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Explore Scientific FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian Telescope Package

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Explore Scientific FirstLight 8-inch f/6 Dobsonian Telescope Package - FL-DOB0806-02

Presenting the Explore Scientific FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian revolutionizes amateur astronomy, embodying the innovative spirit of John Dobson's game-changing telescope design.

Offering unparalleled light-gathering capabilities, this Dobsonian telescope provides exceptional value, allowing enthusiasts to explore celestial wonders like never before.

Explore Scientific takes this iconic design further by introducing a universal concept.

This Dobsonian seamlessly transforms into a Newtonian telescope for those aspiring to delve into astrophotography, offering versatility beyond traditional observing.

Equipped with a robust 2.5" HEX focuser, this telescope enables effortless focusing and accommodates both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces, marking a significant advancement in its price class.

The package includes a Red Dot viewfinder and a 25mm SPL eyepiece for added convenience.

For optimal portability, the new 8" FirstLight Dobsonian/Newtonian is designed with a collapsible Rockerbox, easily disassembled using metal quick connectors.

This compact form makes it an ideal companion for deep-sky observers, revealing intricate details on planets and celestial objects.

Star clusters are resolved to their core, and lunar observations, especially along the terminator, become unforgettable experiences.

To further enhance its capabilities, this telescope is ready for use with Explore Scientific's optional coma corrector, opening up new possibilities for even more detailed and crisp observations.



  • 8" Aperture for Deep Sky Observations: The telescope's substantial 8-inch aperture provides impressive light-gathering power, making it an ideal instrument for detailed and immersive deep-sky observations.
  • 400x Highest Useful Magnification: With a highest useful magnification of 400x, the telescope allows for detailed views of celestial objects, offering versatility for observing a wide range of astronomical phenomena.
  • 1218mm Focal Length: The telescope features a focal length of 1218mm, impacting its field of view and magnification capabilities, contributing to its overall optical characteristics.
  • f/6 Focal Ratio: The telescope's f/6 focal ratio indicates the speed of the optical system. This moderate focal ratio strikes a balance between wide-field views and higher magnification capabilities, enhancing its versatility for various types of observations.
  • Portable and Easy Assembly: Designed for convenience, the scope and mount can be easily transported in pieces and reassembled within minutes. The Rockerbox, featuring an accessory tray for eyepieces, is straightforward to assemble with few tools.
  • 2.5" HEX Focuser with Helical Gearing: The telescope is equipped with a robust 2.5" HEX focuser featuring helical gearing. This advanced focuser design ensures stability and allows the use of both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces, providing versatility for various observing preferences.
  • Universal Design for Astrophotography: The telescope's universal design caters to imagers, allowing the telescope to transform into a traditional Newtonian by removing the bearings from the OTA. The tube can then be attached to an equatorial mount using the included Vixen-style dovetail plate, opening up possibilities for astrophotography.
  • Included Accessories for Immediate Use: The model comes complete with a 25mm Super Plossl eyepiece and a red dot viewfinder. These accessories enhance the observer's experience by providing essential tools for locating and observing celestial targets.
  • Smart Device Compatibility: The telescope includes an adapter that enables observers to use their smart devices, facilitating image capture and sharing. This feature brings a modern dimension to the observational experience, allowing enthusiasts to document and share their celestial discoveries with ease.


Recommended Upgrade:

Upgrade your stargazing experience with the Explore Scientific FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian Ultimate Bundle - a Red Carpet exclusive offer!

Explore Scientific FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian Ultimate Bundle

In this Ultimate Bundle upgrade, you'll receive four invaluable bonus accessories:


ES Tirion Double-Sided Planisphere Star Map for Explore FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian - Ultimate Bundle Package - with Bonus Accessories

  • ES Tirion Double-Sided Planisphere Star Map: for easy celestial navigation
ES R-Lite Flashlight for Explore FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian - Ultimate Bundle Package - with Bonus Accessories
  • ES R-Lite Flashlight: to preserve your night vision
Discovery 2x Barlow Lens for Explore FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian - Ultimate Bundle Package - with Bonus Accessories
  • Discovery 2x Barlow Lens: for enhanced magnification
Explore One Moon Filter for Explore FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian - Ultimate Bundle Package - with Bonus Accessories
  • Explore One Moon Filter: for clearer lunar observations

Elevate your astronomy journey with these essential additions today!


What's Included:

✓ Explore FirstLight 8" Dobsonian Telescope

✓ Equatorial mount with Accessory Tray

✓ Plossl 25mm eyepiece

✓ Red-dot viewfinder

✓ Smartphone camera adapter

✓ Limited 1 year warranty



      Item Number FL-DOB0806–02
      Secondary Obstruction 24%
      Primary Mirror Diameter 203mm
      Focal Length 1218mm
      Focal Ratio f/6
      Primary Tube Weight 25 lbs.
      Rocker Box Weight 21 lbs.
      Total Weight 46 lbs.


      Explore Scientific FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian Telescope Package - FL-DOB0806-02 Product Manual:

      Download the ES FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian Telescope Package - FL-DOB0806-02 Product Manual


      Customer Reviews

      Based on 4 reviews

      I received delivery of this very cool telescope a few weeks ago. I love the image quality. I opted for the bundled accessory package, some handy items that add versitility to my experience.

      Great Beginner Scope

      This Scope is a great platform for beginners to work from. Great aperture, simple assembly, and many useful accessories included, which takes the headache out’ve figuring out what is needed when just starting out. Clear Skies!!

      VERY Nice Dobsonian!

      This is the perfect Beginner Dobsonian Scope. It's easy to assemble, maintain, and it looks and performs great! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this 8" or the 10" model to anyone that's interested in Dobs. Also highly affordable!

      My first Dobsonian

      When it comes to gathering light, this telescope delivers. The Red Carpet Telescopes team were great in helping me decide which Scope would best suit my needs/budget.