Monday, November 21, 2011

Product Spotlight - Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Bundle

Written by Tammy Plotner

Are you looking for a very unusual telescope to add to your fleet? How about one that doesn't look like a cookie-cutter version of the dob next door? Then you have got to check out the ruby-red Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope!

With 203mm (8") aperture, this classic reflector telescope is going to deliver a limiting stellar magnitude of 14.2. That means from your favorite dark sky site that you'll be calling up faint galaxies with ease! And the 1200mm focal length operating at focal ratio of f/5.9 means your favorite eyepieces are going to be comfortable here. What's more, the sweet, well-done optics of the Orion SkyQuest Limited Edition XT8 is offering up a 0.57 arc second resolution, too. Don't just look at a fuzzy... Look at a well resolved globular cluster, dustlanes and arm structure in distant galaxies and razor sharp images on lunar a planetary subjects when the atmosphere allows!

Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian Telescope

There's no worries when you choose this model. The reality check is the Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope is a tried and true design with years of service under its astronomical belt. When it comes to buying a telescope that you'll have and use season after season, this one is it. And if it's your first telescope? Then don't worry about needing to add extras, the Orion LE SkyQuest XT8 comes ready to go out of the box and features a bundled package that includes a 2" Crayford focuser that accepts both 1.25" and 2" accessories, and Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight, a quick collimation cap, 35mm Orion DeepView telescope eyepiece (2"), Orion Shorty 2x Barlow lens (1.25"), 25mm Orion Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece (1.25"), dust caps for the reflector telescope tube and focuser, and a special edition of Starry Night astronomy software and a SkyTheater DVD!

When it's all said and done, this is one great telescope for the beginner. The Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope is extremely easy to assemble and the optical tube only weighs about 20 pounds, so it's light enough for the ladies and children. The 19" diameter base is also light, too... And also tips the scales at about 20 pounds. There's nothing complicated to learn about the mount - you just swivel, point and go! There's no computer programs to learn or complicated set up routines. It's just a pure, comfortable telescope that fits easily into smaller spaces - but gives some wide open views of space!

If you're interested in the Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Bundle, it's currently in stock at OPT!

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