About the Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Dobsonian Telescope, Case & Shroud...
Following on the heels of the critically acclaimed SkyQuest XX12i Orion Dobsonian Telescope comes the next member in Orion''s exciting new line of truss tube Dobsonian telescopes - the mighty Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope. Featuring colossal 14" diffraction-limited optics and a design engineered by Orion that is optimized from top to bottom for portability, the Orion Dobsonian Telescope XX14i delivers the highest level of performance and transportability of any telescope in its class - and at a price that''s thousands of dollars less than custom-made or "boutique" Dobsonians.
The Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope turns the night sky into an endless playground of deep-space surprises for intermediate and advanced observing enthusiasts. The space-penetrating 14" (356mm) parabolic primary Orion Dobsonian Telescope mirror, made from low-thermal expansion glass, features enhanced reflectivity (94%) aluminum coatings to deliver more light to the eye.
And what do 14" Orion Dobsonian Telescope optics buy you in the way of extra light gathering power compared to 12" and 10" optics? Plenty! The Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope pulls in 36% more light than a 12" and 96% more than 10" optics, allowing you to resolve significantly fainter objects and more subtle details.
Once your observing target is locked in utilizing the IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator''s database of 14,000 celestial objects, the Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope''s dual-speed (11:1) 2" Crayford focuser lets you quickly bring the object into crisp, clear focus using either of the included eyepieces: low-power 35mm 2" DeepView telescope eyepiece or high power 10mm 1.25" Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece. With a maximum eyepiece height of 63 inches, viewing through the XX14i Orion Dobsonian Telescope will not require a stool or ladder for most observers, even when observing objects near zenith.
The Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope adds a convenient new twist to truss-tube Orion Dobsonian Telescope portability by allowing easy disassembly of both the optical tube and the base into smaller, easily manageable pieces. The optical tube itself features an eight-pole truss design (four captive pairs) that provides greater structural rigidity than similar 6-pole truss or 3-pole "parallel strut" designs. Large hand knobs and captive bolts make for user-friendly assembly and disassembly of the tube sections. To minimize the size of the bottom section of the Orion Dobsonian Telescope XX14i''s optical tube, it has been engineered with three removable, recessed counterweights that provide the optimum balance for the tube on its 8" diameter altitude hubs.
The Orion-designed collapsible base, made of 1"-thick engineered composite wood with a weather-resistant laminated finish for for rock-solid stability, adds to the portability of the Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope. The base quickly breaks down into four pieces without tools, to easily fit into standard sized automobiles. All hardware on this Orion Dobsonian Telescope is captive to prevent accidental loss.
The Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope makes owning a large-aperture Orion Dobsonian Telescope more exciting and more practical than ever before. Its synthesis of pack-it-up portability, incredible optics, IntelliScope digital object location system, and affordable prices puts it in a league of its own. It''s an all-star performer for the visual astronomer who''s ready for "deeper-sky" adventures!
For the best performance from any truss Dobsonian, a light shroud is a must. This one, custom designed for the SkyQuest XX14i telescope, is made of a stretchy nylon blend material that fits like a glove over the truss poles of the Orion SkyQuest XX14i Truss Tube Dob, fastening with thick elastic bands on both ends. The water-resistant, opaque black fabric blocks stray light from entering the optical path, thus improving image contrast. It'''s also breathable, which minimizes unwanted vibration of the Orion Dobsonian Telescope in breezy conditions. Use of the shroud will lessen the accumulation of dust and dirt on the telescope mirrors during use, and will help prevent dew from forming on them.
The beauty of a big truss tube Orion Dobsonian Telescope is that it can be disassembled into conveniently sized components for easy transport. Transporting the SkyQuest XX14i will be much easier, and the components much better protected, with this set of cases designed just for the XX14i telescope. The set includes three cases plus a secondary mirror cover. Each case is made of durable, waterproof, 600-denier polyester/nylon material with a urethane coating and a 100% nylon lining, double stitched for extra strength. There are separate padded cases for the upper and lower telescope optical tube sections as well as a case for the truss poles. The truss poles slip into separate compartments to prevent direct contact among them. The lower optical tube case also has a zippered pocket to hold accessories. All the Orion Dobsonian Telescope XX14i cases have carrying handles. Lastly, the soft nylon secondary mirror "sock" is included to keep the mirror free of dust when the scope is idle. Keep your Orion SkyQuest XX14i Truss Tube Dob looking like new and get it to your observing site more easily and securely with this set of custom cases.
Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Dobsonian Telescope, Case & Shroud Features...
- A colossal 14" aperture truss-tube Dobsonian reflector telescope that breaks down into bite-size components to fit into a standard size car
- Included three case set designed to protect the optical tube sections of the SkyQuest XX14i reflector during transport
- Custom-designed light shroud for the XX14i Truss Tube Dobsonian blocks stray light to improve contrast
- Included IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator tells you precisely where to push the telescope to see over 14,000 celestial objects
- Large hand knobs and captive bolts make for user-friendly assembly and disassembly of the tube sections
- To minimize the size of the bottom section of the XX14i''s optical tube, it has been engineered with three removable, recessed counterweights that provide the optimum balance for the tube on its 8" diameter altitude hubs.
- Enhanced reflectivity (94%) aluminum mirror coatings for brighter images
- Huge 14" aperture reflector optics gather enough light for stunning views of galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters, as well as gorgeously detailed views of the Moon and planets
- Orion-designed collapsible Dobsonian base separates into four pieces while the truss-equipped reflector optical tube separates into six pieces for easy portability
- Includes 2" dual-speed (11:1) Crayford focuser, 35mm 2" DeepView eyepiece, 10mm 1.25" Sirius Plossl eyepiece, 9x50 finder scope, eyepiece rack, collimation cap, Starry Night software, and more!
Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Dobsonian Telescope, Case & Shroud 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"), 10.0mm (1.25")
Magnification with included eyepieces: 47x, 165x
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: 9x50
Focuser: 2" dual-speed Crayford
Secondary mirror obstruction: 82mm
Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter: 23%
Secondary mirror obstruction by area: 5%
Mirror coatings/over-coatings: Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
Mount type: Dobsonian
Astro-imaging capability: Simple moon shots
Computerized compatibility: Intelliscope included
Alignment procedure: 2-Star Alignment
Number of objects in database: 14,000+
Bearing material: AZ: Ebony Star/PTFE, ALT: UHMW/ABS
Power requirement: 9-volt battery
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: 63.5 lbs.
Weight, mount/tripod: 44.5 lbs.
Weight, fully assembled: 120.0 lbs.
Additional included accessories: Collapsible base design for excellent portability, 2" dual-speed Crayford focuser w/ 1.25" adapter
Other features: IntelliScope object locator (w/ 9-volt battery), EbonyStar on virgin teflon azimuth bearings, Large 8" altitude bearings w/ adjustable tension
Warranty: One yearOrion Product Number: 24442