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Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

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Price: 309.99
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  • A large aperture Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope at a very affordable price!
  • 8" diameter reflector optics lets you view the Moon and planets in close up detail, and has enough light grasp to pull in pleasing views of faint nebulas, galaxies and star clusters
  • A perfect Dobsonian telescope that can last a lifetime for the beginning astronomy enthusiast or whole family
  • The ultra-stable Dobsonian base keeps the reflector optical tube perfectly balanced for point-and-view ease of use
  • Includes a 2" Crayford focuser that accepts 1.25" and 2" telescope eyepieces, a 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, an EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, Starry Night software, and more!

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A powerful and capable telescope, the Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian is one of our most popular reflectors due to its elegant combination of precision optics, mechanical simplicity, and rock-solid stability. You and your whole family will appreciate the bright, clear views of the night sky provided by the XT8 Classic. The Moon and planets of our solar system like Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars shine brightly in the SkyQuest XT8 Classic, allowing you to inspect them in detail. The XT8's 8-inch aperture is also large enough to gather a significant amount of light from more distant celestial objects for great views of sparkling star clusters, cloudy nebulas, and faraway galaxies. The XT8 Classic Dob is a tremendous value considering the high quality views it provides on such a wide variety of celestial objects. The point-and-view simplicity of the Dobsonian design is not as complicated as an equatorial (EQ) mount and tripod, so with a little practice, your whole family can scan the heavens just like experienced hobbyists. For any astronomer seeking serious adventure, the XT8 Classic Dob has it all!


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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  99 reviews
297 of 304 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Told You I Might Get the XT8 - I Did!!! 13 Oct 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
If you look at my review for the XT6 I gave that instrument 5 stars but cautioned readers not to buy it. At that time I said that, given a chance, I might jump up to an XT8. I got the chance, and I grabbed it. Here is what I learned.

The 6 has a slightly longer focal length. This means that if your main purpose for viewing is to see object within our solar system, i.e. planets, moon, etc. It won't make much difference which scope you purchase. the 6" is cheaper and lighter. Solar system objects are bright and look good at about 200X, which either scope can deliver on a good night and neither can deliver on a bad night.

But I don't look mainly at solar system objects. I like to look at deep sky objects, like nebula, galaxies, double stars, etc. For these, the more aperture, the better. 8" is notably more aperture than 6". It is true that the 8" weighs more than the 6. I am 52 years old. I can lug either around my yard, but I added a cart for the 8". My yard is nearly an acre and I would rather pull it around than carry it. In my earlier review I said that I might keep my XT6 as a travel scope. That wasn't necessary. The 8" is easy take apart, place in its bag, and carry to other locations. The bag is necessary for travel. I did keep my 6". I began teaching seminars and now have 5 scopes. I regularly use reflectors, refractors, composites, EQ mounts, alt./az. mounts, and dobsonians. The XT8 is my favorite. I think I'll keep this one for awhile.

I've tried the goto scopes. They are handy, but given the choice of spending my money on electronics or aperture, I'll go with the aperture. I have some scopes with EQ mounts. Given the choice of spending my money on a fancy mount or aperture, I'll take aperture and the simple dobsonian mount. EQ mounts are only necessary for photography. This scope is about as big as an inexpensive portable scope gets and about as small as a serious visual scope gets. It is a great beginning and intermediate scope.
219 of 225 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 1st telescope...wow!!! 4 Mar 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Ordered this, a 13% moon filter, and 3x barlow. Took longer to unpack and take inventory of the parts than it did to put it together. Easy instructions and certainly well protected for shipping. Mount is easy to swing but not easy enough to get free wheeling.

Main mirror needed slight adjustment which took about 2 minutes to fix. Alignment with spotting scope was equally as easy. Overall, did not have any problems or any issues that weren't easily addressed by the instructions.

Did my first test tonight. I live a few miles east of Philadelphia and within a 1/4 mile of a ridiculously lit up Super Walmart. And the only place I could do a test was in my drive way between houses on a busy suburb street. We got 10 inches of snow last night and this was the only place that was solid.

Given my crappy location full of light pollution, my only real expectation tonight was to verify that the spotting scope and the main scope were in alignment. So I pointed at Orion's Nebula (M43) with my spotting scope and then took a look through the factory supplied 25mm eye piece with no barlow.

WOW!!! Even with my crappy location, M43 was amazing!!! I could easily see the nebula and make out the hues and colors. Equally amazing, my spotting scope and main scope were dead on!!

