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Levenhuk Ra 200N Dobson Telescope
Newtonian telescope with a built-in primary mirror cooling fan. Aperture: 200mm. Focal length: 1200mm
The Levenhuk Ra 200N Dobson telescope is a 200mm Newtonian reflector for observing deep sky objects, including star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. You can also observe the planets of the solar system: Mars, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, etc. as well as their satellites. A demanding user who wants a comprehensive observation experience will like this te... more
The Levenhuk Ra 200N Dobson telescope is a 200mm Newtonian reflector for observing deep sky objects, including star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. You can also observe the planets of the solar system: Mars, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, etc. as well as their satellites. A demanding user who wants a comprehensive observation experience will like this telescope. The telescope is easy to operate even for a beginner.
Parabolic primary mirror and active cooling of the optics
The primary mirror features a parabolic shape that minimizes optical distortion when observing at high magnifications. Its surface is covered with an aluminum coating with a reflectivity index of 92~96%. This has a positive effect on the contrast and brightness of the transmitted picture. You can adjust the focus with a dual-speed achromatic Crayford focuser. It is backlash-free and holds even heavy optical accessories securely for fast and accurate focusing.
The back cover of the telescope tube features a cooling fan. It makes the thermo stabilization of optics almost two times faster so that you can start observations much faster. The fan runs on batteries (purchased separately).
Dobsonian mount with an improved brake system side bearing for smooth tube movement
The telescope features a classic Dobsonian mount. It has a conventional design and all of the advantages of this mount type, but at the same time its mechanics has been significantly improved. A special brake system side bearing for smooth tube movement allows you to move the optical tube a few centimeters up or down. When using additional attachments, this will quickly balance the telescope and maximize stability.
There are scales on the mount sides for convenient balancing. In addition, the bearings are durable and provide a smoother movement, which is important when using the telescope at high magnifications.
Quick start kit
The telescope kit includes two eyepieces with a different focal length and an 8x50mm finder. They will allow you to start observations right away.
- Reflector with a 200mm diameter parabolic primary mirror
- Special aluminum coating with a reflectivity index of 92~96%
- Active cooling of optics for faster temperature stabilization
- Dual-speed Crayford focuser for precise focus adjustments
- Brake system side bearing for smooth tube movement
- User-friendly and easy-to-assemble Dobsonian-style mount
The kit includes:
- Telescope optical tube
- Dobsonian mount
- Plössl 9mm eyepiece
- Super View 30mm eyepiece
- Finder 8x50mm
- Finderscope base
- Cooling fan
- User manual and lifetime warranty
Primary mirror diameter (aperture), mm
Lens (mirror) shape
Focal length, mm
Highest practical power, x
Resolution threshold, arcseconds
Limiting stellar magnitude
|Plössl 9mm (133x), Super View 30mm (40х)|
Eyepiece barrel diameter
|optical, 8x50 mm|
|Primary mirror cooling fan|
Operating temperature range, °C
|cooling fan: 6 AA batteries (not included)|
Tube-mount assembly system
|Brake system side bearing for smooth tube movement|
Optical tube material
General use product.
May be used by kids over 3 years old.
Assembly and setup
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I do have another question: I've found a dealer who sells this model. I've looked over the owner's manual, but didn't see anything about a dust cover. Does one come with it? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear Eddie, thank you for your inquiry. The kit includes: Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob Telescope optical tube (optical elements inside) Dobsonian mount Plössl 9 mm eyepiece SuperView 30 mm eyepiece 8x50 finder scope Finder scope base Cooling fan User guide and lifetime warranty Is there any additional information you might need?
Will you be getting any more of these in stock? It seems like a very good deal. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear Eddie, thank you for interest in Levenhuk products! I regret to inform you that we do not expect to receive this model this year for sure.Is there any additional information you might need?
Hello! What filter set would you recommend for this telescope? Thanks! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Solar System Levenhuk F8 Filter Set - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/solar-system-levenhuk-f8-filter-set/.
What is the telescope's highest practical power? What eyepieces are better for this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The maximum useful magnification of a telescope is approximately twice the diameter of the objective lens or mirror. In this case it will be about 400x. You should choose an eyepiece according to your particular needs, please refer to this article - http://www.levenhuk.com/reviews/a-short-guide-to-choosing-eyepieces/
is it suitable for astrophotography? If the answer is yes, then what T-ring will I need to attach Canon EOS 650D camera? Thanks in advance. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob Telescope is perfect for visual observations. For astrophotography you will need quality equatorial mount with motor drive, allowing for tracking celestial objects and long exposure. That's why this model is not suitable for this purpose.
