Orion 10018 SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian Telescope
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- Large Dobsonian reflector telescope with 8" aperture allows you to see faint deep-sky objects such as nebulas and galaxies, in addition to fantastic views of the Moon and planets
- Locating those faint deep-sky objects is simple with the IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator - it includes more than 14,000 objects in its database, and points you right to each one
- Select the object you wish to view from the IntelliScope database, then simply follow the directional arrows displayed on the hand controller by moving the telescope until the object is right in the eyepiece field of view - it's easy!
- The ultra-stable Dobsonian telescope base keeps the reflector optical tube perfectly balanced for easy point-and-view use
- A precise Crayford focuser allows use of larger format 2" telescope eyepieces - the bright, wide-field view of the Andromeda galaxy in a low power 2" eyepiece is jaw-dropping!
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Large Dobsonian reflector telescope with 8" aperture allows you to see faint deep-sky objects such as nebulas and galaxies, in addition to fantastic views of the Moon and planets. Locating those faint deep-sky objects is simple with the IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator - it includes more than 14,000 objects in its database, and points you right to each one. Select the object you wish to view from the IntelliScope database, then simply follow the directional arrows displayed on the hand controller by moving the telescope until the object is right in the eyepiece field of view - it's easy!. The ultra-stable Dobsonian telescope base keeps the reflector optical tube perfectly balanced for easy point-and-view use. A precise Crayford focuser allows use of larger format 2" telescope eyepieces - the bright, wide-field view of the Andromeda galaxy in a low power 2" eyepiece is jaw-dropping!
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Xt8i vs Zhummel:
The Zhummel has better accessories, has a fine focuser adjustment, a wide angle 2 inch eyepiece (possibly of questionable quality compared to something that you would want to purchase), and much smoother Azimuth motion bearings.
The Xt8i has a computer aid and a regular focuser and no 2 inch eyepiece.
The Zhummel seems like a much better value, and if you have absolutely no use for the intelliscope system, it probably is. That being said, during my research, I was led consistently towards the inteliscope series because of the intelliscope feature. After spending a few months with the scope, I completely see why. The intelliscope feature allows you to view many more objects per sitting and really helps keep satisfaction from observing up and minimize wasted time. If you have even slightly light polluted skys, it can be somewhat difficult to find the necessary land marks for star hopping and you might only find the brightest/largest objects. This has been my experience. The intelliscope allows me to spend the majority of my time studying objects and taking in detail and I am happy to join those who recommend the intelliscope over an unguided scope.
Some folks may say that there is a certain satisfaction in finding an object yourself…I completely agree with this and remember my own experience with a much smaller (4.5 inch) scope. That being said, the novelty eventually wore off after many nights were I couldn't find anything at all due to light pollution and only being able to view a portion of the sky at a time. As long as you can see two stars for alignment (chosen by you from a list of bright stars), the intelliscope can overcome these difficulties. You will still learn the sky by memorizing the guide stars (as they will change depending on the time and the season) as well as physically pushing the scope to the indicated target. The intelliscope also allows you to study a series of objects in a particular constellation (such as all the clusters in Cygnus). I use a starchart to learn the constellations so that I can study the objects that I am in the best position to view.
One piece of advice: pick up a 28+ mm wide angle 2 inch eyepiece. I purchased the Explore Scientific 68* 28 mm to use as a finder eyepiece (which I absolutely love). The intelliscope will not center objects…it will simply guide you to be able to see the object somewhere in the FOV. Your success in finding objects accurately will be greatly aided by "casting a bigger net" and using an eyepiece that sees a larger area of the sky.
**Also, for those of you who have difficulty getting the scope to accurately find objects (and considering the above point)…I had the best experience when my chosen alignment stars were not near the zenith and were far apart from each other. If you can't find objects, but did manage to get a good "warp factor" (under .05), pick different stars.
8 vs 10 inch
After deciding to go with the intelliscope, I then had to choose between an 8 inch and a 10 inch. You can buy a 10 inch Zhummel for under the price of the Xt8i, after all. I made my decision based on the idea that I will likely go much larger in the future (12 or 14 inch) and wanted a scope that will actually get used frequently. The 10 pulls in a great deal more light and the objects will be much brighter…that being said, the 10 is much heavier and bulkier, takes longer to cool down, requires more frequent collimation (and is more sensitive to it), and requires more expensive eyepieces (because the focal ratio of the 10 is quicker than the 8), and generally doesn't provide as flat of a view. The 8 inch 5.9 ratio scopes are in somewhat of a sweet spot between convenience and great views. This is why I went with the 8 inch, and I am very happy.
My perspective: my old/first telescope was a decent Celestron 60mm refractor. It seems higher quality than most other similar scopes that I've seen for sale, but I've also had it for 20 years so that could explain why. I was looking to upgrade to a larger aperture and considered everything from 6" to 12" primary lenses. In the end it came down to this XT8i and a 10" Zhumell. The Zhumell was similar in price with the larger aperture, and also has an electric cooling fan. However, I could always add one for virtually $0, just using an old computer fan and some electronic skills. The 8" seemed to be the best for me, living on the edge of Oklahoma City so I'm still in city lights, but not in the brightest part. The use of the IntelliScope locator won me over since it can be difficult to do star hopping with my experience level and having a lot of stars washed out by the light pollution.
First light: The first night I was able to bring this out into my back yard, I took a look at the Orion Nebula, and was amazed at the blue glow and clear shape I was able to see. I haven't ever seen this in my other telescope so it's hard to compare, but let me tell you, it was not disappointing. Then, a few nights ago I looked at Jupiter for the first time (it's been out of view through part of the winter), and can now compare before/after. Before I could see the planet, and two fuzzy dark bands. Now I can see the round body very clearly, those same bands, and I was able to make out the Great Red Spot quite easily. There's detail to be seen which wasn't discernible before, and that made me very happy. Then I also learned the computerised object locator, which is pretty simple to use, but you may need the aid of a star chart until you learn the constellations and stars better. But trust me, that won't be a problem because being able to find things will help increase enthusiasm.
Last word -- whether you are a brand new beginning astronomer or you have a little bit of experience like me, I think this is a good purchase. High quality at an affordable price, not so big you can't move it around, and not so small that you'll be disappointed with the views. I cannot wait to take this telescope out to the country!
I built a small platform with casters to move it in and out of the house for viewing at night.
Comes with eye pieces and a manual collimater.
Star finder is awesome! Once you get the hang of it.
Recommend you get a star field app for your smartphone.