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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-PK

Presenting the Explore Scientific FirstLight 8-inch f/6 Dobsonian Telescope Package, a game-changer in amateur astronomy.

The Dobsonian revolutionized the hobby, moving beyond small, primitive telescopes to offer unparalleled celestial exploration.

Before, only the wealthy had access to larger telescopes like the Schmidt-Cassegrain.

This Dobsonian's genius lies in its simple yet effective mechanisms and remarkable aperture, delivering unrivaled value for stargazers worldwide.

Explore Scientific now presents the ultimate universal design - a Dobsonian that easily converts into a Newtonian telescope.

For astrophotography enthusiasts, simply detach the bearings and mount it on an EQ mount using the provided Vixen style dovetail plate.

With its 2.5" HEX focuser, this telescope offers exceptional stiffness for precise focusing and accommodates both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces, setting a new standard in its price range.

Included in the package are a Red Dot viewfinder and a 25mm SPL eyepiece, ensuring a seamless start to your astronomical journey.

For portability, the 8" FirstLight Dobsonian / Newtonian is your ideal companion.

Its dismantlable rockerbox, featuring metal quick connectors, transforms the bulky structure into a convenient flat package, perfect for mobile astronomers.

It's a dependable workhorse for deep-sky observations, revealing planetary and celestial details even to novice observers.

It resolves star clusters to their cores, and the moon's terminator is a breathtaking sight.

For those seeking top-tier performance, the scope is ready for use with our optional coma corrector.

Explore the universe with clarity and ease with the Explore Scientific Explore FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian Telescope Package.



  • Impressive 8-inch Aperture: The Explore Scientific FirstLight telescope showcases a significant 8-inch aperture. This impressive light-gathering capability allows you to capture abundant light from distant celestial objects, resulting in brighter and more detailed cosmic vistas.
  • 400x Highest Useful Magnification: With a peak useful magnification of 400x, this telescope empowers you to explore a broad array of celestial wonders with incredible detail. Whether you're observing planets, galaxies, or star clusters, you possess the capability to zoom in and uncover intricate celestial features.
  • 1218mm Focal Length: The telescope's generous 1218mm focal length plays a pivotal role in its optical prowess. It offers a harmonious blend of magnification and field of view, rendering it apt for planetary and deep-sky observations alike. The extended focal length delivers high-resolution planetary views while still encompassing sprawling nebulae and star clusters.
  • Versatile Design: A hallmark feature of this Dobsonian telescope is its remarkable versatility. Effortlessly convertible into a Newtonian telescope, it broadens your observational horizons. This versatility makes it an excellent choice for those venturing into the realm of astrophotography.
  • 2.5" HEX Focuser with Helical Gearing: The inclusion of a 2.5-inch HEX focuser with helical gearing is a watershed moment in its price category. It guarantees precise and seamless focusing, accommodating both 1.25-inch and 2-inch eyepieces. This adaptability enables you to tailor your observations to your preferences and target celestial objects with finesse.
  • Red Dot Viewfinder and 25mm SPL Eyepiece: Elevating your observing experience, the telescope package incorporates a Red Dot viewfinder for effortless target acquisition and a 25mm SPL eyepiece. These accessories are meticulously crafted to facilitate quick and enjoyable celestial explorations straight out of the box.
  • Portable and Easy to Transport: The telescope's design encompasses a dismantlable rockerbox with metal quick connectors. This feature streamlines transportation and storage, transforming the unwieldy rocker box into a compact assemblage of boards. An ideal choice for astronomers on the move.
  • Excellent for Deep Sky and Planetary Observations: Whether your passion lies in observing deep-sky marvels or scrutinizing planets, this telescope excels across the spectrum. It unveils intricate planetary details, such as the moon's terminator, and resolves the cores of radiant star clusters. Deep-sky enthusiasts will revel in its capacity to unveil the splendor of nebulae and galaxies.
  • Reflex Sight: The included Reflex Sight enhances target acquisition precision, facilitating effortless alignment with celestial objects during observations with the Explore Scientific FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian Telescope Package.

  • Astro R-Lite Red Flashlight: The Astro R-Lite Red Flashlight provides a practical and non-intrusive illumination solution for astronomers, preserving night vision while offering convenient visibility in the dark during telescope setup and use.

  • Tirion Double-Sided Multi-Latitude Planisphere: The Tirion Double-Sided Multi-Latitude Planisphere serves as a valuable reference tool, assisting astronomers in identifying constellations and celestial objects based on their geographical location and the time of observation.

  • Moon Crater Map (2-Sided): The Moon Crater Map, included in a convenient 2-sided format, offers lunar enthusiasts detailed insights into the moon's surface features, enhancing the observational experience with the Explore Scientific FirstLight 8-inch Dobsonian Telescope Package.

  • Optional Coma Corrector Compatibility: For those pursuing peak optical performance, the telescope is primed for use with Explore Scientific's optional coma corrector. This accessory can elevate image quality significantly, particularly for astrophotography aficionados.

                                                                    Explore FirstLight 8-inch DOB Telescope Unboxing Video:


                                                                    What's Included:

                                                                     ✓ Explore Scientific 8-inch f/6 Dobsonian Telescope

                                                                    ✓ Dobsonian Mount with Rockerbox

                                                                    ✓ 2.5" HEX Focuser with Helical Gearing

                                                                    ✓ Red Dot Viewfinder

                                                                    ✓ Eyepiece(s)

                                                                    ✓ Dovetail Plate

                                                                    ✓ Reflex Sight

                                                                    ✓ Astro R-Lite Red Flashlight

                                                                    ✓ Tirion Double-Sided Multi-Latitude Planisphere

                                                                    ✓ Moon Crater Map (2-Sided)

                                                                    ✓ 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  21lbs.
                                                                        Total Weight  46 lbs.

                                                                        Explore Scientific 8-inch Dobsonian Telescope Package 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.