Orion 8946 SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
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- The Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian is a big 10" aperture reflector telescope with a small price tag
- Gobbles up light for great views of deep-sky objects such as nebulas, galaxies, star clusters, and close-up views of more nearby targets like the Moon and planets
- Simple point-and-view Dobsonian design reflector telescope is easy and fun to use for the whole family
- Stable Dobsonian telescope base and Orion CorrecTension friction optimization system keeps reflector optical tube perfectly balanced in any position
- Includes precise 2" Crayford focuser, 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, dust caps, and Starry Night software
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There are many reasons why the Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic is one of our most popular Dobsonian reflector telescopes. Three of these reasons rise above the rest: simple operation, jumbo optics, and bang-for-your-buck value. These three features come together elegantly in the XT10 Classic Dobsonian, making it one of the best telescopes to own for anyone interested in astronomy. The SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian brings a "new level of joy to simple observing" as Astronomy magazine raved, thanks to its synthesis of big aperture optics and uncomplicated operation. It's jumbo, 10" (254mm) diameter parabolic primary mirror gathers a ton of light from the night sky, so you can see more objects than you would with an 8" or smaller telescope. What's more, the XT10 Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope's big mirror yields exceptionally bright views with high contrast. All XT Classic Dobs feature 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 2" Crayford focuser (XT6 has 1.25" 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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The Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian is a big 10" aperture reflector telescope with a small price tag. Gobbles up light for great views of deep-sky objects such as nebulas, galaxies, star clusters,. Simple "point-and-view" Dobsonian design reflector telescope is easy and fun to use for the whole family. Stable Dobsonian telescope base and Orion CorrecTension friction optimization system. Includes precise 2" Crayford focuser, 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece,. EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, dust caps, and Starry Night software. It keeps reflector optical tube perfectly balanced in any position. And close-up views of more nearby targets like the Moon and planets
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Being a mechanical engineer by day, and (extremely) amateur astronomer by night, I read a lot of reviews before buying this scope. First, it is big - wife-annoyingly big, unless you have direct and flat access to the outdoors, you are going to want to think about where this is going to live. If you have to haul it in and out by hand, you are not likely to use it often. The Orion XT8 and down are "man-portable", but this one has to be disassembled to move around. I got around this issue by assembling a little heavy-treaded garden wagon with a wooden deck and three holes for the turntable's feet. This gives me a very portable platform that I can store in the garage.
Second, it is a Dobsonian, which means that there is no equatorial mount to use with any of the great J2000.0 star catalogs. However, with a laptop and the software that Orion ships with the telescope, and a cheap inclinometer (which you can get from Amazon for $20) it is not excessively difficult to devise a pretty good altitude-azimuth system with this telescope.
For looking at deep-sky objects with 20mm++ lenses or <10mm lenses for objects in the solar system, this is a great telescope. It just drinks in the light. But, for finer, high magnification objects, the Dobsonian mount precludes any but the most cursory glances. Though 300x is possible (and on the moon looks pretty good) objects on the celestial sphere are really moving. The friction bearings on both axes allow the observer to use comparable force in both directions, but without a great deal of accuracy. While it can be easy to find an object in a wide field, it is tough to track in the narrow field. I will admit I tend to use this in concert with my cheaper, but easier to adjust Orion 130ST.
All-in-all, I love this telescope. Mounted on a garden wagon I can drag it out of the garage whenever the sky is clear and have an enjoyable couple of hours observing without a massive amount of setup and teardown. Even in the moderately light-polluted environment I live in, I have no difficulty finding the Messier objects. Downside - unless you have somewhere easy to store this thing, it will likely serve as an excellent dust-collector in a corner somewhere.
---Assembly of the base took about 15 minutes using the included tool. The tube is held to the base by two sturdy springs which makes it easy to separate and carry. The assembled scope can be carried by the handle on the base, but the scope's size makes it a bit cumbersome. The tube and base are both solidly constructed and the motion is smooth.
---The optics are wonderful. There is no color fringing and the image is sharp from edge to edge. The large aperture enables me to see a clear view of craters on the moon's shadow side, even when it is half full and daytime. A crescent moon in the evening is a great view. I've seen nebula, star clusters and galaxies. I'm no expert, but the limit of apparent magnitude so far has been around 5 or 6. I expect the view to be better in the winter when the sky isn't as hazy. (I live in the Midwest and it's summer). The included 25 mm eyepiece yields a nice wide and bright view. I use it to find objects, then switch to a 12.5 or 6 mm (from an extra Zhumell eyepiece set) if I want to look closer.
---The finder is great. Once you get it sighted in, just look through the finder and put the dot on what you want to see. It has windage and elevation dials just like on a rifle. You don't even have to put your eye in a particular place for it to work.
---I'm glad I didn't get a computerized scope. I feel my money was better spent on the large aperture instead of motorized controls and a heavy tripod. This scope is very quick to set up and makes it easy to look here and there on a whim. Tracking objects as they move is not difficult, but if you're using a 6 or 4 mm eyepiece you have to stay on it or its gone. This scope comes with software that shows what is visible from your location now or any other time, and has a searchable object database. This is one of the best buys I''ve made in a long time.
The packaging was amazining. The scope was double boxed and had dense foam inserts. The impression I got wss that even if the box fell off the truck and bounced several times on the highway it would still arrive intact. Whoever designed the packaging for this scope needs to be applauded!
The assembly was pretty straight forward. Again, this is my first scope, however it was simple to assemble. The only issue I had was with the collimation process, or the somewhat brief description on how to accomplish this. I ended uo searching on Youtube how to properly collimate it. I ended up buying a laser collimater. First time was a bit confusing, but the second time I felt like a seasoned pro!
Adjusting the finder was not too difficult. I did it in the day time but ended up fine tuning it at night. The challenge is when you use an eyepiece with a higher magnification
Speaking of which, being totally new to this I immediately ordered an eyepiece kit thar included three eyepieces, a 2X Barlow lens and filters. Unfortunately the kit I purchased was another brand and the optics were nit as sharp as the one that came with the telescope. Only reason I did that was because it 1/2 price if what the Orion kit cost. I regret having done this. My next purchase is going to be an 8 or 5 mm Orion eyepiece, not an off brand eyepiece.
I'm still learning how to use this telescope to do stargazing. So far I have seen the Orion Nebula, the moon and clear image of Jupiter with its 4 moons. This was the first time I have ever seen a planet so detailed! My kids and I have had a great time so far!
I would highly recommend this telescope to anyone interested in getting into the hobby of star gazing!
Note: this is a big telescope, not very portable. I ended uo having to purchase the wheel dolly to wheel it outside at night. Definitely not a scope to throw in your car and take to the nearest dark open field unless you are a world class weight lifter.
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