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20" f/5$7,895

20" f/4$9,495

Plus Shipping & Crating

The Universe has just come into view!
The ultimate large aperture value
More light gathering area per dollar than all other models

This is truly big aperture.

Thousands of deep sky objects will tempt you. In fact, nearly everything in Uranometria 2000 is within your grasp!

The Obsession 20" is the scope that in 1989 revolutionized the Dobsonian.

Our user friendly design, craftsmanship second to none, one person set up and super smooth operation have since made Obsession the standard by which all other Dobsonians are compared.

The 20" is the ultimate blend of cost, ease of use, and visual impact. If you want an instrument that will provide you with a lifetime of celestial enjoyment, the Obsession 20 is it. It's simply the telescope of choice for deep sky enthusiasts.

20" f/5 vs 20" f/4:

The 20" Obsession can be ordered as an f/5 or as an f/4.

Eyepiece height at zenith for 20" f/5 is 8 feet.
Eyepiece height at zenith for 20" f/4 is 6.5 feet.

Advantages of f/5

Advantages of f/4

In short, both scopes provide dramatic and exciting views. The f/5 is the ultimate personal scope. It yields better coma free images, but requires two more ladder steps. The f/4 is easier for public viewing, but requires a coma corrector like the Paracor.

6 times the light gathering power of an 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Obsession
Limiting stellar magnitude: 16.5 14.0
Rayleigh Resolution Limit: 0.27
arc seconds
arc seconds
Contrast limit:
(minimum diameter before a
nebular object fades from view)
arc minutes
arc minutes

Customer Comments

Don Himes in Chagrin Falls, Ohio - April 30, 2015

Don Himes

Hi Dave;
A remarkable experience here; by luck rising just before dawn to catch summer favorites with my brother;

- M13 Breathtaking with the 13mm Ethos star deep into the core, huge and bright... truth in advertising for once!!
- M57 Luminous smoke ring bright
- Alberio Vivid, vibrant electric sapphire and topaz like Beta Andromedae...

That evening, against expectations rolled out again for the moon and Jupiter... to my astonishment laid out before me the full aperture resolving power of a 20" telescope working at the theoretical limit. After laser collimation in less than a minute...

Jupiter watching GRS turn into view with a white oval nearby, festoons and much more. Amazed to actually have the impression of Ganymede as a 'ball' rather than a disc and dusky color as opposed to nearby icy Europa.

But at last on the good old moon astonishment is no longer adequate and I was forced to resort to mind-blending for here a beheld a new world as if seen from halfway... I am veteran lunar observer with many instrument and hi def video and have never in 30 years seen the moon like this.

My favorite Apollo 15 landing site Hadley Rille was plainly visible, in the bright, clear and clean image with only the slightest fluttering.

I dared hope, and yes the fabled rille down the length of Lunar Alpine Valley was clearly visible.

The great tragedy of the evening was I only had 360x available; I believe the scope would have supported 500x or more.

Recently picked up planetary nebula NGC 3242 and nickname should be Blue Eyeball nebula... the deep blue color at low power knocked me back, and even at highest power bright and can clearly see the outrageous eyeball 'CBS logo' within... insane!!!

Against all theory and urgent advertising, the big refractor guys will not be hearing from me.

Obsession 20" is four times the telescope for half the money!!!

Dave, I have made major purchases in the past and few so quickly and decisively returned the investment. I once had a Questar...

This is the breakthrough, revolutionary telescope I have needed and deserved all these years.

Greatest thanks,

Don Himes

Read more 20" customer comments


by Glenn Schaeffer

Bubble Nebula

Bubble Nebula
by Glenn Schaeffer

NGC 3628

NGC 3628
by Glenn Schaeffer

Sculptor Galaxy

Sculptor Galaxy
by Glenn Schaeffer

Dumbbell Nebula

Dumbbell Nebula
by Glenn Schaeffer


by Alex Zarvis


by Glenn Schaeffer


by Alex Zarvis

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20" Specifications:

Metric info shown in italics

Primary Mirror:

  • 20" - 508 mm Ostahowski, or OMI 2 inch thick mirror
  • 96% reflectivity
  • Enhanced Aluminum Coating and Dielectric Overcoat (a supreme coating)
  • Center marked for precise collimation
  • plus Interferometry certification

see Optics page for more info

Secondary Mirror:

  • f/5: 3.1" - 79 mm United Lens 1/10 wave or better
    f/4: 3.5" - 89 mm United Lens 1/10 wave or better
  • Interferogram included
  • 96% reflectivity at 550 nm
  • Super enhanced Brilliant-Diamond non-fading multi-dielectric coating

see Optics page for more info

Focal Length:

  • f/5: 100" (± 2") - 2540 mm (± 50 mm)
    f/4: 80" (± 2") - 2032 mm (± 50 mm)

Eyepiece Height at Zenith:

  • f/5: (approximately) 8' - 245 cm
    f/4: (approximately) 6'6" - 198 cm

Mirror Cell:

  • 18-point

Truss Pole:

  • f/5: Length: 70" (± 2") - 180 cm (± 5 cm)
    f/4: Length: 55" (± 2") - 137cm (± 5 cm)
  • Diameter: 1.25" - 32 mm
  • Wall Thickness: 0.035" - 0.9 mm

Upper Assembly:

  • Diameter: 25" - 63 cm
  • Height: 13" - 33 cm
  • Weight: 11 lbs. - 5 kg

Lower Assembly:

  • A= 31" - 79 cm | B= 29" - 73 cm | C= 25" - 63 cm | D= 27" - 68 cm

see diagram

Mirror Box weight:

  • The heaviest component (what you don't lift): 100 lbs - 46 kg
  • Weight at Handles: (what you lift at Wheelbarrow handles): 25 lbs - 11 kg

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Mirror Options:

Obsessions are built with premium diffraction limited optics from Ostahowski and OMI (Optical Mechanics Inc.). See Optics page for more info.

Choose from Ostahowski or OMI mirrors when ordering.

Interferometry certification included on all mirrors, both primary and secondary. Ion deposition 96% enhanced coatings standard on all mirrors.

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Standard Features and Accessories:

Choose from four great focusers

The JMI EV3 comes standard on all Classic Obsessions. Or upgrade to the EV1, or EV1 with motofocus, or the awesome Feathertouch by Starlight Instruments. See the Focuser Options page for more information.


JMI EV3 (standard on all Classics)

JMI EV1 with motofocus

JMI EV1 with motofocus



Feathertouch by Starlight Instruments

by Starlight Instruments

Wheelbarrow handles

Comes standard on all Obsessions 12.5" through 25" at no extra charge.

Primary Mirror Coating

Enhanced Aluminum - 96% reflectivity, with dielectric overcoat (a supreme coating) standard on all primary mirrors. See Optics page for more info.

Secondary Mirror Coating

An Obsession exclusive - Super enhanced Brilliant-Diamond is standard on all Obsession secondary mirrors. This premium multi-dielectric coating has 96% reflectivity at 550 nm. The ultimate coating for the deep sky obsessed. This coating is standard on all Obsession secondaries at no extra charge. Brilliant-Diamond is just one of the reasons Obsessions out perform all others.

With 96% enhanced on the primary and our standard 96% Brilliant Diamond secondary, the optical system is equivalent to an extra 2" of aperture!

Optional Accessories:

See the Accessories page for more info on these items

Counterweight kit

(you supply the lead shot or sand) Recommended if you intend to use heavy barlow/eyepiece combinations, a Paracorr coma corrector, a traditional finderscope, or the Argo Navis digital setting circles.


Ripstop Nylon light shroud

Barlow-Laser Collimator 2" barrel

(Highly recommended). Includes 2" magnetic barlow lens and mask for the new barlowed laser collimating technique. Great visual aid and no better way to accurately align fast Newtonians. learn how

Argo Navis digital setting circles
with ultra res 32K encoders

more info

ServoCAT Goto Drive System

more info

Dew heater for secondary mirror

Secondary mirror heating system automatically senses the air temperature and the mirror temperature, then maintains the secondary at a preset (adjustable) temperature above the ambient air temperature to prevent dewing or icing.

more info

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Ordering Information:

A Deposit is required to place an order ($2,000 for 20" Classic)

Mail the deposit to:

Obsession Telescopes
PO Box 804
Lake Mills, WI 53551

You can e-mail your order, or mail it with the deposit.

  • With your order, please list any options and/or accessories you want, your mailing address, e-mail address if any, and phone number(s).
  • After we receive it, we will send you an order confirmation letter.
  • Delivery is usually 1 to 2 months from time of order.
  • Please e-mail for current delivery times.
  • Balance due prior to shipment.
  • Prices do not include shipping and crating. We ship throughout the world via UPS.
  • Any questions, please call or e-mail.
  • NOTE 10% order cancelation charge.