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Orion 10012 SkyScanner 100mm TableTop Reflector Telescope (Burgundy)

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  • An ideal entry-level reflector telescope with 100mm parabolic primary mirror optics - no plastic lenses as found in some other telescopes made for beginners
  • See hundreds of craters on the Moon, detail on Jupiter and other planets, even when viewing from relatively bright city locations
  • A tabletop telescope big enough to find and observe objects in the night sky, but small enough to easily store in a closet or display on a desk
  • Perfect reflector telescope for wide-angle, low-power viewing of the Milky Way and other deep sky objects when viewing from relatively dark skies
  • Includes two 1.25 inch telescope eyepieces: 20mm (for 20 power magnification) and 10mm (for 40 power magnification), EZ Finder II aiming device, Starry Night astronomy software, and more!
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Although perfect for beginning stargazers, this tabletop reflector telescope is not a toy! With its substantial, 100mm aperture parabolic primary mirror boasting a 400mm focal length, the compact Orion StarSeeker 100mm TableTop Reflector telescope will amaze you and your family with gorgeous, detailed views of the night sky. With this capable reflector, you can study the Moon's cratered surface in detail, exploring highland mountains and vast, planar lunar seas of dark material. Bright planets like Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars shine bright in the SkyScanner 100mm Reflector, even when viewing from urban locations with mediocre seeing conditions. On especially clear evenings when viewing from areas with dark skies, the pint-sized Orion SkyScanner telescope can gather enough light for views of open and globular star clusters, bright cloudy nebulas, and even a few distant galaxies. The SkyScanner includes two 1.25 inch eyepieces for magnification variety right out of the box. The included 20mm eyepiece provides moderate 20x power magnification, while the 10mm eyepiece boosts the view up to 40x power for higher magnification observations. Both eyepieces accept 1.25 inch Orion eyepiece filters (sold separately) so you can enhance views easily with specialty filters. An included Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight makes aiming the SkyScanner nice and easy. After a simple alignment procedure, simply place the EZ Finder II's red-dot on top of the area or object you want to see, and it will appear in the reflector telescope's field of view. The Orion SkyScanner 100mm TableTop Reflector is just the right size - large enough to see night sky objects yet compact enough to sit on a desk. Thanks to its small stature, the SkyScanner is a great grab-and-go telescope for visual adventures as close as the backyard table, or as far as your favorite remote dark sky site.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 14 inches ; 6.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00D05BIIU
  • Item model number: 10012
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,729 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 28, 2013

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I bought this to learn my way around the sky and hopefully see some things better than I could with a naked eye. I was really pleased with what I got for the price! $100 gets you all set up to begin your journey into the cosmos. There are definite shortcomings with this scope, firstly as mentioned before the finder scope is very hard to use for objects far above the horizon, also there is no way to collimate the scope without serious modifications that could easily destroy the scope. Now on the positive side, it's extremely light which makes it ideal for quick viewings or take for travel. I use this scope every single clear night I possibly can, just have it on the kitchen table take it out back when the skies are clear and voila. I think that most people's opinions of this scope will be based on their expectations, don't think you will get hubble scope views.

What you will see.

Moon: Great views, nice clear detail on the craters. The scope is small enough you don't need a moon filter to keep from going blind, unless you're going to do some extended lunar viewing.

Jupiter: You can definitely see some of the cloud bands and if the skies are not too turbulent the detail will be all the better, the Galilean moons are also really easy to see (Hint: for better views of Jupiter get the moons in focus.)

Saturn: I haven't had this scope during a good period of viewing yet, but what I was able to see were the rings and the moon Titan, the color was not very distinguishable though.

Mars: I'm waiting for March to see what it can do. So far it's just been a reddish/brown dot.

Pleiades: Very nice cluster to check out, you can see quite a few stars in it.
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Just got this as a Christmas gift for my kids (ages 7 and 9) as their first telescope. I brought it out last night to take it for a test spin. I didn't use the included eyepieces -- I used a 25mm Plossl, a 9.7mm Plossl, a Celestron zoom and a Zhumell 3mm planetary eyepiece, as well as the regular Orion shorty 2X barlow. When I first took it out of the box, I checked the collimation with a collimating eyepiece. The collimation was good, right out of the box. Then, without even attaching the finderscope, I was able to focus in on Jupiter and see the four Gallilean moons (the moons were seen clearly with just the 25mm and 2x barlow -- but the view was even better at higher magnifications--with the bands of Jupiter discernable at the highest magnifications). I was also able to frame the Pleiades nicely with the 25mm. The view was bright and clear. This was just about all I could do for a short test run, but I am very pleased with this product. It appears to be a wonderful first telescope for young astronomers -- portable and very easy to use. At a minimum, I recommend getting either a 2X barlow or a good quality 4-5mm eyepiece with a wide field of view along with this scope to allow for closer views of the planets and the Moon.
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After my initial use lasting one hour, seems like a good product for the price. Simple to use, well built. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because the finderscope is somewhat difficult to look through the way it is positioned, depending on how you have it set up (I had the scope set up on a picnic table). However it can still be helpful in locating things if you can contort your body into weird positions. I bought the 2x Barlow to go with it. Using the eyepieces that came with the scope, I saw Jupiter and it's 4 moons, and with the Barlow could make out cloud belts on the planet. I also found the Andromeda nebula with the eyepieces provided. The Owner's Manual is very helpful and I can tell it is not a "Chinese translation." I am looking forward to using this with my kids, and would recommend it to a friend, as it seems to be a good product for the price.
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I purchased this scope last month. The only thing I have to complain about is that it took a few weeks for my order to be processed and sent out. However, my card was not charged until it shipped and shipping took about 2 days. Speaking of shipping, it was very safely packaged in two pages with everything wrapped and secured.

I've had it about a week or two now and I already love it. Just setting it up (which took about 10 minutes, maybe) was fun as this is my first scope. I live on the northern end of Las Vegas where there is a lot of light pollution, but I'm still able to see a lot of stars with this thing that the human eye really doesn't see. I was actually shocked when I looked through it on my patio for the first time. I spent about an hour and a half outside last night in 50 degree weather with 10-15 mph gusts and had a ball jumping around between Vega, Spica, Arcturus, North American nebula, Saturn, etc. I already have a set of eye pieces and filters on order to expand my views. Honestly though, this product alone would be enough for someone that only takes it out every once in a while, since it comes with two eye pieces already (10 mm and 20mm).

The Starry Night software that comes with the scope is also phenomenal. I really don't know how to describe it. It's extremely detailed and quite easy to use. I have Windows 7 and it installed in less than 10 minutes.

All in all, great scope for beginners like myself. Even if I bump up to a bigger scope, I will keep this around for my kids one day or for camping trips.
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