Orion SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss DobsonianColossal 14"-aperture parabolic optics open up the heavens to new visual adventures!Enhanced reflectivity (94%) aluminum mirror coatings for brighter images14" optics collect 36% more light than a 12" mirror, and an amazing 96% more light than a 10" Dobsonian allowing you to resolve significantly fainter objects and more subtle detailsOrion-designed for great pack-it-up portability! Both optical tube and base disassemble without tools to fit easily into a standard-size carThe Orion-designed collapsible base, made of 1" thick laminated wood panels for rock-solid stability, adds to the portability of the XX14iIncluded IntelliScope object location technology pinpoints thousands of objects with pushbutton ease- Much more affordable than comparably sized "boutique" DobsoniansEight-pole truss design ensures greater structural rigidity than competitors' 3- and 6-pole designs- Ultra-smooth azimuth base motion optimized by Ebony Star on virgin teflon bearing surfacesAll collapsible base and truss-pole hardware is captive to prevent accidental loss Dual-speed (11:1) 2" Crayford focuser allows sharp views of even the most elusive celestial targets
Following on the heels of our critically acclaimed SkyQuest XX12i comes the next member in our exciting new line of truss tube Dobsonian telescopes - the mighty SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian. Featuring colossal 14" diffraction-limited optics and a design engineered by Orion that is optimized from top to bottom for portability, the 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 XX14i 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 mirror, made from low-thermal expansion glass, features enhanced reflectivity (94%) aluminum coatings to deliver more light to the eye. And what do 14" optics buy you in the way of extra light gathering power compared to 12" and 10" optics? Plenty! The XX14i 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 XX14i'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 or high power 10mm 1.25" Sirius Plossl. With a maximum eyepiece height of 63 inches, viewing through the XX14i will not require a stool or ladder for most observers, even when observing objects near zenith.
The XX14i adds a convenient new twist to truss-tube Dobsonian 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 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 fully 1"-thick laminated wood panels for rock-solid stability, adds to the portability of the XX14i. The base quickly breaks down into four pieces without tools, to easily fit into standard sized automobiles. All hardware is captive to prevent accidental loss.
The SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian makes owning a large-aperture Dobsonian 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!
Assembled weight (including accessories): approximately 120 lbs. Assembled optical tube, 61"L x 16.5"W, 63.5 lbs. Bottom tube section, 21.5"L x 16.5"W, 47lbs; top tube section, 8.5"L x 16.5"W, 10.5lbs. Truss poles (8), 30.5"L x 1" W. Total weight of 4 truss pole pairs and captive assembly knobs: approx. 8 lbs. Base, 28.5" W x 27" H, 44.5lbs. 12V battery pack included (requires 8 D-cells: not included) to power Cooling Accelerator fan. One-year limited warranty.
Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.Included Items:14" f/4.6 Truss-Tube Dobsonian reflector w/ parabolic Pyrex primary optics9-point flotation primary mirror cell with spring loaded thumbscrew collimation adjustments4 groups of two-pole rotatable truss assemblies with captive assembly knobsDual-Speed (11:1) 2" Crayford focuser w/ 1.25" eyepiece adapter and adjustable focusing tensionUnique new collapsible base design with side braces for increased stabilityBase outfitted with EbonyStar on Virgin Teflon azimuth bearings for optimized motionLarge 8" diameter ABS plastic altitude bearings with adjustable CorrecTension knobsNavigation knobIntelliScope Object Locator system9-volt battery (for IntelliScope Object Locator)Base handleEyepiece rack (holds one 2" eyepiece and three 1.25" eyepieces)9x50 finder scope35mm DeepView 2" eyepiece10mm Sirius Plossl eyepieceCooling Accelerator Fan12V battery pack for Cooling Fan (requires 8 D cell batteries: not included)Dust covers for top and bottom tube sectionsCollimation CapOrion Starry Night Special Edition softwareDetailed instruction manual