“I can sum up my experiences using the SkyQuest™ XT6. . . in one word — fun!” So raved Astronomy magazine’s review (5/03) of the previous generation of this excellent scope. Well, Orion just upped the fun factor, because the new-generation XT6 IntelliScope® literally finds celestial objects for you!
With the IntelliScope® Computer Controller, even the first-time stargazer can pinpoint the location of 14,000+ celestial wonders stored in the IntelliScope’s databank. It’s like having your own personal tour guide to the universe! Even on your first night out, you’ll be able to log dozens of deep-space observations, many more than you ever could before.
It’s so wonderfully easy. You just select an object to observe from the IntelliScope® Controller’s illuminated menu buttons (Galaxies, Clusters, Nebulas, etc.), or choose a pre-set tour of the best objects, then press Enter. IntelliScope’s high-resolution, 9,216-step digital encoders direct the telescope right to the object, placing it squarely in the telescope’s field of view in just seconds.
The XT6 IntelliScope® eschews the motors — too slow, loud, and battery guzzling — weak optics, complicated setup procedures, and flimsy mounts characteristic of other computerized entry-level scopes on the market. Instead you get a big 150mm parabolic mirror, which pulls down 80% more light than a 4.5" mirror for brighter, more detailed images. You get a newly streamlined Dobsonian base that provides unflinching stability. And you get a host of features not found on any other Dobsonians: our exclusive, springless CorrecTension system for superior tube balance and tracking control, a “navigation knob” for easier slewing, and now, computerized object-location capability!
Find out just how much fun a smarter, well-made beginner’s scope can be. One-year limited warranty.
The IntelliScope® controller is NOT compatible with other encoder systems or other computerized telescopes. Previous SkyQuest™ versions or other Orion telescopes cannot be retrofitted for IntelliScope® compatibility.
- Aperture: 150mm (5.9")
- Focal Length: 1200mm
- Focal Ratio: f/8
- Eyepieces: 25mm (48x), 10mm (120x)
- Finderscope: 6x30 Right-Angle
- Focuser: 1.25" Rack-and-pinion
- Weight (assembled): 34 lbs. 6 oz.
- Tube Length: 45.5 in.