Celebrate with the stars this holiday season with a Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian!
This special version of our best-selling 8" Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope is not only a gorgeous ruby-red color, it's also outfitted with two awesome accessories to enhance each viewing experience. An included 35mm Orion DeepView 2" eyepiece lets you take advantage of the XT8's smooth-adjusting 2" Crayford focuser and enjoy wide, 56° views of 34x power through the telescope. This limited edition XT8 also includes our popular Shorty 2x Barlow lens which doubles the power of any 1.25" eyepiece, including the 25mm Sirius Plossl that comes with the scope to provide 96x magnification views. When used by itself, the included 25mm telescope eyepiece provides 48x power for medium-magnification views.
The Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian is built around an 8" (203mm) diameter parabolic primary mirror mounted in a cast-aluminum support cell. The mirror collects 78% more light than a 6" mirror, so you get a significant increase in ability to observe dust lanes in nebulas, resolve the cores of prominent globular star clusters, and to reveal some of the more subtle structures in faint galaxies. The 1200mm focal length (f/5.9) XT8 mirror allows you to obtain clear and crisp views at moderate to high magnifications on clear nights with good seeing conditions. Enhanced-reflectivity mirror coatings boost the XT8 Classic Dobsonian's mirror to 94% reflectivity so as much light as possible is transmitted to the eyepiece, for clear and bright views.
The Dobsonian base of the XT8 Classic provides a simple and stable low-profile altazimuth platform for the 8" aperture reflector optical tube. 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.
The Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian features a 2" Crayford focuser that accepts both 1.25" and 2" accessories. Focus adjustments are smooth, accurate, and virtually free of backlash and flexure, even with heavier 2" accessories installed.
An included Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight allows you to easily and accurately aim the 8" Classic Dobsonian. Also included are a quick collimation cap for easy mirror alignment, dust caps for the reflector telescope tube and focuser, and a special edition of Starry Night astronomy software and a SkyTheater DVD - a $69.90 value!
The Orion Limited Edition XT8 Classic Dobsonian telescope can conveniently be separated into two pieces for easy transport and storage. By unhooking the two CorrecTension springs from the Dobsonian base you can detach the 46.5" long optical tube. The Limited Edition XT8 reflector optical tube weighs 20.3 lbs., while the 19" diameter Dobsonian base tips the scales at 20.7 lbs. With an assembled weight of 41 lbs., the XT8 Classic Dobsonian can be easily moved to and from your favorite observing site, whether it's just a few steps out the back door, or many miles down the road.
A great telescope with the optical strength to please serious beginners and veteran skygazers alike, the Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian reflector will provide years of astronomical adventure for you and your whole family. The value-packed Limited Edition XT8 Classic is an ideal gift for any astronomer on your list. Order now before this truly limited edition Dobsonian reflector telescope sells out!
Meets or exceeds all California State Environmental Quality & Safety Regulations (CARB 93120 Phase 2 Compliant).
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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Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Reflector Aperture Optical Tube Assembly
35mm Orion DeepView telescope eyepiece, 2"
Orion Shorty 2x Barlow lens, 1.25"
25mm Orion Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece, 1.25"
EZ Finder II reflex sight
2" Crayford-style focuser
2"-to-1.25" telescope eyepiece adapter
Screws with round knob attached
Top base plate
Ground base plate
Base assembly screws
Feet attachment wood screws
Self-adhesive rubber bumper
Large hex-head bolt
3/8" lock nut
Socket-head cap screws
Starry Night Special Edition astronomy software
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