I then wheeled the scope towards Saturn which was only a few degrees over my neighbor's roof, a real no-no when it comes to stargazing. Well, if this was crappy conditions, all I can say is WOW!!! It was just as amazing. Even though the rings are tough to make out since the rings are right on in terms of their plane, it was still easy to see as well as plenty of moons circling. WOW!!!

Then tried the 13% moon filter on the crescent moon. WOW!!! Wish I could describe it better, but the first peek at this stuff is just amazing!! I cannot wait to get out this weekend to rural area and look at this stuff. I'm giving it 5 stars now simply because the product's quality right of the box was top shelf and what you can view out of it is simply amazing even with my awful light polluted location.

And even though I was only out testing for a few minutes, my neighbors wondered what I was doing and when I gave them a peek at Saturn, the ooooohs and aaaahs were priceless!!!

If this thing somehow broke by tommorrow, I feel like I already got my money's worth.
107 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and fairly portable telescope 31 May 2009
By P. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
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Just bought this as a gift for my high-school sophomore daughter. I spent a lot of time comparison shopping on-line. Ordered it via Amazon, and it arrived in just a few days. Two boxes. Took me a bit longer to set it up than others who have posted here, but screwing together the base pieces was fairly easy, and then mounting the tube to the base was a snap. I like the handle, as it makes it more portable, although it is still bulky and I am still working on the best method for carrying it outdoors each night for our family sky-watching. Anyway, I REALLY like it so far. We bought the 3x Barlow lens too. We started using it during the new moon phase, and Saturn was out. Very cool to see Saturn's rings so clearly. Then last night we used it to look at the half-moon, and all I can say is...WOW! I felt like I was orbiting the moon and looking down from 60 miles. You can see shadows of individual craters, and the clarity is amazing. Very crisp image. The 3x Barlow really enhances the view, and really magnifies well.

I also like the way you can rotate and pitch the tube. I didn't want to buy a 'scope with a tri-pod because of the extra weight and I didn't want to pay for the tri-pod. The base that comes with the xt8 is basic, but very functional. I think it works well, and I think it will be easy to carry it in our minivan out to the high country where the light pollution is reduced. So far we are very happy with this purchase.
60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Bang. Small Bucks. 19 Feb 2010
By Morgan Davies - Published on Amazon.com
The 8"f6 Dobsonian telescope is popular for good reason. It is simple to manufacture and easy to use. It is car portable, gives good views of planets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. It is small enough to give wide field views (as wide as 2.28* with a 41mm Panoptic eyepiece), and large enough to reveal the rings of Saturn, cloud bands on Jupiter, and high magnification views of double stars.

This scope by Orion has better than average optics, and provides surprisingly good views of deep sky objects. Under a dark sky I have observed four galaxies in the Virgo cluster through this telescope.

To provide the best possible views, all Newtonian telescopes require collimnation, so tools for this are required. The Kendrick Laser Collimnator is excellent.

Finding deep sky objects with a Dobsonian can be difficult, especially in light polluted skies. You may want to consider the Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian Telescope with Object Locator. This allows you to spend less time searching and more time observing. Otherwise, a 7x50 straight through finder can help.

You will want a low power wide field eyepiece (32mm-40mm) for finding objects, a medium power eyepiece (12mm-20mm) for deep sky, and a high magnification eyepiece (5mm-8mm) for observing planets and "lunar orbit".
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rewarding and breathtaking experience! 6 Jun 2012
By Johnny E. Matos - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't simply type in words in this box that would effectively communicate how happy I am with this product. I bought this telescope to take my first steps into astronomy, and in the first nights of usage I've seen so much more than I expected to see. I used to fool around with an old Tasco 60mm refractor telescope that gave me my first glimpses of Saturn's ring, Jupiter and its moons, Mars with no detail at all, and Venus and its phases. Let me tell you, the differences between these scopes are from dead to alive.

I'll tell you about my experience from unboxing the telescope to hours and hours of observation.

The assembly of the scope was piece of cake, if you know how to follow instructions and how to use a screwdriver, you'll need no more than 30 minutes to get this thing completely assembled without rushing. The construction is pretty solid, and the optics' quality is way above average. Once set up the movements are smooth. Having the telescope already assembled, I decided to check for collimation. It was completely off for some reason, and one of the spider vane fins was detached. I thought it was missing a screw but I later found it in the plastic wrapping inside of the box. It seems that some one read "unbreakable" instead of "fragile" while handling the box. The small collimation cap made collimation really easy. All reflections were centered in a few minutes. Just make sure to do these adjustments in daylight or in a room with plenty of light. Also one might find some trouble trying to align the EZ finder, which is not a pretty good accesory, but it gets done.

