The Orion SkyQuest XT8 Dobsonian telescope comes with a combined mechanical simplicity and precision optics to provide beginners with the best possible view of the stars, moon, planets, and other faraway objects.
The XT8 telescope benefit from the decades of research, development, and refinement of Dobsonian-telescope technology, improved further with advanced materials and modern touches that makes it lightweight and easy to use. It also has a range of features to ensure a great night out for the whole family.
Due to the larger aperture on the Orion SkyQuest XT8, you will be able to get a better look at things like the nebula and galaxies. So if this is your preference for a telescope then this model will give you this ability, whereas a telescope with a smaller aperture would struggle.
A closer look at the SkyQuest XT8
A closer look at the Orion SkyQuest XT8
8 inch parabolic lens
The SkyQuest XT8 has a primary 8-inch (203 millimeter) parabolic, Dobsonian lens that is focal pointed for better adjustment accuracy and supported by a cast-aluminum cell for maximal ventilation. The tube is perfectly balanced so you get more efficient use.
This lens can draw in over 73 percent more light than 6-inch telescope mirrors in the market, which results in enhanced galaxy structure revelations, bolder nebula dust lanes, and prominent globular cluster resolutions.
48x power magnification
Orion’s XT8 comes with a 25 millimeter Sirius Plossl eyepiece that offers up to 48 times magnification. This provides a great magnification power for beginners and ideal for the whole family. For veteran stargazers, magnification options can be expanded further as its 2-inch Crayford Focuser can accommodate 1.25-inch or 2-inch eyepieces for greater focal lengths, which are sold separately.
EZ finder 2 sight
The SkyQuest XT8 features Orion’s exclusive EZ Finder 2 sight. While this finder sight isn’t the best quality, like the expensive laser dot precision finders in the market, it serves as the most easy to align finder for beginner use.
Point and shoot
After aligning the EZ finder 2 sign, using your Orion XT8 is just a matter of pointing the reflective optical tube to your desired direction Eyepiece adjustments and focuses can be simply done once the XT8 is pointed at any object in the sky.
The eyepiece holder of the telescope is integrated with extra-tough thumbscrews that does a great job of supporting the eyepiece firmly in place. Combined with a seamless focus operation that has very little image wobbling, viewing through the Orion SkyQuest XT8 offers a steady, more enjoyable experience.
Easy transport and storage
For easy storage, the two main parts of the XT8 can be easily separated. This can be done by simply unhooking the tension springs from the 19 inch Dobsonian base to separate its 46 inch optical tube. The XT8′s Dobsonian telescope base weighs approximately 20 pounds while its reflective optical tube weighs about 20 pounds.
Tipping the scales at only 40 pounds when assembled, the Orion SkyQuest XT8 allows easy transport to and from different observation sites, whether it is only a matter of steps to your yard or miles from your home.
Starry night software
As an added bonus, the Orion SkyQuest XT8 Dobsonian telescope comes with the critically-acclaimed, special edition planetarium software “Starry Night” by Imaginova along with a bonus SkyTheatre DVD. These are great tool for learning more about the night sky, preparing your next observation, and making the most from your XT8 telescope.
The Orion SkyQuest XT8 telescope comes with a snap-on lens cover for protection against the elements, an Orion fast-collimation cap for better viewing precision, and backed with a 1 year limited warranty.
Final thoughts on the Orion SkyQuest XT8
The 8 inch aperture on this XT8 gives you that much more ability to see different galaxies and nebula too. It is a powerful telescope, ideal for home use for all the family. It is easy to set up and use and it really does deliver clear and uninterrupted images. The Orion SkyQuest XT8 is very well made telescope that offers excellent viewing, and is also very reasonably priced for the quality you get with it.