Saxon Dob 12 304mm Reflector Telescope

(2 customer reviews)

$1,599.00 $1,371.00 inc GST

ADVANCED LEVEL TELESCOPE – Quality telescope for Intermediate & Advanced users. Higher performance for those that wish to achieve much more. Increased performance on the moon, planets, stars, double stars, star clusters, globular star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

Famous Saxon Brand name – No downgrades, no substitutions, no modifications from the OEM Original Manufacturer’s design of this the world’s #1 selling telescope.

Outstanding deep space performance ! At an affordable price !

Large aperture with high quality optics designed for the serious advanced astronomer.

Includes Saxon Australia 5 year warranty.

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ADVANCED LEVEL TELESCOPE – Quality telescope for Intermediate & Advanced users. Higher performance for those that wish to achieve much more. Increased performance on the moon, planets, stars, double stars, star clusters, globular star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

Famous Saxon Brand name – No downgrades, no substitutions, no modifications from the OEM Original Manufacturer’s design of this the world’s #1 selling telescope.

And for good reason, this system design absolutely flies, it’s performance is outstanding. This is why it is favoured by in excess of 70% of the members of Astronomical Socities Globally as their preferred telescope.

Be wary of Home Name telescopes that may seem like good value. Purchase the Original including all the original premium “Standard” upgrades. Also be wary of others offerring a “Personal Warranty” as their gear may be “Grey Imported” in which case the “Manufacturers warranty” is “Void” !

The Saxon Dobsonian Telescope 304mm/1200mm (12″) have a “paraboloidal” primary mirror to eliminate spherical aberration and a four-arm, secondary- mirror bracket with fine supports (0.5mm thick), to reduce diffraction spikes and light loss. In addition, this models include a 2″ focuser with a 1.25″ adapter, allowing the use of either eyepiece size. This model also includes the new feature-tension control handle. Let’s learn more…

So, what is Dobsonian Telescope and why the Tension Control Handle? A simple, elegant form of an alt-azimuth mount made to carry a Newtonian reflector was popularised by John Dobson in the late 1970’s. The Dobsonian mounted telescope is popular among amateur astronomers and telescope makers because of its no-frills, ease-of-use. In its simplest form, the Dobsonian mount – such as the one included in the Saxon Dob 6 – consists of a box which allows the optical tube assembly to pivot in altitude, while the box itself is swiveled on a base in azimuth.

What makes it work? The Dobsonian mount usually relies on the friction between the side bearings on the optical tube of the telescope and a frictional material on the saddle to hold the optical tube in place. If there is too much friction, the telescope is difficult to move to center an object in the filed of view. If there is too little friction, the telescope will not stay where it is positioned. This makes stabilising the optical tube of the telescope difficult when using a Dobsonian mount, especially when accessories, such as a finderscope or an eyepiece, are added to the optical tube. As long as the amount of friction is at an appropriate level, and therefore stabilisation of the optical tube is achieved, the telescope can remain in its desired position to view an object and maintain its position even when the mount is rotated.

The devices for stabilising a telescope on the Dobsonian mount currently available include: a sliceable weight to counter balance the weight of the telescope, a friction lock that must be adjusted to inhibit movement of the telescope, and a spring attached between the telescope tube and mount to aid in stabilisation. These devices are inconvenient to use because they do not provide a simple and user-friendly way to adjust the friction. The object of the Saxon Tension Control Handle invention (US Patent No. 6,940,642) is to provide a tension adjuster that users can easily turn to add or reduce tension, thereby increasing or decreasing the friction between the optical tube and the sideboard of the mount. By providing such a tension adjuster, the telescope does not need to be balanced in order to stay in position. The tension adjuster can be tightened such that the optical tube can stay in a position but can still be moved when prompted to adjust the position of the optical tube. Alternatively, the tension adjuster can be completely tightened to lock the optical tube in position.

Saxon Dob 12 – 304mm Reflector Telescope System Features…

* High quality Dobsonian mount with tensioner control

* Upgraded 2″ Crayford focuser with 1.25″ adapter for a variety of accessory options

* 304mm parabolic primary mirror with aluminized coatings for superior light gathering capabilities

* Upgraded 9X50 optical finderscope for easy target acquisition

* Included 1.25″ Premium Plossl eyepieces – 10mm for high magnification and 25mm for wide field views

