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. The XT10i does that and in many ways surpasses my earlier scopes. Assembly was not difficult if you've assembled things before.
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 all that bad. However, I would have gladly paid more if they would have offered it pre-assembled.
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. One thing that really stuns me is the alignment of the controller. I will guarantee you it's miserable. I've tried it fifty times on ten different viewing sessions and I can't seem to get it to work.
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. Its large optics allow you to see even galaxies in less than ideal conditions. And even though it is large it can still be easily set up by 1 person (in fact I am only 13, but I can still set it up by myself).
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?) Definitely buy the padded case for it. (Assembly) is supposed to take 45 minutes. It took (including clean up and moving it out to my car) about 2 hours with a partner.
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.... I had some issues with the controller, but your friendly technical staff was able to point me in the right direction, and provided some replacement parts without hassle.
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. But the planetary views are awesome too and the detail nice. Would definitley recomened to anybody looking to jump up in the hobby.
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. If it was only one unit though, it would be tough. As others have said, the directions are awful. I wasn't really sure how bad they could be until I started putting it together yesterday.