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Orion XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope & Beginner Barlow Kit
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  • Big 6" aperture optics + point-and-view ease of use = out-of-this-world value
  • 150mm aperture and 1200mm focal length (f/8.0) Dobsonian reflector telescope provides ample light grasp and resolving power for jaw-dropping views of the Moon, planets, and bright deep-sky objects
  • 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 ideal telescope and accessory kit for the interested beginner who wants great performance at an amazing value


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Item #  27193

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Classic Dob Chart

As you run through the checklist of attributes you've heard are important in a good beginner's telescope, you realize that the Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope meets all the criteria - in spades. Astronomy magazine called it "an excellent entry-level Dobsonian telescope for an adult."

It's a telescope that opens up limitless observing possibilities. With its big 150mm diameter parabolic primary mirror the SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope collects nearly 80% more light than a 4.5" reflector, rendering brighter images and greater detail in deep-sky nebulas and star clusters. And the 1200mm focal length gives the telescope ample power to zoom in on subtle planetary and lunar features. The 45"-long enameled-steel optical tube glides with silky smoothness on the cabinet-quality Dobsonian wood base. You just point the telescope and view!

The XT6 is outfitted with a 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser, an EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, and a 1.25" 25mm Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece. The mirror is center-marked for precise collimation. The included Beginner Barlow Kit is a great combination of accessories for anyone beginning a hobby of amateur astronomy.

Orion CorrecTension Springs

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. Orion-engineered CorrecTension springs also allow the whole unit to be carried together by the handle on the base.

Orion EZ Finder II

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 XT6 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!

1.25

Dial-in celestial details with the smooth adjusting 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser.

The SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope features a 1.25" PTFE-lined rack-and-pinion focuser built to accept any 1.25" Orion eyepiece or accessory. The smooth focus control makes it easy to dial-in fine details when observing objects in the night sky, whether you're looking at a rocky lunar crater or a wispy nebula. The focuser features two knurled thumbscrews to secure inserted 1.25" eyepieces in-place.

25mm Sirius Plossl Eyepiece

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 XT6 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!

Starry Night Special Edition Software

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

Explore starry skies anytime - even when it's cloudy! The SkyQuest XT6 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.

Beginner Barlow Kit

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.

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 (1.25")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
    48x
  • 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
    45.5 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    13.5 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    20.9 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    34.4 lbs.
  • Other features
    CorrecTension system
  • Warranty
    One year

Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Aperture Optical Tube Assembly
25mm Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece (1.25")
EZ Finder II reflex sight
Collimation cap
Dust cap
Spring coils
Pull loops
Nylon spacers
1/4-inch 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-inch washers
3/8-inch lock nut
Nylon spacer
T-nut
Handle
Socket-head cap screws
5/16-inch washers
5/16-inch 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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