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    I am looking to maybe get a XXg14 to go along with my 12 inch SCT ..
    There are differences in the 12 to 14 that are important, has to do with limited magnitude and I forget the other reason . First I use a Stellacam3
    that is Pelter cooled, with remote control. The Stellacam costs about as much as the scope will..I use it on my SCT 12. I only have to have max 15 seconds to get a good workable image. If the XX14g can track, and keep centered an object for 15 seconds , I will be very happy ..
    By the way I to dont understand why they didnt build a 16 inch.
    I think there is one in the works, most likely it will sell for just under 3000 dollars..
    Just a guess..
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    Ed - I too have a Stellacam 3 and would like to do the same thing. I am asuuming that Orion's telescope production follows (but not too closely) Skywatcher's. Their website has a 16" trackiing dob, so maybe Orion's is in the works.

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    Hello and thanks for the review! Have you tried any astrophotography with it? I am really curios about what a 5 minute exposure through that monster would look like. I am also wondering what the exposure limit would be. I know the mount isn't optimized for it.

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    Thanks for the reply , I do not have the XX14g yet . I am going to order it next 3 weeks .
    Orion will most likely not have the units ready for shipment till February 15th, that's what they told me... No big rush.
    I was assured that the scope will hold an object for at least 30 seconds before drift may or may not be a problem.
    As with all scopes the better polar aligned the better things are.
    This is fine with me as my Stellacam 3 will give me quite good images with only 5 to 15 second imaging times per frame, when using single frame capture mode .
    I am using Deep Sky Imaging, a software program that can be found on internet, a rather inexpensive program that really works well with my Stellacam.
    I chose Stellacam over Mellincam because for repairs or anything else Cosmologic Systems are located in Bonny Lake Washington USA, the other company is in Canada.
    Easy folks to work with at Cosmologic.
    I am going to post a couple of astro photos with my Stellacam 3 today .
    The pics will be in the raw they are as you would see them on your computer when you take the shot .

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    My long range plan after buying a refractor was to pick up a DOB for deep sky stuff. I've always liked the push to Intelliscope feature offered by Orion. The price really takes off with the goto and the big daddy 14". After reading this and other threads I think I'll be looking for a 12" instead of a 10" when it comes time to buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OleCuss View Post
    I'm sure you already know, but the benefit of the 2 inchers is kinda lost when the eyepiece focal length drops below about 25mm. so you only need just a couple of the 2 inchers.
    Why is the benefit lost?

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    Wow what a beast! Good luck with it and welcome to the forum :0)

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    Default Re: First Light Review of my new Orion SkyQuest XX14g

    Hello,

    My XX14G is expected to arrive this coming Monday. I am very excited about this scope. I hope it all arrives in good shape. Thanks for the review!

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    Default Re: First Light Review of my new Orion SkyQuest XX14g

    Grats on the big glass, I love mine for viewing, easy to use and excellent go-to's. You'll like it a lot more, and use it a lot more if you fabricate a wheelbarrow setup for it.

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    Default Re: First Light Review of my new Orion SkyQuest XX14g

    Very cool...14" is a huge light bucket. Hearty grats on the new glass!
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