Orion SkyQuest XX14g
The Orion SkyQuest XX14g IntelliScope Truss Dobsonian Telescope has the largest aperture in the range and is equipped with GoTo motorization and closed-loop tracking.This is a scope that any amateur astronomer would be proud to own.
This stunning telescope features extremely large 14-inch diameter optics, however , its Orion designed collapsible GoTo Dobsonian base and truss tube make the XX14g readily portable, due to the fact you can break the entire scope down into small component pieces.
Just consider for a moment, a 14-inch diameter Dobsonian reflector with motorized GoTo object location and tracking, which is capable of being loaded into a small car. The optical tube and base both separate into smaller components without the neeed for any tools.
The rigid 8-pole truss tube of the Orion SkyQuest XX14g virtually eliminates flexure observed in 6- and 3-pole collapsible tube designs. Stability of the assembled XX14g Dobsonian base is enhanced by its 1-inch thick composite wood base panels, which are laminated with water-resistant black melamine.
GoTo And Tracking Motors
These are pre-installed on the base panels, making assembly nice and easy. Once the tube and base are assembled, the optical tube attaches to the base with a dovetail trunnion and locks securely in place with a single captive hand knob. Since all base and truss tube hardware is captive, you don’t have to worry about leaving a screw behind after a long night of viewing in the field.
The XX14g GoTo system automatically slews the telescope to any of the over 42,000 celestial objects you choose from the hand controller’s intuitive menus, once a simple alignment process is completed.
Altitude and azimuth motors automatically track the motion of the target object so it stays put in the eyepiece field of view for extended visual study. Forgiving of accidental bumps, the XX14g’s GoTo system features closed-loop electronics allowing manual repositioning or slewing of the telescope tube without losing alignment. In fact, depending on your preference you can choose to operate the telescope in either GoTo or auto tracking modes.
The Orion SkyQuest XX14g features an innovative convex-back 356mm diameter primary mirror and a newly engineered mirror cell, which weighs 10 lbs. less than standard 14-inch mirror and cell combinations, yielding faster ambient temperature equilibration times so you get optimal visual results more quickly. The mirror cell accepts six specially designed threaded counterweights to optimize balance.
The dual-speed abilities of the 2-inch Crayford focuser with its 11:1 fine-focus ratio allows you to dial in precise details of any celestial denizen. Both 2-inch and 1.25-inch telescope eyepieces can be used, thanks to the included 1.25-inch step-down adapter.
The XX14g includes both a 2-inch DeepView 35mm eyepiece for wide views and a 1.25-inch 12.5mm Plossl eyepiece with an illuminated reticle to help align the GoTo system precisely. Other stellar accessories include an EZ Finder II reflex sight, removable eyepiece rack, GoTo hand controller holder bracket, collimation cap, 12V DC power cable, and RS-232 cable for future firmware updates. A 12V power supply or AC-to-DC adapter (sold separately) is required for motorized operation.
In keeping with Orion’s tradition of offering top-notch quality optics at affordable prices the XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dob is priced to please. Includes a FREE Starry Night Special Edition software CD-ROM and SkyTheater DVD.
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