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Orion Telescopes
Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
3 easy payments of $300.00
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Expected Ship Date: 08/15/2024

  • With its big 10"-class parabolic mirror and rock-solid, smooth-gliding base, this visual powerhouse will take your observing to the next level
  • Equipped with a 2" Crayford focuser with 1.25" adapter, allowing use of both 1.25" and (optional) 2' eyepieces
  • Stable Dobsonian telescope base with Orion CorrecTension friction optimization system to keep the optical tube perfectly balanced in any position
  • Unhook the CorrecTension springs to conveniently transport the XT10 in two pieces, each weighing less than 25 lbs.
  • Includes a 25mm (51x) Plossl eyepiece, red dot reflex sight, Orion MoonMap 260, Orion DeepMap 600 folding star chart, and smartphone photo adapter - a great value!

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Item #  08946b

With its synthesis of big aperture optics and uncomplicated operation, the SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope will provide years of captivating views for the intermediate and advanced astronomy enthusiast. It brings a "new level of joy to simple observing" as Astronomy magazine raved.

The SkyQuest XT10's jumbo, 10" (251mm) diameter parabolic primary mirror gathers a ton of light, revealing fainter objects and in higher resolution than you would see with an 8" or smaller telescope. Its single-speed 2" Crayford focuser accepts optional 2" eyepieces and comes with a 1.25" adapter for 1.25" telescope eyepieces. The included 1.25" 25mm Plossl eyepiece provides 51x magnifying power and is fully multi-coated for excellent light transmission. With this eyepiece alone you will see stunning views of the Moon's battered surface, deep-sky nebulas and star clusters.

Classic Dobsonian Comparison Chart

The XT10 Classic telescope is refreshingly easy to use thanks to its simple, "point-and-view" Dobsonian design. Instead of a more complex tripod and mount foundation, which can be a nuisance to set up and balance, the SkyQuest XT10 optical tube is supported by a sturdy composite base. Just carry the base using its beefy handle, set it down where you want to observe, then set the optical tube on the base's cradle and secure it with the CorrecTension springs. The tube glides smoothly up, down, left and right with just a gentle tug or nudge — right where you want to aim it. (One-time base assembly required.)

The accessory package of the SkyQuest XT10 Dobsonian telescope also includes these wonderfully helpful items: the detailed Orion MoonMap 260, Orion DeepMap 600 folding star chart, and a smartphone photo adapter that lets you take incredible keepsake pictures through the telescope with your phone.


Orion CorrecTension springs make setup easy and keep the telescope balanced.

Orion's CorrecTension springs help keep the optical tube in perfect balance while also providing secure attachment to the base. They provide just the right amount of tension for buttery smooth motion of the tube's side bearings on the non-stick UHMW bearing pads on the base's cradle as you move the telescope from object to object.


Dial-in celestial details with the precision 2" Crayford focuser.

The SkyQuest XT10 features an aluminum 2" Crayford focuser with a removable step-down adapter so you can use both 1.25" and (optional) 2" telescope eyepieces. The gearless Crayford mechanism ensures that focus adjustments are smooth and free of backlash, so you can achieve sharp focus easily and quickly.

Finder Scope

The included red-dot scope makes it easy to aim the telescope.

Following a simple alignment procedure, you'll use the red dot scope to accurately aim the telescope at objects in the sky like the Moon and bright planets. You'll see a red LED dot projected onto the finder's viewing window. Move the telescope until the red dot is superimposed on your target, then look in the telescope's eyepiece, and the object will be there!

25mm Plossl

Explore the night sky with the included 25mm Plossl Eyepiece.

The included 1.25" 25mm Plossl eyepiece provides a 48-power view and a generous 52 apparent field of view. Its fully multi-coated optics yield extremely sharp, high-contrast images that will impress night after night. Its barrel is threaded to accept Orion filters. Expand your magnification options by purchasing additional 1.25" or larger 2" wide-angle eyepieces of different focal lengths. (Additional eyepieces sold separately.)

Use the Orion MoonMap 260 to identify lunar features.

With locations and names of over 260 features on the Moon such as craters, mountains, valleys, "seas" and more, the MoonMap 260 is a great tool for amateur astronomers. This detailed map will even show you where various spacecraft have landed on the Moon's surface!

Deep Map

The Orion DeepMap 600 will guide you to fascinating celestial gems.

Full-color star map of the night sky with clearly indicated positions of 600 of the finest celestial objects to view. It folds up just like a road map for easy storage and transport. Back side lists essential data for all 600 objects, including a brief visual description of each. An ideal reference for beginning and advanced observers alike! Printed on dew-proof plastic.

Cell Phone Adapter

Take smartphone pictures of the view through your telescope with this Smartphone Telescope adapter.

Adjustable smartphone holder clamps onto the telescope's eyepiece, allowing you to take shake-free, well-focused, high-power photos of celestial objects. Sure beats trying to steadily hand-hold your phone over the eyepiece — frustrating! You'll get lots of "keepers" with this smartphone photo adapter.

The SkyQuest XT10 is a big telescope all right, but it's surprisingly portable. To transport it you just unhook the CorrecTension springs from the base and pop the optical tube off. Then carry the base and the optical tube separately — each weighs less than 25 lbs.

If you're serious about amateur astronomy and want a telescope that will deliver the goods, get the Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope.

Meets or exceeds all California State Environmental Quality & Safety Regulations (CARB 93120 Phase 2 Compliant).


Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-447-1001.


Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

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  • Best for viewing
    Fainter deep sky
  • Best for imaging
    Lunar & planetary
  • User level
  • Optical design
  • Optical diameter
  • Focal length
  • Focal ratio
  • Optics type
  • Glass material
    Low thermal expansion borosilicate glass
  • Eyepieces
    Plossl 25.0mm (1.25")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
  • Resolving power
  • Lowest useful magnification
  • Highest useful magnification
  • Highest theoretical magnification
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
  • Front-end outside tube diameter
    12.12 in.
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    EZ Finder II
  • Focuser
    2" Crayford
  • Secondary mirror obstruction
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by area
  • Mirror coatings/over-coatings
    Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
  • Mount type
  • Astro-imaging capability
    Simple moon shots
  • Computerized compatibility
    Not compatible
  • Bearing material
    PTFE and UHMW bearings
  • Tube material
  • Tripod material
  • Length of optical tube
    46.8 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    24.2 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    21.5 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    46.0 lbs.
  • Additional included accessories
    MoonMap 260, DeepMap 600 folding star chart, Smartphone photo adapter
  • Other features
    CorrecTension system, 2" Crayford focuser with 1.25" adapter, Carrying handle on base
  • Warranty
    One year
  • Focuser height at zenith
    48 in.

Optical tube
25mm Plossl eyepiece, 1.25"
Base boards and assembly hardware
Base carry handle
Reflex sight
Dust cover
Smartphone photo adapter
MoonMap 260
DeepMap 600

Orders received by 1pm Eastern Standard Time for in-stock items ship the same business day. Order received after noon will ship the next business day. When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available. You have the option in check out to request that your order ship complete, if you'd prefer.

A per-item shipping charge (in addition to the standard shipping and handling charge) applies to this product due to its size and weight. This charge varies based on the shipping method.

Standard Delivery: $0.00
Standard Delivery to Canada: $80.00
3 Day Delivery: $226.00
2 Day Delivery: $226.00
Next Day Delivery: $272.00


This product is available to ship Standard delivery within the 50 US states and US territories/protectorates address. Delivery is not available to APO/DPO/FPO addresses . Delivery is available to Canada.

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