How to Use the Orion SkyQuest XT10 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope – Orion Telescopes

This deluxe upgrade of our popular XT10 Classic Dobsonian boasts multiple key feature enhancements and additional included accessories for an unforgettable stargazing experience.

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The SkyQuest XT10 PLUS comes with a bevy of useful stargazing accessories including a 2″ 28mm eyepiece, 1.25″ 10mm eyepiece, Shorty 2x Barlow Lens, eyepiece rack, EZ Finder II reflex sight, and the popular DeepMap 600 Folding Star Chart. We even include a safe solar filter so you can use the XT10 PLUS during the day to look at sunspots, eclipses and other interesting solar phenomena. The SkyQuest XT10 PLUS has it all!

The SkyQuest XT10 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope is built around a 10″ (254mm) diameter parabolic primary mirror mounted in a sturdy, cast-aluminum support cell. With 56% more light-grasp than an 8″ telescope, you’ll enjoy a significant increase in ability to observe the more subtle structures in faint galaxies, nebulas and other deep-sky objects. The 1200mm focal length (f/4.7) parabolic primary mirror of the XT10 PLUS allows you to obtain clear and crisp views at both moderate and high magnifications on clear nights with good seeing conditions. Besides stunning views of deep-sky fare, you’ll be amazed by bright, exquisitely detailed views of the Moon and planets of our solar system like Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars in the Orion SkyQuest XT10 PLUS. Enhanced-reflectivity mirror coatings boost the XT10 PLUS Dobsonian telescope’s reflectivity up to 94% so as much light as possible is transmitted to the eyepiece, resulting in exceptionally bright, clear views. The up/down, left/right point-and-view simplicity of the Dobsonian design is not as complicated as using a telescope attached to an equatorial (EQ) mount and tripod. With a little practice, everyone in the family can use the XT10 PLUS Dobsonian telescope to scan the heavens just like experienced amateur astronomers.

The sleek redesigned base of our SkyQuest XT10 PLUS Dobsonian not only looks great, it also features weight-reducing cutouts which help make the telescope lighter and more portable than its XT10 Classic counterpart. The base is conveniently visible, even in the dark of night, thanks to its white trim to help avoid inadvertent bumps. Topping the base (literally) is the large, 10″-aperture, f/4.7 reflector telescope optical tube with an eye-catching metallic blue color. The SkyQuest XT10 PLUS features adjustable tension knobs on the altitude axis, which provide a more customizable upgrade compared to the tensioning springs found on the XT10 Classic model. These adjustable knobs make the XT10 PLUS more versatile, since you can now customize the tension of the altitude axis of motion to allow use of heavier 2″ eyepieces, heavier or multiple finder scopes, and other hefty accessories. With the altitude tension properly adjusted, using heavier accessories will not cause the optical tube to drift downwards during use.

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JohnPaul Sein says:

Hi I was wondering I’m thinking about buying a new telescope and I’m new to astronomy and I’ve been told that dobsonian have been the best bang for the buck but when I go to the website and 8 inch dobsonian go to is considered beginner how come a 10in is considered advanced when it’s still has Goto? I know this might sound like a stupid question but I’m very new to this and I really love looking at the stars I just want to be able to see them better

Ricardo Mendes says:

What a beautiful telescope! Shining sky color, I want to buy it and put it in my room to look at it, besides look through it! Do you have plans to make also a “XT12 plus” or a “XT14 plus” similar to this? Thank you! Best regards to ORION!

waseem wani says:

How much does it cost?

Cole Fuehrer says:

Is there any way to get just the goto parts because I purchased a regular xt8 and I would be willing to pay up to $200 for a kit so I can make it the goto version

bryan daniels says:

I get mine this week, I’m excited.

Jo Rode says:

Hello I am in Apple valley California. Are there any dealers near me that I can go and try it out before I commit to buying it?

GG2K7AU05 says:

you guys should make collapsible dobs like those of skywatcher.

Find Country Homes says:

Super design. What a great telescope for the night skies and for sun viewing as mentioned as well.

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