The classic XT8 combines powerful optics with the ultimate in mechanical simplicity and stability. It features a precision 8" (203mm) parabolic primary mirror, center-marked at the factory for precise collimation and mounted in a cast-aluminum support cell that provides maximum ventilation. The mirror pulls in 73% more light than a 6", enough to tease out dust lanes in nebulas, resolve the cores of prominent globular clusters, and reveal subtle structure in elusive galaxies.
You're in total control as you point the scope effortlessly to your target object anywhere in the sky. The 46"-long enameled steel tube glides on its sturdy Dobsonian base. A gentle push or pull on the navigation knob puts you right in the observing pocket.
The CorrecTension spring system applies just the right amount of friction on the altitude bearings to ensure proper tube balance.
The SkyQuest XT8 now features an upgraded 2" Crayford-style focuser that accepts both 1.25" and 2" accessories.
The XT8 comes with a host of great accessories. You get a Sirius Plossl 25mm eyepiece (48x), an EZ Finder II reflex sight, an Orion quick-collimation cap, and a snap-on dust cover.
For the intrepid beginner to the veteran skygazer, the classic SkyQuest XT8 lives up to its billing by Astronomy magazine as a "work of art." Get this masterpiece now at its new lower price! One-year limited warranty.
||Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")
|Magnification with included eyepieces
|Lowest useful magnification
|Highest useful magnification
|Limiting stellar magnitude
||EZ Finder II
|Secondary mirror obstruction
|Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter
|Secondary mirror obstruction by area
||Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
||Teflon and UHMW bearings
|Length of optical tube
|Weight, optical tube
|Weight, fully assembled
||CorrecTension system, , 2" Focuser, 1.25" eyepiece adapter
8" Aperture Optical Tube Assembly
25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece (1.25")
EZ Finder II reflex sight
2" Crayford-style focuser
2"-to-1.25" eyepiece adapter
Screws with round knob attached
Top base plate
Ground base plate
Base assembly screws
Feet attachment wood screws
Self-adhesive rubber bumper
Large hex-head bolt
3/8" lock nut
Socket-head cap screws
Starry Night special edition software
Due to our dealer agreement with Orion, this item can not be shipped outside the USA.