Orion 10134 SkyQuest Dobsonian Telescope – Review

 

 

 

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Main technical features

 

The revolutionary Orion 10134 SkyQuest XT8g delivers innovative reflector technology with its fully motorized locating of celestial objects as well as the automatic tracking of more than 42,000 celestial wonders. This 8-inch aperture reflector Dobsonian boasts performance-driven optics, GoTo gears, encoders and motors that are pre-installed on the Dobsonian base board for easy and speedy assembly and setup. This model provides a precise and convenient celestial object tracking system with closed loop electronics that allows manual moving according to your preference.

This telescope provides the perfect fusion of GoTo pointing convenience with incredible portability at a budget-friendly cost. It comes with a 1200mm focal length parabolic f/5.9 mirror manufactured from optical glass with low thermal expansion and enhanced 94-percent reflectivity aluminum coatings, and marked at the center for hassle-free optical alignment or collimation. The dual-speed 2-inch Crayford focuser on the optical tube is supplemented with a 1.25-inch adapter for easy use with the supplied 2-inch DeepView and 1.25-inch illuminated crosshair Plossl eyepieces. This model also comes with an 11:1 fine focus knob.

Assembly is always a breeze thanks to the telescope’s optical tube that drops into the GoTo Dobsonian base on the dovetail trunnion while locking in place conveniently via a single hand knob. Orienting the device to the sky is facilitated with a simple two-star alignment procedure. The front and side panels of the base come with handles. There’s also a softly red-illuminated keypad on the computerized GoTo hand controller.

 

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In-depth information

 

Get detailed views of the moon and the planets using this 8-inch aperture reflector telescope. This fully-motorized unit allows you to observe even the most elusive members of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars in the New General Catalogue (NGC) with push button efficiency. Use the illuminated computerized GoTo hand controller supplemented by the unit’s high-torque servo motors that are powered by two pairs of high-resolution encoders to point the telescope to the exact spot, with more than 42,000 celestial objects stored in the computerized database. You won’t have to frequently nudge the telescope tube just to ensure that the target doesn’t slip out of the field of view. After the telescope has located the object, it tracks the moving target automatically and keeps it centered in the eyepiece, eliminating the need for manual tracking. The telescope’s closed loop electronics allows manual moving and withstands an accidental bump while maintaining its orientation for accurate pointing every time.

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The 203mm aperture is complemented with a 1200mm focal-length parabolic mirror that ensures high definition images with its enhanced reflectivity coatings and low-thermal-expansion optical glass construction. Optics alignment is easy and accurate thanks to the center-marked mirror. The accurate dual-speed Crayford focuser allows easy fine tuning of images. Finding your celestial targets is easy using the 11:1 fine focus knob that also gives an extra-sharp focus point to make your views come out with outstanding clarity and brightness. This model boasts an open mirror cell design that provides efficient cooling for the primary mirror to the ambient temperature for extended viewing applications. The threaded holes on the mirror cell prove to be useful for setting up an optional cooling accelerator fan to give you speedier temperature equalization.

Assembly is problem-free because the telescope’s GoTo Dobsonian base is pre-installed with the needed drive motors, optical encoders and gears. A dovetail trunnion facilitates the placement of the optical tube into the Dobsonian base. Alignment is easy using a simple 2-star procedure for this purpose to ensure dependable telescope orientation to the sky. This telescope is also easy to store and transport by simply loosening the knob and removing the optical tube from the GoTo base. Carrying and lifting are facilitated by the handles on the front and side panels of the base. This model also ships with a detachable eyepiece rack that accommodates one 2-inch and three 1.25-inch eyepieces. You also receive an EZ Finder II reflex sight, quick collimation cap, mounting bracket for the hand controller, and two eyepieces for precise GoTo system alignment. A DC cable is included for powering the drive motors. The softly lit, red-illuminated keypads enable easy selection of targets from a system of intuitive menus.

 

Known issues

A customer notes that the two-star alignment procedure always needs to be done to ensure optimal functionality of the GoTo feature. Although the process comes with a bit of learning curve and patient practice, it will have to be done before anything else to make the most of the unique feature. Moon filter/s will have to be purchased to enhance night vision, so a Barlow may be a worthy investment.

 

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Celestron NexStar Evolution Series Telescope Review

 

 

Main technical features

 

Thanks to the Schmidt-Cassegrain optics you can enjoy bright clear views of distant planets, galaxies and stars.

You also have the advantage of the computerized mount that makes alignment a breeze.

