This review, “Obsession’s new 18-inch scope,” appeared in the April 2008 issue of Astronomy magazine
Portable scopes, no matter their size, are a necessity in this age of light pollution. It’s not unusual for an observer to pack the car and drive miles to get away from urban sprawl. This creates a burgeoning demand for compact, lightweight, large-aperture scopes.
Obsession Telescopes of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, has reached out to this market with its 18-inch f/4.2 Ultra Compact (UC) premium Dobsonian-mounted telescope. Its large aperture brawn tears down into two assemblies that fit into a 26″ by 26″ by 20″ (66cm by 66cm by 51cm) hard case. The truss poles take up no more space than a beefy fishing rod case.
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