I have two questions: 1. Should I use Barlow lens with this telescope? 2. Will I notice significant difference in quality, replacing Super Kellner 3.6 mm with Super Kellner 4 mm? Levenhuk Customer Service:
1. To obtain higher magnification power with Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob we recommend using eyepieces instead of Barlow lens. 2. There will be no significant change in quality.
do you have a solar filter for the ra 200n Levenhuk Customer Service:
Dear William, thank you for your inquiry. Currently, we do not have the solar filter for this model. Is there any additional information you might need?
Thank you. If I get it right with 4 mm eyepiece I will get 300x, but this scope is capable of 400x. Or maybe image quality will be unsatisfactory? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, you are correct, the highest practical power of the Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob telescope is 400x, but such extreme magnification implies a loss in image quality.
Hello! Which accessory is better suited for Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob? 3x Barlow lens or 3 mm eyepiece? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The best choice for Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob would be 4 mm eyepiece.
Could you help me to choose between Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob and Levenhuk Skyline 130x900 EQ. The first model has larger objective lens but it costs less then 130x900 EQ. So what are their pros and cons? I want to observe deep-sky, planets as well. Maybe you have similar models, but cheaper? Thanks in advance! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob Telescope is perfect for visual observations due to its large diameter of the objective lens. Levenhuk Skyline 130x900 EQ on the other hand will be a preferable choice if you want to use it for astrophotography. Its equatorial mount ensures easy tracking of celestial objects.
Hello! To mount this telescope on an equatorial mount (eq 6 for example), will I need to buy something additionally? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You will need special fasteners that are currently not available at the Levenhuk online store.
Hi! I have been thinking of buying a telescope for about a year now, but I still can't find the right one. First I wanted to buy a telescope with 76 mm aperture and later I changed my mind and decided to pick a more powerful model (200 mm). But then I thought that this one would be too bulky for my apartment (I'm planning to use it mainly at home). So I ask for your help. And also could you recommend some eyepieces, Barlow lenses and so on? I would like to observe Solar System planets and galaxies. Thank you very much in advance! Levenhuk Customer Service:
For your purposes Levenhuk Skyline PRO 90 MAK will be an ideal choice. We also recommend the following accessories: Levenhuk Plossl 9 mm Eyepiece (magnification will be 138x) - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-plossl-9mm-eyepiece/; Levenhuk Plossl 7.5 mm Eyepiece (166x magnification) - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-plossl-7-5mm-eyepiece/; and Levenhuk 2x Barlow Lens - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-2x-barlow-lens/.
Does the kit include an adapter for 1.25" eyepieces or should I order it separately? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, the Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob Telescope kit includes 1.25" adapter.
Greetings! Tell me please, does the kit include an extension tube? for a camera? Thank you! Levenhuk Customer Service:
The Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob Telescope kit does not include an extension tube.
Good day. On 02/05/2014 Brian wrote: "You need to remove that plastic collar off the secondary mirror. Otherwise, there is a risk of astigmatism if the temperature is high below zero." Could you please describe how it's done? Thank you in advance. Levenhuk Customer Service:
We don't recommend you to perform such manipulations on the Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob telescope. Any self made modification in telescope construction voids the lifetime warranty.
What is the field of view (in degrees) of eyepieces included in the kit? Levenhuk Customer Service:
It's 50 degrees for Plossl 9 mm eyepiece and 68 degrees for Super View 30 mm eyepiece.
Do I need to buy a Barlow lens for this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
It's more reasonable to use eyepieces such as Levenhuk Plossl 4 mm Eyepiece - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-plossl-4mm-eyepiece/ and Levenhuk Ra WA 82°, 7 mm Eyepiece - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-ra-wa-82-7mm-eyepiece/.
What do I need to buy in addition to this telescope to get the best observations? Eyepieces, motor drives...? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Please, consider the following products: Levenhuk Ra LER 3 mm Eyepiece - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-ra-ler-3mm-eyepiece/; Solar System Levenhuk F8 Filter Set - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/solar-system-levenhuk-f8-filter-set/. Suitable motor drives unfortunately are not available in our store at the moment.
