Orion SkyQuest XT6 Plus Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
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|Objective Lens Diameter||150 Millimeters|
|Telescope Mount Description||Altazimuth Mount|
|Lens Coating Description||Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide|
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- An upgraded XT6 Classic Dobsonian with performance-boosting design enhancements and additional accessories
- Redesigned base with adjustable altitude tension supports the attractive twilight blue optical tube
- Easy, tool-free collimation adjustment thanks to knurled secondary mirror thumbscrews
- Highly visible white trim on base makes it easier to see and step around in the dark
- Includes 25mm and 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepieces, Shorty 2x Barlow, eyepiece rack, EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, and more
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The Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian features cool design enhancements and an expanded accessory package compared to our standard XT6 Classic Dob. Starting from the bottom up, we gave the SkyQuest XT6 PLUS a redesigned, streamlined Dobsonian base with weight-saving cutouts. A white trim band around the base enhances visibility in the dark. An eyepiece rack is included to hold as many as three 1.25" eyepieces. An altitude axis tensioning knob improves control of the telescope's altitude motion. The optical tube, which sports an attractive "twilight blue" metallic finish, houses a 150mm parabolic mirror with enhanced-reflectivity (94%) aluminum coatings for superior light transmission compared to standard mirrors. The included 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece provides powerful 120x views, or you can insert the 10mm ocular into the included Shorty 2x Barlow to boost magnification way up to a whopping 240x! The included 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece is great for wider-angle views at 48x, or use it with the Shorty 2x Barlow to view at 96x. We replaced the typical secondary mirror collimation setscrews with big thumbscrews, for easier, tool-free adjustment when a collimation tweak is needed. With sharp, powerful optics and point-and-view simplicity, this eye-catching 6" Dobsonian reflector shines as a plus-sized value.
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Assembly took about thirty minutes with the tools provided in this package. I checked collimation with the included collimation cap, it was spot on from the factory. I double checked this with a star test later that night.
One of my first targets, with this tele, was Jupiter. I easily focused in on the giant and was rewarded with some stunning views. Jupiter's belts and Galilean moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto) were easily visible with the included 10mm Plossl eyepiece.
Overall I am very pleased with this telescope and highly recommend it to anyone looking into this range of scopes. The included Plossl eyepieces (25mm and 10mm) and barlow are sufficient for planetary work and some dso observation.
Update: After using this reflector a few times, with better atmospheric conditions, my previous statements remain unchanged. So far I have resolved the M3 Star Cluster with the 25mm Plossl, split the double star Cor Caroli, had better seeing conditions for Jupiter (in which I resolved the red spot with the 10mm Plossl), and had a really good view of Saturn. This scope is very user friendly, will provide great views and entertainment. I highly recommended the XT6 Plus for anyone interested in Astronomy.
I will say that it took some time to collimate the scope. It says that it's supposed to come calibrated from the factory, but my secondary mirror was very loose, and wasn't even angled toward the focuser when it arrived. However, I followed the instructions provided, and watched a couple YouTube videos, and I got it sorted out. But for that reason, I would say that it's not really as "plug and play" as advertised. Still, collimating the scope is a skill you're going to have to learn anyway, so it's not really a problem.
I would definitely choose this model over the non-Plus version. For just a few bucks more, you get the upgraded tension knob, the easier-to-use collimation knobs, and most importantly the extra eye piece and barlow.
Overall I couldn't be more pleased with this scope. I only wish I had bought it sooner!
(Update a few days later)
Woke up at 4:30 AM because I found out that Jupiter, Saturn and Venus would be visible. Pulled up my app to know where to look then with the Ez finder I put the dot on Jupiter and looked through the scope and it was right there. Amazing. Unfortunately it was too bright to see any details but looked like a bright ball with 4 moons around it. I will be ordering a filter kit so I can see the bands and hopefully the storm. Next stop Saturn. Just as easy to find with the Ez finder. Saturn looked unreal. It's small but can perfectly see the rings. Was worth waking up early for. Went to back to bed before Venus could come over the horizon. I couldn't get a picture of Jupiter and Saturn because it is too hard being that zoomed in and this telescope really isn't meant for taking pictures. I did buy a cell phone mount adapter so I can get better pictures of at least the moon. I will post updated picture. If I manage to get decent pictures of Saturn and Jupiter I will come back and post it. This is the first telescope I have ever owned or used and in one week I have seen Orion and nebula. The moon. Mars. Jupiter. Saturn. If I stayed awake a little longer I could have seen Venus, maybe I will tomorrow morning. I definitely recommend this telescope.