Orion Optics 10″ Dobsonian Telescope

Purchase from Astrofest – Orion UK eyepiece tray

I have just installed a great £20 Accessory I purchased at European Astrofest 2019 – an aluminium eyepiece tray to compliment my aluminium Dobsonian mount base on my Orion UK 10″ Dobsonian telescope. Hitherto, I have been putting eyepieces on base below the scope with risk they fall off if I forget they are there and pick up mount to put it away at end of observing session. This new arrangement is much safer! I have drilled extra holes to install at front but there are also already holes available to install it both sides instead so I will see which I prefer in practice.


See also:

European Astrofest Day 1 – 8/2/2019

Astrofest 2019 Day 2 – 9/2/2019

Video from European Astrofest 8-9 February 2019

Observing Log 2/2/2019 @ 18:45-3/2/2019 @ 03:30. Damian and Andrew. Photos taken through the eyepiece

All following photos are through the eyepiece, mostly of the Orion Dobsonian telescope used during this session, but a few from the Tek 140 scope. Photos include photos through Explore Scientific or Ethos eyepieces, and through our homemade image intensified eyepiece on the Orion.

All photos were taken using Samsung S7 smartphone hand held next to the eyepiece.


Hubble Variable Nebula: The following two photos were taken through the image intensified eyepiece on the 10″ Orion Dobsonian Telescope:

M42 Great Orion Nebula: Image intensified eyepiece:

M42 Great Orion Nebula: Explore Scientific 20mm eyepiece on Orion Dobsonian:

Crab Nebula:


Double Cluster in Perseus: Image intensifier:

Double Cluster in Perseus: Explore Scientific Eyepiece:

M82 in Ursa Major: Image Intensifier:

M81 in Ursa Major: Image Intensifier:

The Eyes Galaxies at the end of Markarian’s Chain: Image Intensified Eyepiece:

M13 in Hercules: Image Intensifier: