Orion Skyquest XT12i Dobsonian

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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.49.226
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.222.242)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.49.226) (Original Vote)
Date: 05/15/2006 01:28:31 pm PDT
I have a 12XTi that with modest modifications (tube flocking, blackening the edges of the secondary mirror, obtaining a helical fine focus adapter and installing a cooling fan for the primary), throws up some of the best reflector images I have ever seen from any reflecting telescope, bar none. At around $1,100 with digital setting circles thrown in, the 12XTi is a fantastic steal. Mechanically it's a bit flimsy. The OTA is too heavy for the thin side boards which causes too much lateral flexure. The 10XT is extremely solid by comparison. The mount for the 12XTi is under built. It's not as smooth axially as any of the high end Dobsonians (Obsession, Starmaster, etc.).

Not an heirloom by any means. It's not a scope you'll be handing down to your grand children one day, but optically to use and enjoy for the next several years it's wonderful.

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