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Orion 8944 SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

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  • Perhaps the best beginner Dobsonian reflector telescope you can buy - big 6" aperture at an amazing price
  • A beginner may use a 60mm telescope for a few months or years before deciding they need to upgrade to a better telescope - a 6" Dobsonian will give you a lifetime of wonderful views
  • Simple navigation and no need to polar align makes this Dobsonian reflector telescope extremely ease to use for the whole family
  • The 6" diameter f/8 parabolic mirror is fantastic for Moon and planetary views, and also has enough light grasp for deep-sky viewing of nebulas, galaxies, and star clusters
  • The stable Dobsonian base provides a vibration free image even when viewing at a high powers, and features smooth enough motions to make tracking of celestial objects a breeze
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It's no wonder customers heap 5-star ratings on this gentle giant. For not only does its jumbo-sized optics and uncomplicated design bring a "new level of joy to simple observing," raved Astronomy magazine, but it's also one of the most affordable quality Dobs on the market. The SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian telescope isn't just good bang for the buck, it's a supernova of telescope value! The XT6 Classic Dobsonian gives you the deep-space thrills without the deep-pocket frills. We've kept it lean and mean to keep its price low for tight budgets. But rest assured, it comes fully equipped for adventure, whether you're a beginning stargazer or are graduating to a more capable reflector telescope. It features 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 1.25 inch 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 - and savings! One-year limited warranty.

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Classic entry-level scope at an amazing price. Crisp images from the craters of the moon to the edge of the galaxy. Big-aperture optics + point-and-view ease of use = out-of-this-world value. 150mm aperture and 1200mm focal length provides ample light grasp and resolution. One-year limited warranty

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Product Dimensions 31.3 x 20.8 x 10.9 inches
Item Weight 23 pounds
Shipping Weight 34.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B001DDW9UW
Item model number 8944
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4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,497 in Camera & Photo
#35 in Camera & Photo > Binoculars & Scopes > Telescopes > Reflectors
Date first available at Amazon.com November 1, 2003

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It is unbelievable to me that a scope this good can be had for this price. Six inches is a LOT of aperture. Forget those little blue rigs with the computerized pointing--you don't need a computer to find stuff, you need *aperture* so you can actually see it. Download some free planetarium software (like Stellarium), buy a sky atlas, and get a nice fat telescope like this one. You'll enjoy it more because the views will actually be good enough to linger over, and you can take pride in finding observing targets on your own. If you want a computer to do all the work, why even buy a telescope? Stay on the couch and surf for some Hubble images.

The scope is rock solid, it was in nearly perfect collimation right out of the box, and I put it together in about an hour while I watched TV. Then it was out the back door and BAM! The moon looks so good you may get stuck there for a while. Cloud belts on Jupiter are a breeze, as are the rings of Saturn. Star clusters look like diamonds scattered on black velvet. Galaxies and nebulas seduce your eyeballs until you realize that it's well past midnight and you're frozen half to death.

One warning: the best scope for you is the one you will use the most. At 35 lbs assembled this is about as much scope as I want to be moving by myself. So think about the weight. If you decide it would keep you from using this scope very often, get a smaller one. Orion's XT4.5 is this thing's little brother, it weighs half as much, and it has gotten uniformly good reviews just about everywhere.

One last thing: Dobsonians are not useful for most kinds of astrophotography but I have taken some stunning pictures of the moon just by holding my digital camera up to the eyepiece of this telescope. Give it a try--you may end up decorating your entryway with moon photos you took yourself.
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I love my Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dob!

DEEP SKY OBJECTS: I live in a big city so the night sky is affected by "light pollution," and made even worse when the full moon is up. Therefore, most deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, globular star clusters) will either be not visible, or dim and undefined. But understand that this is NOT because of the XT6's performance, but rather the glare of city lights.

But fortunately for me, my passion happens to be lunar and planetary observing.

THE MOON: The craters and mountains of the Moon are very sharp and detailed with the XT6. A mountain encircled by a crater wall and the shadow that the mountain casts on the crater floor, is absolutely spectacular.

JUPITER: Jupiter is spectacular with its 4 Galilean moons that appear as tiny stars on either side of the planet. The XT6 yields good contrast, making the various bands and zones of the planet easy to see. I love looking at Jupiter because so much surface detail is visible; more than on any other planet.

SATURN: No one forgets the first time they see Saturn through a telescope. It doesn't show nearly the surface detail that Jupiter does, but it's sheer beauty more than makes up for it. I used 200 power with my XT6 and it not only brought the planet up really big and close, but it was surprisingly clear for magnification that high. Saturn is an AWESOME sight, and in my opinion, the crown jewel of the night sky!

MARS: Mars is comparatively small in the field of view and generally difficult to study. I do not attribute this to the XT6's performance, but rather the planet's small size and great distance from the earth. But Mars' polar ice cap is almost always visible.
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As a complete novice, I went with the XT 6" because it seemed to be a reasonably priced telescope --- not too big, not too small --- and powerful enough to provide good crisp views of the moon (which is all I was really interested in 'exploring').

First, the product is easy to put together -- maybe half an hour of simple assembly. In fact, all you are doing is constructing the swivel stand -- there is no assembly required for the scope itself.

Next, the 6" is a bit large -- not something you're going to cart around much (as an aside, its impressive size makes for a very cool conversation piece when not in use. I keep mine in our media room and it always draws questions from visitors. It may sound trivial, but it's a good-looking, visually alluring item!

Now the really good part: this machine puts you on the moon! I finished putting my baby together by early evening and couldn't wait to try it out, so I carried it into the yard and pointed it at the sky. Mind you, it was still a very bright sky -- the sun had set and the full moon was sitting in a sea of light-blue dusk. With no difficulty I located my target and I'm sure my neighbors heard my startled gasp as I took my first look at the lunar surface. It was so crisp, so full with detail that I pulled my head back from the lens and let fly an expletive. I was knocked out by what I was seeing! My joy increased ten fold when I attached the Orion Shorty 1.25 2x Barrow magnifier lens that I purchased at the same time (highly recommended) -- the detail was stunning. And this is smack in the middle of a city with plenty of sunlight still in the sky.

This all occurred in April 2011.
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