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Build-A-Scope 14" IntelliScope Truss Dobsonian Telescope
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$1,889.99
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Standard Per-Item Shipping Charge: $95.00
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Expected Ship Date: 11/01/2014
  • Get the 14" IntelliScope Dobsonian telescope you've always wanted with accessories selected by you!
  • You decide which finder scope, eyepiece, and other accessories come with the XX14i Truss Tube IntelliScope Dobsonian
  • The Build-A-Scope SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian makes owning a large-aperture Dobsonian more exciting and more practical than ever before
  • The XX14i pulls in 36% more light than a 12" and 96% more than 10" optics
  • In addition to the accessories you select, the Build-A-Scope XX14i IntelliScope also comes with Starry Night astronomy software


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Why Choose A Build-A-Scope Dobsonian Telescope?

If you're just starting out in the hobby, our standard Dobsonian configurations (either Classic or IntelliScope) may meet your needs and are available for fastest shipping. But, if you want the telescope that you've always wanted, customized the way you'd like it — then an Orion Build-A-Scope is for you!

It's easy to Build-A-Scope and save money, so get started building that dream telescope now!

Start Building Your Telescope Select required components and optional accessories to create your perfect telescope, add all items to your cart and save!
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Step 1: Choose a Finder Scope

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Step 2: Choose Eyepieces

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Step 3: Choose Filters

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Step 4: Choose Additional Accessories

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PLEASE NOTE: If you leave this page before adding your configured Build-A-Scope to your shopping cart, the details of your configuration will not be saved. In addition, if you add a Build-A-Scope to your wish list, the components you have chosen will not be included on your wish list. To save a configuration, add all items to your cart using the button above. Your configured Build-A-Scope will be saved in your shopping cart for 30 days. You will then be able to return to your configuration by visiting your shopping cart and clicking on the Build-A-Scope product title.

Once we receive your order, we will build your telescope! That takes a little more time to ship than a standard order. In-stock orders placed by 12:00 noon Pacific Time will ship 2-3 business days after your order is placed. The expected shipping date for your customized Build-A-Scope will update to reflect the availability of the components you choose and the time needed to build your telescope. Before you know it, you will have your very own customized Classic Dobsonian to show off to your friends!

Get the 14" IntelliScope Dobsonian telescope customized the way YOU want it! With the Build-A-Scope 14" IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian from Orion, you decide which finder scope, eyepiece, and other accessories come with the telescope. Orion Build-A-Scope makes it easy to customize your XX14i IntelliScope with exactly the accessories you want - and save! 

Depending on your preference, you can choose between Orion EZ Finder reflex sights, magnified finder scopes, or more deluxe right-angle correct-image or illuminated crosshair finder scope models to be included with the SkyQuest XX14i IntelliScope Truss Tube Dobsonian reflector telescope.

With the Build-A-Scope XX14i IntelliScope, you also select which telescope eyepiece is included from Orion's wide variety of quality oculars. Choose from low focal length, high magnification 1.25" eyepieces, or go after the bigger picture with a wide-angle 2" eyepiece to view a large swath of sky through the telescope.

Truss Tube Dob Chart

With the portable Orion Build-A-Scope 14" IntelliScope Truss Dobsonian Telescope, you select the accessories for customized astronomical adventures!

The Build-A-Scope XX14i IntelliScope Dobsonian turns the night sky into an endless playground of deep-space surprises for intermediate and advanced observing enthusiasts. The huge 14" aperture (356mm) parabolic primary mirror, made from low-thermal expansion glass, features enhanced reflectivity (94%) aluminum coatings to deliver more light to the eye. So 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 more faint objects and to observe more subtle details.

Use the included Orion IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator's database of 14,000 celestial objects to select an object to observe, then, use the XX14i's dual-speed (11:1) 2" Crayford focuser along with the telescope eyepiece you select from Orion's wide selection of oculars to enjoy the view. With a maximum eyepiece height of 63" (5.25 feet) when pointed straight-up, viewing through the XX14i Build-A-Scope will not require a stool or ladder for most observers. The XX14i Dobsonian is comfortable for use all night long, even when observing celestial objects straight overhead near the zenith point.

The Build-A- Scope 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 accessories selected by YOU puts it in a league of its own. It's an all-star performer telescope for the visual astronomer who's ready for "deeper-sky" adventures!

Approximate assembled weight (does not include the accessories you select for your Build-A-Scope XX14i): 115 lbs. Assembled optical tube, 61"L x 16.5"W, 69.25 lbs. Bottom tube section, 21.5"L x 16.5"W, 52.9 lbs; top tube section, 8.5"L x 16.5"W, 9.4 lbs. Truss poles (8), 30.5"L x 1" W. Total weight of 4 truss pole pairs and captive assembly knobs: 6.95 lbs. Assembled Base, 28.5" W x 27" H, 45.4 lbs.

Meets or exceeds all California State Environmental Quality & Safety Regulations (CARB 93120 Phase 2 Compliant).

WARNING! 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 telescope mirror. When a truss tube telescope (equipped with a solar filter but no Light Shroud) is pointing near (not at) the Sun, direct sunlight can hit the mirror and focus on the solar filter or other portions of the telescope. This 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 all dustcaps or other protective covers on all optical components such as finder 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 if left out during daylight hours. 

Warranty

Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-676-1343.

Warning

Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

Product Support
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  • 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 borosilicate glass
  • Eyepieces
    Choose an Orion eyepiece mm ()
  • 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
    Choose an Orion finder scope
  • 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 year

Orion SkyQuest XX14i 14" f/4.6 IntelliScope Truss-Tube Dobsonian Reflector Telescope w/ parabolic Pyrex primary optics
9-point flotation primary mirror cell with spring loaded thumbscrew collimation adjustments
4 groups of two-pole rotatable truss assemblies with captive assembly knobs
Dual-Speed (11:1) 2" Crayford focuser w/ 1.25" telescope eyepiece adapter and adjustable focusing tension
Unique new Orion collapsible base design with side braces for increased stability
Base outfitted with EbonyStar on non-stick PTFE azimuth bearings for optimized motion
Large 8" diameter ABS plastic altitude bearings with adjustable CorrecTension knobs
Navigation knob
IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator system
9-volt battery (for IntelliScope Object Locator)
Base handle
Eyepiece rack (holds one 2" telescope eyepiece and three 1.25" telescope eyepieces)
Dust covers for top and bottom tube sections
Collimation Cap
Starry Night Special Edition software
Detailed instruction manual
And of course, the focuser, finder scope, telescope eyepieces, and other Build-A-Scope accessories you choose!

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