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Orion 10134 SkyQuest XT8g Computerized Telescope Review

Last Updated: 29.11.21


Main technical features


This is a true “GoTo” refractor telescope since it is fully motorized even though most Dobsonian models are designed to only be moved manually.

With an 8 inch aperture, plossl and deepview eyepiece you will be able to clearly see distant objects in the nighttime sky.

You will appreciate its durable construction that ensures that you will be able to enjoy this telescope for years.

It is incredibly easy to setup, especially since there isn’t any assembly required.


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In-depth information


One of the first aspects you’ll notice is that this Dobsonian refractor telescope can be motorized with the addition of a 12V power cord. Now you don’t have to tap and push the telescope to get it properly aligned, you can simply push a button on the convenient controller. There are over 42,000 celestial objects in the database, all you have to do is stop the telescope at the ones that interest you. It will also track automatically so you don’t have to worry about objects drifting out of view. If finding a power source is a problem the telescope can also be moved manually.

You will love how bright and clear objects appear in the sky, even distant planets and nebulas thanks to the 8 inch aperture. The 2 inch dual speed focuser is easy to adjust to bring details into view. The illuminated crosshair plossl eyepiece makes it easy to center an object, and there is even a 28mm eyepiece included when you want to get deep views. Along with the advanced optic system, you also have the advantage of the Starry Night software so you know exactly what you are looking at.

Orion designed this Dobsonian telescope to be durable so you can enjoy it for years. While it does weigh 50 pounds assembled, it is still portable. The tube can be easily removed from the base to make it a little easier to carry, and you’ll love knowing that this doesn’t require the use of any tools. It is also just as simple to setup, even if you took the base off. The tube easily slides back into the base and all you have to do is tighten the screws. Best of all this computerized telescope comes already assembled so you can use it right out of the box.


Known issues

It should be noted that while this telescope is easy to align it is not designed to be used as a child’s toy, and this is reflected in its price.

Some consumers have mentioned that they wished it were lighter in weight for easier portability, and even though this might be convenient it does not affect the telescope’s overall performance.


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Ioana Moldovan

Ioana’s professional experience in the optics field has helped her understand the value of passing her knowledge forward. Her curious personality helps her gather useful information for her readers and her goal is to make technical information fun and accessible to everyone.

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