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Building on the Orion SkyQuest XT8i Computerized IntelliScope's legacy of award-winning design and performance, we've enhanced the world's best-selling 8" Dobsonian telescope with new technology that will change the way you view the heavens. And it's now upgraded with a 2" Crayford-style focuser for smoother, more accurate performance.
The SkyQuest XT8i Computerized IntelliScope gives you speedy, push-button access to more than 14,000 fascinating celestial objects on the optional IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator. Looking for the Whirlpool Galaxy? Press the button labeled "Messier" select M51 whoosh! Wow! In seconds, there it is in the telescope eyepiece. Never been able to find that edge-on galaxy, NGC 891? Tap the "NGC" button, select 891 Whoosh! You're there. It's that easy to locate object after object, so many more in an evening than you could ever find before.
The Orion SkyQuest XT8i Computerized IntelliScope is the most advanced 8" Dobsonian telescope available. Its 8" (203mm) parabolic primary mirror serves up jaw-dropping images of the planets, nebulas clusters, and galaxies. The enameled steel tube boasts a "navigation knob" for easy slewing, a right-angle finder scope and now a Crayford-style focuser that accepts 2" and 1.25" telescope eyepieces. The focuser provides silky-smooth, backlash-free motion that eliminates image shift, making it easier to achieve the sharpest possible focus.
The tube rides on a streamlined, ultra-stable Dobsonian Telescope base, moving smoothly on Teflon and UHMW polyethylene bearing pads. The CorrecTension system keeps the tube perfectly balanced for point-and-view ease of use.
Find out how much fun big-aperture stargazing can be with the Orion SkyQuest XT8i Computerized IntelliScope. One-year limited warranty.
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Frequently Asked Questions About SkyQuest IntelliScope Telescopes
Q.) Does the IntelliScope system use motors?
Q.) If it's not motorized, how does the IntelliScope system actually find objects?
Q.) Is the IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator compatible with other commercial or home-built telescopes?
Q). Can I use an IntelliScope Dob without the Computerized Object Locator?
Q. How many objects are in the Computerized IntelliScope XT8i database?
Q.) How do you polar-align or initialize the Computerized IntelliScope system prior to using it?
Q.) What type of encoders does the Computerized IntelliScope system use?
Q.) How long will the 9-volt battery in the Computerized Object Locator last?
Q.) Can the IntelliScope tube assembly be easily removed from the base for transporting?
Q.) Are IntelliScope Dobsonians suitable for astrophotography?
Q.) Can the IntelliScope be "controlled" by a computer running astronomy software?
Technical Questions About SkyQuest IntelliScope Telescopes
Note: For general troubleshooting, refer to Appendix A in the IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator instruction manual (IN 229)
Q.)Does the base need to be level when I use the Object Locator?
Q.) Why is there a white nylon bushing in the left side panel for the tensioning knob, but no corresponding bushing in the right side panel for the retaining knob?
Q.) What is the purpose of the black nylon spacer for the retaining knob?
Q.) Is the brass azimuth bushing supposed to rotate with the top baseplate?
Q.) What is the material for the altitude bearing cylinders? I thought UHMW was white in color?
Q.) Can the IntelliScope Dobsonians be used in conjunction with an equatorial platform?
Q.) What can I do to ensure best pointing accuracy?
Q.) Why do the azimuth encoder and encoder connector board come with the telescope, but the altitude encoder comes with the Object Locator?
Q.) My encoder disk(s) has some marks and/or scratches on the magnetic ring. Should I be concerned?
Q.) I wish to make some modifications to the bearings of my IntelliScope Dobsonian. Is this okay?
Q.) What is the pointing accuracy I should expect with the IntelliScope system?
Q.) Will the IntelliScope system perform in extremely cold weather?
Q.) Will time elapsing between alignment star sightings affect pointing accuracy?
IntelliScope-to-Starry Night Pro Interface
Install the Starry Night Pro software. Follow all prompts and change discs as necessary. Allow Starry Night Pro to install QuickTime and the ASCOM v3.0 driver. Adobe Acrobat is not necessary if you already have a .pdf reader on your computer. Do not restart the computer after the ASCOM (v3.0) driver is installed; complete the Starry Night Pro installation first. When the Starry Night Pro installation is complete, then restart your computer. Then download the ASCOM (v4.1) update, and restart your computer again.
You are now ready to configure Starry Night Pro for use with the IntelliScope system:
To physically connect the IntelliScope object locator to your computer, you must have the PC Interface Cable (Orion #5222). The modular plug end of the cable goes into the object locator's RS-232 jack, and the other end connects to the serial cable interface (COM port) of your computer.
To use the IntelliScope system with Starry Night Pro:
The IntelliScope system is now connected and aligned to the Starry Night Pro software. The current position the telescope is pointed to will be indicated by a red crosshair on Starry Night Pro's sky map. We recommend clicking the box marked "Follow Scope" in the "Telescope" tab; this will center the Starry Night Pro star map on the current position of the telescope crosshairs.
Be aware of the time-out feature of the IntelliScope object locator. Press one of the arrow buttons periodically to avoid the auto-shutoff routine. Since you will not be actually handling the object locator, it will be easy to forget to do this. You will have to perform the alignment procedure again if the object locator does shut off.
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