Orion SkyQuest XX14G Go-To Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope
This pleasantly portable, yet large-aperture Orion Dobsonian 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 Oron SkyQuest XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian feature exceptionally large 14" (356mm) diameter optics, but its Orion-designed collapsible GoTo Dobsonian base and truss tube make the Orion XX14g conveniently portable, since you can break the entire telescope down into bite-size component pieces.
Imagine, a 14" diameter Dobsonian reflector with motorized GoTo object location and tracking, capable of being packed into a small car. The optical tube and base 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 Orion XX14g virtually eliminates flexure observed in 6- and 3-pole collapsible tube designs. Stability of the assembled Orion XX14g Dobsonian 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 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 Orion 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 Orion 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. Redesigned heavy-duty clutches allow motion in both axes to be adjusted independently to desired level of resistance.
The 14" parabolic primary mirror doesn't just gobble up photons; it wolfs them down eagerly for your visual inspection. The Orion XX14g 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 mirror cell accepts six specially designed threaded counterweights (included) to optimize balance.
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 includes both a 2" DeepView 35mm eyepiece for wide views and a 1.25" 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 Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dob 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 Dobsonian.
Dark skies await you, and with the Orion XX14g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope, they're well within reach.
Meets or exceeds all California State Environmental Quality & Safety Regulations (CARB 93120 Phase 2 Compliant).
Orion SkyQuest XX14G Go-To Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope Specifications
- Best for viewing: Fainter deep sky
- Best for imaging: Lunar and 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: 35mm DeepView - 2"; 12.5mm Plossl - 1.25"
- Magnification with included eyepieces: 47x, 132x
- Resolving power: 0.33 arc*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
- Mirror coatings/over-coatings: Enhanced Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
- Mount type: Dobsonian
- Astro-imaging capability: Simple moon shots
- Computerized capability: 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
- Optical tube weight: 64 lbs.
- Mount/ tripod weight: 94 lbs.
- Weight, fully assembled: 158 lbs.
- Other features: Closed loop servo drive GoTo system, Collapsible base for convenient transportation, Choose from auto tracking or GoTo mode.
- Warranty: One Year
When using a truss tube Dobsonian telescope for solar observing, always use a Light Shroud and a properly sized solar filter. When you install the Light Shroud make certain there are no gaps between the Shroud and the telescope where direct sunlight can reach the mirror.
When a truss tube telescope (equipped with a solar filter but no shroud) is pointing near (not at) the Sun, direct sunlight can hit the mirror and focus on the solar fi lter or other portions of the telescope. Th is can lead to eye injury or damage to the telescope. Using a Light Shroud protects your telescope from peripheral sunlight.
Before using any telescope for solar observing, make sure to install dustcaps or other protective covers on all optical components such as fi nder scopes to keep sunlight from passing through them. Glancing through an uncovered optical system even for an instant can cause permanent eye damage.
Always install protective caps on all optical instruments when left outside in direct sunlight during daylight hours.
Orion Product Number: 8964
- Additional Information
SKU OR-8964 Manufacturer Orion Telescope Series Orion SkyQuest Optical Design Newtonian Reflector - Open Truss Mount Type Dobsonian Cradle with GoTo Warranty 1 Year Warranty Telescope Aperture 14" Telescope Focal Length 1650mm Telescope Focal Ratio f/4.6 Highest Useful Magnification 300x Limiting Stellar Magnitude 15.4 OTA Mount Type Dobsonian Cradle Optical Tube Weight 64 lbs. Mount Weight 94 lbs. Total Telescope Weight 158 lbs. Objects in Database 42,000+ Alignment Procedure 2-Star Alignment CD ROMs Included Starry Night SE Eyepiece(s) Included 35mm DeepView, 12.5mm Illuminated Plossl Hand Controller Included? Yes Diagonal Included? No - Not Required Power Adapter Included None - Requires 12V DC Adapter Finder Included Red Dot Finder
- Included Items
- Orion SkyQuest XX14G Go-To Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope
- 35mm DeepView Eyepiece - 2"
- 12.5mm Illuminated Plossl Eyepiece
- Eyepiece Rack
- EZ Finder II Finder Scope
- Extension Tube - 2"
- Collimation Cap
- 12V DC Power Cable
- RS-232 Cable
- Starry Night Software
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsQuestion by: Jason on Oct 2, 2014 12:55:26 PMHello Jason,
Thank you for your question. This telescope does not come with a power pack but one is available. The best one to get is the Orion Dynamo Pro.
The telescope does not come with fans but Orion makes fans that we can get for it. It is called Orion Three-Fan Cooling System for Convex-Back Dobsonians.Answer by: Roderick (Admin) on Oct 8, 2014 10:40:26 AMWhat is required to setup a camera on this scope? It does not appear to be an astrograph. Does this unit limit comma? How? Thanks - MonteQuestion by: Monteshere on Mar 7, 2014 1:07:36 PMLike most Dobsonian mounted telescopes, this scope will not reach focus with a DSLR or most CCD cameras unless modified in some way (by shortening the truss or raising the primary mirror), and this modification would require rebalancing the scope. The scope is also mounted Alt-Az, meaning that the scope can only track for around 45 seconds max before field rotation shows up - which further limits its imaging potential. Lastly, this scope is a standard 2 mirror Newtonian and does not natively correct for coma without adding a 3rd party coma corrector of some type. If your main goal is photography, you will want to look at a different "Imaging Newtonian" scope on an equatorial mount. This scope excels primarily for visual use.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Mar 10, 2014 8:44:01 AM
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