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    Default Wife & I just bought Orion SkyQuest XT8g HOPE We made right decision!!



    Well as I said the wife and I just bought a Orion SkyQuest XT8g
    After a ton of looking and asking this is what we decide on. We hope we made the right decision.
    I'm a retired disabled veteran, and my wife is a special education teacher. She has wanted a telescope for a long time, now that our daughter is in Med school we have a little more time to spend together. So as long as we don't burry each other in a field we should be fine lol.
    Any thoughts on what extras we should get.
    Right now I have ordered the following.
    Celestron X-Cel LX 2.3 mm
    8-24 Zoom
    6mm
    Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 Astronomical Porro Prism Binoculars
    Orion All in one Camera
    Laser collimation


    So that's is so far. I think I have what I need to start simple.
    I hope..

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    Default re: Wife & I just bought Orion SkyQuest XT8g HOPE We made right decision!!

    Congrats on the new scope and welcome to the forum I personally own the manual version of the orion Xt8 so you are surely in for a treat with the added GOTO functionality. Since you have bought some very high magnification eye piece, i suggest you get some nice 2inch wide angle eye piece like the Orion Q70 series 38mm for deep space object viewing. I also highly recommend some books to help you start out, such as the " The pocket sky atlas " and " Turn left at Orion ". Both are great books. You may also download the apps like Stellarium or Skysafari for your phone or tablet. Its useful for finding or figuring out objects in the night sky. Im sure the rest of the folks here would have more advice and suggestions for you.

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    Default re: Wife & I just bought Orion SkyQuest XT8g HOPE We made right decision!!

    Congratulations on the new telescope, the 2.3mm is going to be overpowering your telescope.
    At f/5.9 the 6mm will work well but under perfect skies a 3mm would be about the maximum you will be able to use properly.
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    Default re: Wife & I just bought Orion SkyQuest XT8g HOPE We made right decision!!

    Welcome to the forum and congrats on the scope! Awesome!

    Agree with Gabrielle on the eyepieces. Something in around a 12mm would be a great addition, as well as a lower power eyepiece like Arwin mentions.

    Most importantly, a good observing chair is a must have. The more comfortable you are at the scope, the better you will observe as you can put your energy into looking instead of hunkering.

    With the XT8, any decent metal folding chair will do the job easily. There are more expensive adjustable height chairs that work wonderfully too.

    Gotta get a chair though. Your legs and back will thank you!
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    Default re: Wife & I just bought Orion SkyQuest XT8g HOPE We made right decision!!

    Great scope, enjoy
    The binoculars will be fun also
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    Default re: Wife & I just bought Orion SkyQuest XT8g HOPE We made right decision!!

    A good observing chair.

    2.3mm is to high of magnification 522x for that scope. Even the 6mm is pretty high at 200x. The scope comes with 12.5mm and 28mm eyepieces. I would look at an 18mm or 20mm eyepieces with a 82° or 68° Field of View.

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    Default re: Wife & I just bought Orion SkyQuest XT8g HOPE We made right decision!!

    Welcome to the forum Nice scope enjoy as mentioned a 2.3mm eyepiece is too much , see if you can exchange it
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    Default re: Wife & I just bought Orion SkyQuest XT8g HOPE We made right decision!!

    Hello Nightow and welcome to the forum. I think you made a great choice scope wise. As others have pointed out the 2.3mm e/p won't work so well and this is where you'll get great benefit from this forum - always seek advice before you buy!

    Cheers and clear skies
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    Default re: Wife & I just bought Orion SkyQuest XT8g HOPE We made right decision!!

    Congrats and enjoy the new scope! Great advice already given. Trade in the 2.3mm for something more practical. Possibly a 32mm even for some wideviews.
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    Default re: Wife & I just bought Orion SkyQuest XT8g HOPE We made right decision!!

    Hello and welcome to the forums! I am a newbie too, Emma and I got the XT10G and love it. Collimation is easy enough with the laser, you might want to pick up a Cheshire eyepiece later to check as well. The chair is wonderful advice. We also found that the large all terrain wagon from academy sports is nice, we are not as young as we used to be, and that wagon helps a bunch. Hope you enjoy! johnnyb
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