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Orion 09882 Observer 70mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope (Black)

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  • A great entry-level 70mm refractor telescope at a very affordable price
  • Reveals detailed views of the Moon and bright planets such as Jupiter and Saturn
  • 70mm (2.75 inch) aperture and 700mm focal length telescope provides great views of bright night-sky objects such as star clusters and cloudy nebulas
  • Includes sturdy tripod and equatorial (EQ) mount for convenient manual slow-motion tracking of celestial objects as they appear to migrate across the night sky
  • Includes two 1.25 inch telescope eyepieces, EZ Finder II aiming sight, smooth rack and pinion focuser, 90 degree mirror diagonal for comfortable viewing, Starry Night astronomy software, and more!
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Product Details

Product Manual [715kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 34 inches ; 15.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 20.7 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: B0000XMT60
  • Item model number: 09882
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,379 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

For beginning stargazers who want a starter telescope capable of providing more oomph, more performance than a traditional 60mm refractor, we present the Orion Observer 70mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope. Compared to a 60mm refractor, the Observer 70 EQ can reveal an even greater variety of stellar gems and provide greater resolution of old favorites like the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Orion Nebula. The Observer 70 Equatorial Refractor is easy for anyone in the family to operate, and its affordable price makes it a great telescope to start with as you discover the rewarding hobby of amateur astronomy. The Orion Observer 70 EQ Refractor Telescope features a multi-coated, achromatic glass objective lens that's 70mm in diameter, with a focal length of 700mm (f/10). This glass lens takes in 36% more light than a 60mm lens for brighter, clearer views. Bottom line: you'll see more than you would through telescope with a smaller aperture. The refractor telescope optical tube is crafted from black-enameled aluminum and outfitted with a smooth-action, 1.25 inch rack-and-pinion focuser on one end and a dew cap/glare shield on the other. The telescope tube is held in quick-releasing tube rings on the Orion EQ-1 equatorial mount. Also made of aluminum, the EQ-1 mount supports the telescope and mimics the rotational axes of the Earth, which in turn allows you to manually track celestial objects with the Observer 70 refractor using slow-motion controls. For added convenience, an optional EQ-1M electronic drive (sold separately) can be installed to provide automatic, hands-free tracking. The telescope tube and equatorial mount are supported on a sturdy aluminum tripod that adjusts to a comfortable height for virtually any observer. This telescope looks so good; you'll want to keep your Observer 70mm refractor on display when you're not using it!

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Orion’s Observer 70 EQ combines the solid optical performance of a classic achromatic refractor with a German style equatorial mount. The Observer 70 features very good optics and 36 percent more light gathering power than 60mm beginner scopes. The complete accessory package includes high and low power eyepieces, a 90 degree star diagonal, a red-dot finder, illustrated instructions, and Orion‘s Starry Night Special Edition astronomy software.

The Observer 70 EQ features very good optical performance. Achromatic refractors have a two piece objective lens, the second lens element compensates for “chromatic aberration”, the false color or blue fringes seen in low cost telescopes. In daylight tests I see very little blue fringing with the standard equipment 10mm eyepiece (70X magnification), and none at all with the 25mm eyepiece (28X). Stars and planets show up very nicely with the Observer 70. The quadruple star in the Orion Nebula known as the Trapezium is cleanly split into four components with the 10mm eyepiece (70X magnification). When I combine the 10mm eyepiece with a 2X Barlow lens for 140X magnification, I’m treated to lovely views of Saturn’s rings and the little orange disk of Mars. My view of the Moon is delightfully crisp and clear; the 25mm eyepiece nicely frames the Lunar disk, and using the 10mm eyepiece I can easily see mountain peaks and terraced walls inside the crater Copernicus.

The Observer 70 EQ also features an aluminum tripod and an EQ-1 equatorial mount. The equatorial mount is a little more complicated to balance and align than the Observer 70 AZ , but the reward is better slow motion control and tracking at magnifications over 100X. Simply point the equatorial axis at Polaris, the North Star, and the telescope tracks celestial objects by turning one slow motion knob. This makes it much easier to use a high power eyepiece while viewing the Moon and Planets. The “EZ Finder II” works by shining a red LED on a small window; just look through the window and line up the red spot with your target. This works OK for bright objects like the Moon and planets but not so well for finding galaxies and deep space objects.

Orion’s Observer 70 EQ is simply a very good entry level telescope for a student or family. The good quality 70mm optics produce an image that is significantly sharper and brighter than 60mm beginner scopes, and the package includes a solid mount, two good eyepieces, and fully illustrated instructions. --Jeff Phillips

Pros:

  • Reliable refractor design
  • Good views of the Moon and planets
  • Complete accessory package
  • Starry Night software included

Cons:
  • Finder only works for bright objects

Customer Reviews

It is better than the one on National Geographic & less expensive too.
Joan M. Fracalossi
The entire family has been able to enjoy looking at the sky, such a great activity to share.
Faye Killer
Even on low magnification on this scope shows amazing detail on Saturn and the Moon.
PhysicsPhD

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By PhysicsPhD on July 7, 2011
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I did a lot of research before purchasing this telescope and from what I found out this is the best telescope that you can buy for under $300. My budget was really only $100 but anything besides this one would have been thrown away so it was well worth the extra $100. This telescope shows amazing detail. The two lenses that come with this are good too. I would recommend buying a kit from Orion as well. Even on low magnification on this scope shows amazing detail on Saturn and the Moon. The equatorial mount works great for compensating for the Earth's rotation, which at high magnifications is fast. The finder scope is only good for locating bright objects. The tripod is very sturdy especially for such a low cost. This really is a great telescope and very portable. If you have the money and don't mind carrying a heavy load you should buy the Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone. This telescope works better than most that have more aperture. Very well made scope.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joan M. Fracalossi on May 16, 2011
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I gave this as a gift to my grandson (7) and parents to star-gaze. They love it because they can set it up in 2 minutes, so it doesn't have to be a permanent part of their living room furniture. The power is excellent, but stronger powers modules can be purchased. It is better than the one on National Geographic & less expensive too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gosia on January 31, 2014
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I bought this for my boys, but my husband uses it more than the boys. I am not an expert in this field, but for a first telescope it is a really easy one to use!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dickson on January 15, 2014
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Fast shipping, exactly as described. Works perfectly. Great starter telescope. Bought as Christmas gift for the wife and she loves it
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it's a low-end, entrance level telescope... and it works exactly as you'd expect one to. a good unit that does provide a nice experience for children and adults. Don't expect you're going to see Jupiter's storm or Saturn's rings.. but we were able to see Jupiter and 4 of it's moons. still havent been able to see the Andromeda galaxy or any other really cool things way far off, but we have identified Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and spent a little time viewing our moon. It's a steep cliff... now looking at the $3K+ model...
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael on September 2, 2013
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It said its good for terrestrial viewing as well as stars. But after reading instructions it's for night viewing only. So it may be great but not what I was looking for.
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It's nice and I like it. I bought it for my sons for Christmas, and it's nicely made in comparison to the cost. Two points of note. First, the spotting-scope doesn't work very well -- it's very hard to align, and the lighting reticle doesn't work at all. Second, it's pretty hard to assemble -- it took me well over an hour.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DONALD LEE HARTH on May 30, 2014
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well the telescope, is very great product to find general planets, like moon, mars/ etc. which several week I added several other
tings on the product. like 2x bow-low adapter for more increase of power - to go out (300) power, add more lens to the product, add an more power to like the super diagonal ( an general filters.) which I brought an Orion computer /an telescope taking pic's too.
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