Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
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- Compact and lightweight - a perfect Dobsonian reflector telescope for traveling or easy trips to the backyard at home
- 4.5" aperture and 900mm focal length provide clear views of lunar craters and plains on the Moon, planets, bright nebulas and galaxies
- Sturdy and portable Dobsonian base and handy navigation knob allow for effortless maneuvering of the reflector optical tube
- Collects a whopping 260% more light than a typical beginner-level 60mm refractor telescope - which means hundreds more objects will be visible through the Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian
- Includes two eyepieces (25mm and 10mm focal length Sirius Plossl), 6x30 finder scope, 1.25" rack and pinion focuser, collimation cap, eyepiece rack, Starry Night astronomy software, and more!
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Without spending a fortune you can get a telescope that will not only satisfy the kids, but the kid in you! Our SkyQuest XT4.5 is a quality telescope, with point-and-view simplicity that makes it easy to use and makes stargazing fun! The optical performance is far and away better than flimsy department store models. Its 4.5" (114mm) mirror, housed in an enameled steel tube, gathers 260% more starlight than a 60mm refractor. More light means you can see a lot more celestial objects in greater detail. In a review of low-cost beginner telescopes, Sky and Telescope (12/05) proclaimed the XT4.5 "The best of the bunch - a solid combination of optics and mechanics." Try it and see for yourself!
Amazon.com Review Orion’s Skyquest XT4.5 is the smallest in their Dobsonian line of telescopes that includes the B00020WZB0 XT6 , XT8 , and XT10. Newcomers to the hobby are always surprised at how large amateur telescopes are, but to experienced observers, this XT4.5 is considered a very small scope. Tiny, in fact (It’s so small, astronomers are buying them just because they think they're so cute). Make no mistake, though--the XT4.5 is a full-fledged telescope, and is a serious observing tool that could last you for years.
Your money buys you a lot in this case. Included are a good-quality 4.5" f/8 primary mirror, two eyepieces, a finder, and a CD-ROM with a stripped-down version of The Sky, a software guide to the sky. The scope comes in two cartons. One contains the optical tube, and the other is a flat-packed box containing the base, which you assemble yourself. Orion includes all the hardware and tools you need, and the instructions are well written. Allocate about 30 minutes to assemble and align everything.
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Under the stars, the XT4.5 exhibits excellent performance. Once properly collimated (aligned), the optics give clear, sharp, contrasty views. I’ve spent enjoyable nights using these telescopes, both as a teaching tool and by myself. Jupiter’s cloud band and four moons are no problem to see, nor are Saturn’s rings. The Orion Nebula is a glowing fan of green gas, with a quartet of tiny stars at its core. Under dark skies (and with some diligence) the XT4.5 can even pull in some of the fainter deep sky objects, like the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster.
Despite the fact that I have a garage full of expensive telescopes, I never feel compromised with any of Orion’s XT scopes. As recently as a few years ago, the old adage regarding telescopes was that you must spend at least $300 to avoid buying junk. While this is still mostly true, Orion’s little XT4.5 breaks the price barrier in a big way. As long as you can deal with the short eyepiece height, it’s a great starter scope.
- Very good optical and mechanical performance
- Fully accessorized
- Great value
- Short eyepiece height
- Plastic focuser
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A lot of others have already written very detailed reviews for this telescope so I'm going to focus on what I was able to see from my balcony on a heavily light polluted area (Orange County, CA) so far.
Saturn: As soon as I was done putting the telescope together I rushed to my balcony and pointed it to the brighest point. For my surprise that turned out to be Saturn! It was definitely a magical moment and the amount of detail visible far surpassed my expectations. The rings are clearly visible and you can even see Titan as a small bright dot. Don't expect to see any bands though.
Mars: Definitely less impressive since no features are distinguishable on the eyepiece. I know that the polar caps are visible when Mars is closer to the Earth so I'm definitely looking forward to that.
Moon: Always an easy and exciting target. Try seeing it during the crescents so you can see the craters in a lot more detail. I'm definitely going to get a Moon filter soon because the moon's glare can be a little overwhelming to the eyes and prevents you from seeing any fine details.
Jupiter: Due to my balcony's position it's nearly impossible to see Jupiter directly during this time of the year so I had to hold the telescope against the handrail once which as you can expect was very stressful and scary. Was able to see Jupiter for a brief amount of time and what impressed me the most is how bright the 4 largest moons are. I'm definitely going to get filters to see it better in the future because the glare prevents the bands from being visible.
Neptune: Was able to pinpoint its position after several attempts. Very hard to distinguish it from a star but hey, at least you can see it.
Stars: Some stars such as Antares are actually kind of cool to see since their colors are more distinguishable.
Orion nebula: The only deepsky object I have managed to see from my balcony so far. This one blew me away as the nebula is clearly visible in the eyepiece and very very bright. You can even see some of the colors.
Satellites and airplanes: Just a fun distraction every now and then. Good for practising your pointing skills.
I have also tried some astrophotography with this telescope and despite using a crappy camera and an improvised adapter (duct tape) it turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. Dobsonians are not suitable for deep sky photography since you need long exposures and mount tracking for that, but you can definitely snap some good pictures of the planets and from bright objects such as the orion nebula.
Here are some of the raw pictures I took:
Last but not least the telescope also comes with a very good astronomy software. If you have an iphone or a tablet I'd recommend trying skymaps apps on those devices as well.
All in a all a very good purchase and made me learn a lot about sky objects. I can now see constellations, name the brightest stars and roughly "predict" planets and moon positions. That in itself is very rewarding.
I think this telescope will satisfy our curiosity about the night sky for years to come.
The only con: The software would not run on my computer. It would not recognize my version of Adobe, which is current.