Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:38 PM
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I'll be interested to hear your opinions when you get the scope.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:39 PM
It looks like I found a great resource and home. thanks all
Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:48 PM
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:26 PM
A dob is not very good astrophotography telescope. You can get some nice quick shots of the Moon, and to some extent Jupiter and Saturn. But you can't go much beyond that.
Also does any body have any space photos from this scope?
For everything else, that's a great telescope. Half a generation ago it would have been the star of the party! You're going to love it.
Your next task will be learning how to drive it. That is, learning what interesting things are out there, and how to find them. But that's for another thread!
Welcome the CN, and all the best!
Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:28 PM
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:49 PM
You just got yourself a really nice scope. I just got an XT8i and it's amazing. The views are tremendous, it isn't too big to move around, and it's not too hard to keep it "tuned" for great performance.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:51 PM
How big is the package when it arrived? Is the box somewhat like refrigerator big? Did it come in two packages or just one?
It came in 2 boxes. The base was in a heavy flat box about 2 ft square and a few inches high. The tube came in a box about 4 ft x 1 ft x 1 ft, maybe a little bigger. Each box weighed about 25 lbs.
Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:12 AM
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From a dark observing site, it will do wonders. I sketch most of my observations--in part to help myself observe objects closely, and in part to illustrate what is visible through the scope with patience (I keep a gallery, linked in the signature line if you are interested).
I hope you enjoy the scope!
Posted 01 February 2010 - 10:46 AM
Posted 01 February 2010 - 11:05 AM
All I had is two "Kmart" refractors from my youth. We did not have much money and I was happy with anything. Now we move foward and I can afford better. I just bought a Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope. It will arrive Monday or Tuesday. Did I by a good beginner? Also does any body have any space photos from this scope? I am really geeked-up and can't wait. thank you and god bless all doug
About 3.5 years ago when I really got back into all of this I picked up a Zhumell 10" and it was a fine scope. Unfortunately and due to a job loss I had to sell it. But the one thing amazing I remember about that scope was that one lucky evening I was able to resolve surface (cloud) detail on Venus. So I would say that you did well
Posted 01 February 2010 - 11:11 AM
Posted 01 February 2010 - 04:04 PM
Been a year now that I've owned mine and the views still impress me.
Posted 07 February 2010 - 07:26 AM
Do you guys have suggestions on what eyepiece would perform well with this scope? Or would it be better to buy a 2x barlow lens now and just double the magnification of the 25mm EP provided (instead of buying a separate EP)?
Posted 07 February 2010 - 07:41 AM