Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian Telescope

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Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian Telescope
Item # OR-10018
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  • This very cool telescope contains a database of more than 14,000 fascinating celestial objects that you can experience with pushbutton ease.
  • The Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope has a generous 203mm aperture and 1200mm focal length for brighter, more detailed images.
  • Features a streamlined Dobsonian base for excellent stability and superior balance
  • The Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope includes 2 eyepieces, finder scope, new 2" Crayford focuser, and FREE Starry Night astro software.
  • 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 XT8i Computerized IntelliScope Telescope

This remarkable scope combines powerful 203mm-diameter reflector optics with point-and-view simplicity in one nicely portable package. And with the included Orion IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator, even the novice stargazer has access to the location of 14,000+ celestial wonders stored in the IntelliScope's databank. It's like having your own personal tour guide to the universe!

You just select an object to observe using the Object Locator's illuminated menu buttons (Galaxies, Clusters, Nebulas, etc.), or choose a pre-set tour of the best objects, then press Enter. The IntelliScope's high-resolution, 9,216-step digital encoders direct the telescope right to the object, placing it squarely in the eyepiece. Just remember... Not every object can be seen given sky conditions, aperture, etc.

The Orion XT8i IntelliScope is the most advanced 8" Dobsonian telescope available. Its 8" (203mm) parabolic primary mirror serves up jaw-dropping images of the planets, nebulas clusters, and galaxies. The enameled steel tube boasts a "navigation knob" for easy slewing, a right-angle finder scope and now a Crayford-style focuser that accepts 2" and 1.25" eyepieces. The focuser provides silky-smooth, backlash-free motion that eliminates image shift, making it easier to achieve the sharpest possible focus

The tube rides on a streamlined, ultra-stable Dobsonian base, moving smoothly on Teflon and UHMW polyethylene bearing pads. The CorrecTension system keeps the tube perfectly balanced for point-and-view ease of use.

Find out how much fun big-aperture stargazing can be with the Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope!

Orion SkyQuest XT8i Computerized IntelliScope Telescope Features

  • Large Dobsonian reflector telescope with 8" aperture allows you to see faint deep-sky objects such as nebulas and galaxies, in addition to fantastic views of the Moon and planets
  • Locating those faint deep-sky objects is simple with the IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator - it includes more than 14,000 objects in its database, and points you right to each one
  • Select the object you wish to view from the IntelliScope database, then simply follow the directional arrows displayed on the hand controller by moving the telescope until the object is right in the eyepiece field of view - it's easy!
  • The ultra-stable Dobsonian telescope base keeps the reflector optical tube perfectly balanced for easy point-and-view use
  • A precise Crayford focuser allows use of larger format 2" telescope eyepieces - the bright, wide-field view of the Andromeda galaxy in a low power 2" eyepiece is jaw-dropping!

Orion Product Number: 10018

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-10018
Manufacturer Orion
Telescope Series Orion SkyQuest
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
Mount Type Dobsonian Cradle with GoTo
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
Length of Optical Tube 44.5"
Optical Tube Weight 20.8 lbs.
Mount Weight 21.3 lbs.
Total Telescope Weight 41.6 lbs.
Objects in Database 14,000 Objects
Alignment Procedure 2-Star Alignment
Tripod Type Included None, Not Required
CD ROMs Included Starry Night SE
Eyepiece(s) Included 25mm, 10mm
Hand Controller Included? Yes
Diagonal Included? No - Not Required
Dew Shield Included? No, Not Necessary
Power Adapter Included None - Requires 9V Battery
Counterweights Included N/A
Finder Included 9 x 50 Optical Finder
Included Items

Included Items

  • Orion SkyQuest XT8i Optical tube assembly
  • 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece (1.25")
  • 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece (1.25")
  • 2" - 1.25" eyepiece adapter
  • IntelliScope object locator hand controller
  • 9x50 finder scope
  • Finder scope bracket with O-ring
  • Collimation cap
  • Eyepiece rack
  • Dust cap
  • Eyepiece rack mounting wood screws
  • Tensioning/Retaining knobs
  • Tensioning knob nylon washer
  • Tensioning knob metal washer
  • Nylon retaining knob spacer
  • Handle
  • Handle mounting hex-head screws
  • Handle mounting screw washers
  • Crescent wrench
  • Azimuth encoder board
  • Encoder connector board
  • Encoder disk
  • Left panel
  • Right panel
  • Front brace
  • Top base plate
  • Ground base plate
  • Base assembly wood screws
  • Hex key
  • Plastic feet
  • Feet attachment wood screws
  • Encoder board mounting wood screws
  • Brass bushing
  • Azimuth axis hex-head screw
  • Fender washers
  • Hex lock nut
  • Altitude bearing cylinders
  • Altitude bearing cylinder screws
  • Vertical stop knob
  • Flat washers
  • Altitude encoder assembly
  • Coil cable
  • Altitude encoder cable (53")
  • Azimuth encoder cable (24")
  • Wire retaining clips
  • Hook-and-loop strips
  • Plastic bumper
  • Wood screws
  • Nylon washers
  • 9V battery
  • Starry Night special edition software
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Can I add a Tripod to this telescope or don't need to ? Can you ship to Mauritius or I can arrange DHL to pick up
can you use this telescope to take pictures?
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