The SkyQuest XT8 - 8" Classic Dobsonian Bundle is a special version of Orion's best-selling 8” Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope, finished in a rich ruby-red color. It includes quality accessories to enhance each viewing experience. A 35mm Orion DeepView 2” eyepiece perfectly compliments the XT8’s smooth 2” Crayford focuser and provides wide, 56° views of 34x power through the telescope. This limited edition XT8 also includes the popular Shorty 2x Barlow lens which doubles the power of any 1.25” eyepiece, including the 25mm Sirius Plossl included with the scope to provide 96x magnification views. When used by itself, the 25mm eyepiece provides 48x power for medium-magnification views.
The Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian is built around an 8" (203mm) diameter parabolic primary mirror mounted in a cast-aluminum support cell. The mirror collects 78% more light than a 6" mirror, so you get a significant increase in ability to observe dust lanes in nebulas, resolve the cores of prominent globular star clusters, and to reveal some of the more subtle structures in faint galaxies. The 1200mm focal length (f/5.9) XT8 mirror allows you to obtain clear and crisp views at moderate to high magnifications on clear nights. The enhanced reflectivity mirror coatings boost the XT8 Classic Dobsonian’s mirror to 94% reflectivity so as much light as possible is transmitted to the eyepiece, for clear and bright views.
The Dobsonian base of the XT8 Classic provides a simple and stable low-profile Alt-azimuth platform for the 8" aperture reflector optical tube. The tube attaches securely to the base by Orion’s CorrecTension Friction Optimization system, which utilizes heavy-duty springs to both securely couple the tube to the base, and to keep the telescope in constant balance to avoid drifting during observations. Even with large 2" eyepieces and accessories installed, the XT8 Dobsonian telescope optical tube will remain balanced throughout extended viewing sessions.
The Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian features a 2" Crayford focuser that accepts both 1.25" and 2" accessories. Focus adjustments are smooth, accurate, and virtually free of backlash and flexure, even with heavier 2" accessories installed.
An included Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight allows you to easily and accurately aim the 8" Classic Dobsonian. Also included are a quick collimation cap for easy mirror alignment, dust caps for the reflector telescope tube and focuser, and a special edition of Starry Night astronomy software and a SkyTheater DVD - a $69.90 value!
The Orion Limited Edition XT8 Classic Dobsonian telescope can conveniently be separated into two pieces for easy transport and storage. By unhooking the two CorrecTension springs from the Dobsonian base you can detach the 46.5" long optical tube. The Limited Edition XT8 reflector optical tube weighs 20.3 lbs., while the 19" diameter Dobsonian base tips the scales at 20.7 lbs. With an assembled weight of 41 lbs., the XT8 Classic Dobsonian can be easily moved to and from your favorite observing site, whether it’s just a few steps out the back door, or many miles down the road.
A great telescope with the optical strength to please serious beginners and veteran skygazers alike, the Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian reflector will provide years of astronomical adventure for you and your whole family.
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase for original retail purchaser .
- 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!
|Name||Orion - SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Bundle|
|Custom Stock Status||In Stock|
|Eyepieces||Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25"), DeepView 35.0mm (2")|
|Finderscope||EZ Finder II|
|Magnification (low power)||29x|
|Magnification (high power)||300x; theoretical:406x|
|Optical Tube Length||46.5 in.|
|Optical Tube Weight||20.3 lbs.|
|Other Equipment||CorrecTension system, 2" Focuser, 1.25" eyepiece adapter|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction||47mm|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area||5%|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter||23%|