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Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope

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Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope

  • Deluxe upgrade of our popular XT8 Classic Dobsonian boasts multiple key feature enhancements and additional included accessories
  • Eye-catching metallic blue optical tube rides on a redesigned base with adjustable altitude tension knobs
  • Convenient thumbscrew-adjustable secondary mirror for easy collimation without tools
  • Features a 2" dual-speed Crayford focuser with 11:1 fine-focus provides precise focus adjustments for sharp views
  • Includes a 2" 28mm DeepView eyepiece, 1.25" 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, Shorty 2x Barlow lens, eyepiece rack, EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, and more
  • SPECIFICATIONS

    Aperture203 mm (8")
    Camera/Eyepiece Connection1.25
    Dawes Limit0.57 arcseconds
    Focal Length1200 mm
    Focal Ratiof/5.9
    Hightest Magnification406x
    Light Gathering Power841x
    Limiting Magnitude15.3
    ManufacturerOrion
    Optical DesignDobsonian
    Tube Length1179mm

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    04/08/2014
    GalaxiesnNebulae

    Great for the beginner

    I've had this--oh, probably about a year now. The scope is basically the same as the classic. The tool-free collimator knobs are fantabulous. I love the white bumper strip at the bottom--finally can pick mine out of a line-up of classics even in the dark. Dual speed focuser is nice. The 28mm Deep View eyepiece is a good addition. Generally, this is a good buy--nice overall, easy to use scope. Why the low rating? I choose to use an 8" because I don't want to lift heavier scopes, yet I have a Telrad, finderscope, laser pointer, and the heavier Explore Scientific eyepieces attached, and the altitude tension knobs are not up to the task. I just found 106 Messier objects in a marathon where I spent a good portion of the night holding my scope up with my knee. If I tighten it enough to keep it in place, I cannot move the scope. I've tried weights--I keep having to add and subtract according to how low on the horizon I am viewing. Truly frustrating. Soooooo....if you are not planning to put multiples or heavy equipment on the end of this scope, it is a keeper and I'd surely give it a 5. Otherwise...I'd suggest you keep looking.