Summary: I am new to astronomy and had been using a borrowed 10" Dob while I decided what type of scope I wanted to purchase. I decided on the SkyQuest XX12 for my first scope, and I'm glad I did. The scope is quite a value and included some very nice components that minimize the need to "Upgrade". The telescope arrived quickly in three boxes. The base in one large flat box, the optical tube in another large box, and the primary mirror in the third smaller box.
Summary: Awesome, quality product, especially for price. For push to, large aperature, portable scope, amazing! It is not an Obsession, but being fortunate enough to observe through both manufacturers scopes, product with price cannot be beat! I purchased shroud and case package, and couple of Stratus eyepieces. Customer SVC very good, helping me out on two separate occasions. Highly recommended!!!
Summary: I got this scope about 2 months ago but due to heat/haze and weather only used it a couple of times. Last night I finally was able to properly align on 2 guide stars, hit the TOUR button on the controller and WOW. That's all I can say....the first 5 objects on the tour ended up in my eyepiece and each one more spectacular than the previous. I really is that easy. You won't be disappointed in this scope.
Summary: I spent over a month looking for which telescope to purchase. I decided to spend a little more than I planned and bought the 12" Orion Skysquest Truss Telescope. It was like Christmas when I got all those boxes off the UPS truck. I was royally disappointed when the side panel of the base was missing from the box. I am happy to say that customer service took care of me the following day and expressed me the new panel (Saturday Delivery).
Summary: I received my XX12 two weeks ago...I have yet to get the scope to accurately point to any objects. For me, the instructions are somewhat vague and I may not have tightened the "lock" nut "just right". It has , so far been a very frustrating experience for me. This is the first Orion scope I've bought (I have two Meade Cats already)...at this point, I don't know if I'll buy any other Orion products, since apparently I'm not smart enough for the assembly!
Summary: The scope arrived very quickly, and extremely well protected in three boxes. After opening (and unpacking) them, I turned the largest of them over and used it as a "workbench" for constructing the telescope. That arrangement worked out very well. Also, I left all the small parts in their respective bags. This was a big help I think. My advice (for assembly) is to just take your time and read the instructions very carefully.
Summary: The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I had the telescope assembled in about 2 hours. The optics are outstanding! This is a great telescope for beginners and experienced astronomers alike.
Summary: Let me start by saying I am entirely new to astronomy, though I have used a few scopes in my life and listened to their owners try to explain their operation, as well as how to figure out what you are looking at, rarely getting past a quick look and a "neat". I spent the better part of the last year reading various magazines trying to determine the best first scope to get.