About the Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope...
Orion Telescope gave their XT6 Classic an upgrade! Although their SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dob has been a favorite telescope of beginning astronomy enthusiasts for years - and still is - they decided it was time to roll out a "deluxe" version with some cool design enhancements and an expanded accessory package. The result is the sleek, user-friendly Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian! With sharp, powerful optics and point-and-view simplicity, this eye-catching Orion Telescope 6" Dobsonian reflector shines as a plus-sized value.
Starting from the bottom up, Orion gave the Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dob a redesigned Dobsonian base with a sleeker, more streamlined look. Weight-saving cutouts in the side panels help make the base easier to move to and from observing sites. A white trim band around the round baseplate of the XT6 PLUS base enhances visibility in the dark. An eyepiece rack is included that can hold up to three 1.25" telescope eyepieces, making it easy to store and swap between different oculars to vary the magnification of your observations. An upgraded altitude axis tensioning knob improves control of the Orion Telescope''s altitude (up/down) motion compared to the XT6 Classic''s fixed-tension springs.
The optical tube of the Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dob, which sports an attractive "twilight blue" metallic finish, houses a 150mm parabolic (5.9") mirror with enhanced-reflectivity (94%) aluminum coatings for superior light transmission compared to standard mirrors. Its 1200mm focal length (f/8) means this Orion Telescope delivers some serious magnifying power - the included 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece will have you studying the Moon''s cratered surface, Jupiter''s cloud bands, or the Hercules Cluster''s dense core at 120x. Insert the 10mm telescope eyepiece into the Shorty 2x Barlow lens, also included, and now you''re resolving myriad details at 240x! Use the other supplied telescope eyepiece, a 25mm Sirius Plossl, for wider-angle (48x) views of sprawling emission nebulas and galaxies, or pop it in the Shorty 2x Barlow to boost the view to 96x. The smooth, 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser keeps images sharp no matter what you''re targeting.
At the top end of the Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dob optical tube you''ll find even more enhancements. In addition to the EZ Finder "red dot" reflex sight for aiming the telescope at your target object, Orion replaced the typical secondary mirror collimation setscrews with big thumbscrews, for easier, tool-free adjustment when a collimation tweak is needed. Plus, they''ve added one more accessory to the Orion Telescope package that lets you use the XT6 PLUS during daytime hours - an Orion Safety Film Solar Filter for viewing the Sun''s ever-changing sunspots!
This modern makeover and upgrade to the Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dob is a fully loaded, wonderfully affordable Orion Telescope for anyone seeking a quality first telescope or a step-up from a smaller one.
Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope Features...
- An upgraded XT6 Classic Dobsonian with performance-boosting design enhancements and additional accessories
- Redesigned base with adjustable altitude tension supports the attractive twilight blue optical tube
- Easy, tool-free collimation adjustment thanks to knurled secondary mirror thumbscrews
- Highly visible white trim on base makes it easier to see and step around in the dark
- Upgraded accessories include 25mm and 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepieces, Shorty 2x Barlow, Safety Film Solar Filter, eyepiece rack, EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, and more
Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope Specifications...
Best for viewing: Brighter deep sky
Best for imaging: Lunar & planetary
User level: Beginner
Optical design: Reflector
Optical diameter: 150mm
Focal length: 1200mm
Focal ratio: f/8.0
Optics type: Parabolic
Glass material: Low thermal expansion borosilicate glass
Eyepieces: Sirius Plossl 25.0mm, 10.0mm
Magnification with included eyepieces: 48x, 120x
Resolving power: 0.77arc*sec
Lowest useful magnification: 21x
Highest useful magnification: 300x
Highest theoretical magnification: 300x
Limiting stellar magnitude: 13.5
Optical quality: Diffraction limited
Finder scope: EZ Finder II
Focuser: 1.25" Rack-and-pinion
Secondary mirror obstruction: 34mm
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: Simple moon shots
Computerized compatibility: Not compatible
Bearing material: PTFE and UHMW bearings
Tube material: Steel
Tripod material: Wood
Length of optical tube: 46.0 in.
Weight, optical tube: 11.5 lbs.
Weight, mount/tripod: 21.9 lbs.
Weight, fully assembled: 34.2 lbs.
Additional included accessories: Eyepiece rack, 2x Barlow 1.25", Collimation cap, Safety film solar filter, 6"
Other features: Adjustable altitude axis tension knobs, Secondary mirror collimation thumbscrews, Enhanced 94% reflectivity
Warranty: One yearOrion Product Number: 08985