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Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Bundle
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  • Limited Edition ruby-red 8" aperture Classic Dobsonian telescope at an affordable price!
  • This Limited Edition XT8 includes a 35mm DeepView 2" telescope eyepiece and 1.25" Shorty Barlow lens as additional accessories
  • 8" diameter optics let you view the Moon and planets in great detail, and has enough light grasp to pull in pleasing views of faint nebulas, galaxies and star clusters too
  • A perfect Dobsonian telescope that can last a lifetime for the beginning astronomy enthusiast and the whole family
  • Features a smooth 2" Crayford focuser that accepts 1.25" and 2" telescope eyepieces, and includes a 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, EZ Finder II sight, collimation cap, Starry Night software, and more!


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Item #  08967

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.

Classic Dob Chart


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).

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
    Soda-lime plate
  • Eyepieces
    Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25"),DeepView 35.0mm (2")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
    48x, 34x
  • 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
    46.5 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    20.3 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    20.7 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    41.0 lbs.
  • Additional included accessories
    Orion shorty 1.25" 2x barlow lens
  • Other features
    CorrecTension system, 2" Focuser, 1.25" eyepiece adapter
  • Warranty
    One year

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
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 astronomy software

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