It’s sturdy build ensures that this telescope will last for years so you can rest assured that it is a good value for your money.

Everything you need to start observing the day and night sky is included with this easy to use computerized telescope.

 

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In-depth information

 

As with all Cassegrain optics on Celestron telescopes StarBright XLT coatings are standard so its light gathering capabilities are truly impressive. This ensures that objects are bright and clear, even in deep space. See stars, planets and galaxies like you never have before. You also have the advantage of the 40mm and 13mm plossl eyepieces so you can enjoy a wide view for easy object tracking or see details on the lunar surface.

Even if this is your first time using a telescope you won’t have any problems with alignment. It comes with a high performance computerized mount so you can easily track objects as they move across the sky. This also allows you to wirelessly control the telescope from you smartphone or tablet once you have taken advantage of the free mobile app. You also have the advantage of Celestron’s innovative SkyAlign technology which makes alignment a breeze. Simply point the telescope at three bright stars and enter in the date and time. Not only will it supply you with the names of the stars, but also the location of nearby celestial bodies.

Even though this Cassegrain telescope comes with a sturdy build so you can enjoy years of use, it is still relatively lightweight and easily portable. This makes it ideal for use at astronomy classes or for stargazing away from the bright city lights. The two handles make it easy to carry, and it is incredibly simple to set up. You will also appreciate the fact that you won’t need any additional tools.

What really makes this telescope a good value for your money is the fact that it comes with everything you need to get started observing the planets and stars. Along with the sturdy tripod, it also comes with two convenient trays so you can keep additional accessories close at hand. A USB port allows you to charge your mobile device, and it also comes with a lithium ion battery so you can set this telescope up almost anywhere. Best of all the battery is rechargeable so you don’t have to keep spending money on replacements.

 

Known issues

The only mention regarding this telescope concerns the 9 pin RS-232 end on the cable that is necessary to download any software updates. Not only is the cable not included with your purchase, you will also need to buy a USB adaptor cable since most computers no longer accept ones that come with 9 pin ends.

 

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Levenhuk Strike 1000 PRO Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Review

 

 

Main technical features

 

Everything you need to get started viewing celestial objects in the sky during the day or night comes with this cassegrain telescope, and it is still affordably price.  

Thanks to its cassegrain optics, long focal length and wide objective lens diameter even objects in deep space will appear bright and clear.

Its lightweight and durable construction ensures easy portability, and to prevent damage during travel it also comes with a protective case.

This versatile telescope can be used for a variety of viewing applications, making it a good value for your money.

 

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In-depth information

 

Considering all of the accessories that come with this telescope it still comes at a surprisingly affordable price. Along with 3 eyepieces and a Barlow lens, there are 4 filters that can make astronomy incredibly fun. It also comes with posters, a rotating astronomy chart and 3D planetarium software so you know exactly what you are looking at in the sky. The software will also list any celestial objects that are currently in your viewing area. This way you can be sure that you won’t miss a thing.

Thanks to the Maksutov-Cassegrain optics you can enjoy amazing light gathering abilities in a telescope that is still lightweight. Since it comes with a 4 inch objective lens and 51.2 inch focal length you can just as easily view details on the surface of planets as objects located in deep space. The red dot finder scope makes it easier to locate objects, and to follow them across the sky. It also comes with 3 eyepieces so you can easily enjoy wide views and crisp details.

Due to its lightweight yet powerful Maksutov-Cassegrain optics this telescope is compact, lightweight and easily portable. Since it only weighs a little over 30 pounds it is relatively easy to carry, making it a great choice for students or for use away from the bright lights of the city. To ensure that the telescope isn’t damaged during travel it comes with a handy waterproof storage case, which is also designed to hold the included accessories.  Best of all it is also easy to set up, especially since you won’t need any additional tools.

This telescope is surprisingly versatile, while still being a easy to use. It can be set up almost anywhere making it ideal for use in a variety of scenarios. It is great for backyard stargazing with the family or for use in a class or astronomy club. You can easily see objects in deep space, along with details on the lunar surface. Since it comes with an assortment of eyepiece this telescope can even be used for terrestrial views. If you are interested in astrophotography you can even connect a compatible camera since the focuser already comes with a standard T-thread. Whether you want to watch objects in the day or night sky or on the ground, this powerful telescope will ensure that you can enjoy a sharp clear view.

 

Known issues

Overall this telescope has received favorable reviews, except for its low quality eyepieces. Since the telescope is compatible with 1.25 inch eyepieces they are easy to replace as your proficiency improves.

 

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