Equipment List

Standard Items with XT10i:-

  • Orion Skyquest XT10 10inch Intelliscope; OTA, Tube Dust Cover
  • Crayford Focuser + adapter for 1.25" and 2" eyepieces
  • Orion 25mm Multi-coated Sirius Plossl eyepiece, 1.25" barrel diameter (48x magnification)
  • Orion 10mm Multi-coated Sirius Plossl eyepiece, 1.25" barrel diameter (120x magnification)
  • 9x mag 50mm aperture right-angle correct-image Finder Scope; plus bracket with O-ring
  • Collimation Cap
  • 4-Hole eyepiece rack
  • Azimuth encoder board, Encoder connector board, encoder disk
  • Dobsonian Base
  • Allen Keys for Bolts, etc.
  • CDROM with Starry Night - ORION Specila Edition (Windows/MAC OS), Starry Night Skytheater DVD

Optional Extras for XT10i:-

  • Intelliscope Computer Object Locator (COL); Altitude encoder board and encoder disk
  • Metal Holster for COL.
  • ScopeTeknix Multi LED Reticule Reflex Finder (MRF) - CNC fabricated reflex finder with standard quick release dovetail mount. Supplied with quick-release pedestal support to fit standard sized shoes (29.5mm dovetail width), battery, soft rubber lens cap, tools and instructions. Retains its collimation even after repeated removal and refitting cycles. Has four switch selectable reticules range from 1) a perfect half-a-degree circle with centre spot (ideal for deep-sky target finding using maps), 2) a simple mini-dot for star hopping, 3) a punctuated cross - useful for planet finding and feature ID-ing on the Moon. And finally, 4) a combined circle and cross. The chunky brightness control has seven different settings.
  • Extra Dovetail Mount for the above finder.

Telescope Accessories:-

Eyepieces/Barlow:

  • Baader Hyperion 13mm (92x) 68degree FOV with 14 & 28mm Fine Tuning Rings. The tuning rings give higher magnification effectively turning your one eyepiece into 4! With 14mm FTR gives 10.8mm (111x), 28mm FTR gives 9.2mm (130x), and both together gives 8.1mm (148x). With 2xBarlow I then have effectively 222x, 260x and 296x. I purchased mine in the UK from David Hinds UK who were doing a great deal at the time.

  • Adler Optik Skarp 38mm (32x) 2" fit 5 element SWA Eyepiece: 70 degree FOV super wide-angle eyepiece made in the same factory as the well known, and much vaunted, Williams Optics Swan series - and identical to WO's top model. Long eyerelief (28mm) and fold down rubber eyecup for spectacle wearers. Threaded for standard 2" filters. Super wide angle, high refractive index BaK-4 glass lenses with fully blackened lens edges and a system of anti-reflection baffeling for maximum contrast. Black gloss electrophoretic anodized aluminum with a rubber grip ring. Fully broadband multi-coated throughout. The 38mm is parfocal with other models in the series. This is a substantial and hefty 2" eyepiece, which gives an excellent wide view, although the secondary mirror is sometimes noticeable due to the fast f4.7 focal length of my XT10.

  • Orion Shorty-Plus 3 Element 2xBarlow

Alternative Finder:

  • ScopeTeknix Multi LED Reticule Reflex Finder (MRF) - CNC fabricated reflex finder with standard quick release dovetail mount. Supplied with quick-release pedestal support to fit standard sized shoes (29.5mm dovetail width), battery, soft rubber lens cap, tools and instructions. Retains its collimation even after repeated removal and refitting cycles. Has four switch selectable reticules range from 1) a perfect half-a-degree circle with centre spot (ideal for deep-sky target finding using maps), 2) a simple mini-dot for star hopping, 3) a punctuated cross - useful for planet finding and feature ID-ing on the Moon. And finally, 4) a combined circle and cross. The chunky brightness control has seven different settings.

Filters:

  • 1.25" 13% Moon filter
  • 1.25" Baader UHC-S Filter - Used for viewing emission nebula from light polluted skies, or for boosting the contrast of nebula from dark sky sites.

Photography:

  • Pentax Optio L30 7.1Mpixel camera (max ISO 3200, 3xOptical zoom)
  • Phillips SPC900NC CCD USB Webcam + IR/UV Filter
  • Webcam nozzle adaptor to allow attachment of webcam to 1.25" eyepiece holder.

Collimation:

Software:

  • Laptop+
  • Stellarium (for free, this is a bloody brilliant piece of software!). Gives a very realistic representation of the night sky in real-time, very quick and easy to use, looks great.
  • Starry Night (included with the XT10)
  • ECU (Earth Centred Universe)
  • Carte du Ciel (free) - Although not as "pretty" as Stellarium, this is a very practical piece of software with many excellent features, and with the right cable it will integrate with the output from the XT10's Intelliscope Computer Object Locator so as to track where the scope is pointing and display this on your laptop.
  • Telescope Simulator from www.scopesim.com - great little software, reasonably priced to help you visualize what stars and planets will actually look like through the eyepiece, for beginners this really helps you understand the relationships between telescope focal length/aperture, and eyepiece focal length/aperture, apparent and true field of view, the effect a Barlow will have, and displays the resulting magnification, focal ratio, exit pupil, effective focal length and field stop. Ideal for helping you make choices as to what eyepiece you should buy next.

Miscellaneous:

  • Binocular - Super Zenith 10x50 7degree field of view (handed down from my father, many years old, yet still an excellent view).
  • Binocular - Fumoto 10x25
  • Binocular - Adler Optik Jupiter 20x80ZCF Giant Observation Binoculars
  • Energizer Head Beam LED Light - elastic strap goes round your head, switch turns on either 1x Red LED lamp, or 2x White LED lamps, which can pivot to the required angle. 3xAAA batteries. Excellent little lamp ideal for setting up scope in the dark, reading star maps, operating laptop, readily available from B&Q, Focus, and similar stores.
  • AC900 Dark-Cap observing shield for Newtonian telescopes - wraps around the end of the telescope tube to shield stray side light from entering the tube, e.g. from garden lighting, street lamps, etc.