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Orion Telescopes
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Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
£ 588.99
 
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Expected Ship Date: 14/08/2020

  • 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, and close-up views of more nearby targets like the Moon and planets
  • 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 keeps reflector optical tube perfectly balanced in any position
  • Includes precise 2" Crayford focuser, 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, dust caps, and Starry Night software download


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Item #  08946u

The SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian brings a "new level of joy to simple observing" as Astronomy magazine raved, thanks to its synthesis of big aperture optics and uncomplicated operation. It's jumbo, 10" (254mm) diameter parabolic primary mirror gathers a ton of light from the night sky, so you can see more objects than you would with an 8" or smaller telescope. What's more, the XT10 Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope's big mirror yields exceptionally bright views with high contrast.

Classic Dob Chart

The XT10 Classic is refreshingly easy to use thanks to its simple, "point-and-view" Dobsonian design. Instead of a more complex tripod and mount foundation, which can be a nuisance to setup and balance, the SkyQuest XT10 reflector optical tube is supported by a sturdy wooden base. This base is what makes the XT10 Classic telescope a Dobsonian reflector by name, as the first such design was made by ingenious "sidewalk astronomer" John Dobson. Just set the XT10 Classic Dobsonian base down where you want to observe, bring out the reflector optical tube, and securely couple the tube to the base using the CorrecTension springs. That's it! You're ready to take the family on inspiring and educational celestial adventures exploring the planets, Moon, and a myriad of deep-sky treasures such as nebulas, star clusters, and galaxies.

The Orion XT10 Classic Dobsonian can give you deep-space thrills without deep-pocket frills. We've kept our 10" Classic Dobsonian lean and mean to keep its price low for tight budgets. But rest assured; the XT10 Classic Dobsonian reflector comes fully equipped for adventure right out of the box, whether you're a beginning stargazer or are graduating to a larger, more capable telescope.

CorrecTension

Orion CorrecTension springs make setup easy and keep the telescope balanced.

The Dobsonian base supports the 10" reflector optical tube handily, and Orion CorrecTension springs help keep the tube in perfect balance while also providing secure attachment to the base. Non-stick PTFE and UHMW bearings provide buttery smooth motion in both altitude (up/down) and azimuth (left/right) axes, as you move the telescope from object to object. A convenient carrying handle on the base makes transport to your favorite observing site nice and easy

Focuser

Dial-in celestial details with the smooth and accurate 2" Crayford focuser.

The SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian features a 2" Crayford focuser with a removable step-down adapter so you can use both 1.25" and 2" telescope eyepieces. The Crayford mechanism ensures all focus adjustments are smooth, accurate, and virtually free of backlash and flexure, even with heavier 2" accessories installed, so you can achieve precise focus easily. You'll be amazed by the precise focus control as you explore the night sky.

EZ Finder II

The included Orion EZ Finder II red-dot sight makes it easy to aim the telescope.

Following a simple alignment procedure, you can use the EZ Finder II sight to accurately aim the SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian telescope at objects in the sky like the Moon and bright planets. Once aligned with the telescope, just turn on the EZ Finder II and peer through the sight's small circular viewing window so you see the red dot, and move the telescope until the red dot is on the object you want to see. Look in the telescope eyepiece, and the object will be there!

25mm Plossl

Explore the night sky with the included 25mm Sirius Plossl Eyepiece.

The included 1.25" Orion 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece provides a 48-power view when used with the SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian. Offering a wide 52 apparent field of view, the 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece yields extremely sharp, high-contrast images that will impress night after night. You can expand your magnification options by purchasing additional 1.25" or larger 2" wide-angle eyepieces of different focal lengths. (Additional eyepieces sold separately.)

Our intelligent 8" Dobsonian reflector telescope has ample aperture and computerized smarts that make it an excellent instrument for any astronomy enthusiast. With its computerized object locator system, the Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian will give you speedy, push-button access to more than 14,000 fascinating celestial objects. Looking for the Whirlpool Galaxy? Press the button labeled "Messier" then select M51. Whoosh! Wow! In seconds, there it is in the telescope eyepiece, once you've pushed the telescope to the position indicated by the handheld Computerized Object Locator. Never been able to find that edge-on galaxy, NGC 891? Tap the "NGC" button, select 891 Whoosh! You're there. It's that easy to locate object after object, so many more in an evening than you could ever find before.

Using the "push-to" IntelliScope system is easy for any backyard stargazer. Just select an object to view from the IntelliScope controller's menu buttons, press Enter, and then move the telescope in the direction of the guide arrows on the liquid crystal display. In seconds, the IntelliScope's two high-resolution, 9,216-step digital encoders pinpoint the object, placing it right in the telescope's field of view. The Computerized Object Locator's database includes a lifetime of celestial objects to view: 837 stars (including double and variable stars), 7,840 NGC objects, 5,386 IC objects, 101 Messier objects, 8 major planets, and 99 user-entered objects. It features illuminated buttons and a backlit, two-line LCD display. The intuitive menu buttons allow selection of objects by type (e.g., Planet, Nebula, Cluster, Galaxy) or catalog number (e.g., M57, NGC 253). Press the Tour button to select one of 12 tours of the best objects visible in any given month. If you happen to find an object you aren't familiar with, you can even use the controller's ID button to find out the name of the object you're viewing.