After having this baby look just like it looks in the picture, ready to go, I took it outside along with my laptop and let the observing begin. I live in a small town in the Dominican Republic where light pollution is not that bad, but still matters, specially from my current observing location (my rooftop) where street lights smack my eyes directly. Fortunately my dish antenna gave me good cover from direct lighting from the nearest street light, a few meters away accross the street. Despite that, I could easily see magnitude 5 stars under a very bright moon trying to spoil the fun, with the naked eye.

I started off with one of my favorite objects to observe, Saturn. I pointed that yellowish bright "star" with the red dot finder, to see what would my eyepiece see.

BANG! there was the planet, dead centered, at 48x magnification it looked beautiful, small but very bright with noticeable details, like cloud bands and some of it's moons. Then I decided to play around with different magnifications as I own a small Orion Kit that includes a 2x barlow, a 20mm plosll and a 7.5mm plossl. At 120x (20mm + 2x barlow) the view on Saturn made my jaw hit the floor! MY GOD! it wasn't missing anything! the cloud bands were undeniably cloud bands, the Cassini Division was evident, I could see a subtle shadow of the planet on the ring, the look was extremely beautiful and amazing. With the 7.5mm eyepiece (160x) it was almost just as bright, and everything was more evident, but it gave up FOV and eye relief. I thought it would be crazy to crank it up to 320x using the Barlow, but I like doing crazy things, specially when they are rewarding. I did use the 7.5mm eyepiece + the 2x Barlow lens to achieve that magnification, and guess what, the conditions were PERFECT! I remember shouting WOOOW and getting goosebumps while seeing the Cassini Division showing up as a very dark gap in the ring, it was amazing.

Having enjoyed enough of Saturn, I decided to go after Mars. I was astonished. The terminator was visible, the color was perfect and the polar ice cap was evident at 160x and it was crearly visible at 320x. Lower magnifications didn't show much of the ice cap, but the terminator was still visible. I tried using a #25 Red filter to try and see surface details, but nothing showed up. Maybe I'll be luckier in even better conditions.

When a few hours passed by, more of the night sky arose from the east. Even tho conditions were good and light pollution was not a big deal close to the zenith, the eastern sky was drowned by distant lights, so I had to wait till everything got closer to the zenith. I was patient and took a look at the moon waiting for more to show up. The craters were visible even as the sun was illuminating them from the top. The landscape was very detailed and the moon filter improved the contrast a lot. It was very interesting to look at, and much more interesting under higher magnifications.

When the time came, I spotted Lyra and aimed my scope to Vega. I was not expecting a star to amaze me! The bluish color was strong. I felt like someone from another space and time pointed a flashlight at me. Being already in Lyra, I remembered the Ring Nebula was close! I found it really quick. The view was nothing I didn't expect. Without any filter, a full moon, and a lot of street lights close to me, I saw the small ring with no colors at all. Still it was noticeable. Then I visited Cygnus and checked out Albireo, a beautiful double star. You can see the different colors. Later on I decided to hunt down some of the Messier Objects, for this I opened Stellarium from my laptop, a helpful skymap. My victims are listed below below.

M4: A faint and relatively small star cluster in the constellation of Scorpius. It was very hard to spot at the first time and I had to keep looking at the center of the eyepiece for a few seconds to notice it. Regardless, it had some mesmerizing feeling on it, it even made me smile.

M7: This open cluster was quite noticeable, I could see the different colors of its stars. This one made me go crazy, it looked like some sort of stamp in the sky and it covered the whole FOV of my 25mm plossl.

M6, the Butterfly Cluster: Close to M7, still in Scorpius, this smaller cluster showed blue stars and the reddish HIP 86527. Just beautiuful.

M25: An open star cluster close to Sagittarius.

M13, The Great Cluster in Hercules: It was a big dotted stain that looked like a nebula.

M92: Another globular cluster in Hercules with a stainy look on it.

M32, The Andromeda galaxy: At 4am it was too close to the horizon and light pollution to the east didn't help at all. I just managed to see a grey Stain.

Bottom line is, the scope is worth every cent, for a relatively small tube it does a lot. With a better finderscope like a 9x50, some filters as an O-III filter, a Sky Glow filter, and a UHC filter, much more could be seen. If you buy this scope I hope it makes you as happy as it made me.
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