Contact Info

Jacob's Photo & Digital
9 Mokoia Road
Birkenhead
Auckland 0626

Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope

Price: $1,460.00

Loading stock levels...

Visit Us

 

Jacobs Photo and Digital

9 Mokoia Road

Birkenhead

Auckland 0626

New Zealand

No Parallel Imports

When you purchase a product through us you get the full warranty period, access to New Zealand repair centers and peace of mind that you are receiving a genuine, authorised product with full warranty support of the manufacturer. Read more

Our Price Promise

We take pride in our ability to provide competitive prices in addition to great service.

If you find a better price on the same item from an official New Zealand dealer more often than not we will beat it. Read more
  • Deluxe upgrade of our popular XT8 Classic Dobsonian boasts multiple key feature enhancements and additional included accessories
  • Eye-catching metallic blue optical tube rides on a redesigned base with adjustable altitude tension knobs
  • Convenient thumbscrew-adjustable secondary mirror for easy collimation without tools
  • Features a 2" dual-speed Crayford focuser with 11:1 fine-focus provides precise focus adjustments for sharp views
  • Upgraded accessories include a 2" 28mm DeepView eyepiece, 1.25" 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, Shorty 2x Barlow, eyepiece rack, EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, and more

What do you do with a best-selling, fan-favorite telescope that has developed a dedicated following among amateur astronomers the world over? Here at Orion, we gave our popular XT8 Classic Dobsonian a serious makeover! Using the XT8 Classic as a starting point, we added top-notch features and accessories to create the Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector. This deluxe upgrade of our stalwart 8" reflector telescope boasts a redesigned Dobsonian base, adjustable altitude axis tension, a 2" dual-speed Crayford focuser, and a host of other upgraded features and included accessories to enhance your observing experience.

The sleek redesigned base of our SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian not only looks great, it also features weight-reducing cutouts which help make the XT8 PLUS more portable than its XT8 Classic counterpart. The base is quite visible, even in the dark of night, thanks to its white trim. Topping the base (literally) is the big, 8"-aperture, f/5.9 reflector telescope optical tube with a unique, eye-catching metallic blue color. The XT8 PLUS features adjustable tension knobs on the altitude axis, which replace the tensioning springs found on the XT8 Classic model. These adjustable knobs make the XT8 PLUS more versatile, since you can now adjust the tension of the altitude axis of motion to allow use of heavier 2" eyepieces, Barlow lenses, 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.

The SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian is built around an 8" (203mm) diameter parabolic primary mirror mounted in a sturdy, cast-aluminum support cell. The mirror collects 78% more light than a 6" mirror, so you get a significant increase in ability to observe dust lanes in nebulas, resolve the cores of prominent globular star clusters, and to reveal some of the more subtle structures in faint galaxies. The 1200mm focal length (f/5.9) XT8 mirror allows you to obtain clear and crisp views at moderate to high magnifications on clear nights with good seeing conditions. The Moon and planets of our solar system like Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars shine brightly in the Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS, allowing you to inspect them in high-resolution detail. Enhanced-reflectivity mirror coatings boost the XT8 PLUS Dobsonian's mirror up to 94% reflectivity so as much light as possible is transmitted to the eyepiece, resulting in exceptionally bright, clear views. The point-and-view simplicity of the Dobsonian design is not as complicated as a telescope attached to an equatorial (EQ) mount and tripod.

 

Warranty

Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase

  • Best for viewing
    Brighter deep sky
  • Best for imaging
    Lunar & planetary
  • User level
    Beginner
  • Optical design
    Reflector
  • Optical diameter
    203mm
  • Focal length
    1200mm
  • Focal ratio
    f/5.9
  • Optics type
    Parabolic
  • Glass material
    Low thermal expansion borosilicate glass
  • Eyepieces
    Sirius Plossl 10.0mm (1.25"),DeepView 28.0mm (2")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
    120x, 43x
  • Resolving power
    0.57arc*sec
  • Lowest useful magnification
    29x
  • Highest useful magnification
    300x
  • Highest theoretical magnification
    406x
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
    14.2
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    EZ Finder II
  • Focuser
    2" dual-speed Crayford
  • Secondary mirror obstruction
    47mm
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter
    23%
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by area
    5%
  • Mirror coatings/over-coatings
    Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
  • Mount type
    Dobsonian
  • Astro-imaging capability
    Lunar & planetary
  • Computerized compatibility
    Not compatible
  • Bearing material
    PTFE and UHMW bearings
  • Tube material
    Steel
  • Tripod material
    Wood
  • Length of optical tube
    46.5 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    20.8 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    21.2 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    42.0 lbs.
  • Additional included accessories
    1.25" eyepiece adapter, Eyepiece rack, 2x Barlow 1.25", Collimation cap
  • Other features
    Adjustable altitude axis tension knobs, Dual-speed Crayford, Enhanced 94% reflectivity, Secondary mirror collimation thumbscrews
  • Warranty
    One year

Feel free to ask a question about Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope below or call us on +64 (9) 480-5903

Jacobs Photo & Digital offer two finance options.


Afterpay with Jacobs

Buy what you want today, pay for it in four instalments, interest-free up to $1000 with Afterpay. (Note: if you are a first time Afterpay user, the total order amount is capped at $500) To use Afterpay please checkout using the website like normal and select "Afterpay" as the payment option. It's that easy. For orders over $1000, please apply for a Harmoney loan.


Get a loan from Harmony

Get a free no-obligation quote for your loan with Harmoney today. With Harmoney's 100% online process you can apply now and have your loan approved within 24 hours. Harmoney assigns a personalised interest rate based on your personal circumstances, so you pay your rate based on your circumstances, not everyone else's.

Start my loan
Recently Viewed
×

Pickups and Delivery

In-store pickup

We don't have this item in our store right now, please allow 2-3 working days for it to be transferred to our retail store.

If you come to pick up your order please bring photo ID, if someone else is picking it up on your behalf please leave a note on your order or email us prior to pickup.

Delivery estimates

For orders within the North Island allow 2 working days, for the South Island allow 3 working days. Rural deliveries and extra-large items may take several additional days.

Shipping costs

Shipping costs are automatically calculated during checkout. The price of shipping varies based on the delivery location. Select items may be be eligible for free shipping.

Delivery of oversize items

Oversize items such as very large telescopes may only be available via pickup from a depot or a business address. For a list of available depots, click here

Security

To ensure the safe delivery of your order we require a signature with all parcels. Some exceptions may be made if you give the courier company authority to leave parcels at your preferred address.

Search

Just added to your cart:
Qty:
Total:
Subtotal:
Excl. postage 
My Cart
Just added to your wishlist:
Excl. postage 
My Wishlist