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Orion - SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope


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Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian

The classic XT8 combines powerful optics with the ultimate in mechanical simplicity and stability. It features a precision 8" (203mm) parabolic primary mirror, center-marked at the factory for precise collimation and mounted in a cast-aluminum support cell that provides maximum ventilation. The mirror pulls in 73% more light than a 6", enough to tease out dust lanes in nebulas, resolve the cores of prominent globular clusters, and reveal subtle structure in elusive galaxies.

  • 203mm aperture and 1200mm focal length allow you to reach deep into space for jaw-dropping images
  • The ultra-stable Dobsonian base keeps the tube perfectly balanced for point-and-view ease of use
  • Now includes an upgraded 2" Crayford-style focuser that accepts 1.25" and 2" eyepieces
  • Includes 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, and FREE Starry Night astronomy software
  • Big-aperture optics + point-and-view ease of use = out-of-this-world value


You're in total control as you point the scope effortlessly to your target object anywhere in the sky. The 46"-long enameled steel tube glides on its sturdy Dobsonian base. A gentle push or pull on the navigation knob puts you right in the observing pocket.

The CorrecTension spring system applies just the right amount of friction on the altitude bearings to ensure proper tube balance.

The SkyQuest XT8 now features an upgraded 2" Crayford-style focuser that accepts both 1.25" and 2" accessories.

The XT8 comes with a host of great accessories. You get a Sirius Plossl 25mm eyepiece (48x), an EZ Finder II reflex sight, an Orion quick-collimation cap, and a snap-on dust cover.

For the intrepid beginner to the veteran skygazer, the classic SkyQuest XT8 lives up to its billing by Astronomy magazine as a "work of art." Get this masterpiece now at its new lower price! One-year limited warranty.



Included Items:

8" Aperture Optical Tube Assembly
25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece (1.25")
EZ Finder II reflex sight
Collimation cap
Dust cap
2" Crayford-style focuser
2"-to-1.25" eyepiece adapter
Spring coils
Pull loops
Nylon spacers
1/4" washers
Phillips-head screws
Screws with round knob attached
Left panel
Right panel
Front brace
Top base plate
Ground base plate
Base assembly screws
Hex key
Plastic feet
Feet attachment wood screws
Self-adhesive rubber bumper
Large hex-head bolt
3/8" washers
3/8" lock nut
Nylon spacer
Socket-head cap screws
5/16" washers
5/16" nuts
Hex key
Starry Night special edition software





Additional Information

Name Orion - SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
Manufacturer Orion
Model ORI-08945
Manufacturer Part No ORI-08945
Telescope Aperture 7.1" - 8"
Bearings Teflon and UHMW bearings
Diameter 203mm
Eyepieces Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")
Eyepiece 1 Magnification 48x
Finderscope EZ Finder II
Focal Length 1200mm
Focal Ratio f/5.9
Focuser 2" Crayford
Highest Useful Magnification 300x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14.2
Lowest Useful Magnification 29x
Mount Dobsonian
Optical Coatings Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
Optical Design Reflector (Parabolic) Soda-lime plate
Optical Tube Steel
Optical Tube Length 44.5 in
Optical Tube Weight 20.3 lbs
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 47mm
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 5%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 23%
Tripod Wood
Warranty One year