91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
A very serious, professional little Dobsonian scope!,
This review is from: Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope (Electronics)
This is, quite simply, one of the best buys in smaller, portable Dobsonian Newtonian Reflector scopes today. Usually, the two terms (portable and Dobsonian) are mutually exclusive, but the 4.5 weighs in at only around 22 pounds, which makes it quite portable, and a pleasure to operate and turn and point with its Dobsonian base. I have owned the XT4.5 and the XT8. Both phenomenal pieces of gear. Both capable of deep sky views. Having used both, I can assure you that the 4.5 is capable of clear views up to around 200x. It was even able to handle the increased magnification of a Barlow Lens and high power eyepiece, for utterly stunning close up views of the lunar surface on a really clear night! Saturn's rings and the 'Cassini Division' was easily discernable as well. Of course it won't rival the views of the larger Dobsonians, but the 4.5 holds its own as a real, well crafted, quality telescope. An adult will have to bend down a bit for viewing, but I solved that challenge by simply putting the scope on a milk crate, or using a small, portable folding gardeners chair, which is low to the ground. No big whoop. All in all, a GREAT tool for viewing the heavens for your kids AND adults!