Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT 4.5 Classic Dobsonian – Review

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Are you on the lookout for a high quality telescope that is portable and easy to use? If this is the case, then you might consider investing in an Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT 4.5 Classic Dobsonian, one of the best pieces of equipments out there for its price.

Affordable Price

Founded in 1975, Orion is considered one of the finest manufacturers of telescopes in the United States, and has worked hard to earn its reputation for producing accurate, easy to use and affordable pieces of optical equipment. Needless to say, the Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT 4.5 Classic Dobsonian guarantees the same high quality, and would make an excellent choice for amateur astronomers or more experienced stargazers looking to buy a portable second scope. It also comes with many additional features that make using it a pleasure.

Lightweight and Compact

This product is a lightweight, compact Dobsonian reflector that is very portable, sturdy, and durable. At around 20lbs in weight, you can even pick it up with just one hand, carry it outside, and begin scanning the nighttime skies, making stargazing easy, and fun. In addition, its Dobsonian base is much more stable than a standard tripod, which is a nice change from the flimsy bases of most transportable scopes, and even if some parts of the scope are made of plastic, it still utilizes high quality, durable materials in its design.

Its size also makes it a great choice for children as the eyepiece stands only three inches off of the ground.

Small but Powerful

With the Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT 4.5, you will be getting a portable telescope that behaves like it is a pricier model. It has an aperture of 4.5 inches (114mm), a focal length of 900mm, and two additional eye pieces, thus affording views of a wide range of celestial objects that should satisfy the needs of most amateur astronomers. This includes high-resolution images of the craters on the Moon, the stunning rings of Saturn, as well as deep sky objects such as star clusters, nebulas and galaxies.

Perfectly Suited for Beginners

This telescope is perfect for novices since it has all of the functionality one needs to become an expert. Also included for young astronomers is assistive Sky X software that makes it simple for beginners to learn about their hobby, while providing an interactive way of finding their way around the Orion 10014. Tracking objects in the sky is a smooth experience that delivers vibrant and bright views.


– 4.5 inch aperture and 900mm focal length
– Accessories include two eyepieces (25mm and 10mm), 6×30 finder scope, 1.25 inch rack, collimation cap, eyepiece rack, sky software and detailed instructions
– Comes in a wide variety of colour choices
– One year warranty

Final Thoughts

While the Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT 4.5 will make an excellent choice for those seasoned astronomers who want a portable telescope, this is best suited for beginners or children who want to get into the hobby. It boasts a number of features that make navigating both the telescope itself and the stars a breeze and is portable, letting the user take it anywhere they wish to stargaze. It is durable and can withstand most weather conditions as it is made from top quality materials.


A quality telescope perfect for beginners

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