SkyQuest XX14i, Shroud, and Case Set Package
The Orion 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 features enhanced reflectivity (94%) aluminum coatings to deliver more light to the eye. And what do 14" optics by you in the way of extra light gathering power compared 10 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.
- Everything you need for optimized use and transport of the 14-inch XX14i!
- Traditional 8- truss design offers superior rigidity compared to other designs in this category
- IntelliScope computerized object-locating technology pinpoints any of 14,000 objects in seconds
- Dual-speed 2" Crayford focuser, 9x50 finder, 2" and 1.25" eyepieces, cooling fan, rack, and more!
- Included custom-designed light shroud for the XX14i blocks stray light to improve image contrast
- Included three case set designed to protect the optical tube sections of the SkyQuest XX14i during transport
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 Plössl.
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 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!
SkyQuest XX14i Light Shroud
For the best performance from any truss Dob, a light shroud is a must. This one, custom designed for the SkyQuest XX14i, is made of a stretchy nylon blend material that fits like a glove over the truss poles of the XX14i, 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 scope in breezy conditions. Use of the shroud will lessen the accumulation of dust and dirt on the mirrors during use, and will help prevent dew from forming on them. Made in the U.S.A.
SkyQuest XX14i Truss Tube Dobsonian Case Set
The beauty of a big truss tube Dobsonian is that it can be disassembled into conveniently sized components for easy transport. And transporting the SkyQuest XX14i will be much easier, and the components much better protected, with this set of cases designed just for the XX14i. 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, and double stitched for extra strength. There are separate padded cases for the upper and lower optical tube sections as well as a case for the truss poles. The poles slip into separate compartments to prevent direct contact among them. The lower tube case also has a zippered pocket to hold accessories. All the 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 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. Made in the U.S.A.
|Name||Orion - SkyQuest XX14i, Shroud, and Case Set Package|
|Alignment Procedures||2-Star Alignment|
|Bearings||AZ: Ebony Star/PTFE, ALT: UHMW/ABS|
|Eyepieces||DeepView 35.0mm (2"), 10.0mm (1.25")|
|Focuser||2" dual-speed Crayford|
|Highest Useful Magnification||300x|
|Included Accessories||Collapsible base design for excellent portability, 2" Dual-Speed Crayford focuser w/ 1.25" adapter|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||15.4|
|Lowest Useful Magnification||47x|
|Magnification||47x, 165x with eyepieces|
|Optical Coatings||Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide|
|Optical Tube Length||61.0 in.|
|Power Requirements||9-volt battery|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction||82mm|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area||5%|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter||23%|