Orion SkyQuest XT8

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Orion SkyQuest XT8

Postby jdub7 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:42 pm

How would you rate the Orion SkyQuest XT8 (Classic, Plus or Intelliscope (although this is outside my budget)) as a first telescope?

I was recently told by a salesman at a UK telescope dealer that while the Orion customer service in the USA is very good, apparently they’re not good in the UK, and are only good at making themselves look good, and that Sky-Watcher make far better telescopes with better after-sale advice? I was quite surprised to hear such a strong opinion, does anyone have any experience of Orion Optics UK and or Orion telescopes? (If the man was right please just let me know, please don’t use this as a platform to moan!)
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Re: Orion SkyQuest XT8

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:37 pm

I would recommend a small refractor for a beginner, preferably a short-tube and, if you have a big budget, go for an ED doublet and if you have a mega budget an APO triplet. Not only is such a telescope easy to use but you will use it to view galaxies and star clusters for years to come, even if you add a larger telescope later.

I haven't used an XT8 but I have no doubt that it is an excellent telescope, I'm just glad I didn't start with one.

If you haven't already done so, don't forget about binoculars. If ever I had to sell my equipment, my binoculars would be one of the last things to go.
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