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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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|Item Dimensions||44 x 12 x 27 inches|
|Item Display Weight||23 pounds|
|Magnification Minimum||18 x|
|Shipping Weight||19.9 pounds|
|Viewfinder Type||EZ Finder II|
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far I like it. I have not really had a chance to get out of the city lights to really use this yet but it is a really great beginner scope. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Doug E.
My husband was very happy with his first telescope. Seems to be well built.Published 5 months ago by Grandma Goats
Awesome. Far better than I thought a "basic" telescope would be.Published 6 months ago by SKwordplay
Orion 09843 SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector Telescope works fine and was a really good deal too!Published 7 months ago by BW
The worst assembly instructions ever. They should try out one together using their instructions - not possible. The instructions are flat in wrong order and confusing.Published 11 months ago by Craig B.
This telescope is an excellent value. It was very easy to assemble--it took about an hour and needed only a few tools. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joe
I bought this telescope for my dad because I have one for myself and I love it. This is a great telescope for a beginner; easy to set up and easy to use and easy to transport if... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Libby