The Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian telescope features a 10” parabolic primary mirror that captures a substantial amount of light and produces crisp, bright images free of visual defects like spherical aberration. You’ll also get two fully multi-coated eyepieces: a 2” 30mm eyepiece for wide field views and a 1.25” 9mm eyepiece for higher magnification. With the Z Series, Zhumell has put your money where it belongs: into the telescope’s optical system.
The Zhumell Z10 is the best 10” Dobsonian available to consumers and one of the best beginner telescopes available, with good optics, an easy-to-use mount, and a nice portfolio of accessories included to get you started. It’s not perfect, but no telescope is.
Zhumell Z10 – Advantages and disadvantages
- Great value
- Great optics
- Very good accessories
- Good balance between aperture/portability
- Finderscope can be confusing for beginners
- Unusual bearings
- Poorly made laser collimator
- Starting to get a bit bulky
The technical specifications of the Zhumell z10 Dobsonian
- The optics follow the reflector optical designs.
- Its focal length is 1250mm, with a focal ratio of f/5 and an aperture of 254 mm.
- It has a limiting stellar magnitude of 14.5.
- It Has the highest theoretical magnification of 224x.
- Its lowest useful magnification is 36x.
Mount and tripod.
- It can have an Aluminium tripod.
- Has an assembled weight of 60 lbs.
What comes in the box with the Zhumell Z10 reflector?
- A 9*50mm right angle correct image finder.
- Laser collimator.
- Two eyepieces.
- A 1.25 9mm Plossl.
- A lens cap.
What can you see with the Zhumell Z10
- Small targets such as the planets and details on the Moon
- Under optimal conditions, you can see when Mars is at its closest to the earth.
- Jupiter’s cold belts.
- Dozens of markings.
- Mars moons.
Recommended accessories for the Zhumell Z10 reflector.
- The 6mm “goldline” or “redline” sold by various manufacturers, such as SVBONY, is low in cost and quite popular and will provide 208x with the Z10.
- For a bit more power, a 4mm Astromania will provide 312x, which will quite often be the limit under typical seeing conditions-plus, tracking by hand at higher power with anything other than a super wide angle eyepiece can be a pain. The Z10 is an expensive scope, and expensive eyepieces are great, but these two low-cost picks are just fine.
- A single eyepiece between 12 mm and 18mm, or both 12mm and 8mm eyepieces will work.
My personal experience with the Zhumell Z10 reflector.
The Z10 is quite impressive and does its job. It is a perfect telescope if you want to view the moon and its craters, every planet within our solar system, along with some of Jupiter and Saturn’s moons with fairly good detail and star clusters. The remainder of the Zhumell Z10 design has been simplified and streamlined, excluding the optics. Sturdy, long-lasting construction will protect your Dobsonian reflector from years of attrition caused by use at public star parties, camping trips, and more.
However, its heavy weight and 5ft height make it relatively less portable than other telescopes, such as the Zhumell Z8. Still, generally, it has a better quality for this trade-off on weight.
Other reflector telescopes by Zhumell
- Zhumell Z114 portable Altazimuth Reflector Telescope- Its Parabolic mirror eliminates visual defects for brighter, sharper images. The Zhumel Z114‘s wide field of view makes it a great instrument for low-power sweeping and finding your way around the sky.
- Zhumell Z12 Dobsonian telescope- It has great mechanical performance and sturdy construction. The Zhumell Z12 Dobsonian telescope has the highest theoretical magnification of 600x.
- Zhumell Z130 Portable Reflector Telescope- Its primary mirror and all other optical surfaces are coated with Zhumell’s high-reflectivity coatings. The Zhumell Z130 Portable Reflector Telescope’s eyepieces and other accessories are a nice touch.
- Zhumell 76mm AZ Reflector- The high end of this telescope’s magnification capability is 200x all the way to a potential ceiling of 224x magnification. The Zhumell 76mm AZ Reflector has a basic reflector from a reputable manufacturer.
- Zhumell Z8 Dobsonian telescope – It has a focal length of 1200mm, with a focal ratio of f/5.9 and an aperture of 203mm. The Zhumell Z8 gathers significant light to generate bright and high-resolution images.
- Zhumell Z100 Portable Reflector Telescope- It comes pre-assembled out of the box. The Zhumell Z100 has a limiting stellar magnitude of 12.7.