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Robert Wiltshire from the Widescreen centre has a special offer on a Dobsonion design telescope which he talks about below:
In general, it is a truism that, the larger the telescope the better the view, but also the more costly it is likely to be to buy. By this token a 150mm (6-inch) model will set you back more than a 70 mm (about 2.5-inches) model, but will be nowhere near as expensive as a 250 mm (approx 10-inch) model.
The most expensive part of an astro-telescope is usually the front element in a refractor or the mirror in a reflector. One of the more interesting telescopes designed to get around the heavy cost of larger elements and mirrors is the simple, but effective Dobsonion design for the American market but - naturally - available in the UK as well. By putting all the money into a really large mirror, and thus gaining maximum light-grab, and economising somewhat on the barrel and mount design, it is possible to virtually halve the cost of similar metal-barrelled and tripod-mounted 'scopes.
The Dobsonion is ideally suited for use in hotels, educational establishments and similar areas where simplicity is the keynote. And if you want a large mirror at home that will make friends and relatives gasp with excitement when they view Saturn, Jupiter or the Moon (and not to mention an 'excellent talking point' in your lounge) then this is the design for you.
Outdoing Lynda in Nottingham and her 'Bargain Basement', I just happen to have a real bargain...a one-only...in London, on which I am prepared to make a very special offer. It features a massive 280 mm (yes, 11-inch, would you believe) mirror: the same mirror for which you would pay anything well over 1000-00 in any other configuration other than a Dobsonion - and even in the latter it would normally cost you around 895. But, because this is our last one, I am offering it on a first-come/first-served basis at on 650 (that's six hundred and fifty pounds sterling). At that price it is definitely the bargain of all time. However, just to add a little spice to it (and to assist you in finding your objects in the sky), I have decided to include a free pair of Helios 4 x 36 Theatre and Sports binoculars as these have a reasonable wide angle view which is useful for spotting objects on which to turn your telescope.
So, there you have it, a genuine one-only offer at 650 (and we'll ship it to you in the UK for only 20 if you can't come in and collect it: the base can be flat-packed).
Want to know more? Ring me, Robert Wiltshire, on 020 7935 2580 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org