Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
The Orion Skyquest XT10 is the one telescope that has finally made it affordable for just about anyone to have a larger aperture telescope. The Orion makes it fun for the newcomer to astronomy with so much to see that they aren't going to want to go in at night.
It has a huge capacity forlight and is literally fantastic for performance in viewing deep sky items, so imagine the performance when you're viewing things like the moon. It will impress anyone, from the novice to the very experienced sky watcher.
Astronomy Magazine also gave a review that stated that the Orion SkyQuest XT10 Dobsonian had a great design and excellent optics. They further stated that it was the best mass produced telescope that the magazine had ever reviewed.
With reviews like that from the experts, we'd have to agree that the XT10 makes some of the other affordable telescopes pale in comparison. The immense capacity for gathering light, along with its perfect tube length, makes it impressive for gathering in even the most faint of the deep space viewing opportunities.
The Orion XT10 is so impressive with the deep space images that you may actually need to filter the images of those which are closer, simply because they will appear too bright to your eye. That's a problem we can deal with.
Without a motor to move the scope, it must be moved manually, but this is part of what keeps the Orion Skyquest so much less expensive. The manufacture of the scope itself is where the money is spent, so to speak. The manual movement of the scope means that its faster and more silent than a system which is motor driven, and the weight stays down to about thirty pounds for all this viewing power.
Easy to use and easy to transport, the Orion XT10 is impressive quality, excellent optics and a very reasonable cost for a telescope of the larger, more concise variety.
Based on the report card that is issued on telescopes by Astronomy magazine,the Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic 10" Dobsonian reflector telescope works very well for:
Star Cluster Observation
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