mars or the rings of Saturn. Larger telescopes, such as the Schmidt-Cassegrain were reserved for the wealthy. The ingenious combination of simple yet effective mechanisms with the greatest possible opening gives the Dobsonian telescope a unique triumphant march around the world. Nowhere do you get as much light for your money like a good Dobson. Disassembly of the scope without tools ensures a trouble-free transport of this great scope even in small cars. The entire structure has been optimized for maximum stiffness with minimal weight. The combination of high altitude bearings with optimized aluminum structures allows fine adjustment flows at high magnifications.

A complete redesign of this Dobsonian was necessary to ensure the significantly increased requirements to stiffness and load bearing capacity of the optical components. All connections of the tube structure were made in the TIG welding process and no rivets and screws were used. This has made it possible for us to produce this 20" light weight Dobsonian so unbelievably stiff in spite of the low weight - a noticeably good quality which is begging you to take one home. The production of almost all mechanical components is carried out by our partners in Hungary and the final assembly of the optics and subsequent quality control takes place in Rhede, Germany. 

A second 40° displaced installed mounting plate with a viewfinder shoe allows the rotation of the tube top in combination for a favorable position of the viewfinder tube or the mounting of an additional TELRAD viewfinder. The 6 supporting feet underneath the rocker box offers perfect stability and guarantees smooth tracking in azimuth. Four smaller fans are installed in the side of the mirror box as well as a large fan installed under the main mirror. This allows an even quicker adaptation to the ambient temperature and reduces the tube seeing (boundary layer removal). The lateral altitude wheels can now be stowed comfortably in the foam layers of the mirror box.

Includes 2.5" HEX focuser with helical gearing and 10:1 reduction; LED Red Dot Finder, collimation assist tool; soft light baffle and two radial main mirror fans for fast temperature equilibrium.

The scope is ready for the use with our optional coma corrector.

Specification :
Item Number DOB2036–00
f/ratio f/3.6
Focal length 1,826 mm
Primary mirror diameter 50 cm
Secondary obstruction 24%
Mirror cell support points 18
Truss pole length 100 cm
Truss pole diameter 25 mm
Secondary cage assembly diameter 57 cm
Secondary cage assembly weight 8 pounds
Secondary cage assembly height 95 cm
Mirror box/rocker box height 56 cm
Mirror box weight * 105 pounds
Height to center of eyepiece at zenith 170 cm
Theoretical limiting stellar magnitude 0.23 arc sec
Theoretical Rayleigh limit 0.23 arc sec
Theoretical limiting magnitude 16.19 mag
Theoretical maximum magnification 1,000x
* Mirror weight can vary because of the manufacturing process; these values are approximate
 

Shipping & Returns

Order Shipment:

If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order. We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address you provided when checking out. If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us at shipping@telescopewolves.com.

Cancellations & Refunds:

All orders canceled after 48 hours are subject to a $20 administration fee, whether or not your order has shipped. If your order has shipped, you (the buyer) will also be responsible for actual return shipping charges. Refunds will only be issued to the original credit card that you use when placing your order.

Damages:

Please inspect the packaging of your item(s) when they arrive, if you notice any damage you should make note of it when signing for delivery. If your item(s) do arrive damaged, please send photos to shipping@telescopewolves.com and we will process an insurance claim on your behalf.

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We want you to spend your time focusing on the stars, not on the price.

If you find another online store that offers a lower price than us within six months of your purchase date please let us know and we will refund your original payment for the difference. We want you to feel confident that you are getting the absolute best price for the product you are ordering. If you find that our own website has a lower price for the same item you have ordered within six months of your purchase date, we will refund the difference as well.

To request your partial refund simply e-mail us a link to the same product on our website, or on our competitors website within six months from the date of your order and we will process the credit accordingly.

Our 100% Price Guarantee has some limitations:

  • You must purchase the item from our website before requesting your Price Match Guarantee
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  • The Price Match Guarantee includes the item price and the shipping charges, it excludes sales tax

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Warranty

Our Promise

We know you'll like the products we offer as much as we do- that's a Telescope Wolves Guarantee. In fact, if for any reason there is an issue with your products, please contact us upon receipt of your order with your order number and concern, and a member of our team will be happy to assist you from there.

Telescope Wolves will be happy to refund you the difference in price:
  • if you find another online store that offers a lower price than us within six months of your purchase date, OR
  • if you find that our own website has a lower price for the same item you have ordered within six months of your purchase date

Please consult our Price Match Guarantee for further details. 

Product Warranty Policies

We also offer warranties from each of our partners (to ensure that you enjoy the products as much as we do).

Vixen's Warranty :

Vixen warranties its products to be free from initial defects in materials and workmanship for a specified period based on part type:

  • Vixen Electronic Parts: Limited One Year Warranty
  • Vixen Mechanical Parts: Limited Two Year Warranty

Interested? Shop for all of Vixen's products here

Bresser's Warranty :

Bresser offers a limited USA one year warranty when product is registered within 60 days of purchase. Interested? Shop for all of Bresser's products here.

Explore Scientific's Warranty :

Explore Scientific offers a limited USA one year Warranty, which also converts to the Explore STAR Transferable Extended Life of the Product Warranty. Product must be registered within 60 days of purchase for this warranty to apply.

Interested? Shop for all of Explore Scientific's products here.

Daystar Filters's Warranty:

If used as directed, your DayStar filter is guaranteed for ten years. Should the filter become inoperative due to optical or mechanical failure, Daystar will repair the filter or replace it with an equivalent filter at no repair cost to the customer.

Under no circumstances shall a refund be issued:

  • due to application issues or the buyer's lack of skills in application of the product
    • Application of the DayStar product requires a degree of technical expertise specific to the exact product line, which is not common to other optical applications
  • if the product’s technical application procedures are NOT followed properly and poor results are yielded
    • Application procedures are posted on Daystar’s website and are stated in further detail in the client's operation manual
  • due to buyer’s remorse

Goods are warranted to be in operative, working condition as stated in specifications of product at the time of delivery. Should the goods not meet these specifications, Telescope Wolves will put a request in on your behalf to repair or replace the goods with items which meet stated specifications of product.

  • Goods shipped shall meet specifications stated by means of optical laboratory testing using independently verified spectrometer testing methods, visual inspection, and visual qualification of performance.

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Hutech's Warranty:

Hutech offers a one year warranty on all its products.

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