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    Exclamation OrionSkyQuest XT8 Classic Dob - first telescope?



    So I took an Astro course at Uni this summer and I have to say I feel far more literate going through the forums this time around! It's time to get interstellar!

    Been researching telescopes for a while. As most people have said, try to get more aperture for less $$, so I've decided on an Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dob

    Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope - Telescope.com

    8" Reflector, 203mm aperture and 1200mm focal length and it looks sexy!

    I'd like to know if anyone has experience with this. Are there any drawbacks to using this? (I know astrophotography may not be possible with a Dob)

    I'd be browsing the night-sky for nebulas, stars and hopefully neighboring galaxies (far shots enough to get an idea of their different-features first hand).

    Do let me know what you think of this. Can't wait to buy it!

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    Hi Mikaalw,
    A club member has one a likes it. I didn't ask him about the pros and cons. It does look "sexy" as you say and when I first saw it I noticed that it was small enough to pack around quite easily. There are several Orion dob owners on the forum that I'm sure would be happy to share their experience. Cheers!

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    Hi Mikaalw! Well I have an Orion 8" Orion on a gem mount , and my friend has their 10" dob,and we are pleased,as punch with them! I just wish mine was a 10" also! LOL

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    Thanks Astro!

    Out of curiosity, wat's the farthest (and most clear) you've seen so far?
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    You just CAN'T go wrong with an 8" dob. You'll be very pleased. Just for the heck of it, look at the Zhummel brand if you wish to. They're a better deal & those bearings on the base just can't be beat. I use my XT6 just as much as my Z10, so an 8" would be perfect.
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    An 8in. scope will open up the skys for you ... Congrats ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikaalw View Post
    Thanks Astro!

    Out of curiosity, wat's the farthest (and most clear) you've seen so far?
    Maybe Panhard can give ya a heads up on this. He has an Orion dob and also has nearby Toronto light polution to deal with like yourself.

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    An eight inch Dobsonian telescope is a very capable instrument and it should be quite portable.

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    Hi mikaalw! That scope is a fine choice in my book. 'course, being a dobster I'll confess a slight bias. Even tho' you're not brand new here, let me say welcome to AF and please keep us posted on your new adventures!

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    Hi, Mik. You'll do well with the XT8. If I'm not mistaken, it has a 2" focuser in case you get interested in some low-power wide-field views.

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