Priced reduced from $499 to $439.
This Orion telescope as you can see from the image above is an attractive looking scope. There is some plastic such as the viewfinder, but overall it is a solid built scope. The AstroView Orion telescope is portable and very easy to set up and put away after a night’s viewing. If you love to view deep space then this rich-field refractor maybe what you’re looking for.
The views of the planets are excellent with crisp detail visible in Jupiter’s cloud belts at 100x, and if you can view clear dark sky this can be pushed to 150x. When viewing Saturn you can clearly see the Cassini division and the shadow cast by the rings on the planet surface.
I then turned this great little telescope on M81, M82, M101 and M103 with satisfaction. The Dumbbell M27 looked very good as did the Ring nebula M57. This Orion telescope has excellent optics.
I would suggest you buy a drive system if your budget allows for this Orion telescope. You can either get the EQ-3M Single-Axis Electronic Drive for $54.95 or the EQ-3M Dual-Axis Electronic Drive for $99. Either way it will be a great help to view objects in detail without constantly making adjustments by hand trying to keep up with an object.
If you’re new to astronomy I would highly recommend you buy a software program called Starry Night. The Starry Night Software will provide you with information and pictures (taken by the Hubble Telescope) on any object in the night sky and more importantly show you where you can find them at any given time of the night. It will also help you:
- With info on objects you are viewing through your telescope.
- Plan your night’s viewing by giving you the exact position of an object at any given time.
- Learn where and how to find objects.
- Has 3 different pollution settings so you will know exactly what you can and can’t see from your area.
There are 4 different versions to choose from and best of all it won’t cost you much. Well worth taking a look at.
This Orion telescope would be a great first scope, it is light, easy to setup and pack away at the end of a night’s viewing. The price has been dropped to make way for the new Orion range. And lastly, it will give you many good nights viewing the planets and the brighter objects in the Milky Way.
- Orion telescope aperture – 120mm (4.7″)
- 120mm focal length f/8.3
- Multi-coated objective lens
- 6×30 achromatic finder scope
- Eyepieces – 25mm (40x) 10mm (100x) Plossl
- Aluminum tube with cast-metal rack-and-pinion focuser and 2″-diameter drawtube
- EQ-3 equatorial mount with dual slow-motion controls
- dual setting circles and aluminum tripod
- Orion telescope tube length 41″
- Weighs in total 39 lbs. (optical tube 11 lbs., mount 28 lbs.)
- One-year limited warranty
This Orion telescope would make an excellent first scope for anyone on a budget. This large-aperture refractor will give many nights of good viewing for the amateur astronomer. You can find this Orion telescope along with a large range of other Orion Telescopes at CatalogCity