We gave our XT6 Classic an upgrade! Although our SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dob has been a favorite telescope of beginning astronomy enthusiasts for years - and still is - we decided it was time to roll out a "deluxe" version with some cool design enhancements and an expanded accessory package. The result is the sleek, user-friendly SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian! With sharp, powerful optics and point-and-view simplicity, this eye-catching 6" Dobsonian reflector shines as a plus-sized value.
Starting from the bottom up, we gave the SkyQuest XT6 PLUS a redesigned Dobsonian base with a sleeker, more streamlined look. Weight-saving cutouts in the side panels help make the base easier to move to and from observing sites. A white trim band around the round baseplate of the XT6 PLUS base enhances visibility in the dark. An eyepiece rack is included that can hold up to three 1.25" eyepieces, making it easy to store and swap between different oculars to vary the magnification of your observations. An upgraded altitude axis tensioning knob improves control of the telescope's altitude (up/down) motion compared to the XT6 Classic's fixed-tension springs.
The optical tube of the XT6 PLUS, which sports an attractive "twilight blue" metallic finish, houses a 150mm parabolic (5.9") mirror with enhanced-reflectivity (94%) aluminum coatings for superior light transmission compared to standard mirrors. Its 1200mm focal length (f/8) means this telescope delivers some serious magnifying power - the included 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece will have you studying the Moon's cratered surface, Jupiter's cloud bands, or the Hercules Cluster's dense core at 120x. Insert the 10mm eyepiece into the Shorty 2x Barlow lens, also included, and now you're resolving myriad details at 240x! Use the other supplied eyepiece, a 25mm Sirius Plossl, for wider-angle (48x) views of sprawling emission nebulas and galaxies, or pop it in the Shorty 2x Barlow to boost the view to 96x. The smooth, 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser keeps images sharp no matter what you're targeting.
At the top end of the SkyQuest XT6 PLUS optical tube you'll find even more enhancements. In addition to the EZ Finder "red dot" reflex sight for aiming the telescope at your target object, we replaced the typical secondary mirror collimation setscrews with big thumbscrews, for easier, tool-free adjustment when a collimation tweak is needed. Plus, we've added one more accessory to the package that lets you use the XT6 PLUS during daytime hours - an Orion Safety Film Solar Filter for viewing the Sun's ever-changing sunspots!
This modern makeover and upgrade to our SkyQuest XT6 is a fully loaded, wonderfully affordable telescope for anyone seeking a quality first telescope or a step-up from a smaller one.