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Explore Scientific 16" Ultra Light Dobsonian 406mm

Explore Scientific 16" Ultra Light Dobsonian 406mm
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Explore Scientific 16" Ultra Light Dobsonian 406mm
Ex Tax: £1,998.33
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  • Model: ES-0116940
  • Shipping Weight: 42.00kg
  • SKU: ES-0116940
  • GTIN: 4007922004549
  • MPN: ES-0116940
Modern 16" - 406mm Truss-Dobsonian telescope in full aluminium construction with diffraction limited optics (Strehl 0.8)


  • Modern secondary mechanics - the collimation is easily achieved without tools and keeps collimation well during transports
  • Modern primary mirror cell - the telescope mirror can be collimated from the front while looking through the eyepiece and is supported by a modern floatation system with radial roller bearings
  • Large altitude wheels provide smooth and precise movement even at high magnifications
  • Secondary unit and altitude wheels fit into the rocker box and the mirror box includes a cover for transport so that the whole telescope breaks down into only two aluminium cases and the trusses
  • Extremely high rigidity construction
  • Dew-resistant because of aluminium construction: no deforming press board due to the exclusive use of metals
  • Lightweight: the aluminium profile/aluminium plate construction reduces the weight to about half of the mass of most press board designs of this price range
  • Two large radial fans for fast thermal equilibrium

No telescope type has influenced amateur astronomy as radically as the dobsonian telescope. Before the introduction of this telescope type by John Dobson the vast majority of amateur telescopes were small inadequate refractors on shaky mounts - just good enough to show the polar regions on mars or the rings of Saturn. Bigger telescopes, like the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, were restricted to the relatively small group of amateurs that could afford them.The brilliant combination of simple - but effective - mechanics and the largest aperture available led to a worldwide triumph of this concept. No other telescope type offers you so much light for your money as a good dobson. We have taken the motto "held together by gravity and driven by yoghurt power" and offer a modern version of the classic - designed by amateur astronomers for amateur astronomers. Despite its large aperture the telescope can be transported easily even in small cars and is assembled within minutes without tools. The construction was optimized for maximum rigidity with a minimum of mass. The combination of big altitude wheels and a optimized aluminium-sandwich construction allows for small movements even at high magnifications. The focus position is already positioned to accept our coma-corrector. The ideal workhorse for the deep-sky enthusiast. A telescope with 406mm aperture gathers more than 3300-times more light than the naked eye. Details on planetary surfaces stand out even to inexperienced observers, and countless deep-sky objects show details. Bright globular clusters are resolved down to the core and the view of the lunar terminator will provide a unforgettable experience.

Optical design
16" Newtonian Reflector
Mount Type
Objective diameter
16" - 406mm
Focal length (mm)
Magnification (with included accessories) up to
Warranty (Years)
Focus Group
Advanced Amateurs
Visual enthusiasts
Power supply 1)
12V Batteries or mains adapter
Rain/Dust protection caps
Dust protection caps for open aperture and eyepiece holder
Focusing system
2" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser with helical gearing and 10:1 reduction
Aperture ratio
Angular resolution (arc seconds)
Mount type
very good
Secondary mirror diameter (mm)
Obstruction (%)
Primary mirror diameter (mm)
Material OTA
Field of application
Deep Sky Observation
Lunar observation
Planetary observation
LED-Red Dot Finder
Material Primary mirror

Dimensions for mobile use of the 16" Explore Scientific Ultra Portable Dobsonian
Rocker box 550mmx550mmx330mm
Mirrorbox 480mmx480mmx300mm
Trusses approx. 1250mm
Eyepiece Height while pointing at zenith approximately 1.63m 
Total net weight: 38.4 kg
Mirror Box: 23.8kg
Secondary Cage + Rockerbox: 10.5 kg
4 Truss pairs: 2.5kg
Altitude Wheels: 1.6kg


General Information
Weight in Kg42

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