What can you see with the Saxon Dob 12 – 304mm Reflecting Telescope System? This is a pure astronomy telescope and you’ll be amazed at the incredibly rich deep sky views it provides. Bright star clusters explode like fireworks in the eyepiece and dense star clusters begin to resolve with pin sharp stars. Extended nebula spread across the field of view, showing details like wisps of smoke set against starry skies. Don’t forget the galaxies! Larger, bright galaxies will show details like brilliant core regions and dark dustlanes. Tiny galaxy clusters appear like ghostly grains of rice. Even though the Saxon Dob 10 excels at deep space objects, it is also a fine performer on Solar System objects, too. You’ll be impressed with the deep craters and tall mountains you’ll see on the Moon. Jupiter will reveal its equatorial zones and you’ll see planetary details like the “Great Red Spot” and variations in the cloud tops… and the four Galiean moons will enchant you with their orbits. Saturn will unveil its ring system and you’ll spy Titan and other small moons, too. Mars, when it is close, will have brilliant white polar caps edge by a blue atmospheric haze and will delight you with dark markings like Syrtis Major. Don’t forget the phases of Venus, or the pale coloured orbs of Neptune and Uranus. You can even follow the subtle movements of Pluto or chase comets and asteroids with the Saxon Dob 12!

Saxon Dob 12 – 304mm Reflector Telescope System Specifications…

Optical Design : Newtonian (Parabolic)

Diameter : 304mm ( 12 inches)

Focal Length : 1500mm

Secondary Mirror Diameter : 70mm

F/ratio : F/5

Highest Practical Power : 609x

Faintest Stellar Magnitude : 15.4

Resolving Power : 0.56

Finderscope : 9X50 Finderscope

Focuser diameter : 2″ with 1.25″ adapter

Focuser : Crayford

Colour : White

Eyepiece(s) : 1.25″ Premium Plossl 25mm and 10mm

Mount Type : Dobsonian

Ground Board Diameter : 52cm

Tube Weight : 15.5Kgs

Shipping Weight : 14.8 + 22Kgs

Shipping Carton Dimensions : 67x 80 x 11 cm3; 145.5 x 47 x 51.5 cm3

Additional information

Weight 126 kg
Dimensions 126 × 78 × 88 cm

2 reviews for Saxon Dob 12 304mm Reflector Telescope

  1. aa_webmin

    (Tongue in cheek, Lol)
    For over 30 years l have gazed upwards on clear nights with binoculars and various other smaller telescopes, I have always enjoyed the challenge of finding celestial objects, then the reward of studying them and finally just gazing at them. Then a man named Cris Ellis stepped in and destroyed it all.Yes 30 years wasted. Now that Cris has sold me this scope the heaven’s have opened up and its all gotta be done again. I hate you Cris (Lol), The man was ruthless destroying all my celestial memoirs within 48hrs of first contact to delivery of the scope.
    And then if that wasn’t enough he made the transaction so quick and easy with GREAT communication that he deprived me the chance of just one look threw one of my old scopes just for old time sakes. “I hate you Cris”, but I’m pretty sure with a scope like this its only going to take a VERY short time for the pain to heal, Lol.
    “Thank you Cris for such a great transaction, deal service etc”
    Yours etc Ricky Amer.

    Scope arrived by courier in 48hrs in so much protective packaging it actually took about the same time to unpack it as it did to build it so needless to say nothing was damaged and all parts were there.
    After unboxing and inspecting everything l built it, after building it I decided to have a look at the instructions, that’s how easy assembly was, If you can build a simple IKEA flat pack basic chair, you can build this only this is a bit easier.
    A few things that you might not realise are: The primary mirror is mounted in its holder but its not mounted in the tube. Mounting it into the tube is extremely simple but needs to be collimated (mirrors optically aligned), there is some basic instructions about collimation but if you don’t know how to do it you may find yourself doing a bit of googling – fortunately its something that I’ve done a bit of (collimation).
    Probably the “BIGGEST” surprise is how BIG this really is, its BIGGER than you are expecting, when the scope is assembled that’s where its going to stay for the rest of the night unless you take the tube off the stand and move them separately, removal of tube is easy and only takes 30 seconds but even then both tube and stand are heavy and its not something that you want to be doing all night.
    The optics seem great, can zoom in on the right conditions and keep a better focus than any of my other telescopes, very happy.
    Its worth noting that after pulling up in my car I can have this scope set up in about 2 mins.
    Yes its big
    Yes its heavy
    Yes its hard to fit into a car
    But its 12 inch, how else are you going to find out what Neil Armstrongs shoe size is ?………
    Once again Thanks so much Cris Ellis
    Clear skies to you, all the best Rick Amer
    (Posted on 8/12/2015)

  2. Martin D, Victoria

    It has been a pleasure doing business with you.
    Thank you for your time and assistance.
    My son Zac is so excited about the telescope.
    Cheers Mardy

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