Orion Skyview Pro

Orion SkyView Pro 8

The Orion SkyView Pro 8 reflector telescope is great for the intermediate astronomer. The 8 inch aperature gathers enough light to allow viewing of deep space objects like distanct galaxies and star clusters. Of course closer objects in our solar system will still make for great viewing with the SkyView Pro 8 too.

The telescope comes with an equatorial mount to allow easy tracking of celestial objects, and the slow-motion control knobs make the tracking smooth.

To round off the package, the Orion SkyView Pro 8 reflector is supplied with two 1.25 inch Plossl eyepieces, a finder scope and Starry Night software. All you need to take the next step in astronomy.

As an optional extra you can add Orion's GoTo system to your SkyView Pro 8. The GoTo system consists of a hand controller and two motors to attach to the equatorial mount of the Pro 8. The GoTo system will allow you to track any of the 13,400 plus night sky objects stored in its database as well as take you on a guided tour of the current night sky.

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Orion SkyView Pro 8 Telescope Information

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  • Versatile refracting telescope
  • 120mm (4.7") aperture and 1000mm focal length
  • 2" aluminum rack-and-pinion focuser
  • Sturdy SkyView Pro equatorial telescope mount
Specifications SkyView Pro 8 SkyView Pro 8 with GoTo
Price $649.95 $1,124.95
User Level Intermediate Advanced
Best Viewing Brighter deep sky Brighter deep sky
Best Imaging Deep Sky Lunar & planetary
Optical Design Reflector Reflector
Optical diameter 203mm 203mm
Focal length 1000mm 1000mm
Focal ratio f/4.9 f/4.9
Optics Type Parabolic Parabolic
Glass material Soda-lime plate Soda-lime plate
Eyepieces Sirius Plossl 25.0mm, 10.0mm Sirius Plossl 25.0mm, 10.0mm
Magnification with included eyepieces 40x, 100x 40x, 100x
Resolving Power 0.57arc*sec 0.57arc*sec
Highest useful magnification 300x 300x
Limiting stellar magnitude 14.2 14.2
Optical quality Diffraction limited Diffraction limited
Finder scope 8x40 8x40
Focuser 2 inch Crayford 2 inch Crayford
Mirror coatings Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
Mount Type Equatorial Equatorial
Motor drive compatibility Clock drive sold separately  
Computerized Compatibility Intelliscope system or Go-To system Go-To included
Alignment procedure   3-Star Alignment, 2-Star Alignment, 1-Star Alignment
Motor Speeds   3.4/sec, 600x, 500x, 400x, 64x, 32x, 16x, 8x, 2x, 1.75x, 1.5x, 1.25x
Tube material Steel Steel
Tripod material Steel Steel
Length of optical tube 38.0 inch 38.0 inch
Weight, fully assembled 56.5 lbs 56.5 lbs
Warranty One year One year

Amazon - customer reviews of the standard SkyView Pro 8

Astromart - An article from 2004 on the Orion SkyView Pro 8 EQ telescope

A long but thorough user review of the Orion SkyView Pro 8 at Excelsis

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