Orion 27194 XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope and Beginner Barlow Kit
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- 203mm (8") aperture and 1200mm focal length Dobsonian reflector telescope allows you to reach deep into space for jaw-dropping images of the Moon, planets, and deep space objects too
- Big-aperture Dobsonian telescope optics + point-and-view ease of use = out-of-this-world value
- Included Orion 2x Shorty Barlow Lens doubles the magnification of virtually any 1.25" eyepiece, adding magnification options to your telescope
- The included Beginning Stargazers Toolkit provides plentiful reference material for nighttime observing and a handy red LED light to see them with
- An amazing value compared to purchasing each item separately
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The Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope combines powerful optics with the ultimate in mechanical simplicity and stability. It features a precision 8-inch (203mm) parabolic primary mirror, center-marked at the factory for precise collimation and mounted in a cast-aluminum support cell that provides maximum ventilation. The mirror pulls in 73% more light than a 6-inch, enough to tease out dust lanes in nebulas, resolve the cores of prominent globular clusters, and reveal subtle structure in elusive galaxies. You're in total control as you point the telescope effortlessly to your target object anywhere in the sky. The 46-inch-long enameled steel tube glides on its sturdy Dobsonian telescope base. A gentle push or pull on the navigation knob puts you right in the observing pocket. The SkyQuest XT8 Classic features a 2-inch Crayford style focuser that accepts both 1.25-inch and 2-inch accessories. Speaking of accessoires, the XT8 comes with a host of great ones. You get a Sirius Plossl 25mm telescope eyepiece (48x), an EZ Finder II reflex sight, an Orion quick-collimation cap, and a snap-on dust cover. For the intrepid beginner to the veteran skygazer, the SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope lives up to its billing by Astronomy magazine as a work of art.
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203mm (8") aperture and 1200mm focal length Dobsonian reflector telescope allows you to reach deep into space for jaw-dropping images. Big-aperture Dobsonian telescope optics + point-and-view ease of use = out-of-this-world value. Included Orion 2x Shorty Barlow Lens doubles the magnification of virtually any 1.25" eyepiece. The included Beginning Stargazers Toolkit provides plentiful reference material for nighttime observing. An amazing value compared to purchasing each item separately
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Shipping was fairly slow, taking over a week to come via UPS ground, but this is reasonable with such a bulky and delicate item, so I have no real complaints on those grounds. The scope came in two boxes, one containing the Dobsonian base, one containing the main tube and accessories. Despite the bulk, it took no more than half an hour for me to put it together, and that was while being climbed over by two enthusiastic children. The supplied tools were not particularly good - supplied screwdriver in particular was more or less useless, and I had to use my own - but the hardware was solid and good quality.
Once the scope was together, I was astonished and delighted by the clarity of the images it could produce, both on the ground while calibrating the finder scope and up int the sky as intended. It was amazingly easy for me, a total beginner who had never handled a telescope in my life, to find objects large and small. On my first evening's viewing I observed the moon in incredible detail, the star Sirius, and to my amazement a bright star I was using to test the alignment turned out to be Saturn! Even with the middling magnification of the provided 25 mm eyepiece I could clearly make out the ring system as well as the planet itself. The images were small, but fantastically clear.
All in all, the scope is easy to assemble, easy to use, and gives great images. If you are serious about starting out in backyard astronomy, and you won't be disappointed.
The only downside I can find is that the instructions on finding objects to observe provided with the scope are not particularly detailed. If you really want to get the most out of the telescope, be prepared to do some research of your own to find objects to observe. You will also at some point want to invest in additional eyepieces, which can be pricey, but the Barlow lens that comes in this set will keep you going a little longer.
Buy this set if you are willing to put in the work to educate yourself on the cosmos, and if you are comfortable changing eyepieces.
Do not buy this set if you are expecting Hubble-quality images with your first go.
'I had concerns about seeing things within the city light pollution but for this beast it is not a problem to see Mars, Jupiter & stripes, Saturn & rings. I live in Phoenix Arizona'
Bulky and Heavy, even for a 25yr old 6ft guy. I cant imagine many people carrying this as one piece, it would be approaching 100lbs and would be massively bulky + fragile. But 1 piece at a time is reasonable, or if you have a friend to carry the 40-50lb even better. This telescopes views are absolutely worth carrying it.
The telescope itself (the tube) arrived on the 1st day of the shipment which was pleasing, but the base got lost in the mail so I sat waiting for the ~14day window to end before submitting that it did not arrive. Finally after what felt like years due to the anticipation I submitted the base never arrived and Orion was swift and easy to say they would send a new one. They said I would get a confirmation email when it left their facility, but I never did and after about a week I sent them another email regarding it, they again swiftly replied that it had not yet been sent out but should soon(same thing they said the first time). At this point I was appreciating their help and everything but it was a lot of talk with no action... again I waited about 5 days and was about to be pissed and leave a bad review, but then as I was leaving my house that morning the base was there at the door. So my review of it being shipped would be mixed, and be about 3/5 stars (for Orion + UPS mishaps).
After the first use of this telescope I already felt the need to purchase higher magnification lenses for planetary viewing. Granted the stock one + Barlow will allow for some excellent views, including stripes on Jupiter and rings around Saturn. But I feel this telescope has a lot of untapped potential without a bit more magnification for in city planetary viewing. Regardless, the stock ones are 5/5 as well.
Dobsonian base is particleboard so I doubt it would last too long with a lot of travel, but the base is solid and have no other complaints. The hardware for it, such as the handle; are well made and feel durable. The handle is plastic I think but is a plastic I cant quite identify, feels like 1960's plastics where it was more of a resin that feels nice and not as cheap as modern plastics.
The telescope itself however, is absolutely fantastic. I had concerns about seeing things within the city light pollution but for this beast it is not a problem to see Mars, Jupiter & stripes, Saturn & rings. I live in Phoenix Arizona in case anyone needs some reference. The build quality is higher than I expected, all of the components are metal(including the tube) and feel well made and the telescope looks better (and bigger) in person than it does in videos and pictures.
Overall very pleased, would absolutely buy again, and of the 3 family members who used it with me, none of which have had telescope/astronomy experience, 2 already are drooling over getting their own and all of them were ecstatic about the views.
Planets and deep sky objects are good from my urban backyard, and from remote dark skies the views are spectacular. Nebulas, star cluster, galaxies are no problem. The scope is big, but manageable to carry for short distances. For traveling the scope easily separates from the optical tube, and with the Orion padded case (highly recommended by me!) road trips are no problem.
The included lens and Barlow are a perfect combination. I've gotten a lot of use out of the included red light and star chart, the moon map and book have seen less use. For as capable as this scope is, you'll probably want a more detailed set of star charts (I'm planning on the Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas) to help you point at everything it can handle.
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