The Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian features cool design enhancements and an expanded accessory package compared to our standard XT6 Classic Dob. Starting from the bottom up, we gave the SkyQuest XT6 PLUS a redesigned, streamlined Dobsonian base with weight-saving cutouts. A white trim band around the base enhances visibility in the dark. An eyepiece rack is included to hold as many as three 1.25" eyepieces. An altitude axis tensioning knob improves control of the telescope's altitude motion. The optical tube, which sports an attractive "twilight blue" metallic finish, houses a 150mm parabolic mirror with enhanced-reflectivity (94%) aluminum coatings for superior light transmission compared to standard mirrors. The included 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece provides powerful 120x views, or you can insert the 10mm ocular into the included Shorty 2x Barlow to boost magnification way up to a whopping 240x! The included 25mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece is great for wider-angle views at 48x, or use it with the Shorty 2x Barlow to view at 96x. We replaced the typical secondary mirror collimation setscrews with big thumbscrews, for easier, tool-free adjustment when a collimation tweak is needed. With sharp, powerful optics and point-and-view simplicity, this eye-catching 6" Dobsonian reflector shines as a plus-sized value.
This is one excellent telescope! I researched reflector telescopes 6" and under for month's before deciding on the XT6 Plus. The XT6 Plus has many additional features that are not found on any other telescopes at this price point. It is these additional features that make a great telescope even better.Assembly took about thirty minutes with the tools provided in this package. I checked collimation with the included collimation cap, it was spot on from the factory. I double checked this with a star test later that night.One of my first targets, with this tele, was Jupiter. I easily focused in on the giant and was rewarded with some stunning views. Jupiter's belts and Galilean moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto) were easily visible with the included 10mm Plossl eyepiece.Overall I am very pleased with this telescope and highly recommend it to anyone looking into this range of scopes. The included Plossl eyepieces (25mm and 10mm) and barlow are sufficient for planetary work and some dso observation.Update: After using this reflector a few times, with better atmospheric conditions, my previous statements remain unchanged. So far I have resolved the M3 Star Cluster with the 25mm Plossl, split the double star Cor Caroli, had better seeing conditions for Jupiter (in which I resolved the red spot with the 10mm Plossl), and had a really good view of Saturn. This scope is very user friendly, will provide great views and entertainment. I highly recommended the XT6 Plus for anyone interested in Astronomy.
I did a lot of research and watched a ton of videos before buying this scope. I found it was the best bang for the buck. I'm just a beginner but I didn't want a beginner telescope that I would need to upgrade later. I felt this was a good mid level telescope. I had to wait a week or so because of clouds to test it out but my first night out (I mean very first time even trying to look for anything ever. Complete beginner.) I looked up and found some bright stars. I was able to pull up celestron app and found it was Orions belt. Started star hopping and found Beatlegeuse. Even Mars. I could even see Orions nebula from my light polluted back yard in the city. Without the scope I can only see 10 or 15 stars. But when I look in the eye piece I can see thousands. A couple nights later I took it out again after waiting for more clear skies (it's rain season at the moment) the moon was out this time. We couldn't see as many stars because the moons light (I think) and was also a little hazy. But when looking at the moon the wife and I couldn't believe the details this telescope provided. From the naked eye, the moon was just a sliver. I will post a picture. I can't wait to take this bad boy camping in the mountains with no light pollution and see what's really out there. The scope came collimated already but with all the clouds lately I have been practicing collminating. Took a bit to get the hang of but Orion has good videos and I can collminate this scope in a couple minutes now. I found this scope easy to use and setup. I have seen reviews on other Orion listings bashing the Ez finder scope but I have no issues using it. Was easy to dial in and I just put the red dot on a star or object then look in the eye piece and the object is there. The Ez finder works great people!!!! Also, Orions customer service is 100%.(Update a few days later)Woke up at 4:30 AM because I found out that Jupiter, Saturn and Venus would be visible. Pulled up my app to know where to look then with the Ez finder I put the dot on Jupiter and looked through the scope and it was right there. Amazing. Unfortunately it was too bright to see any details but looked like a bright ball with 4 moons around it. I will be ordering a filter kit so I can see the bands and hopefully the storm. Next stop Saturn. Just as easy to find with the Ez finder. Saturn looked unreal. It's small but can perfectly see the rings. Was worth waking up early for. Went to back to bed before Venus could come over the horizon. I couldn't get a picture of Jupiter and Saturn because it is too hard being that zoomed in and this telescope really isn't meant for taking pictures. I did buy a cell phone mount adapter so I can get better pictures of at least the moon. I will post updated picture. If I manage to get decent pictures of Saturn and Jupiter I will come back and post it. This is the first telescope I have ever owned or used and in one week I have seen Orion and nebula. The moon. Mars. Jupiter. Saturn. If I stayed awake a little longer I could have seen Venus, maybe I will tomorrow morning. I definitely recommend this telescope.
Great Value, Amaze Yourself and Your Kids
This is really an incredible value. On the very first night the telescope arrived, I saw things with my own eyes that I had previously only seen in books or on the internet. Including Saturn's rings and Jupiter's cloud bands. And this is from a Chicago suburb with a ton of light pollution. Get yourself an app like SkyView Lite, and it will help you find all the neat stuff in the sky.I will say that it took some time to collimate the scope. It says that it's supposed to come calibrated from the factory, but my secondary mirror was very loose, and wasn't even angled toward the focuser when it arrived. However, I followed the instructions provided, and watched a couple YouTube videos, and I got it sorted out. But for that reason, I would say that it's not really as "plug and play" as advertised. Still, collimating the scope is a skill you're going to have to learn anyway, so it's not really a problem.I would definitely choose this model over the non-Plus version. For just a few bucks more, you get the upgraded tension knob, the easier-to-use collimation knobs, and most importantly the extra eye piece and barlow.Overall I couldn't be more pleased with this scope. I only wish I had bought it sooner!