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Glossary | Telescopes | Mount | Mounting type | Dobsonian

Large and high-quality optic with an inexpensive rockerbox mount.

A Dobsonian telescope is a Newtonian mirror telescope, which is suspended in a so-called rockerbox (wooden box), which replaces the mount and tripod. A Dobsonian telescope is therefore very simple, so that here the money is almost exclusively invested in the optics.

A Dobsonian can be easily moved in all directions. Additional roller bearings and pivot bearings facilitate handling. If you invest in a Dobsonian, you have the advantage of a quick set-up, because the telescope consists only of the OTA and a rockerbox. Both parts are assembled extremely quickly, and you can start observing without having to first align the telescope.

Dobsonian telescopes are particularly good for beginners who want to start with a large telescope for relatively little money. In many cases, the OTA can also later be easily mounted on an astronomical mount with a tripod.