Classic Dobsonian Telescope

X6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

The Orion SkyQuest XT6″ Classic Dobsonian Telescopecomes with 150mm aperture and 1200mm, allowing you to see amazing parts of space.

Optics: It has quality optics featuring a 6 in. parabolic reflecting mirror and one eyepiece (25mm). The EZ Finder reflex sight helps you aim the telescope and locate objects in the sky.

The Orion Sky Quest requires some assembly. Attach the EZ Finder to the StarBlast’s aluminum tube with two thumbscrews and insert one of the eyepieces. The altazimuth base requires assembly as well, and while it doesn’t look as fancy as some tripod mounts, but it is actually more stable and easier to use, especially for children. It has a built in handle to carry it outdoors.

Value: The size of the mirror determines how much light a telescope can gather. The 6 in. parabolic mirror will give you spectacular views of the craters of the Moon, the planets, star clusters, and a lot of other exotic space “stuff.” The 6″ mirror allows in 80% more light than the 4.5 mirror. Some department store telescopes have a large hood on the end of the tube with a small mirror or lens inside. Don’t be fooled by the size of the hood. Some telescopes have fancy motorized star locators or tracking mechanisms. These are difficult to set up and are not very effective. You end up spending money on gadgets (that don’t improve what you see) instead of the optics (that do improve what you see). The combination of high quality optics and ease-of-use make the SkyQuest telescope a great value for families. It’s perfect for beginners or veteran sky gazers.

X8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

The Orion SkyQuest XT8″ Classic Dobsonian Telescope comes with 203mm aperture and 1200mm focal length, allowing you to see amazing parts of space.

Optics: It has quality optics featuring a 8 in. parabolic reflecting mirror and one eyepiece (25mm). The EZ Finder reflex sight helps you aim the telescope and locate objects in the sky.

The Orion Sky Quest requires some assembly. Attach the EZ Finder to the StarBlast’s aluminum tube with two thumbscrews and insert one of the eyepieces. The altazimuth base requires assembly as well, and while it doesn’t look as fancy as some tripod mounts, but it is actually more stable and easier to use, especially for children. It has a built in handle to carry it outdoors.

Value: The size of the mirror determines how much light a telescope can gather. The 8 in. parabolic mirror will give you spectacular views of the craters of the Moon, the planets, star clusters, and a lot of other exotic space “stuff.” Some department store telescopes have a large hood on the end of the tube with a small mirror or lens inside. Don’t be fooled by the size of the hood. Some telescopes have fancy motorized star locators or tracking mechanisms. These are difficult to set up and are not very effective. You end up spending money on gadgets (that don’t improve what you see) instead of the optics (that do improve what you see). The combination of high quality optics and ease-of-use make the SkyQuest a great value for families. It’s perfect for beginners to veteran sky gazers.

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

XT 8″ Classic Dobsonian (Amazon)