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Many astronomers believe that an 8" aperture Dobsonian reflector provides the perfect balance of light gathering, resolution, and economy for the amateur astronomer. The Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic fits that description perfectly - and at a price that is simply astounding. It has enough light-gathering ability to keep you happily observing for your entire life. Yet it is small enough to set up on the spur of the moment. Its performance and convenience makes it the perfect big scope for the newcomer to astronomy.
The Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope combines powerful optics with the ultimate in mechanical simplicity and stability. It features a precision 8" (203mm) parabolic primary mirror, center-marked at the factory for precise collimation and mounted in a cast-aluminum support cell that provides maximum ventilation. The mirror pulls in 73% more light than a 6", enough to tease out dust lanes in nebulas, resolve the cores of prominent globular clusters, and reveal subtle structure in elusive galaxies.
You're in total control as you point the telescope effortlessly to your target object anywhere in the sky. The 46"-long enameled steel tube glides on its sturdy Dobsonian telescope base. A gentle push or pull on the navigation knob puts you right in the observing pocket.
The CorrecTension spring system applies just the right amount of friction on the altitude bearings to ensure proper tube balance.
The SkyQuest XT8 Classic now features an upgraded 2" Crayford-style focuser that accepts both 1.25" and 2" accessories.
The XT8 comes with a host of great accessories. You get a Sirius Plossl 25mm telescope eyepiece (48x), an EZ Finder II reflex sight, an Orion quick-collimation cap, and a snap-on dust cover.
For the intrepid beginner to the veteran skygazer, the SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope lives up to its billing by Astronomy magazine as a "work of art." Get this masterpiece now at its new lower price! One-year limited warranty.
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