20 Most Recent Orion SkyQuest XT8 Dobsonian Telescope Questions & Answers

Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the focuser. Go outside during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object.

Watch this video --

Orion SkyQuest... | Answered on May 13, 2010

An Orion XT 8 DOB cannot be polar aligned??? The mount is ALT AZ ---

You would need an equatorial platform to polar align. There are no setting circles on a stock XT??

Orion SkyQuest... | Answered on May 16, 2009

That's nice, but what is the question here?

Orion Optics | Answered on Jun 12, 2019

Your question is in the Telescope section-- however here is the main link you are looking for:

Orion Optics | Answered on Jun 04, 2018

Hello Cherize Muller,

You are on the right track... actually two (2) tracks
that will confound your efforts. Latitude & Longitude are only relevant to YOUR GLOBAL positioning on our tiny Planet
... To tell YOU what you can expect to see from your vantage

Merely asking this question you have.. implies an initial UNDERSTANDING ...

There are various "MOUNTS" (see below) that can help.

Your biggest challenge: Rotating EAST
The earth (at the equator)... is moving at about 1009 miles per hour... making a fix on VIEWING our OWN MOON quite a challenge... 15 rotational degrees per hour
(a whole lot when you are trying to fix on a celestial point)

ADD to THAT orbiting (our star) the SUN and the fact we are moving in that ORBIT at approximately 67,000 miles per hour... (completing one orbit every 365 days)...

Your view is going to slowly change all year long...
but the minute to minute rotation is the biggest challenge.

Means that there is no snappy answer...
That's why it is called ASTRONOMY.

Check out ONE of many synchronous mounts
available on the market (Orion 9996, below)

Hope this helps.

The Deep sky Imaging Primer Paperback February 2 2013

Carnac the Magnificent

Orion Optics | Answered on Apr 07, 2017

Are you talking about the image being inverted? If yes, then there are "image erectors" that will make the view with the correct left to right, and up and down orientation. However, typically they are only used on refractor telescopes.

Orion Optics | Answered on Feb 02, 2016

If you go to the Orion web site and find your telescope, usually a manual you can download is located somewhere on the same page as the telescope. If not just contact Orion directly from their web site. Here is the link:


Clear skies

Orion Optics | Answered on Feb 21, 2015

The best Place to see an eclips is go up to the highest hill and then lean foawrad un

till you see it

Orion Optics | Answered on Nov 04, 2014

astronomical telescopes are always upside down. SCT scopes are also right\left reversed

Orion Optics | Answered on Aug 23, 2014

Why don't you call Orion customer service ?


Orion Optics | Answered on Jun 09, 2013

Telescope lenses are NEVER POLISHED! However if they get extremely dirty they can be cleaned using these instructions.


Orion Optics | Answered on Jun 26, 2011

You have a really good Telescope shop near you here:


They can help you with collimation and also you have an Astronomy club there that can help you:

Watch this video:


Orion Optics | Answered on Apr 18, 2011

The small "pin" which moves the mirror inside may have either come loose or broken. You will need to remove the focuser to find out.

Visit the Mighty ETX web site for instructions on how to do this.


Orion Optics | Answered on Feb 12, 2011

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