Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

| January 19, 2012 | 3 Comments

Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

  • The Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian is a big 10″ aperture reflector telescope with a small price tag
  • Gobbles up light for great views of deep-sky objects such as nebulas, galaxies, star clusters,
  • Simple “point-and-view” Dobsonian design reflector telescope is easy and fun to use for the whole family
  • Stable Dobsonian telescope base and Orion CorrecTension friction optimization system
  • Includes precise 2″ Crayford focuser, 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece,
  • EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, dust caps, and Starry Night software
  • It keeps reflector optical tube perfectly balanced in any position
  • And close-up views of more nearby targets like the Moon and planets

Orion(r) SkyQuest(TM) XT Classic Dobsonians It’s no wonder customers heap 5-star ratings on these gentle giants. For not only do their jumbo-sized optics and uncomplicated design bring a “new level of joy to simple observing,” raved Astronomy magazine, but they’re also the most affordable quality Dobs on the market. SkyQuest XT Classics aren’t just good bang for the buck, they’re a supernova of telescope value! XT Classics give you the deep-space thrills without the deep-pocket frills. We’ve kep

List Price: $ 529.99

Price: $ 529.99

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  1. R. Kirkham "jrkirkham" says:
    90 of 90 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I’ve Reviewed the XT6 & XT8, Might as Well review this one also., November 29, 2009
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    This review is from: Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope (Electronics)

    That’s right, I own an Orion XT6, XT8, and XT10. I use them for leading seminars. I seem to buy a new one each year. So far I have always kept the previous one. I can probably compare them as well as anyone. They are all sitting side by side in my shed. For the purpose of this review I will compare the XT8 & XT10.

    REASONS TO PURCHASE THE XT10
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    Larger aperture. Yes, it makes a big difference. It was worth the money to take a step up in size. Some views that were beyond the grasp of my 6, and only located with my 8, are now easy to see in my 10.

    REASONS TO PURCHASE THE XT8
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    Money. There is a jump in cost. Both the 8 and 10 are powerful enough to do serious astronomy. Both are good scopes. Both should last for years. There is always a bigger scope out there for a few more dollars. One must draw the line somewhere.

    Weight. In my mind the 8″ is the largest of the truly inexpensive, portable dobs and the smallest of the large aperture light buckets. The 6″ is a wonderful scope. I don’t intend to let go of it, but I wouldn’t call it a large aperture scope. The 10″ is a light bucket, but I wouldn’t call it easily portable. The 8″ is both. I have the strength to move my 10″, but noticed that I wasn’t using it as much. Then I purchased a garden cart to haul it around in, and now I use it several times a week. It wasn’t that I couldn’t pick it up, it was just awkward and I was worried that I was going to break it.

    BOTTOM LINE
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    If you have the money and don’t need to lug it around a lot, get the 10″. I’m glad I did.

    If the cost is prohibitive or you need to move it around a lot, get the 8″. All three are excellent scopes.

    If you lead regular astronomy seminars and need some good quality dobs so you can create teams of three or four students per scope, get them all! That’s what I did, until my wife tells me that one of them must go.

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  2. M. Hall says:
    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Scope!, July 6, 2010
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    I am very pleased with this telescope.
    —Assembly of the base took about 15 minutes using the included tool. The tube is held to the base by two sturdy springs which makes it easy to separate and carry. The assembled scope can be carried by the handle on the base, but the scope’s size makes it a bit cumbersome. The tube and base are both solidly constructed and the motion is smooth.
    —The optics are wonderful. There is no color fringing and the image is sharp from edge to edge. The large aperture enables me to see a clear view of craters on the moon’s shadow side, even when it is half full and daytime. A crescent moon in the evening is a great view. I’ve seen nebula, star clusters and galaxies. I’m no expert, but the limit of apparent magnitude so far has been around 5 or 6. I expect the view to be better in the winter when the sky isn’t as hazy. (I live in the Midwest and it’s summer). The included 25 mm eyepiece yields a nice wide and bright view. I use it to find objects, then switch to a 12.5 or 6 mm (from an extra Zhumell eyepiece set) if I want to look closer.
    —The finder is great. Once you get it sighted in, just look through the finder and put the dot on what you want to see. It has windage and elevation dials just like on a rifle. You don’t even have to put your eye in a particular place for it to work.
    —I’m glad I didn’t get a computerized scope. I feel my money was better spent on the large aperture instead of motorized controls and a heavy tripod. This scope is very quick to set up and makes it easy to look here and there on a whim. Tracking objects as they move is not difficult, but if you’re using a 6 or 4 mm eyepiece you have to stay on it or its gone. This scope comes with software that shows what is visible from your location now or any other time, and has a searchable object database. This is one of the best buys I”ve made in a long time.

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  3. Gary Brasell says:
    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    XT10,amazing views for reasonable $, May 6, 2010
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    Gary Brasell (Natchitoches, LA USA) –
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    This is the first product review I’ve ever written. After my first viewing session, I felt compelled to share my experience with potential purchasers of the Orion XT10. Assembly was fairly straight forward with well written instructions. This scope is great for someone new to star gazing like myself. It only took me a few minutes to find my first target, Saturn. I was amazed to not only see the rings but to also see two moons with the low magnification 25mm eyepiece supplied with the telescope. I look foward to viewing with higher powered eyepieces, I have an 15mm and 5mm on order. My only regret with this purchase is that I didn’t make it sooner. This scope is awesome.

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