Orion SkyQuest Classic Dobsonian Series
The Orion SkyQuest Classic is a great range of entry level Dobsonian telescopes ideal for a beginner to amateur astronomy. The telescopes are priced between $280 and $580 and the range is made up of four models with differing aperatures, from a 4.5 inch version (XT4.5), through 6 (XT6) and 8 inches (XT8) up to the big boy of the range, the 10 inch aperature XT10 Classic Dobsonian SkyQuest.
Each model comes with a sturdy mount and grip knob for easy maneuvering, all are very portable with the XT10 weighing in at 53.4 lbs fully assembled. The two smaller models come with a 1.25 inch rack and pinion focuser whilst the larger versions, XT8 and XT10, sport a 2 inch Crayford focuser.
Orion have also provided the Beginner Barlow kit as an optional extra for the SkyQuest Classic range. The kit adds on $50 to the base cost and includes observing reference material plus a red LED light to read it with.
Orion SkyQuest Telescope Accessories
Orion SkyQuest Telescope Information
- Compact and lightweight for easy transportation
- Sturdy Dobsonian Base
- Ideal for lunar and plnetary viewing
|Glass material||Soda-lime plate||Soda-lime plate||Soda-lime plate||BK-7|
|Eyepieces||Sirius Plossl 25.0mm, 10.0mm||Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")||Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")||Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")|
|Magnification with included eyepieces||36x, 91x||48x||48x||48x|
|Highest useful magnification||228x||300x||300x||300x|
|Limiting stellar magnitude||12.9||13.5||14.2||14.7|
|Optical quality||Diffraction limited|
|Finder scope||6x26 Correct-image||EZ Finder II||EZ Finder II||EZ Finder II|
|Focuser||1.25 inch rack-and-pinion||2 inch Crayford|
|Mirror coatings||Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide|
|Bearing material||Teflon and UHMW bearings|
|Length of optical tube||35.0 inch||45.5 inch||46.5 inch||47.8 inch|
|Weight, fully assembled||17.6 lbs||34.4 lbs||41.0 lbs||53.4 lbs|