or workmanship for a period of one year from the date. The opposition of Uranus provided a unique opportunity for the XX12g to show its mettle, and so it did. High in the east, the Pleiades offered a suitably starry field for the ‘Deepview’. My corrector lens easily brought these peripheral sluggards into line. Fine features carried over from the XT12 include adjustable altitude tension, an open 9-point flotation primary mirror cell, and a "navigation knob" for easy slewing. I was very impressed at how rigid the wood-based mount became when all of the locking threads were tightened. I took to using a tarpaulin as a sledge that I leisurely hauled into position for each observing session. I will not claim to be fit, but nor am I infirm. Maybe the idea of a big-aperture telescope appeals to you, but the portability issue has kept you on the fence. The ‘centre of gravity’ positioned handles require an inadvisable lean-over lift position, and, after a few sessions my back left me in no doubt where this was going, perhaps even into hernia land. Thirsting for the stars, novices in astronomy are often seeking a one-stop telescope solution to quench these initial desires. It revealed a relatively diminutive disc with its beautiful turquoise tint.The Orion SkyQuest XX12g uses a GOTO system of the SynScan AZ type with a database of 49,000 objects.I have only one gripe with this excellent telescope – its weight. This one, custom designed for the SkyQuest XX12, is made of a stretchy nylon blend material that fits like a glove over the truss poles of the XX12… The Orion XX12g ready for action. F-ratio: f/4.9 Focuser: Dual-speed two-inch Crayford (11:1) Moving to the 12.5mm (150×) eyepiece, I drank from the inky elongated pools of the southern highland craters Schiller and Gassendi before using the SynScan hand controller to track north and gently sunward towards the Imbrium basin, settling finally on the crater Copernicus. This is just aching to be lost on a dark night.The large truss-tube bearings are guided neatly into the base’s altitude drive, with the two firmly mated by a long threaded locking pin. Orion 15097 Light Shroud for SkyQuest XX12 Dobsonian Telescope 4.6 out of 5 stars 6. Autumn, however, brought a dearth of available planets with only distant Uranus and Neptune saving the sanity of planetary observers. $630) is a true light bucket, with a whopping 10-inch aperture on its primary mirror for providing a fascinating look at nearby and distant bodies alike. When removed, the trusses in each captive pair align in parallel, which saves space when transporting and storing them. Absurdly, GOTO systems often have difficulty finding the Moon, perhaps because of its rapid motion relative to the celestial sphere. I would therefore consider it at the limit of being portable once assembled. If you chance upon a bright ‘star’ crawling across the sky in an arc from west to east, an object that doesn’t flash or possess red and green running lights (which is an aircraft), then you can be fairly certain that you’re looking at the International Space Station (ISS). GOTO system: SynScan AZ – 49,000 objects I have never enjoyed Copernicus in such high precision. As its name suggests, this novel Dobsonian’s eight inch (203mm) aperture provides a light grasp suitable for exploring the galaxies and nebulae that constitute the Messier catalogue — yet its 1218mm focal length (f/6) gives it access to the higher magnifications required for planetary observations too, says reviewer Steve Ringwood. I always find this common lapse totally bizarre, since its much smaller collecting area is (relatively speaking) far more valuable. Credit the XX12i’s traditional truss tube design, which utilizes eight aluminum trusses (four captive pairs) that attach and detach quickly with oversized hand knobs — no tools required! The optics of this Newtonian reflector telescope are of Orion's customary high quality. The Orion SkyQuest telescope:. After all, we would be nothing without you and we... © 2020 Woodland Hills Camera & Telescope, All Rights Reserved. Finder: EZ Finder II reflex (red spot) $19.99. Its floor and terraces were bathed by exquisitely angled sunlight and the observed resolution demanded a deep dive into the crater’s mouth. Finally, a deluxe, large-aperture Dobsonian that fits comfortably into a compact car for transport to your favorite observing site! This is a fairly conventional truss-tubed Dobsonian, but fired with GOTO. Although the primary mirror cell is extremely well ventilated, the Orion SkyQuest XX12i Intelliscope Truss Dobsonian comes with a Cooling Accelerator Fan, which attaches to the back of the cell and facilitates faster equilibration of the mirror to ambient temperature. It comes supplied with a 28mm ‘Deepview’ eyepiece plus a 12.5mm illuminated Plössl. Yet the Orion XX12g pinioned it squarely in the eyepiece’s approximately one-degree field at its first aim. The truss-bearing bolt that fixes the OTA to the altitude drive. What’s more, with the XX12i’s Truss Dobsonian 305mm of light-grabbing aperture, your favorite "faint fuzzies" won’t look nearly so faint or fuzzy! It’s a deep-sky observer’s dream telescope, offering jumbo 12" (305mm) Pyrex parabolic optics of 1500mm focal length (f/4.9); a stylish, reduced-weight base outfitted with computerized IntelliScope object locating technology; and a sturdy, eight-truss tube design that disassembles in about a minute into compact, easily portable components. Reviewer Steve Ringwood believes that this ‘scope, aimed at the beginner, hits all the right notes. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. It uses friction to keep it balanced regardless of its angle. Transfixed against a very dark field, the lesser stars were so stunningly lifted out of the gloom by the telescope that the familiar ‘mini-dipper’ pattern of the major stars was almost lost. This ‘linchpin’ seems eminently losable and I strongly urge the designers to instead install an integrated locking mechanism, or the spares department will be inundated. Somewhere in the bowels of the manual, it claims that the primary components should be just about ‘liftable’ by a fit person. Aperture: 305mm (12 inch) At 429×, the encircling terraced walls of Copernicus entirely commanded the visual field. The ‘splat’ structure of the impact was so clear that you could easily imagine it had happened yesterday, ejecta nicely discriminated from the surrounding dark lava floor. Supplied eyepieces: 28mm (three-element) Deepview, 12.5mm illuminated reticle Plössl Includes Dual-speed (11:1) 2 inch Crayford focuser, 9x50 finder scope, 2 inch and 1.25 inch eyepieces, Cooling Accelerator Fan, eyepiece rack, dust caps for top and bottom tube sections, and more!