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    Default First Light Report on SkyQuest XT10 Dob



    Well, what do you know, it came earlier than I expected. Orion shipped from Pennsylvania vice California and I got my new 10" Dob yesterday! SkyQuest XT10 Plus (no solar filter version). I also got a carrying bag for it and a couple of moon filters.

    You guys were right, this thing is a light cannon! Yes, I had to test it out last night, despite the extreme humidity and light cloud cover and full moon. I managed to see the big three...Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Mars was too low in the sky and by the time it popped over the trees, my scope was covered in dew, BUT, Jupiter and Saturn were amazing. I used by Meade 5000 5.5MM 82 Deg ultra wide angle eyepiece and it worked great! I went back and forth between that and the 2" 28mm wide angle lens the scope came with. I can't believe how many faint stars you can see even in poor conditions. I've never seen the heavens before with such clarity. To quote a great movie, "Giddy as a school boy."

    Moving this beast around was a bit of a challenge, it's heavy. Going to have to get myself a cart or something. The movement on the scope is pretty smooth though, better than I expected. My old Nexstar 114gt is very jerky when moving by hand.

    Took some pics of the moon with my cell phone, worked better than I expected. Will share some later.

    the reviews on the bag were spot on...that thing is just too wide for this scope. Way too much room in there. Maybe I'll wrap it in bubble wrap before stuffing it in the bag.

    Anyway, very excited at taking this huge leap in astronomy. It's something I've wanted for more than 12 years (a 10" Dob), and now I'm in the right time and place to enjoy it. Living out in the country where it's dark and quiet makes it all the better.

    That's my initial report, more to follow.
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    Default Re: First Light Report on SkyQuest XT10 Dob

    Thanks for the great First Light report Bmag. After this, it just gets better and better!
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    Default Re: First Light Report on SkyQuest XT10 Dob

    Congratulations.
    I use a dolly to move mine.
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    Default Re: First Light Report on SkyQuest XT10 Dob

    I'd like to get or make something with bicycle-sized tires so it's not too bumpy. I've got a gravel driveway and a whole lot of grass in my yard, so I need the movement to be as smooth as possible.
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    Default Re: First Light Report on SkyQuest XT10 Dob

    Avid Astronomer formerly known as Prince... I mean Starlogborg modified a dolly to move his reflector around easily.
    Perhaps PM him and ask him to post a link?
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    Default Re: First Light Report on SkyQuest XT10 Dob

    First picture with my XT10 taken simply by pure luck and holding my cell phone up to the lens. 28mm wide angle eyepiece. Got a bunch of these last night. Pretty cool.

    "I don't care, I'm still free. You can't take the sky from me".

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    Default Re: First Light Report on SkyQuest XT10 Dob

    Congratulations on your new dob! You're going to love it! And with your dark skies, you'll be able to push it to its limit.

    My only advice: if it ever starts feeling too heavy and burdensome to take outside, plop down the cash for a 16-20 inch beast. In no time, your 10" will seem light as a feather!
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    Default Re: First Light Report on SkyQuest XT10 Dob

    Your going to have a lot of fun with that big ole yard cannon!
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    Default Re: First Light Report on SkyQuest XT10 Dob

    So you're the one that brought the deluge to the Va Beach area and half the East Coast...
    I wondered who bought equipment...

    I had a Meade Lightbridge 10"... It's actually a nice sweet spot.
    Not the behemoth a 12" or 16" gets to be, but a bit more punch than an 8"
    My best experience with it over the limited time I owned it, was M17, the swan... Wow...
    If you get a chance, check it out. Impressive.
    Best of luck with the new piece of artillery!
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    Default Re: First Light Report on SkyQuest XT10 Dob

    Quote Originally Posted by bmag View Post
    First picture with my XT10 taken simply by pure luck and holding my cell phone up to the lens. 28mm wide angle eyepiece. Got a bunch of these last night. Pretty cool.

    You are officially screwed now... I see a large Rabbit Hole opening up in your future...
    Ask Bladekeeper, (Bryan), how much he has now jettisoned into the abyss that is AP...
    (I say Bryan as he is a devout non- AP guy)
    Focus is a hair soft, but excellent for the first of thousands of frames to come...
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