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Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

SKU : OR-8945

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  1. Telescope Aperture: 8" Telescope
  2. Focal Ratio: f/6 Telescope
  3. Focal Length: 1200
  4. Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14.2
  5. Lowest Useful Magnification: 29x
  6. Highest Useful Magnification: 300x

Product Details

  • Specs: 

    • Telescope Aperture:8"
    • Telescope Focal Ratio:f/6
    • Telescope Focal Length:1200
    • Optical Coatings:Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
    • Limiting Stellar Magnitude:14.2
    • Lowest Useful Magnification:29x
    • Highest Useful Magnification:300x
    • Telescope Eyepiece(s) Included:Yes - 1 Eyepiece Included
    • Finder Included:Yes - Red Dot Finder Included
    • Focuser Style:Crayford/Crayford Style
    • Focuser Size:2"
    • Focuser Speed:Single Speed
    • Telescope Mount Type:Dobsonian
    • Telescope OTA Length:46.5 in.
    • Telescope OTA Weight:20.3 lbs.
    • Telescope Mount Weight:20.7 lbs.
    • Telescope Total Weigh:41 lbs.
    • Telescope Warranty Period:1 year



    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!


  • specifications

    Aperture203 mm (8")
    CD ROMs IncludedStarry Night SE
    Finder IncludedRed Dot Finder
    Focal Length1200 mm
    Focal Ratiof/5.9
    Head DesignAltitude Azimuth
    Mount Weight20.7 lbs.
    Optical DesignDobsonian
    OTA Length46.5"
    OTA Mount TypeDobsonian Cradle
    OTA Weight20.3 lbs.
    Warranty1 Year Warranty
  • included items

    1. Telescope Aperture: 8" Telescope
    2. Focal Ratio: f/6 Telescope
    3. Focal Length: 1200
    4. Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14.2
    5. Lowest Useful Magnification: 29x
    6. Highest Useful Magnification: 300x

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True Professionals !

Jason - helped select telescope for my 17 year old . He was so helpful and provided additional links /resources to guide us according to our interests Excellent experience !

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Loved my purchase!

Excellent! I got what I wanted and got it quickly!

Rachel O.
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Very fast shipping. Telescope as

Very fast shipping. Telescope as described. I have yet to use it since it has been cloudy every night since receiving it.