Orion XT4.5

This is my Orion XT4.5.  It is the first telescope I have ever owned or looked through.  I bought it for the kids in Dec 2002.   It is a wonderful 4.5″, f/8 Newtonian reflector on a dobsonian mount.  I can still remember reading about that phrase “Newtonian reflector on a dobsonian mount.”  Everyone seemed to recommend that kind of telescope for a first time buyer.  I must say, they are right.  It is very affordable, simple to operate and still throws up some fantastic views.  The first thing I ever looked at through it was the moon.  The second was Saturn.  I will never forget that night.  I still own it, but it gets more use from the neighborhood children than from me.  This is a great first telescope.  

Update 7 Nov 2003:  I have sold the XT 4.5 to the neighbor kids (actually, I traded it for a chain saw after the hurricane).  I thought I would never sell it, but when a 10 year old and 7 year old express an interest, you have to go with that.  They live right across the street so I can keep track of how much use it will get and help them as needed.  I hope they get as much enjoyment out of it as I have. 

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