Orion SkyQuest XT6 (Intelliscope) Dobsonian
Simple, if your in the market for a telescope GET THIS ONE. I purchased a 6" Meade Dob in 1995, returned it. Thinking that all dobs must be like this, I decided to jump right in and get an 8" SCT. I have used that scope ever since. From about $499 to $1899! Last week I picked up one of these Orion's Intelliscope used. Now thats 13 years of using an 8" SCT, and many many nights observing with 4 different astronomy clubs, so I think I am qualified to say that this scope gives me better images then my 8" SCT! Star images are tighter, and it takes power better too (6mm Ortho and nice star images). Hell, I even glimpsed 6 stars in the Trapesium! Glimpsed yes, I could hint on the 6th, 5th was there averted in moments of good seeing. The Intelliscope accuracy is ok, 6 out of 7 objects, I don't think I found the 1 triple star that I was hunting. I had to train it twice to get it within the accuracy guidelines, but very simple. I have only used it once so far however. Mount movement is a bit stiff in azimuth, but there are a number of after market upgrades <$40 to improve the motion. Altitude movements very smooth. What a wonderful scope. So I recommend NOT buying an 8" SCT and getting this scope with accessories such as Televue Eyepieces, a Red-Dot finder, finder charts just for reference, and a nice observing chair. DON'T do what I did and spend $$$ on a scope, this is going to keep you happy for a very long time. My 8" SCT is going to be collecting some dust for quite some time.

jk

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Mount:7 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.212.119)
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>Simple, if your in the market for a telescope GET THIS ONE. I purchased a 6" Meade Dob in 1995, returned it. Thinking that all dobs must be like this, I decided to jump right in and get an 8" SCT. I have used that scope ever since. From about $499 to $1899! Last week I picked up one of these Orion's Intelliscope used. Now thats 13 years of using an 8" SCT, and many many nights observing with 4 different astronomy clubs, so I think I am qualified to say that this scope gives me better images then my 8" SCT! Star images are tighter, and it takes power better too (6mm Ortho and nice star images). Hell, I even glimpsed 6 stars in the Trapesium! Glimpsed yes, I could hint on the 6th, 5th was there averted in moments of good seeing. The Intelliscope accuracy is ok, 6 out of 7 objects, I don't think I found the 1 triple star that I was hunting. I had to train it twice to get it within the accuracy guidelines, but very simple. I have only used it once so far however. Mount movement is a bit stiff in azimuth, but there are a number of after market upgrades <$40 to improve the motion. Altitude movements very smooth. What a wonderful scope. So I recommend NOT buying an 8" SCT and getting this scope with accessories such as Televue Eyepieces, a Red-Dot finder, finder charts just for reference, and a nice observing chair. DON'T do what I did and spend $$$ on a scope, this is going to keep you happy for a very long time. My 8" SCT is going to be collecting some dust for quite some time. 
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>jk

Direct comparison to my 8" SCT. Oh yes, 8" Celestron Ultima 8 PEC, considered by many to be the finest 8" SCT ever made. 

Last night I observed, I mean really took in and observed every minute detail of the nebula with the Orion. The view was stunning. Compared to my 8" SCT, I loved the tight star images and the amount of detail was equal if not better in my opinion because of the wider field of view of in the 6". I used the same eyepieces btw. Oh, and I barlowed a 6mm Ortho in the Orion and it STILL held up the image. 

I viewed directly, thats DIRECTLY 6 stars in the Trapesium with the Orion, my 8" SCT I could see the 5th, but only very very hints of the 6th. Again the tight star images of the 6" impressed me. I had a level of simplicity and comfort viewing that I had never had with my 8" SCT. Just a $17 folding stool and 3 eyepieces w/barlow and I was happy. Maybe my old 8" SCT friend is out of collimation, but it sure looked aligned to me. Maybe something else going on with it, don't know but it was simply bested by the 6" Orion Intelliscope. HIGHLY Recommended!

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