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Beginner
Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
$399.99
3 easy payments of $133.33
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  • An upgraded XT6 Classic Dobsonian with performance-boosting design enhancements and additional accessories
  • Redesigned base with adjustable altitude tension supports the attractive twilight blue optical tube
  • Easy, tool-free collimation adjustment thanks to knurled secondary mirror thumbscrews
  • Highly visible white trim on base makes it easier to see and step around in the dark
  • Upgraded accessories include 25mm and 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepieces, Shorty 2x Barlow, Safety Film Solar Filter, eyepiece rack, EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, and more


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Item #  08985

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We gave our XT6 Classic an upgrade! Although our SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dob has been a favorite telescope of beginning astronomy enthusiasts for years - and still is - we decided it was time to roll out a "deluxe" version with some cool design enhancements and an expanded accessory package. The result is the sleek, user-friendly SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian! With sharp, powerful optics and point-and-view simplicity, this eye-catching 6" Dobsonian reflector shines as a plus-sized value.

Starting from the bottom up, we gave the SkyQuest XT6 PLUS a redesigned Dobsonian base with a sleeker, more streamlined look. Weight-saving cutouts in the side panels help make the base easier to move to and from observing sites. A white trim band around the round baseplate of the XT6 PLUS base enhances visibility in the dark. An eyepiece rack is included that can hold up to three 1.25" eyepieces, making it easy to store and swap between different oculars to vary the magnification of your observations. An upgraded altitude axis tensioning knob improves control of the telescope's altitude (up/down) motion compared to the XT6 Classic's fixed-tension springs.

The optical tube of the XT6 PLUS, which sports an attractive "twilight blue" metallic finish, houses a 150mm parabolic (5.9") mirror with enhanced-reflectivity (94%) aluminum coatings for superior light transmission compared to standard mirrors. Its 1200mm focal length (f/8) means this telescope delivers some serious magnifying power - the included 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece will have you studying the Moon's cratered surface, Jupiter's cloud bands, or the Hercules Cluster's dense core at 120x. Insert the 10mm eyepiece into the Shorty 2x Barlow lens, also included, and now you're resolving myriad details at 240x! Use the other supplied eyepiece, a 25mm Sirius Plossl, for wider-angle (48x) views of sprawling emission nebulas and galaxies, or pop it in the Shorty 2x Barlow to boost the view to 96x. The smooth, 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser keeps images sharp no matter what you're targeting.

At the top end of the SkyQuest XT6 PLUS optical tube you'll find even more enhancements. In addition to the EZ Finder "red dot" reflex sight for aiming the telescope at your target object, we replaced the typical secondary mirror collimation setscrews with big thumbscrews, for easier, tool-free adjustment when a collimation tweak is needed. Plus, we've added one more accessory to the package that lets you use the XT6 PLUS during daytime hours - an Orion Safety Film Solar Filter for viewing the Sun's ever-changing sunspots!

This modern makeover and upgrade to our SkyQuest XT6 is a fully loaded, wonderfully affordable telescope for anyone seeking a quality first telescope or a step-up from a smaller one.

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 800-676-1343.

Warning

Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

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  • Best for viewing
    Brighter deep sky
  • Best for imaging
    Lunar & planetary
  • User level
    Beginner
  • Optical design
    Reflector
  • Optical diameter
    150mm
  • Focal length
    1200mm
  • Focal ratio
    f/8.0
  • Optics type
    Parabolic
  • Glass material
    Low thermal expansion borosilicate glass
  • Eyepieces
    Sirius Plossl 25.0mm,10.0mm (1.25")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
    48x, 120x
  • Resolving power
    0.77arc*sec
  • Lowest useful magnification
    21x
  • Highest useful magnification
    300x
  • Highest theoretical magnification
    300x
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
    13.5
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    EZ Finder II
  • Focuser
    1.25" Rack-and-pinion
  • Secondary mirror obstruction
    34mm
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter
    23%
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by area
    5%
  • 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
    46.0 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    11.5 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    21.9 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    34.2 lbs.
  • Additional included accessories
    Eyepiece rack, 2x Barlow 1.25", Collimation cap, Safety film solar filter, 6"
  • Other features
    Adjustable altitude axis tension knobs, Secondary mirror collimation thumbscrews, Enhanced 94% reflectivity
  • Warranty
    One year

Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope Optical Tube Assembly
Dobsonian base
Altitude tension knobs
Eyepiece rack
Orion 1.25" 25mm Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece
Orion 1.25" 10mm Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece
Orion 1.25" Shorty 2x Barlow  
Orion Safety Film Solar Filter for 6" Reflector Telescopes
Orion EZ Finder II Reflex Sight
Collimation cap
Dust cover for optical tube
Starry Night Special Edition astronomy software download card

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