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A Bucket Full of Photons

Monday, June 8th, 2009

As we all know, there are countless wonders to see in the night sky. But there remains the question of the best way to see them. In my opinion the answer to that question is a plain old “light bucket” – a common nickname for a Dobsonian mounted reflector. In real estate the mantra may be “location location location”, but with telescopes it is “aperture aperture aperture.” The bigger the aperture, the better. It’s all about how much light you can gather, and a “light bucket” just scoops it up. No other kind of telescope comes close to giving as much aperture for the cost as a Dobsonian. There are a couple downsides however. Large reflectors can be bulky and difficult to move around, and the Dobsonian mount isn’t suitable for astrophotography. But if you want great views without breaking the bank, they can’t be beat.

One great example is the Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope. At only $329.95 it’s a great step up from many of the cheap starter scopes. Click the picture for more information on the XT8.

Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope