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Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
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- A large aperture Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope at a very affordable price!
- 8" diameter reflector optics lets you view the Moon and planets in close up detail, and has enough light grasp to pull in pleasing views of faint nebulas, galaxies and star clusters
- A perfect Dobsonian telescope that can last a lifetime for the beginning astronomy enthusiast or whole family
- The ultra-stable Dobsonian base keeps the reflector optical tube perfectly balanced for point-and-view ease of use
- Includes a 2" Crayford focuser that accepts 1.25" and 2" telescope eyepieces, a 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, an EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, Starry Night software, and more!
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|Lens Coating Description||Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide|
|Magnification Minimum||29 x|
|Package Height||5 x 22.7 x 25.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||41 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
The 6 has a slightly longer focal length. This means that if your main purpose for viewing is to see object within our solar system, i.e. planets, moon, etc. It won't make much difference which scope you purchase. the 6" is cheaper and lighter. Solar system objects are bright and look good at about 200X, which either scope can deliver on a good night and neither can deliver on a bad night.
But I don't look mainly at solar system objects. I like to look at deep sky objects, like nebula, galaxies, double stars, etc. For these, the more aperture, the better. 8" is notably more aperture than 6". It is true that the 8" weighs more than the 6. I am 52 years old. I can lug either around my yard, but I added a cart for the 8". My yard is nearly an acre and I would rather pull it around than carry it. In my earlier review I said that I might keep my XT6 as a travel scope. That wasn't necessary. The 8" is easy take apart, place in its bag, and carry to other locations. The bag is necessary for travel. I did keep my 6". I began teaching seminars and now have 5 scopes. I regularly use reflectors, refractors, composites, EQ mounts, alt./az. mounts, and dobsonians. The XT8 is my favorite. I think I'll keep this one for awhile.
I've tried the goto scopes. They are handy, but given the choice of spending my money on electronics or aperture, I'll go with the aperture. I have some scopes with EQ mounts. Given the choice of spending my money on a fancy mount or aperture, I'll take aperture and the simple dobsonian mount.Read more ›
Main mirror needed slight adjustment which took about 2 minutes to fix. Alignment with spotting scope was equally as easy. Overall, did not have any problems or any issues that weren't easily addressed by the instructions.
Did my first test tonight. I live a few miles east of Philadelphia and within a 1/4 mile of a ridiculously lit up Super Walmart. And the only place I could do a test was in my drive way between houses on a busy suburb street. We got 10 inches of snow last night and this was the only place that was solid.
Given my crappy location full of light pollution, my only real expectation tonight was to verify that the spotting scope and the main scope were in alignment. So I pointed at Orion's Nebula (M43) with my spotting scope and then took a look through the factory supplied 25mm eye piece with no barlow.
WOW!!! Even with my crappy location, M43 was amazing!!! I could easily see the nebula and make out the hues and colors. Equally amazing, my spotting scope and main scope were dead on!!
I then wheeled the scope towards Saturn which was only a few degrees over my neighbor's roof, a real no-no when it comes to stargazing. Well, if this was crappy conditions, all I can say is WOW!!! It was just as amazing. Even though the rings are tough to make out since the rings are right on in terms of their plane, it was still easy to see as well as plenty of moons circling. WOW!!!
Then tried the 13% moon filter on the crescent moon. WOW!!!Read more ›
The good: decent size optics that have a lot of light gathering ability. This is needed for the faint galaxies, nebula, and star clusters. Scope also has decent accessories. While the focuser isn't top quality, it functions pretty well. Didn't notice much slop. Primary mirror cell is nice with springs on the collimation screws, and with locking screws. Secondary also has three screws for collimation. Most seem to come with the EZ Finder reflex sight with is good. Mine came with the 9x50 right angler finder, like the guy in the last photo has. Not top quality, but decent. Can easily see star clusters, and the moons of Jupiter through the finder. However, I prefer a straight through finder because it's easier and more intuitive to point. I'm going to add a reflex sight which will then give me the best of both worlds.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A gift for a 40ish daughter. She loves it, except there is an unresolved issue with the viewing port or lense (?)Published 2 days ago by Mark Kline
Massive aperture for small price. Able to see color in Orion's nebula. Bode's nebula very easily visible in moderately/slightly light polluted skies. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
A beautiful piece of equipment. We have used it every night, even in the freezing temperatures. Very happy with the product.Published 21 days ago by Debbie Hall
I love this scope. It is my first telescope. It was easy to assemble. There was no collimation needed out of the box. Read morePublished 21 days ago by J. M. DeYoung
Wish it was able to connect up to my computer but otherwise it is great.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I should have listened... This is a VERY BIG VERY LARGE telescope. Opening it on Christmas morning makes a big production... then after that it is a monumental task to move around. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LindaG
Amazing telescope even in a very bright city. A little bit awkward to carry. Putting the base together took about an hour and was interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such a great buy, it is easy to use, quick to set up,easy to take in a car. I have a small Honda civic and it fits in the back perfectly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by brandon
Good, although it's a little bulky and hard to transport. If you're planning on mostly looking at planets and the moon, I'd suggest getting something smaller. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CG