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#1 lbsgville

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

Hi All, I finally pulled the trigger on my Orion 14g scope, or should I say the wife gave the OK to do it. Expected ship date was Feb. 2. More details, pics and first light report when it arrives. I have a solid tube 10" push and pull now and I know that going to a 14" is not the big jump needed for the 1 mag WOW factor, but I feel that having goto and tracking will make up for it.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:24 AM

I have an XX14G, going up from an XT10I and I love it! I am sure you will to!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:44 AM

This is my first big step into goto dobs. I'm sure I will love it ,but there is going to be a lot of things to learn. I'm pretty good with this kind of stuff so I think it will be fun, but I'm sure there will be some frustration and long nights in the living room trying to get it right. I looking forward to every minute of it.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

I too just, placed my order for the xx14g. After much diliberation I chose the 14 over the 16 due to size. I will hopefully recieve mine 2-23-13 ish. This will be a considerable jump from my 8inch. I also got the padded case and shroud. I can't wait to get it to a real Dark site.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

Congrats to both of you, Looking forward your first light reports! I have the xx14i and like Wcclower said your gonna love the scope! :yay:

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

You are really going to enjoy this scope. I have the 12" truss version and I absolutely love it. Congrats to both of you.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:25 PM

Thanks for the encourging words. Jason I live in Cocoa, about 30 minutes east of the Orlando airport. I have a haveway decient dark sight in the middle of nowhere off of 520. We should get together some time. PM me if interested. Have you ever been to Chiefland Astronomy Village?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:27 PM

I called Orion and got some great news about the ship date. When I placed the order the expected ship date was Feb 2nd. When I went back to the site just hours later the new ship date was Feb 24. I thought oh no here we go with the slip ship date. When they checked on my order my ship date was actually earlier, Jan 25! It should arrive by Feb 1st.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:06 PM

My Ship date moved up to 2-1-13. My shroud, Cooling fans, and padded case should be at my door tomorrow!!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:21 PM

I'm still waffling back and forth between the 14 and 16, look forward to reading your impressions :) Congrat's on the new scopes!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

Took me about a week of countless deliberation in my head and poking around CN, calls to Orion etc.. before I made my choice. I figured it would be a bit more hassel to pull out the 16 than the 14. The height was also a deciding factor. I'm 5'10" and I might still need a step ladder. Good luck in your choice. either one will be a great scope.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:38 PM

I have the XX14I. It has been a excellent scope with good views. I had the XX12I. It was also a good scope. I sold it and got the XX14I. I know you will like it. Good luck

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:06 PM

Took me about a week of countless deliberation in my head and poking around CN, calls to Orion etc.. before I made my choice. I figured it would be a bit more hassel to pull out the 16 than the 14. The height was also a deciding factor. I'm 5'10" and I might still need a step ladder. Good luck in your choice. either one will be a great scope.


Yes, please guys, keep us informed of your progress. I am considering a 14" too. But if the 16" wasn't so heavy and tall at the zenith, I'd go for it in a heart beat. I want to be able and sit at times, and for sure, not use a step ladder! Sitting is so much more desireable when studying an object. Plus, it easily extends the viewing session b/c it saves on getting tired. I'm 6'0" and have steps to contend with, so portability is important. Each pc s/b under 70 lbs for me. And I think that Orions GOTO is excellent. But tell us about using HEAVY EPs and balance. Also, does the base look waterproof, being I suppose press board.... wet grass, mud and snow here. And with a shroud, how does it do in wind? Perhaps some of the others who already own one can chime in. Good luck with your scopes!
Bob

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:37 PM

I can't wait for the day to setup an observatory and insert a 14 or 16"! Please tell us how the views are compared to other scopes you've used!

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:48 PM

Hey guys I own the 14g and have it on the JMI buggy, love it .The cases are a great add on good quality! I put a Moonlite focuser. On cause Orion does not give u a compression ring . Dumb! I also put on an 80 mm stellar vue finder!! This scope is well made!!

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:58 PM

Oh I have hade a 16 inch mead star finder , and the 12 inch lite bridge ! Love the 14 !!!

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#17 MikeBOKC

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

Well after much consideration I ordered the 14g today through a local Orion dealer who is also a club member. Ship date 2-24 so I should have it in hand about March 1, in time for spring observing. This is definitely a lifetime scope and I am looking forward to seeing it in action and the views it promises.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

Mike, that is great news!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:21 PM

Cool enjoy!!!!!

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:49 AM

Andy I will let you know when it arrives, hopefuly before the Messier Marathon out at CRO on March 9. I am hoping to do a test run here at home before that and maybe you can come over.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:50 AM

Would love to see some pics :photo: of folks and get an idea of ep height at zenith?

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

On the xx14g page on Orion's website there is a short video that shows that pretty well. Looks to me that an observer 5'10" or taller should have the eyepiece right about eye level with the scope at zenith.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:48 AM

:) Thanks Mike - forgot about that vid, I'm 5'10" so that would put the ep height about 64"-65" ?

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:48 AM

Looking forward to some first light reports.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:20 PM

I'm 5'10" and I might still need a step ladder.


You will not need a step for e/p @ zenith w/ the 14.






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