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Beginner
Orion XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope & Beginner Barlow Kit
$399.99
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If purchased separately$473.95
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  • 203mm (8") aperture and 1200mm focal length Dobsonian reflector telescope allows you to reach deep into space for jaw-dropping images of the Moon, planets, and deep space objects too
  • Big-aperture Dobsonian telescope optics + point-and-view ease of use = out-of-this-world value
  • Included Orion 2x Shorty Barlow Lens doubles the magnification of virtually any 1.25" eyepiece, adding magnification options to your telescope
  • The included Beginning Stargazers Toolkit provides plentiful reference material for nighttime observing and a handy red LED light to see them with
  • An amazing value compared to purchasing each item separately


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Item #  27194

This value-packed bundle includes our best-selling Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope and the versatile and informative Beginner Barlow Kit. The XT8 Classic Dobsonian will amaze you with gorgeous cosmic vistas and its simple, point-and-view operation. The included Orion Shorty 2x Barlow Lens doubles the magnification of any 1.25" telescope eyepiece, and the Orion Beginning Stargazer's Toolkit is packed with great reference materials and tools so you can easily get the most out of your telescope.

The Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope combines powerful optics with the ultimate in mechanical simplicity and stability. It features a precision 8" (203mm) diameter parabolic primary mirror, center-marked at the factory for precise collimation and mounted in a cast-aluminum support cell that provides maximum ventilation. The mirror pulls in 73% more light than a 6" mirror, enough to tease out dust lane details in cloudy nebulas, resolve the cores of prominent globular star clusters, and reveal subtle structure in elusive distant galaxies.

Classic Dob Chart

You're in total control as you point the XT8 Dobsonian reflector telescope effortlessly to your target object anywhere in the sky. The 46" long enameled steel optical tube glides on its sturdy Dobsonian base. A gentle push or pull on the telescope optical tube puts you right in the observing pocket.

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

The tube attaches securely to the base by virtue of Orion's CorrecTension Friction Optimization system, which utilizes heavy-duty springs to both securely couple the tube to the base, and to keep the telescope in constant balance to avoid drifting during observations. Even with large 2" eyepieces and accessories installed, the XT8 Dobsonian telescope optical tube will remain balanced throughout your viewing sessions.

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

The SkyQuest XT8 Classic 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, so you can achieve precise focus easily.

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 XT8 Classic Dobsonian telescope. Offering a wide 52 apparent field of view, the 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece yields extremely sharp images of impressively high contrast. With the 25mm Plossl in the included Shorty 2x Barlow of the Beginner Barlow Kit, its magnification is boosted to 96-power!

The included Orion EZ Finder II red-dot sight makes aiming the telescope nice and easy.

Following a simple alignment procedure, you can use the EZ Finder II sight to accurately aim the SkyQuest XT8 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!

Learn about the night sky with the included Starry Night Special Edition software.

Explore starry skies anytime - even when it's cloudy! The SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian telescope 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.

The value-packed Beginner Barlow Kit will enhance your evenings under the stars.

Use the Shorty 2x Barlow lens to double the magnification of the included 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece and enjoy a 96-power view, or use it to double the power of other 1.25" eyepieces. Use the included MoonMap 260 to properly identify lunar features seen through the telescope. Read the Discover the Stars guidebook to learn helpful hints about stargazing. Use the Star Target Planisphere to see what constellations and objects will be visible on any day of the year. The RedBeam Mini flashlight makes it easy to refer to charts and books while observing, and it helps you see small parts and knobs without disrupting dark-adapted vision.

For the intrepid beginner to the veteran skygazer, the SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope lives up to its billing by Astronomy magazine as a "work of art."

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

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
    203mm
  • Focal length
    1200mm
  • Focal ratio
    f/5.9
  • Optics type
    Parabolic
  • Glass material
    Low thermal expansion borosilicate glass
  • Eyepieces
    Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
    48x
  • Resolving power
    0.57arc*sec
  • Lowest useful magnification
    29x
  • Highest useful magnification
    300x
  • Highest theoretical magnification
    406x
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
    14.2
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    EZ Finder II
  • Focuser
    2" Crayford
  • Secondary mirror obstruction
    47mm
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter
    23%
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by area
    5%
  • Mirror coatings/over-coatings
    Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
  • Mount type
    Dobsonian
  • Bearing material
    PTFE and UHMW bearings
  • Tube material
    Steel
  • Tripod material
    Wood
  • Length of optical tube
    44.5 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    20.3 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    20.7 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    41.0 lbs.
  • Other features
    CorrecTension system, 2" focuser, 1.25" eyepiece adapter
  • Warranty
    One year

Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Reflector Aperture Optical Tube Assembly
25mm Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece (1.25")
EZ Finder II reflex sight
Collimation cap
Dust cap
2" Crayford-style focuser
2"-to-1.25" telescope eyepiece adapter
Spring coils
Pull loops
Nylon spacers
1/4" washers
Phillips-head screws
Screws with round knob attached
Left panel
Right panel
Front brace
Top base plate
Ground base plate
Base assembly screws
Hex key
Plastic feet
Feet attachment wood screws
Self-adhesive rubber bumper
Large hex-head bolt
3/8" washers
3/8" lock nut
Nylon spacer
T-nut
Handle
Socket-head cap screws
5/16" washers
5/16" nuts
Hex key
Starry Night special edition software
Orion 1.25" Shorty 2x Barlow Lens
Orion Star Target Planisphere
Discover The Stars book
Orion MoonMap 260
Orion RedBeam Mini LED keychain flashlight

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