A very affordable 10" telescope, capable of capturing incredibly deep images, the Orion 10" f/3.9 Newtonian reflector astrograph is an amazing performer. The coatings are 94% reflective, and the 2" dual speed crayford focuser is rock solid.
I purchased this telescope specifically for astrophotography due to short focal length and light gathering capabilities. The telescope has a good looking appearance and at first view looks well build. It comes with a fan for fast cooling and it is baffle which was a surprise since this future is not well highlighted. Regretly, the focuser came in really bad shape, so I could not test it any further for astrophotography since it would have been almost impossible to reach focus. The focuser made all type of noises, and tilted/moved depending which nob I moved. The micro focuser did not work at all, and when I tried to lock it, the focuser moved more than a centimeter. Another problem I found was the telescope’s specifications describe the OTA weight being 25.5 lbs. This is statement is not right at all. The OTA itself weights 31 lbs. If you add the Orion guider package, mounting rings and a DSLR camera you will be having a 41lbs set up, which would not be a problem if you have a mount that can handle 45 lbs+. However, if you have an Atlas mount you will be overloading the mount and perhaps calling for trouble.