Since the Orion IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator system does not involve motors, you actively push the telescope following the directions displayed on the handheld IntelliScope controller until the object you've selected is centered. The XT8i IntelliScope will actually teach you about locations of objects in the night sky during use as you gently push the telescope from object to object. Instead of relying on power-draining GoTo system motors, the "push-to" IntelliScope XT8i saves energy and expense by running on a single 9-volt battery cell (included).

Intelliscope Dob Chart

The Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Computerized Dobsonian Telescope is capable of providing you and your family with years of entertainment under the stars. Its 8" (203mm) aperture parabolic primary mirror serves up jaw-dropping images of the planets, cloudy nebulas, star clusters, and galaxies. The 8"-aperture reflector telescope tube rides on a streamlined, ultra-stable Dobsonian base, which moves smoothly on non-stick PTFE and UHMW polyethylene bearing pads. The Orion CorrecTension system keeps the telescope tube perfectly balanced on the Dobsonian base for simple, effective point-and-view ease of use.

Outfitted with great accessories, the XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian includes two 1.25" telescope eyepieces, a removable eyepiece rack, base handle, collimation cap, 9x50 Right-Angle Correct-Image Finder Scope, and more.

Take a "push-to" tour of the heavens with the included IntelliScope Object Locator.

The SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope's Object Locator hand controller will tell you exactly where to point the telescope to see any of over 14,000 celestial objects within its database. Simply select the object you wish to view using the IntelliScope controller's menu buttons, then follow the directional arrows on the controller's display screen to aim the telescope right at the desired object. Or, you can press the Tour button to select one of 12 tours of the best objects visible in any given month.

Begin your night sky explorations with the included 25mm Sirius Plossl Eyepiece.

The included 1.25" Orion 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece provides a 48-power view when used with the SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope reflector. Using this eyepiece's moderate magnification is a great way to begin exploring interesting objects in the sparkling night sky. Offering a wide 52 apparent field of view, the 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece yields extremely sharp images of impressively high contrast. You'll be amazed at the crisp, clear views of sights like the cratered surface of the Moon and much more!

Take a closer look with the included 10mm Sirius Plossl Eyepiece.

When you're ready to study objects with more magnification, use the included 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece. When inserted into the SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope reflector, the 10mm Plossl provides a powerful, 120x view with a 52 apparent field of view, so you can inspect interesting objects more closely. We recommend starting out with the lower-power 25mm Plossl, then switching to the 10mm ocular to boost the power of your telescope's view.

Aim your XT8i comfortably with the included 9x50 Right-Angle Correct-Image Finder Scope.

Following a simple alignment procedure, the 9x50 finder scope allows convenient and comfortable aiming of the SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope. The finder scope's right-angle eyepiece design lets you use the finder without crouching or awkwardly craning your neck. A built-in Amici prism provides a correctly oriented view that isn't upside down, so it's easier to use compared to standard finders.

Use the navigation knob to slew the XT8i IntelliScope from target to target.

The XT8i IntelliScope's enameled steel reflector optical tube boasts a handy "navigation knob" for easy slewing and repositioning of the telescope. To move the telescope, simply take hold of the navigation knob near the front opening of the scope and gently move the tube up or down and left or right as desired.

Dial-in celestial details with the smooth and accurate 2" Crayford focuser.

The SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian features a 2" Crayford focuser with a removable 1.25" adapter so it can accept both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces and accessories. The Crayford mechanism ensures all focus adjustments are smooth, accurate, and virtually free of backlash and flexure, even with heavier 2" accessories installed, making it easier to achieve the sharpest possible focus.

Find out how much fun big-aperture stargazing can be with the "push-to" Orion SkyQuest XT8i Computerized IntelliScope Dobsonian!

Meets or exceeds all California State Environmental Quality & Safety Regulations (CARB 93120 Phase 2 Compliant).

The big SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dob also includes a quick collimation cap for easy mirror alignment, and dust caps for the reflector telescope tube and focuser. Enjoy fantastic views with the Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope - and fantastic savings too!

Meets or exceeds all California State Environmental Quality & Safety Regulations (CARB 93120 Phase 2 Compliant).

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Warranty

Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at sales-eu@telescope.com

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  • Best for viewing
    Fainter deep sky
  • Best for imaging
    Lunar & planetary
  • User level
    Intermediate
  • Optical design
    Reflector
  • Optical diameter
    254mm
  • Focal length
    1200mm
  • Focal ratio
    f/4.7
  • Optics type
    Parabolic
  • Glass material
    Low thermal expansion borosilicate glass
  • Eyepieces
    Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
    48x
  • Resolving power
    0.46arc*sec
  • Lowest useful magnification
    36x
  • Highest useful magnification
    300x
  • Highest theoretical magnification
    508x
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
    14.7
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    EZ Finder II
  • Focuser
    2" Crayford
  • Secondary mirror obstruction
    63mm
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter
    25%
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by area
    6%
  • Mirror coatings/over-coatings
    Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
  • Mount type
    Dobsonian
  • Astro-imaging capability
    Simple moon shots
  • Computerized compatibility
    Not compatible
  • Bearing material
    PTFE and UHMW bearings
  • Tube material
    Steel
  • Tripod material
    Wood
  • Length of optical tube
    121.4cm
  • Weight, optical tube
    14.0kg
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    10.3kg
  • Weight, fully assembled
    24.2kg
  • Additional included accessories
    Included accessories may vary for 2nds, Substitutions may be made
  • Other features
    CorrecTension system, 2" Focuser, 1.25" eyepiece adapter
  • Warranty
    One year

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