Summary: I bought my SkyQuest XT10i in January 2010. It was my third Dobsonian telescope. With those instruments I often had trouble finding deep sky objects. I was looking for a better quality telescope and one that would make the search easier.
Summary: I purchased this telescope in February. I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. Easily view the planets and deep sky objects in bright detail. I pull it out every chance I get. Great views whether in the city or out in a dark viewing area.
Summary: I decided to wait at least 9 months before I wrote a review, so I have had plenty of time with the Orion XT10i. While the Dobsonian base was tricky to assemble (and I am very mechanically inclined), I found that focusing on the instructions and thinking it through with logic and reason, made it not...
Summary: My parents purchased this scope for me in early March of 2010, and I must say it's a great telescope. We put it together that night in a few short hours. I have to say that the base was very tricky to understand, and I don't understand the alignment.
Summary: This telescope beats all the others of its class. It has computerized controlling and adjustable altitude tension at a price cheaper than other 10 inch dobs. This telescope truly shows that an advanced telescope doesn't have to be complicated to operate.
Summary: So far, after a week and only one observing night, this is a great scope. It's a bit heavy, and you have to transport the mount and tube separately, but it's also only 2 pieces, which is much better than have an OTA, a mount, and a tripod. It's also a REALLY easy set up (2 minutes?
Summary: Received my XT10i (lovingly named Big Bertha) about a week and a half ago and, owing to cloudy, rainy spring weather, have only been able to take it on two test runs. But what sights! Been able to scan the cresent moon, M42 and M44, Mars, Saturn, etc....
Summary: Man what a great telescope. I used have an Orion Skyquest 6 Inch dobsonian and it had good views. But this 10 inch blows it out the water. The opics are great, and even in the city I live in, I get great views. This thing goes deep into the abyss of space: nebulae, glaxays, etc.
Summary: I was able to see lots of deep sky objects and all the major planets plus uranus. Only vice was computer controller could have been more accurate. A great scope, much cheaper than a scope of equivalent aperture from another company.
Summary: I purchased this scope after months of research. 10-inch scopes seem to be the largest of the portable scopes, and even then my days of lifting telescopes with one hand to take outside are over....for good! It takes two steps, but between the base and the tube it isn't that bad.