About the Orion SkyQuest XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope...
This pleasantly portable, yet large-aperture Orion Dobsonian Telescope is equipped with GoTo motorization and closed-loop tracking, making it an ideal telescope for use in the backyard or at your favorite dark sky site. Not only does the Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope feature exceptionally large 14" (356mm) diameter optics, but its Orion-designed collapsible GoTo Dobsonian base and truss tube make the Orion Dobsonian Telescope XX14g conveniently portable, since you can break the entire telescope down into bite-size component pieces.
Imagine, a 14" diameter Orion Dobsonian Telescope with motorized GoTo object location and tracking, capable of being packed into a small car. The optical tube and base of the Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope both separate into smaller components - without tools. Once broken down, everything fits easily into even a compact car, for the trip to your favorite dark-sky site. The rigid 8-pole truss tube of the XX14g virtually eliminates flexure observed in 6- and 3-pole collapsible tube designs. Stability of the assembled XX14g Orion Dobsonian Telescope base is enhanced by its 1" thick composite wood base panels, which are laminated with water-resistant black melamine. GoTo and tracking motors are pre-installed on the base panels, making assembly nice and easy. Once the tube and base are assembled, the telescope 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 Orion Dobsonian Telescope 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 Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope 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 Orion Dobsonian Telescope in either GoTo or auto tracking modes. Redesigned heavy-duty clutches allow motion in both axes to be adjusted independently to desired level of resistance.
The 14" parabolic primary mirror of the Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope doesn'''t just gobble up photons; it wolfs them down eagerly for your visual inspection. The XX14g Orion Dobsonian Telescope features an innovative convex-back 356mm diameter primary mirror and a newly engineered mirror cell, which weighs 10 lbs. less than standard 14" mirror and cell combinations, yielding faster ambient temperature equilibration times so you get optimal visual results more quickly. The telescope mirror cell accepts six specially designed threaded counterweights (included) to optimize balance.
Need more to impress you with the Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope? Then check out this... The dual-speed abilities of the 2" Crayford focuser with its 11:1 fine-focus ratio allows you to dial in precise details of any celestial denizen. Both 2" and 1.25" telescope eyepieces can be used, thanks to the included 1.25" step-down adapter.
The Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope includes both a 2" DeepView 35mm telescope eyepiece for wide views and a 1.25" 12.5mm Plossl telescope 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 Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope is priced to please. Includes a FREE Starry Night Special Edition software CD-ROM and SkyTheater DVD - a $69.90 value! As with all Orion Telescopes, our Customer Service and Technical Support teams are available to help with any questions you may have on our exciting new 14" GoTo Truss Tube Orion Dobsonian Telescope.
A specially designed Light Shroud is available (sold separately) for the Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope optical tube. A Light Shroud significantly enhances the viewing experience in a Truss Tube Orion Dobsonian Telescope by blocking distracting peripheral light from entering the light path, optimizing contrast and brightness.
A custom Orion Padded Case Set (sold separately) is available for the Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope optical tube. Each set of cases includes a padded case for the top tube section including a secondary mirror cover, a padded case for the bottom tube section, and a roll-up case to safely hold the truss-pole assemblies. An Orion Dobsonian Telescope Padded Case Set is the best way to preserve and protect your investment for years to come.
Dark skies await you, and with the Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope, they'''re well within reach.
Orion SkyQuest XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope Features...
- An enormous yet conveniently portable 14" aperture truss-tube Dobsonian telescope
- Equipped with fully motorized GoTo object location and automatic tracking of over 42,000 celestial objects
- Colossal 14" aperture reflector optics collect tons of light for wonderfully detailed views of deep space objects such as galaxies, star clusters, and cloudy nebulas, in addition to bright and detailed views of closer cosmic quarry including the Moon and planets
- Orion-designed collapsible GoTo Dobsonian base AND rigid 8-pole truss reflector optical tube both break down into easily manageable components for transport in virtually any car
- Closed-loop electronics forgive accidental bumps, nudges, and even manual repositioning without losing alignment of the GoTo system.
- Heavy-duty clutches allow independent adjustment of motion to desired level of resistance in both axes.
- Innovative convex-back 356mm diameter parabolic primary mirror and newly engineered mirror cell weigh 10 lbs. less than our standard 14" reflector mirror and cell
Orion SkyQuest XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope Specifications...
Best for viewing: Fainter deep sky
Best for imaging: Lunar & planetary
User level: Advanced
Optical design: Reflector
Optical diameter: 356mm
Focal length: 1650mm
Focal ratio: f/4.6
Optics type: Parabolic
Glass material: Low thermal expansion glass
Eyepieces: DeepView 35.0mm (2"), Plossl 12.5mm (1.25")
Magnification with included eyepieces: 47x, 132x
Resolving power: 0.33arc*sec
Lowest useful magnification: 47x
Highest useful magnification: 300x
Highest theoretical magnification: 712x
Limiting stellar magnitude: 15.4
Optical quality: Diffraction limited
Finder scope: EZ Finder II
Focuser: 2" dual-speed Crayford
Secondary mirror obstruction: 80mm
Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter: 23%
Secondary mirror obstruction by area: 5%
Mirror coatings/over-coatings: Enhanced Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
Mount type: Dobsonian
Astro-imaging capability: Simple moon shots
Computerized compatibility: Go-To included
Alignment procedure: 2-Star Alignment
Number of objects in database: 42,000+
Bearing material: AZ: Thrust needle bearings ALT: Ball bearings
Power requirement: 12-volt DC (tip positive)
Setting circles: Electronic, via the hand controller
Available ports: RS-232
Tube material: Steel
Tripod material: Wood
Length of optical tube: 61.0 in.
Weight, optical tube: 64.0 lbs.
Weight, mount/tripod: 94.0 lbs.
Weight, fully assembled: 158.0 lbs.
Additional included accessories: 2" Dual-Speed Crayford focuser w/ 1.25" adapter
Other features: Closed loop servo drive GoTo system, Collapsible base for convenient transportation, Choose from auto tracking or GoTo mode
Warranty: One yearOrion Product Number: 08964