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Orion Telescopes
Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Kit
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Expected Ship Date: 08/15/2024

  • With its big 10"-class parabolic mirror and rock-solid, smooth-gliding base, this visual powerhouse will take your observing to the next level
  • Equipped with a 2" Crayford focuser with 1.25" adapter, allowing use of both 1.25" and (optional) 2" eyepieces
  • Unhook the CorrecTension springs to conveniently transport the XT10 in two pieces, each weighing less than 25 lbs.
  • The included Beginning Stargazers Toolkit provides plentiful reference material for nighttime observing and a handy red LED light
  • In addition to the 25mm (51x) Plossl eyepiece, red dot reflex sight, Orion MoonMap 260, Orion DeepMap 600, and smartphone photo adapter that come standard with the XT10, this Kit also adds a Shorty 2x Barlow lens, Star Target planisphere, RedBeam Mini flashlight, and our 174-page Telescope Observer's Guide - that's a LOT of great stuff to enhance your experience!

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Item #  20565

With its synthesis of big aperture optics and uncomplicated operation, the SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope will provide years of captivating views for the intermediate and advanced astronomy enthusiast. It brings a "new level of joy to simple observing" as Astronomy magazine raved.

The SkyQuest XT10's jumbo, 10" (251mm) diameter parabolic primary mirror gathers a ton of light, revealing fainter objects and in higher resolution than you would see with an 8" or smaller telescope. Its single-speed 2" Crayford focuser accepts optional 2" eyepieces and comes with a 1.25" adapter for 1.25" eyepieces. The included 1.25" 25mm Plossl telescope eyepiece provides 51x magnifying power and is fully multi-coated for excellent light transmission. With this eyepiece alone you will see stunning views of the Moon's battered surface, deep-sky nebulas and star clusters.

Classic Dobsonian Comparison Chart

The XT10 Classic telescope is refreshingly easy to use thanks to its simple, "point-and-view" Dobsonian design. Instead of a more complex tripod and mount foundation, which can be a nuisance to set up and balance, the SkyQuest XT10 optical tube is supported by a sturdy composite base. Just carry the base using its beefy handle, set it down where you want to observe, then set the optical tube on the base's cradle and secure it with the CorrecTension springs. The tube glides smoothly up, down, left and right with just a gentle tug or nudge — right where you want to aim it. (One-time base assembly required.)

The standard accessory package of the SkyQuest XT10 Dobsonian telescope also includes these wonderfully helpful items: the detailed Orion MoonMap 260, Orion DeepMap 600 folding star chart, and a smartphone photo adapter that lets you take incredible keepsake pictures through the telescope with your phone. And with this Kit, you get even more accessories to enhance your observing experience: a power-doubling Shorty 2x Barlow lens, the Star Target planisphere, a RedBeam Mini flashlight so you can see what you're doing in the dark, and our 174-page Telescope Observer's Guide.

20565 CorrecTension

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

Orion's CorrecTension springs help keep the optical tube in perfect balance while also providing secure attachment to the base. They provide just the right amount of tension for buttery smooth motion of the tube's side bearings on the non-stick UHMW bearing pads on the base's cradle as you move the telescope from object to object.

20565 Focuser

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

The SkyQuest XT10 features an aluminum 2" Crayford focuser with a removable step-down adapter so you can use both 1.25" and (optional) 2" telescope eyepieces. The gearless Crayford mechanism ensures that focus adjustments are smooth and free of backlash, so you can achieve sharp focus easily and quickly.

20565 EZ Finder

The included Orion EZ Finder II red-dot sight makes it easy to aim the telescope.

Following a simple alignment procedure, you can use the EZ Finder II sight to accurately aim the SkyQuest XT10 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!

20565 25mm Plossl

Explore the night sky with the included 25mm Plossl Eyepiece.

The included 1.25" 25mm Plossl eyepiece provides a 51-power view and a generous 52 apparent field of view. Its fully multi-coated optics yield extremely sharp, high-contrast images that will impress night after night. Its barrel is threaded to accept Orion filters. Expand your magnification options by purchasing additional 1.25" or larger 2" wide-angle eyepieces of different focal lengths. (Additional eyepieces sold separately.)

Cell Phone Adapter

Take smartphone pictures of the view through your telescope with this Smartphone Telescope adapter.

Adjustable smartphone holder clamps onto the telescope's eyepiece, allowing you to take shake-free, well-focused, high-power photos of celestial objects. Sure beats trying to steadily hand-hold your phone over the eyepiece — frustrating! You'll get lots of "keepers" with this smartphone photo adapter.

20656 Kit components

The extra accessories in this value-packed telescope kit will enhance your stargazing experiences.

Use the Shorty 2x Barlow lens to double the magnification of the included 25mm Plossl eyepiece and enjoy a 101-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 included Orion Telescope Observer's Guide book to learn how to locate and observe over sixty interesting objects to explore in the telescope. 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.

The big SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dob also includes a quick collimation cap for easy mirror alignment, and dust caps for the reflector telescope tube and focuser.

The SkyQuest XT10 is a big telescope all right, but it's surprisingly portable. To transport it you just unhook the CorrecTension springs from the base and pop the optical tube off. Then carry the base and the optical tube separately — each weighs less than 25 lbs.

If youre serious about amateur astronomy and want a telescope that will deliver the goods — and includes a myriad of must-have goodies — get the Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Kit.

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 800-447-1001.


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
    Fainter deep sky
  • Best for imaging
    Lunar & planetary
  • User level
  • Optical design
  • Optical diameter
  • Focal length
  • Focal ratio
  • Optics type
  • Glass material
    Low thermal expansion borosilicate glass
  • Eyepieces
    Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
  • Resolving power
  • Lowest useful magnification
  • Highest useful magnification
  • Highest theoretical magnification
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    Reflex sight
  • Focuser
    2" Crayford
  • Secondary mirror obstruction
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by area
  • Mirror coatings/over-coatings
    Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
  • Mount type
  • Astro-imaging capability
    Simple moon shots
  • Computerized compatibility
    Not compatible
  • Bearing material
    PTFE and UHMW bearings
  • Tube material
  • Tripod material
  • Length of optical tube
    46.8 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    24.2 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    21.5 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    46.0 lbs.
  • Focuser height at zenith
    48 in.
  • Additional included accessories
    MoonMap 260, DeepMap 600, Smartphone photo adapter, StarTarget Planisphere, Shorty 2x Barlow 1.25", Telescope Observer's Guide, RedBeam Flashlight
  • Other features
    CorrecTension system, 2" Crayford focuser with 1.25" adapter, Carrying handle on base
  • Warranty
    One year

Optical tube
25mm Plossl eyepiece, 1.25"
Base boards and assembly hardware
Base carry handle
Reflex sight
Dust cover
Smartphone photo adapter
MoonMap 260
DeepMap 600
2x Shorty Barlow
RedBeam Flashlight
Star Target Planisphere
Observer's Guide Book

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Standard Delivery to Canada: $80.00
3 Day Delivery: $226.00
2 Day Delivery: $226.00
Next Day Delivery: $272.00


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