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I bet we won't see it here for under £1000 (or even under £1200)

I can't see why not.. Prices are very similar to those of SW flexitube Auto, which, I heard, can be possibly upgradable to GO-TO.. (Unless you're thinking a 50-incher one :( )

Marius

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The XT10g is likely to be £999. And the XT12g will most likely be £1499. I've come up with those figures by comparing the US price ($1799) for XX14i with the current UK price (£1699). Other Orion scopes follow the same trend, so it's a safe bet to deduct 100 from the US price and that's your UK price.

For those that want a GOTO dob, it's the only official option as Skywatcher don't have one. And when Skywatcher finally do get their GOTO version out, you can bet bottom dollar it will be approx £100 cheaper than the Orion equiv.

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Very tempting. The hand controller in the pictures is branded "synscan", isnt that the sy-watcher system?

It is indeed, Orion use the same system for their mounts.

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The hand controller in the pictures is branded "synscan", isnt that the sy-watcher system?

Was thinking the same! Would be an interesting move to try that handset on a SW dob. Or do you reckon the motors are not suitable for this, quite like un-modded HEQ5? :(

Marius

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I think the motors are okay on the Skywatcher, just they couldn't get a reliable GOTO. I suppose the Orion has a different firmware to the Skywatcher handsets, so maybe worth a try but how much do the handsets cost?

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Here's a bit from the Orion blurb, it sounds awesome, really does. Can be used in manual mode or even moved manually and still keep it's GOTO alignment.

High-torque servo motors guided by two pairs of high-resolution encoders then slew the telescope right to your object of interest - any of over 42,000 objects in the GoTo controller's database. No more nudging the telescope tube continuously to keep the object from drifting out of the field of view, either. The XTg automatically tracks the object's motion, keeping it centered in the eyepiece while you savor the view. What's more, the closed-loop electronics of the XTg let you move the telescope manually - or endure the accidental bump - without losing orientation for accurate, automated GoTo pointing!

At the moment it has no competition at all. I think if you want a GOTO dob, that tracks but can also be used as manual dob, this is the best there is.

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