Depending on what finder setup is used, aligning the finder may take just a few minutes, or slightly longer. And More…, Episode 695: Q&A 130: Does the Dark Forest Explain the Fermi Paradox? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. At around 40lbs, most people will have little to no trouble carrying the XT8 from their car to their observing spot, or from the house to a spot in their backyard. This basically means that you can gaze anywhere close or even directly at the sun without burning the mirrors up. Assembling the XT8 was a trivial task with the included wrenches, and after assembly the telescope felt very sturdy. There are a few smaller and less expensive models available in Orion’s classic dobsonian series, and there are a few larger, more expensive models as well. Generally speaking, this telescope needs a bit more eyepieces if you want to fully utilize its functionality. Their two most popular series of telescopes are the Star Blast (one of my favorite cheap reflector telescopes) and SkyQuest (Dobsonian telescopes); today we’re going to talk about one of their most recent launches – the Sky Quest XT8 Dobsonian Telescope. First, while there is a handle on the front of the base for carrying it separately from the tube, there are no handles on the sides of the base for carrying the entire unit very easily when the tube is in the base. While the EZ Finder II isn’t a terribly bad “red-dot” finder, some observers may see fit to replace the stock finder with something like a “correct image” finder scope, a laser pointer, or even a Telrad non-magnified finder. Orion Skyquest XT8 Review – At first glance. No computers needed! It’s pretty safe to say that XT8 picked up where XT6 left off and filled the room left for improvements. Overall, there are dozens of things to like even at first glance, so why don’t we take a little bit closer look to see what it actually has to offer in terms of performance? And More…, Episode 694: Interview: Fred Watson, Australia's Astronomer at Large, Episode 693: Open Space 92: Why I Hate Embargoed News Stories, and More…, Episode 692: Open Space 91: Any Updates on Venus? Some users of the XT8 may choose to replace the stock finder with one of their own choosing, but the included red-dot sight is fairly adequate. More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Furthermore, the mount this telescope is supplied with isn’t ‘special’ in the purest sense of the word, but its functionality is just brilliant. At around 40lbs total weight, some users of the scope may prefer to carry the optical tube and base assemblies separately. Karla Thompson – @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw That being said, the first ‘pro’ of the XT8 is affordability. New observers (or those on a budget) will find the included 2″ to 1.25″ eyepiece adapter allows the use of 1.25″ eyepieces with no noticeable wiggle/slop. This telescope comes supplied with the 25-millimeter Plossl eyepiece, which works great at shorter distances; if you want to ramp up its performance, you can switch it with wide-field eyepieces (two-inch models). While the view from an 8″ telescope can’t compare to the views of Jupiter from Voyager or the Hubble, the detail revealed is still quite impressive. And More…, Episode 697: Interview: Theoretical Physicist Dr. Peter Woit, Episode 696: Open Space 94: Is It Realistic to Declare a "Free Mars"? Now, the excellent Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 allows astronomers to see it like never before, with its state-of-the-art clarity and its value for money. As a matter of fact, all the features it comes supplied with are typically ‘mounted’ on significantly more expensive models. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G, Weekly email newsletter: It works just as great at ‘short’ range as it performs excellently at longer distances. I'm Derek, I've been interested in astronomy since.. well, forever! And More…, Episode 691: Interview: Seth Shostak from the SETI Institute, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. What’s so interesting about this type of aperture is that it complements all the other optical elements perfectly, making this telescope a very versatile one. Now, what’s really interesting about this telescope is the fact that it comes equipped with a solar-safe filter. Once assembled the mount base is quite sturdy and allowed for smooth rotation of the optical tube, due to the Teflon azimuth bearings. Once the telescope is pointed at an object, making focus and/or eyepiece adjustments are fairly trivial. Orion’s XT8 rocks an 8-inch aperture that’s equally suited for moon watching, planet observation, and diving into (some realms) of the deep space. For starters, let’s look at the raw specifications for the XT8. [/caption] With a helper, the XT8 could probably be assembled in ten minutes. It rocks a 2-inch single-speed Crayford style focuser, a Red-Dot finder for convenience, and Aluminum and Silicon Dioxide optical coatings that deliver nearly unparalleled quality of its optical elements. The mount base does include a carrying handle. Significant detail (albeit without much color) of the gas and dust was visible, along with a bright trapezium. After aligning the finder, using the XT8 is simply a matter of moving the optical tube to whatever objects are desired. I’m targeting this scope as a gift to myself early next year, but with aspirations of doing astrophotography I am pretty torn. Moving eastward to Jupiter revealed a delightful view of a few of Jupiter’s atmospheric bands, as well as the Galilean moons. Orion Skyquest XT8 is our second most recommended telescope for someone with a budget between $300 and $400, second only to Skywatcher 8″ Dobsonian. His newest book is called the Biological Universe, and features the search for life in the Milky Way and Beyond. I don’t have to take time to recalibrate or realign. With a scope as powerful as the XT8, those planning to regularly perform lunar observations may want to consider purchasing a lunar filter. 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