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Orion 09843 SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector Telescope (Teal)

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  • A great beginner's reflector telescope for all-around astronomical observing at a great price!
  • 3 inch aperture and 700mm focal length provides wonderful views of the Moon, planets, and even some bright nebulas and star clusters
  • Includes sturdy adjustable aluminum tripod and equatorial (EQ) mount for easy manual slow-motion tracking of celestial objects with included slow-motion controls
  • Includes two Explorer II 1.25 inch telescope eyepieces - 25mm and 10mm focal lengths for viewing at 28x and 70x magnification respectively
  • Also includes finder scope, focuser, collimation cap, Starry Night astronomy software, and more!
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  • Brand Name: Orion
  • Model: 09843

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Magnification Minimum 18.00 multiplier x 18 multiplier x 14 16.00 multiplier x
Aperture Modes under-80mm 100-150mm 100-150mm 100-150mm
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 12 x 44 inches ; 16.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 19.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0069WCEPW
  • Item model number: 09843
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 21, 2008

Product Description

Great for all-around astronomical observing, the highly portable, uncomplicated Orion SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector telescope is just the right size and price for your beginning astronomers and their families. Weighing just 16lbs. total, the SpaceProbe 3 boasts features and viewing capabilities usually reserved for much more expensive instruments. The Orion SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector Telescope lets the whole family enjoy beautiful night sky treasures from the backyard. With this telescope and its 700mm focal length (f/9.2) you can view the cratered surface of the Moon, breathtaking rings of Saturn, and gigantic Jupiter along with its brightest moons. The SpaceProbe 3 Reflector's 3 inch diameter optics gathers enough light to view all of these things and more! You can even catch faint glows of some very exotic star clusters and nebulas of deep-space! The aluminum Newtonian reflector telescope tube features a smooth-adjusting 1.25 inch rack-and-pinion focuser to ensure precise focus adjustments and sharp views in the eyepiece. Speaking of which, the Orion SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector comes with two interchangeable 1.25 inch Explorer II eyepieces - 25mm (28x) and 10mm (70x) as well as an Orion EZ Finder II Reflex Sight to aid in locating objects and aiming the telescope. An adjustable-height tripod with accessory tray and aluminum legs is also included with this feature-packed telescope. The SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector Telescope comes with the EQ-1 equatorial mount. This mount mimics our planets rotational axes, and allows easy manual tracking of celestial objects with included slow-motion control cables. (The SpaceProbe 3, like all Newtonian Reflector telescopes, is not recommended for terrestrial viewing as images seen through it will appear upside-down). For the beginner who's excited to discover what's out there, the inexpensive SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector Telescope provides a lot of performance for a modest investment!

Customer Reviews

Relatively easy to put together and has been easy to use.
AChristians
I think this product is perfect for the beginner astronomer who is willing to take a little time to learn to use the product.
JohnK
Even to this day, we're still amazed just looking at the moon.
M. Meckfessel

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431 of 432 people found the following review helpful By M. Meckfessel on December 26, 2006
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I bought this telescope for my girlfriend for Christmas. She had been wanting a telescope for sometime so I decided this would be the perfect gift. I was looking for a scope that wouldn't break the bank but wouldn't be a piece of junk either. I looked at models from Meade and Celestron but ultimately decided on this one.

I chose this over the refractor telescopes mainly because it seemed that to look into the refractor scopes would require a lot of bending over whereas this one has the eyepiece closer to eye level which makes viewing easier. Also, go for the equatorial mount, it's much easier to track things in the sky using it as we quickly found out.

Ok, so how was it? Well it came in a big box (which made the g/f crazy with this HUGE gift under the tree!) and everything was nicely and neatly packed. Everything appeard to be of high quality and good build; which is typical of Orion products from what I've read. The instruction maunal on assemble was pretty scarce. Anyone who's pretty handy at building things will be able to figure it out; but it's not the easiest thing either. This is mainly because of a lack of pictures to go along with the assembly steps. Well we got it assembled and waited for dark.

It was pretty cold and we just did some viewing of the moon and a couple of stars from the front yard. A hazy night with tons of light from the street didn't provide the best viewing conditions. That being said the moon looked amazing!! The detail was outstanding. We were able to also see the Orion Nebula and looked at other stars. I can't even imagine what it will look like on a good clear night. We're looking foward to bringing it camping with us where there will be some great viewing. The included software is also extremely useful and fun to use.
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By W. Waters on November 2, 2009
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I was worried when I read the other reviews on this product but decided it was the best scope in the price range and went ahead. I think the other reviews do this product a disadvantage. This is a really nice telescope.

One review said it was hard to put together with little instruction. This is not the case. I has step by step instructions that are easily followed. You must pay attention to what you are doing though. Each image in the directions is clear as to which part goes up and the axis for each knob, etc. It takes time to assemble. I did it with my ten year old sister and let her try to figure each direction out and do it and it took us 1.5 hours to assemble. If an adult was doing it probably 45 min. would be about accurate.

Once it is put together it is great. I could easily find things in the sky to look at. I did have trouble aligning the red dot pointer but once on a good object and aligned it is hard to get out of alignment. Constellations are very nice to look at in the scope and the moon and some close planets are spectacular in detail. I was pleased in purchasing this as a gift for a ten year old. Also she was quick to catch on how to use it and it didn't take more than a half hour for her to be finding and adjusting the knobs to get things in focus. I would recommend this for a low-medium priced scope.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Casey L. Pettitt on January 5, 2010
This is my first telescope. My wife bought it for me for my birthday and the first thing I did after setting it up was took it outside and saw Jupiter! Using the 25mm and 10mm eyepieces that came with it, I was able to see the dark bands around Jupiter (better on the 10mm) and the 4 Galilean moons! I just got 2 more eyepieces for Christmas and am looking forward to trying them out. I haven't gotten any filters yet, but that's next on my wish list.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By JohnK on December 30, 2011
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I bought this telescope as a Christmas present for my family. My daughter (soon to be 12) is a bit of a science geek, and I have always been interested in astronomy, so I figured we would give it a try. My daughter helped me to put it together. Thankfully the mirrors did not need to be installed, or for that matter, adjusted. We took it out to the deck in our back yard and were very disappointed! I couldn't find anything in the night sky, and my sight didn't work. Later that night I re-read the instruction manual. I guess I didn't read it very closely the first time, because it was filled with directions on how to properly sight the scope and a bunch of different ways to adjust the telescope.

So the next day armed with this knowledge, I sighted in the finder on an object about a mile away and I played with the different adjustment knobs to get more familiar with the telescope. My daughter and I tried again that night. The moon was in the first quarter. I sighted it in and.....there it was in the lens! My daughter was very impressed. Next I sighted in on Venus, but it was partially obscured by some trees, as it was lower on the horizon. Directly above us was Jupiter, so I decided to try that next. I sighted it in and sure enough, there it was right in the middle of my lens! We then switched to the 10mm lens and looked at Jupiter...beautiful! We could even see a few of Jupiter's moons! My daughter was very excited seeing all these objects! It's nice to see her interested in science, and I think this telescope will really help with that!

I cannot stress enough the importance of reading the instruction book (multiple times if you are as dense as I can be!). It seems every time I read it, I find something else that helps me.
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