Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope


Review of the Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope


Designed with all levels of astronomy enthusiasts in mind, the Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope is a Dobsonian reflector viewing instrument that boasts of a large 8” aperture that not only lets the user get clear views of the Moon and the Milky Way, but also, offers the views of objects deep in the sky. It is a combination of point-and-view simplicity and the 203mm-diameter reflector optics, a parabolic mirror attached to a sturdy Dobsonian base and with a CorrectTension friction control that is also springless. This provides tube balance and smoothness of movement. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced user, you will find this Dobsonian reflector scope useful.



The Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope sports a stable Dobsonian telescope base that ensures balance of the reflector optical tube for easier point-and-view use. It is also equipped with the IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator that allows for faster location of faint deep-sky objects since it includes a database library of a minimum of 14,000 celestial objects. By simply selecting the celestial object you want to see and following the arrow you see on the hand controller until the eyepiece hits the object you want to view. Its Crayford focuser can also accommodate both 2” and 1.25” telescope eyepieces which give you a view of the Andromeda galaxy even in low power. It also is a power-saver since it runs on one battery cell of just nine volts. As for accessories, it has two telescope eyepieces which are both 1.25” in diameter, collimation cap, 9 x 50 right-angle Correct Image Finder scope, base handle and a removable rack for the eyepiece, among others.


Additionally, the kit includes a 25mm Sirius Plossi eyepiece that gives a 48-power view when usd with the SkyQuest XT8i. This is very useful in locating objects in nighttime because it has moderate magnification. Moreover, it offers a wide 52° field of view that results to sharp and clear images like the craters on the Moon’s surface. Other features of the XT8i IntelliScope are its navigation knob that is attached to its steel reflector optical tube for easy repositioning of the telescope, an Orion EZ Finder II red-dot sight for easier aiming. The EZ Finder II provides accurate aim of the objects in the sky. Once these objects are aligned with the telescope, you just have to turn this on and use the red dot to guide you to the celestial object you want to see.


Pros and Cons

The pros of the SkyQuest XT8i intelliScope include its large aperture for easy and clear viewing of the celestial objects and its affordability. It is also easy to use and to put together even if it requires some assembly. It also has a database library that stores more than 14,000 objects.

Some drawbacks, however, include the need for accurate alignment of the mount for the telescope to work well. It is also a bit bulky that makes it hard to transfer from one location to another.



The Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope is perfect for amateur and intermediate astronomy enthusiasts as well as for families. Apart from the above-mentioned features, its ergonomic design is also appealing. Truly, this intelligent and affordable telescope is highly recommendable.



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