Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

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  • Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

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    • Regular price $379.99
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    Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

    The SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope by Orion:

    It is no wonder that our customers heap 5-star ratings on these gentle giants. For not only do the jumbo-sized optics and uncomplicated design of the Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian telescope bring a "new level of joy to simple observing," raved Astronomy magazine, but they're also the most affordable quality Dobs on the market. Orion SkyQuest XT Classics aren't just good for the buck, they're a super telescope value!

    Orion XT Classic Dobsonians give you the deep-space thrills without the deep-pocket frills. Orion has kept them lean and mean to keep their prices low for tight budgets. But rest assured, they come fully equipped for adventure, whether you're a beginning stargazer or are graduating to a more capable instrument.

    All Orion SkyQuest Classic telescopes 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-inch Crayford focuser, EZ Finder II aiming device, and a 25 mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece (size 1.25-inch), are all standard equipment.

    Setup takes only a minute with the Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian, 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!


    Features of the Orion XT8 SkyQuest Dobsonian:

    • A large aperture Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope at a very affordable price!
    • 8-inch 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-inch Crayford focuser that accepts 1.25-inch and 2-inch telescope eyepieces, a 25 mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, an EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, Starry Night software, and more!


    OPT Product Number: OR-8943


    Drop-Ship Policy Note: To expedite your order, this item will be drop-shipped directly from Orion's warehouse to you. Most of the time, shipment will occur within a day or two of your order being placed. OPT will contact you right away if there are any delays in shipment and will provide an estimated lead-time. If the product is not readily available, you will have the option to keep the order open with a 10-percent deposit.

    If you are a local customer and plan to pick up your order at OPT, please put a note to that effect in the "comments" section of your shopping cart. We will let you know as soon as everything has arrived at our store and is ready for pick-up.

    If you have ordered additional Orion items, we will either drop-ship them from the manufacturer as well, or ship them directly from our own stock. Non-Orion items will be shipped directly from the OPT warehouse. Regardless, we will not charge you additional shipping charges if we split your order, so no worries there.

    Please feel free to call us at 1-800-483-6287 or e-mail us if you have any questions or concerns. We're here to serve you!


    Additional Information

    Aperture203 mm (8")
    CD ROMs IncludedStarry Night SE
    Finder IncludedRed Dot Finder
    Focal Ratiof/5.9
    Mount TypeDobsonian Cradle
    Mount Weight20.7 lbs.
    Optical CoatingsAluminum
    Optical DesignNewtonian Reflector
    OTA Length46.5"
    OTA Mount TypeDobsonian Cradle
    OTA Weight20.3 lbs.
    Telescope SeriesOrion SkyQuest
    Warranty1 Year Warranty

    Questions & Answers

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    • If it doesn't mount on a tripod, how do you use it?  Sit it on the ground and lay down yo look through?

      Thank you for your question. This telescope sits on a base that sits on the ground. This base gives the telescope the ability to be moved in altitude & azimuth to the desired location in the sky. Most focusers (The part on the telescope where you look thr

    • Can you mount a Nikon DSLR to this telescope.

      You can mount a Nikon DSLR to this Dobsonian, but you run into 3 distinct problems: 1) No DSLR will reach focus at infinity without additional optics - either a barlow lens/tele-extender or by using eyepiece projection. This increases the magnification b

    • What are the dimensions of the box or boxes?

      Hello, There are two boxes, one is 50x18x16 in inches and 32 pounds and the second is 26x22x6 and 26 pounds, The scope is in stock and if you want to order, please call ask for Steve and I will be happy to help you. Thanks, Steve

    • are other eyepieces and filters available to increase magnification and clarity

      Yes, this telescope can take both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces by Orion as well as other manufacturers. Filters for moon, planets, and light pollution reduction are available to enhance your views as well. If you have any questions, please contact us and we c