Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Review

This model is produced by Orion Telescopes & Binoculars, a leading brand in the telescope industry. Their products are consistently rated highly by actual users and purchasers. The 8945 SkyQuest XT8 is yet another example of a quality scope at a reasonable price.

Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Review

Aperture: This model is a Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope sin and 8 inch diameter. It has sufficient light grasp to view may galaxies, nebules and clusters of stars and will enable you to see the moon and planets very clearly.

“Go To”: No, this is not a “Go To” model.

Finder: Yes, includes an EZ Finder II

Eyepiece: Model takes 1.25″ and 2″ eyepieces and this particular option comes with a 2″ Crayford focuser

Mount: Comes with a very stable base for fantastic stability and easy viewing.

Other: Comes with Starry Night software and some other handy features and goodies!

Price: Expect to pay around $381 for this model and it will often include shipping fees.

Average Rating: a whopping 4.6 out of 5 star average rating from 120+ individual reviewers makes this an exceptionally well-rated option at a handy price point.

An incredible 77% of users have rated is with a maximum 5 star rating. A further 14% rated this model as a 4 out of 5 stars rating. Only 9% of users rated it 3 stars or less.

What customers are saying:

My 1st telescope…wow!!!


The 8″f6 Dobsonian telescope is popular for good reason. It is simple to manufacture and easy to use. It is car portable, gives good views of planets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. It is small enough to give wide field views (as wide as 2.28* with a 41mm Panoptic eyepiece), and large enough to reveal the rings of Saturn, cloud bands on Jupiter, and high magnification views of double stars.


An 8 inch aperture scope for this price can’t be beat. It can be a bit of a job to move around but i think its worth it for the simple yet rugged design. I didn’t expect to see much with the light pollution in my area in spring but to my surprise the Cigar galaxy and Bodes nebula came right up. Very crisp views


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