Good day! What do you mean by 'lifetime warranty'? I'm pretty experienced in astronomy and have a Newtonian telescope. If the warranty is lifetime then what exactly does it cover and what are the 'rules'? Thank you. Perhaps you will attract one more loyal customer. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk lifetime warranty applies only to defects and malfunctions occurred due to the manufacturer fault. Warranty does not cover defects or problems caused by mechanical damage, improper handling, storage or transportation, repair, or modifications made not by Levenhuk. You can further details here - www.levenhuk.com/warranty/
What is the exact weight of the telescope with the mount? Levenhuk Customer Service:
The total weight of the Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob telescope is 58.4 lbs.
I have a Canon 6D DSLR camera. How do I connect it to this telescope? Thanks! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Hello Mahan, thank you for your inquiry. In order to connect the camera, you will need T-ring and the Barlow lens with T-adapter. We have the Levenhuk 2x Barlow Lens with Camera Adapter, which you can find here: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories/levenhuk-2x-barlow-lens-with-camera-adapter/. Is there any additional information you might need? Looking forward to your reply.
Hi! Specifications table reads that optical tube weight is only about 20 lbs. Is this a typo? Levenhuk Customer Service:
There are no mistakes, provided information on Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob Telescope is correct.
Can I set this telescope on another mount? If yes, then which one exactly? And is it possible by any chance to add the autoguider function? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Theoretically, you can install this telescope on the mount with the auto-guiding system. For example, Levenhuk Ra EQ5 GoTo Equatorial Mount - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/telescopes/levenhuk-ra-eq5-goto-equatorial-mount/, but you will need special rings. Unfortunately, there are no suitable rings for this model at our store at the time. We recommend you consider Levenhuk Ra 200N F5 OTA - http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/telescopes/levenhuk-ra-200n-f5-ota/ that comes with necessary rings in the kit.
Tripod is not included in the kit, is it? Where am I supposed to put it? Should I order it separately? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob model comes with unassembled Dobsonial mount. It is really easy to assemble, everything needed is included in the kit. All you need to do: put assembled mount on a flat surface, set the telescope tube in special fasteners, fasten the springs and start your observation, manually adjusting telescope position. There is no need in tripod, so it's not supplied.
Hi! I'm trying to choose between this one and Levenhuk Strike 950 PRO. To be honest I'm a bit lost here. Which one should I choose? I want to observe the Moon and Solar system planets in details. Thanks! Levenhuk Customer Service:
Due to Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design Levenhuk Strike 950 PRO Telescope is better for lunar and planetary observations. Although judging by magnification the Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob model would be a preferable choice (due to larger primary mirror diameter).
the third question: Besides planets and satellites I'd like to observe the Sun itself ! Which filters or accessories would you recommend me? Is this telescope even suitable for such purpose at all? Maybe I need this filter: Levenhuk 127 mm Solar Filter? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob Telescope is perfect for solar observations. But, unfortunately, the Levenhuk 127 mm solar filter won't fit.
The second question: what filter should I use for detailed lunar observations? What's the difference between different colored filters? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Solar System Levenhuk F4 Filter Set includes filters suitable for detailed observations of the Moon. Optical filters differ in light transmittance, you can find the table of recommended use of Levenhuk filers here: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/com-filters_f4_solar_system_set/#more
Hi Levenhuk! I've got a question about filters. You see, I need them for my Ra 200N Dob. So here I go: Is it possible to use this set: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/com-filters_f4_solar_system_set/ with my telescope? P.s: I want to be able to observe not only planets but also their moons. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, Solar System Levenhuk F4 Filter Set is a perfect fit for your telescope.
Thanks for the answer! I've got one more question. I've decided to pick Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob model (seems that price-quality ratio is pretty good). I must say that I have a couple requirements to my future telescope: 1) I really wanna examine solar system planets with max possible magnification and detalisation. 2) I wanna examine geostationary satellites (it must be so interesting!). Please tell me if I need some extra accessories or maybe another telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob Telescope is perfect for your purposes! We also recommend you to use the following eyepieces: Levenhuk Ra LER 18 mm Eyepiece (http://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-ra-ler-18/) and Levenhuk Ra LER 6 mm Eyepiece (http://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-ra-ler-6/) and also optical filters.
