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 »

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 »

California Nebula and the return of Orion

Posted by XTSee on 25th October , 2008

With clear skies gradually returning now that the colder evenings of autumn are upon us I have been enjoying the views of the heavens while walking my trusty dog Ben on the public footpath in fields at the back of our house. For stargazing I suppose I’m lucky that I can be out in the [...] Read more »

First light on Jupiter and its moons

Posted by XTSee on 4th July , 2008

Well, I’ve only had my telescope for 7 months(!), and last night was the very first time I’ve got up close and personal with Jupiter. Hooray, no rain, no clouds, and Jupiter positioned enough above the horizon for me to view it properly. I did view it through binos a week ago, but that was [...] Read more »

Problems using a webcam for astrophotography

Posted by XTSee on 17th June , 2008

Another interesting email I received recently, which may provide some answers to other folk:-
Jim,
I too am new to astronomy and bought a 8″ Orion SkyQuest XT8. I’ve been playing around some old webcams but am only able to get an image using an eyepiece and leaving the lens on the webcam. Am I missing something [...] Read more »

Moon and Galaxies in Ursa Major

Posted by XTSee on 10th May , 2008

Moon Spotting
Today was a nice warm, spring day, and the evening was quite mild. Ideal to get the XT10 out for some viewing. Stars weren’t particularly bright tonight, but the scope soon revealed quite a reasonable amount of depth.
Tonight I wanted to focus on observing the Moon, which is 5 days into new moon, and [...] Read more »