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Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

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$399.99
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Orion
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  • Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately
  • A large aperture Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope at a very affordable price!
  • 8" diameter reflector optics lets you view the Moon and planets in close up detail, and has enough light grasp to pull in pleasing views of faint nebulas, galaxies and star clusters
  • A perfect Dobsonian telescope that can last a lifetime for the beginning astronomy enthusiast or whole family
  • The ultra-stable Dobsonian base keeps the reflector optical tube perfectly balanced for point-and-view ease of use
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This is a fantastic scope for anyone.
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It is easy to use.
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I have used this for a long time.
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Easily finding objects takes time, but once you get the process down of pointing the scope, using the lower magnification eye pieces first and working your way up, it is reasonably easy to use.
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Excellent telescope for viewing the moon, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn or Mars.
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Category: Telescopes
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A telescope is an optical instrument that makes distant objects appear magnified by using an arrangement of lenses or curved mirrors and lenses, or various devices used to observe distant objects by their emission, absorption, or reflection of electromagnetic radiation. The first known practical telescopes were refracting telescopes invented in the Netherlands at the beginning of the 17th century, by using glass lenses.

The usual price range for a telescope is between $11.86 to $399.99.

If you want to know about telescopes in general, please go to our Telescopes: Things to Know Before Buying in 2020 page to learn more!

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Jane's Review: Should I buy this product?

Jane's Review

Yes! I highly recommend this telescope based on its brand popularity, price trends, and manufacturer ratings. Let's go over the reasons why buying this telescope now is a good idea, and also things to consider before you decide on this item.

1. The current price is the lowest price and has never changed since we started reviewing this product!

image/svg+xml Highest Price Lowest Price $399.99 $379.99

Price is one of the most important factors in making a purchase decision. I analyzed the price of this product in four parts: its recent price change, when it was most expensive/cheapest, its price volatility, and a price prediction I made, just in case you want to wait.

First off, let's talk about its recent price change. The price of this product has not changed from May 13, 2020 to May 20, 2020, which means that it has steady and healthy supply!

Next, we need to look at its highest price and lowest price. Historically, the highest price point for this telescope was $399.99, and the lowest price point was $379.99. The current price is greater than it has ever been. If the best price is what you're looking for, this could be potentially be a bad time to purchase.

What about its availability and price volatility? This is another aspect we have to dig into before buying something. I haven't seen this product being unavailable since I started reviewing this product. So as far as the availability goes, this product is solid. If you plan to make a repeat purchase of this kind of item, this is your product! Based on past behavior, we don't expect the price to shift. The price could still change, but don't get your hopes up!

Considering all this, will the price go up or down in a week? Based on past price points, I expect the price to be $393.33 a week from now. It might be best to wait for a future price drop, but if this product checks all the boxes for you, don't wait to optimize for small gain.

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2. Orion is one of the best selling, well known telescope brand!

Orion is one of the best selling brands among other telescope brands. I found some YouTube videos that talk about this product, which means this is a widely known product/brand. I have attached the videos above and links in the additional research section down below, so don't forget to watch and read those!

One thing to be careful about here is that I'm not verifying if this product's maker is a household name or not. This section is more focused on whether this is proven enough by its consumers, whether people actually love this product.

3. Manufacturer has very positive reviews on all their products!

The maker of a product is another factor you want to definitely consider before you buy anything. What if there is a piece missing or there is some defect in the product? With anything you buy online, there is a small chance of this happening. But don't worry too much, because Amazon has an amazing 30-day refund policy (Amazon❤️). Still, you want to make sure that the manufacturer or the seller has been helpful in resolving this kind of problem and/or has been helpful to its customers about general product inquiries. As you see in my manufacturer report below, Orion has very positive reviews for their products. It's generally a good sign if the manufacturer has good reviews overall. If your purchase decision heavily involves how well they make their products and treat their customers, this is likely a safe bet.

4. This telescope has positive reviews on the internet

Some people have a great experience with a product, while some are unlucky and get a defected item and have to go through the whole process of returning them. Since people have different experiences about a product due to various reasons, don't read too much into one good or bad review. Reading multiple reviews with different ratings can help you picture how good/bad the product generally is.

This telescope has positivereviews on the internet, and based on current trends, it's likely that people will like this telescope more a week later. I summarized what fans and haters say about this product above in the good/ok/bad table, so don't forget to read those since they paint the whole picture! And of course, if you want to read more detailed reviews, many of them are on Amazon!See More Reviews on AmazonSee More Reviews on Amazon

5. There are other options, but don't look further if you're looking for the most popular product

image/svg+xml Orion Other similar brands: Meade Instruments John A Read Wiley 33 Books Co.

I found 5 brands that have similar products like this one: Meade Instruments, the same brand as this product, John A Read, Wiley, and 33 Books Co.. 'If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, you might want to look at a similar product from John A Read. If you're looking for a telescope with best reviews, a product from John A Read gets the best score on the internet. If your primary concern is whether the product is popular and well known, you probably can't find a better one than the current product you're looking at. I linked all the similar products in the similar products section so please check them out! Or you can check other similar products on Amazon, too.

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That's it! I hope you learned enough about this product to make a purchase decision now. You can always ask me about anything via the bird button on the bottom right corner. Thanks for reading — I'm going to add more analyses on this review, so stay tuned!

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