Hello! Is it possible to use accessories of other brands together with this telescope? I need the following accessories: Plossl 6 mm eyepiece, Barlow lens with T-adapter, lunar filter and couple of colored filters for planets. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, you can use accessories of other brands with Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob as long as they have compatible barrel diameter. We still would like to recommend using Levenhuk accessories: Levenhuk Plossl 6 mm Eyepiece http://www.levenhuk.com/products/eyepiece-levenhuk-plossl-6mm/, Levenhuk 2x Barlow Lens with Camera Adapter http://www.levenhuk.com/products/levenhuk-barlow-lens-2x-adapter/, Levenhuk filters for lunar and planetary observations http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/accessories-filters-lunar-planetary-items/
Is it allowed to remove the telescope tube from the mount or it's not recommended? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, you can take the tube of the Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob model off the mount but you surely should not disassemble the mount.
Is it possible to install a motor drive? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Unfortunately, there's no possibility of installing motor drive on Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob telescope.
Can I attach Nikon Coolpix L27 camera to it? Or only SLR cameras work?? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, with the Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob telescope you can use only SLR cameras.
How about optics in Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob telescope? It's just recently I hear some complaints on GSO's mirrors for example… Levenhuk Customer Service:
Levenhuk Ra 200N Dob telescope has a parabolic primary mirror made of ВК-7 glass; the same as used in similar models manufactured by GSO, Meade and others. Many men, many minds. We recommend these telescopes due to their reasonable price, premium quality, ease of use and other advantages.
Are the mirrors overcoated with silicon dioxide or something similar? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Hello Gerry, thank you for interest in Levenhuk products! Please note, all optical elements are made of top-quality BK-7 glass. The mirror is covered with silicon dioxide. Is there any additional information you might need? Looking forward to your reply.
Do you have an automatic guidance system for this telescope? Is it possible to automatically track objects to take astrophotos? Levenhuk Customer Service:
This product, unfortunately, is not available in our store.
Ca I see Pluto and Charon?? Is it possible to see newt and satellites of Mars - Deimos and Phobos? Levenhuk Customer Service:
From time to time it's possible to see Mars' satellites Phobos and Deimos. Pluto can be seen as a tiny star. Charon unfortunately can't be seen.
or in 250 mm it would be seen? Levenhuk Customer Service:
In this case it would be closer, but also as a small star. Even with the most massive and powerful telescope it's not possible to discern visible disks of asteroids.
Do you remember when the Chelyabinsk meteor fell, the asteroid DA 14 was passing by the Earth. So could I see this asteroid through this telescope? With my 50mm refractor I saw only a tiny moving star. Levenhuk Customer Service:
In this case it would be closer, but also as a small star. Even with the most massive and powerful telescope it's not possible to discern visible disks of asteroids.
Is it suitable for Uranus and Neptune observing? (even if not detailed) CAN I SEE Pluto? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You can see Uranus and Neptune in the form of small discs. You will be able to see the satellite of Neptune - Triton; Pluto appears as a tiny star.
How do Mars and the Sun look like? And can I see spiral galaxy arms? Levenhuk Customer Service:
You will be able to see sunspots structure, large clouds and dust storms on Mars, spiral arms of galaxies.
or maybe I can take pictures near the meridian with it? I wanna take photos of Uranus, Neptune and Saturn so much! Thank you in advance! I really liked this telescope. I think I'm gonna order it immediately)) Levenhuk Customer Service:
Of course, an equatorial drive mount will suit better, but with Dobson you can get quality pictures as well (including Uranus, Neptune, Jupiter).
Could you possibly equip this telescope with a dobson mount with hour drive. The budget is about 600$. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Unfortunately, there's no such possibility.
Is it possible to install this telescope on equatorial mount EQ 1 or 2? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Unfortunately, there's no such possibility.
Is it possible to take pictures of the Moon and planets without long exposure through this telescope? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Exposure time should be from 1 to 10 seconds, depending on the brightness of the planet.
Hi! I purchased this model!! Advise me, please, quality filters for observing distant clusters and galaxies under urban illumination conditions and in case I will observe in the countryside in complete darkness. Levenhuk Customer Service:
Please see these items: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/filter-levenhuk-ra-uhc-1-25/ http://www.levenhuk.com/products/filter-levenhuk-ra-cls-1-25/ http://www.levenhuk.com/products/filter-levenhuk-ra-o-iii-1-25/
On the images on the website I see that this telescope is equipped with 2x Crayford focuser, so it comes with this model or it's just a publicity stunt? What similar models do you have in the product range? Levenhuk Customer Service:
Yes, it comes with a dual-speed Crayford focuser. Also this model is equipped with a cooling fan. Please pay attention to the following model: http://www.levenhuk.com/products/dob-levenhuk-ra-250n/ more
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