Should I buy an XT8 or XT10?

Posted by XTSee on 14th January , 2011

Just recently I got the following email asking me my thoughts on whether to choose a Skyquest XT8i or the XT10i….
Hi,  I have had a look at your website which is very informative. I recently sold my skywatcher  explorer 200mm f/8 telescope as I do wish to purchase the orion skyquest xt10i. Although not a  [...] Read more »

XT10 Point Vertical - not Align Dec Mark!

Posted by XTSee on 21st April , 2010

I received an email from Joao in Mexico, who has just purchased an XT10i, and had a question for me about the Intelliscope unit supplied with his new XT10i telescope. He was confused because the Intelliscope altitude encoder board supplied seemed to be too large when he came to install it on the side panel. [...] Read more »

A Night of Achievements

Posted by XTSee on 21st February , 2010

Good nights for astronomy are often few and far between in the UK. We’ve had the usual run of miserable, rainy, cloudy nights. Sometimes when the early evening sky looks promising, inevitably the clouds roll in by the time we’ve had our supper!
So when a good, clear, cold night comes along you grab the opportunity, [...] Read more »

Star Testing the Orion Skyquest XT10i

Posted by XTSee on 12th December , 2008

Tonight I had a go at star testing my XT10i telescope to check the collimation and optics.
There was a full moon tonight, transparency was not particularly good and only the brighter stars were properly visible, so there wasn’t much point in trying to see much else, and instead I figured better use of my time [...] Read more »

Primary Mirror Collimation / Barlowed Laser Method

Posted by XTSee on 9th November , 2008

I’ve just finished a new article on the main web site in the Collimation section describing How to collimate the Primary Mirror using the Barlowed Laser Technique. Of course this requires a Barlow Lens and a Laser Collimator for this method to be used, but the page also provides links to some excellent resources detailing [...] Read more »

Gave my scope a good Flocking!

Posted by XTSee on 26th September , 2008

Yesterday evening I got home from work and took the dog out for his walk. It was a lovely clear night and the stars were nice and bright, so I was feeling quite excited about the prospect of some decent star gazing (wifey is away tonight). Got back home and immediately took my XT10i telescope [...] Read more »