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Orion 8946 SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

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  • The Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian is a big 10" aperture reflector telescope with a small price tag
  • Gobbles up light for great views of deep-sky objects such as nebulas, galaxies, star clusters, and close-up views of more nearby targets like the Moon and planets
  • Simple point-and-view Dobsonian design reflector telescope is easy and fun to use for the whole family
  • Stable Dobsonian telescope base and Orion CorrecTension friction optimization system keeps reflector optical tube perfectly balanced in any position
  • Includes precise 2" Crayford focuser, 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, dust caps, and Starry Night software
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  • Model: 8946

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  • Shipping Weight: 75 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001DJ4FEE
  • Item model number: 8946
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,762 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

Orion(r) SkyQuest(TM) XT Classic Dobsonians It's no wonder customers heap 5-star ratings on these gentle giants. For not only do their jumbo-sized optics and uncomplicated design bring a "new level of joy to simple observing," raved Astronomy magazine, but they're also the most affordable quality Dobs on the market. SkyQuest XT Classics aren't just good bang for the buck, they're a supernova of telescope value! XT Classics give you the deep-space thrills without the deep-pocket frills. We've kept them lean and mean to keep their prices low for tight budgets. But rest assured, they come fully equipped for adventure, whether you're a beginning stargazer or are graduating to a more capable instrument. All Classics feature an expertly figured parabolic mirror housed in an enameled steel optical tube. The tube rides on a stable Dobsonian base that allows easy point-and-view navigation and has a convenient carrying handle. A 2" Crayford focuser (XT6 has 1.25" rack and pinion focuser), EZ Finder II aiming device, 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece (1.25"), and quick-collimation cap are all standard equipment. Setup takes only a minute, leaving the rest of the evening to marvel at the planets, the Moon, and a myriad of deep-sky treasures. Enjoy the fantastic views â€" and savings! One-year limited warranty.

From the Manufacturer

The Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian is a big 10" aperture reflector telescope with a small price tag. Gobbles up light for great views of deep-sky objects such as nebulas, galaxies, star clusters,. Simple "point-and-view" Dobsonian design reflector telescope is easy and fun to use for the whole family. Stable Dobsonian telescope base and Orion CorrecTension friction optimization system. Includes precise 2" Crayford focuser, 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece,. EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, dust caps, and Starry Night software. It keeps reflector optical tube perfectly balanced in any position. And close-up views of more nearby targets like the Moon and planets

Customer Reviews

This scope is great for someone new to star gazing like myself.
Gary Brasell
I've never owned a telescope before this, but image quality seems on par with the few other scopes of similar size that I've looked through.
Amazon Customer
The tube is held to the base by two sturdy springs which makes it easy to separate and carry.
M. Hall

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

226 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 29, 2009
That's right, I own an Orion XT6, XT8, and XT10. I use them for leading seminars. I seem to buy a new one each year. So far I have always kept the previous one. I can probably compare them as well as anyone. They are all sitting side by side in my shed. For the purpose of this review I will compare the XT8 & XT10.

REASONS TO PURCHASE THE XT10
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Larger aperture. Yes, it makes a big difference. It was worth the money to take a step up in size. Some views that were beyond the grasp of my 6, and only located with my 8, are now easy to see in my 10.

REASONS TO PURCHASE THE XT8
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Money. There is a jump in cost. Both the 8 and 10 are powerful enough to do serious astronomy. Both are good scopes. Both should last for years. There is always a bigger scope out there for a few more dollars. One must draw the line somewhere.

Weight. In my mind the 8" is the largest of the truly inexpensive, portable dobs and the smallest of the large aperture light buckets. The 6" is a wonderful scope. I don't intend to let go of it, but I wouldn't call it a large aperture scope. The 10" is a light bucket, but I wouldn't call it easily portable. The 8" is both. I have the strength to move my 10", but noticed that I wasn't using it as much. Then I purchased a garden cart to haul it around in, and now I use it several times a week. It wasn't that I couldn't pick it up, it was just awkward and I was worried that I was going to break it.

BOTTOM LINE
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If you have the money and don't need to lug it around a lot, get the 10". I'm glad I did.

If the cost is prohibitive or you need to move it around a lot, get the 8". All three are excellent scopes.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By M. Hall on July 6, 2010
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I am very pleased with this telescope.
---Assembly of the base took about 15 minutes using the included tool. The tube is held to the base by two sturdy springs which makes it easy to separate and carry. The assembled scope can be carried by the handle on the base, but the scope's size makes it a bit cumbersome. The tube and base are both solidly constructed and the motion is smooth.
---The optics are wonderful. There is no color fringing and the image is sharp from edge to edge. The large aperture enables me to see a clear view of craters on the moon's shadow side, even when it is half full and daytime. A crescent moon in the evening is a great view. I've seen nebula, star clusters and galaxies. I'm no expert, but the limit of apparent magnitude so far has been around 5 or 6. I expect the view to be better in the winter when the sky isn't as hazy. (I live in the Midwest and it's summer). The included 25 mm eyepiece yields a nice wide and bright view. I use it to find objects, then switch to a 12.5 or 6 mm (from an extra Zhumell eyepiece set) if I want to look closer.
---The finder is great. Once you get it sighted in, just look through the finder and put the dot on what you want to see. It has windage and elevation dials just like on a rifle. You don't even have to put your eye in a particular place for it to work.
---I'm glad I didn't get a computerized scope. I feel my money was better spent on the large aperture instead of motorized controls and a heavy tripod. This scope is very quick to set up and makes it easy to look here and there on a whim. Tracking objects as they move is not difficult, but if you're using a 6 or 4 mm eyepiece you have to stay on it or its gone. This scope comes with software that shows what is visible from your location now or any other time, and has a searchable object database. This is one of the best buys I''ve made in a long time.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By S. Davis on February 19, 2011
Dobson Newtonian reflectors are probably the simplest telescopes in existence, so that's to their credit. I have this 10" model and I love it. It was simple to set up and collimation is not something you will have to spend hours poring over, unless you are just really anally retentive. So the good news is that, for the money, you cannot buy more telescope than you are getting with this particular system. The bad news is as follows: if you are a small-car owner, prepare to live alone, because anytime the telescope is with you, no one else will be able to ride in the car with you. You cannot get the tube through the trunk's rear-seat opening in a small car, and I drive a Sentra, which is renowned for being one of the largest of the small cars you can buy. The tube will go in the back seat, and the base will have to ride in the passenger seat, because it also is designed in such a way that it will not fit in the trunk. So get rid of the wife. Get rid of the kids. Dobbie likes to stretch his legs out, when he rides. The other bad news is that you WILL have to take a trip down to Lowe's to buy some a rod of PVC tubing and some flexible but strong plastic hose, in order to build a make-shift handle to carry the tube around with. The alternative is that every time you want to move the tube anywhere, you'll have to take the plastic dust cover off the end so that you have something to grip, and that's just inconvenient. So you have to have SOME mechanical aptitude in order to move this sucker around. Fortunately, in spite of the fact that I have almost no mechanical aptitude whatsoever, I was able to make the handle from scratch by explaining to the Lowe's sales person what I was trying to do.

The only other bad news isn't really Orion's fault, or the telescope design's for that matter.
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