Rent a Sky-Watcher 200mm (8") Dobsonian Telescope

Rent a Sky-Watcher 200mm (8") Dobsonian Telescope

Due to high demand and global product shortages due to the pandemic, please call for availability.
Rental Nights

Please call us at 613-723-1350 to reserve a telescope. Adding a rental to your cart does not create a reservation. Rentals are for pickup only from our retail store, and are subject to availability.

Rental Telescope: Hesitant about buying a telescope? Not sure if astronomy is right for you? Rent this 8" Sky-Watcher Dobsonian and enjoy the best show in the universe.

Deposit: $400.00 deposit required up-front, payable by credit card, interac or cash.

Note: Rentals are for in-store pickup only, and cannot be shipped. A signed rental agreement is required, which can be filled out in-store.

Rental includes a 25mm (48x) and 10mm (120x) eyepiece, a 2x Barlow lens (yielding 96x and 240x), a moon filter, four planetary filters, two different styles of finderscope, red LED flashlight, planisphere (map) and instruction manual.

Purchase Rebate: If you decide to purchase or order a telescope $200.00 or greater within three (3) month after returning the rental, we'll give you a purchase rebate equivalent to 50% of your rental cost before tax.

For example, if you rent this telescope for one week @ $60.00, we'll give you a $30.00 credit towards the purchase of a qualifying telescope.

Overcast protection: If the skies don't cooperate, we'll give you another same-duration rental period on a date that's compatible with you (subject to availability). We really want you to see cool astronomical objects, not clouds. If you decide to buy a scope instead of taking advantage of overcast protection, we'll waive 100% of the rental fee.

Due to the popularity of our rental program, we recommend reserving your rental well in advance.

According to Canadian astronomy guru Terence Dickinson, the Dobsonian telescope is the closest thing to the ideal beginner's telescope (Nightwatch, 4th edition, page 69). This is due to the outstanding amount of light gathering and simplicity versus the cost.

We totally agree. If you want raw performance, it's hard to beat a Dob. Their point-and-shoot approach gives it an obvious advantage. They also boast the quickest set-up time, so you'll spend more time observing.


Rental Form

Save time by downloading, reading, printing and filling out our rental agreement form. We do not currently offer online submission of the rental form.  If you prefer, we can provide you with a form in-store.


Rental Features

  • Point and shoot operation
  • Sturdy Dobsonian base
  • Good performance
  • Very short setup time
  • Includes "The Beginners Guide to Using Telescopes" written by our knowledgeable staff.


Rental Specifications

  • Aperture: 200mm (8")
  • Focal Length: 1200mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/6
  • Mirror Type: Parabolic
  • Focuser: 2" cast Aluminum rack & pinion focuser
  • Eyepieces: 25mm (48x) and 10mm (120x)
  • Barlow lens: 2x Barlow
  • Filters: Moon + 4 planetary (red, blue, green, yellow)
  • Finderscope: 8x50 w/ crosshair and a red-dot finder
  • Mount Type: Dobsonian Altazimuth
  • Tracking Motor: Not Available
  • Polar Finder: Not Available
  • Camera Capable:
    • USB imagers
    • All-in-one cameras via universal digital camera adapter
    • DSLR/SLR (requires T2 ring)
    • Above cameras and adapters not included with rental
    • Because this instrument has no motor drives for tracking, only short exposure photography is possible
  • Eyepiece height: 118cm (46.5") (when pointing to the Zenith)
  • Total Weight: 16.8kg (37lbs)


Tips and Tricks

  • Ensure the finderscope is aligned with the telescope view, as per the instruction manual.
  • To focus the telescope.
    • Aim the scope to a distant terrestrial view.
    • Turn the focuser through the range until you get something in focus.
    • Don't adjust it further until you go out at night.
    • Using the finderscope, aim the telescope at a bright star.
    • Adjust the focuser inwards (make it shorter) until the star becomes focused (small point).
  • Always start with the lowest magnification (largest focal length) eyepiece, and work up to higher magnifications.
  • Help is available after business hours by sending a message to us on Facebook.