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ORION SKYQUEST CLASSIC DOBSONIANS


In the late 1960's, John Dobson and the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers had the mission to encourage Astronomy and to bring large aperture and affordable telescopes to the masses.  John Dobson designed a telescope made from easily available materials that was portable and inexpensive.  That telescope, now called the Dobsonian telescope was a Newtonian Reflecting Telescope on a short, swivling base.  From its creation in the 1960's, Dobsonian telescopes became extremely popular and went through many changes in materials and configuration but the basic Dobsonian is still the simplest and most "bang for the buck" telescope on the market today.  Enter the Orion, a thirty plus year old company.  Orion refined the Dobsonian design and manufacturing process and produced what today is called the SKYQUEST XT CLASSIC Dobsonian. These telescopes are easy to use with no bells and whistles.  They are based on the "classic" design" created by Dobson but they are so much more with superior mirrors and the ultimate in mechanical simplicity...and they are extremely affordable.  In many books about beginning Astronomy, the 8 inch dobsonian has been called the "perfect beginner scope."  Most often, if there is a photo included, it is a photo of the 8 inch Orion SkyQuest XT!

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skyquest4.5 Orion SkyQuest XT 4.5 Classic

This is a small telescope designed for children but irresistable
for adults.  It features a 4.5 inch mirror (114mm) and a focal
length of 910mm (f/8).  The telescope tube is only 35 inches
long and the total assembled weight is just 17.5 pounds!  What
a GREAT way to introduce a child to Astronomy without the
frustration of a flimsy department store telescope!


$189.95

2 eyepieces
6 x 26 finder
Rack and pinion focuser
Starry Nights
computer software
skyquest6Orion SkyQuest XT 6 Classic

Astronomy Magazine calls the Orion SkyQuest XT 6 Classic
"an excellent entry-level telescope". This telescope features a
150mm (6 inch) mirror with a focal length of 1200 mm (f/8).
The entire package is extremely portable with a 45 inch long
tube and weighs in at less than 35 pounds!


$249.95

2 eyepieces
EZ finder II reflex sight
Rack and pinion focuser
Starry Nights
computer software
and more!
skyquest8Orion SkyQuest XT 8 Classic

This is the telescope called "the perfect beginner's scope"!
With a 203 mm mirror and a 1200 mm focal length (f/5.9)
this telescope can keep you busy for a long, long time!
Assembled weight is just 41.6 pounds!  You can take this

telescope easily to those dark sites, like our Observatory!


$329.95

25mm Plossl Eyepiece
EZ finder II reflex sight
2 inch Crayford focuser
Starry Nights
computer software
and more!
skyquest10Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic

This telescope is BIG! The XT10 features a 254mm mirror and
a focal length of 1200mm (f/4.7).  The reach of this telescope is
amazing and it's still portable, too!  This is the "nirvana" of affordable
amateur telescopes.  Astronomy Magazine calls this telescope
"a new level of joy to simple observing!"



$499.95

25mm Plossl eyepiece
9 X 50 Right Angle finder
2 inch Crayford Focuser
Starry Nights Computer
software
TELRAD
and more!
skyquest12Orion SkyQuest XT12 Classic

This telescope features a giant 305mm mirror, a 1500mm focal length tube (f/4.9)
with the stability and simplicity of the acclaimed dobsonian base. With a 4 foot ten inch
long tube and a total weight of 81 pounds, this telescope is not for the weak of heart
but will reward you with outstanding views of truly deep sky objects!

$749.95

2 eyepieces
9 x 50 Right Angle finder
2 inch Crayford Focuser
Starry Nights Computer
software
TELRAD

    plus

a LaserMate Collimator
DeepSky star map

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