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 »

Perseids meteor shower?

Posted by XTSee on 13th August , 2010

Looks like it could be a bit of a damp squib tonight/tomorrow (12th/13th August) here in the UK!
However Tuesday night was gorgeous, clear, bright, no moonlight, and comfortably cool.
One of those nights I could NOT miss.
Took the XT10 out, and using its Intelliscope I saw all manner of things (aligned with my new illuminated crosshair [...] 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 »

ScopeTeknix Zodiac ST90 bin-mount,Moon, Andromeda, M103, NGC457

Posted by XTSee on 22nd September , 2008

Tonight at first sight looked promising with stars out, but not very good transparency.
I started by setting up my 20×80 binos to try them out with the ScopeTeknix Zodiac ST90 counterbalance binocular mounting which I bought at the same time as the binos, but until now have not had the opportunity to use them. The [...] Read more »

Replace dobsonian Teflon bearings with Lazy Susan turntable

Posted by XTSee on 7th September , 2008

I have added a new page to my site describing the modification to the Orion XT10 to replace the original Teflon bearings with a Lazy Susan turntable bearing.

This is one of the primary mods Dobsonian owners are interested to learn about, in their quest to achieve the smoothest possible Azimuth movement. The standard Teflon bearings [...] Read more »

The Orion XT10i in terms of Astrophotography

Posted by XTSee on 8th June , 2008

Someone emailed me about how well the XT10i fares for astrophotography, and I thought our email conversation might be useful to other people considering the XT10.
Hi James, I am currently looking into re-starting my astro hobby (I used to have a - self built 15cm F/5 newton) and while binoculars are nice, I am looking [...] 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 »