Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

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Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
Item # OR-8945
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  • An 8" (203mm) parabolic primary mirror that reaches deep into space to serve up jaw-dropping images of the planets, nebulas, clusters, and galaxies.
  • The Orion SkyQuest XT8 Dobsonian features a sleek, innovative design and an 8" mirror that will let you see galaxies far, far away!
  • A perfect Dobsonian telescope that can last a lifetime for the beginning astronomy enthusiast or whole family.
  • The Orion SkyQuest XT8 includes a 2" Crayford-style focuser with 1.25" adapter, a 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, and a EZ Finder II finderscope.
  • Note: In most instances, this telescope will be drop-shipped directly from Orion's warehouse to you. Please read the details at the bottom of the product description for more information.


Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

It's no wonder customers heap 5-star ratings on these "gentle giants." For not only do the jumbo-sized optics and uncomplicated design of the Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian telescope bring a "new level of joy to simple observing," raved Astronomy magazine, but they're also the most affordable quality Dobs on the market. Orion SkyQuest XT Classics aren't just good bang for the buck, they're a supernova of telescope value!

Orion XT Classic Dobsonians give you the deep-space thrills without the deep-pocket frills. Orion has kept them lean and mean to keep their prices low for tight budgets. But rest assured, they come fully equipped for adventure, whether you're a beginning stargazer or are graduating to a more capable instrument.

All Orion SkyQuest Classic telescopes feature an expertly figured parabolic mirror housed in an enameled steel optical tube. The tube rides on a stable Dobsonian base that allows easy point-and-view navigation and has a convenient carrying handle. A 2" Crayford focuser, EZ Finder II aiming device, and 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece (1.25"), are all standard equipment.

Setup takes only a minute with the Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian, leaving the rest of the evening to marvel at the planets, the Moon, and a myriad of deep-sky treasures. Enjoy the fantastic views - and savings!

Features of the Orion XT8 SkyQuest Dobsonian...

  • A large aperture Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope at a very affordable price!
  • 8" diameter reflector optics lets you view the Moon and planets in close up detail, and has enough light grasp to pull in pleasing views of faint nebulas, galaxies and star clusters
  • A perfect Dobsonian telescope that can last a lifetime for the beginning astronomy enthusiast or whole family
  • The ultra-stable Dobsonian base keeps the reflector optical tube perfectly balanced for point-and-view ease of use
  • Includes a 2" Crayford focuser that accepts 1.25" and 2" telescope eyepieces, a 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, an EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, Starry Night software, and more!

Orion Product Number: 8943

Drop-Ship Policy Note: To expedite your order, this item will be drop-shipped directly from Orion's warehouse to you. Most of the time, shipment will occur within a day or two of your order being placed. OPT will contact you right away if there are any delays in shipment and will provide an estimated lead-time. If the product is not readily available, you will have the option to keep the order open with a 10% deposit.

If you are a local customer and plan to pick up your order at OPT, please put a note to that effect in the "comments" section of your shopping cart. We will let you know as soon as everything has arrived at our store and is ready for pick-up.

If you have ordered additional Orion items, we will either drop-ship them from the manufacturer as well, or ship them directly from our own stock. Non-Orion items will be shipped directly from the OPT warehouse. Regardless, we will not charge you additional shipping charges if we split your order, so no worries there.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-483-6287or e-mail us if you have any questions or concerns. We're here to serve you!

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU OR-8945
Manufacturer Orion
Telescope Series Orion SkyQuest
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
Mount Type Dobsonian Cradle
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 8"
Telescope Focal Length 1200mm
Telescope Focal Ratio f/5.9
Highest Useful Magnification 300x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14.2
Optical Coatings Aluminum
Tube Color or Finish Orion Grey Pearl
OTA Mount Type Dobsonian Cradle
Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not provided by manufacturer
Length of Optical Tube 46.5"
Optical Tube Weight 20.3 lbs.
Mount Weight 20.7 lbs.
Total Telescope Weight 41 lbs.
Objects in Database N/A
Alignment Procedure N/A
Tripod Type Included None, Not Required
CD ROMs Included Starry Night SE
Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm
Diagonal Included? No - Not Required
Dew Shield Included? No, Not Necessary
Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power
Finder Included Red Dot Finder
Included Items

Included Items

  • 8" Aperture Optical Tube Assembly
  • 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece (1.25")
  • EZ Finder II reflex sight
  • Collimation cap
  • Dust cap
  • 2" Crayford-style focuser
  • 2"-to-1.25" 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 software
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Can you mount a Nikon DSLR to this telescope.
What are the dimensions of the box or boxes?
If it doesn't mount on a tripod, how do you use it?  Sit it on the ground and lay down yo look through?
are other eyepieces and filters available to increase magnification and clarity
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