The Orion SkyQuest XT8 is a popular scope that brings together powerful optics with the ultimate in mechanical simplicity and stability.
Reflecting telescopes have been designed specifically for astronomical use, the reflector telescope is the workhorse of telescope designs, and this model certainly over delivers offering good value for money.
Low-cost refracting telescopes are excellent starter telescopes for adults and children as they are extremely easily transportable, simple to move around, and require almost no maintenance.
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.
You're in total control as you point the telescope effortlessly to your target object anywhere in the sky. The 46"-long enameled steel tube glides on its sturdy Dobsonian telescope base. A gentle push or pull on the optical tube puts you right in theobserving pocket.
The Orion SkyQuest XT8’s great light-gathering capacity is (over 800 times greater than the human eye) makes it just the thing for seeing those faint deep space objects..
Binary stars, open and globular star clusters, faint nebulas and galaxies are all revealed in outstanding and subtle detail, even through mildly light-polluted suburban skies.
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