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).
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.
Learn about the night sky with the included Starry Night Special Edition software.
Explore starry skies anytime - even when it's cloudy! The Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian includes a FREE Special Edition of Starry Night astronomy software. With realistic sky simulations and a many useful features including telescope control, the user-friendly Starry Night Special Edition software will help you plan your observations and understand what you see. Requires PC running Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8. Requires Macintosh running OS X 10.4 or higher.
Find out how much fun big-aperture stargazing can be with the "push-to" Orion SkyQuest XT8i Computerized IntelliScope Dobsonian!
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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.
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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