I purchased this great little Orion telescope for my nephew. This is a great telescope for a child, it’s small, lightweight, and is very easy for a child to move around.
Even though I usually don’t like cheap telescopes, this little Orion telescope is not cheap on the views it will give you. So even if your child loses interest with it, you will have a great telescope for yourself to use for many years to come. The SkyQuest is a sturdy telescope with a three sided rocker box that has a spring tension system. It is a well constructed telescope.
I viewed Saturn and Jupiter and the views were sharp, crisp, and clear with good detail. You will clearly see Saturn’s ring system and two cloud bands on Jupiter. Jupiter’s five moons are clearly visible and show up as bright stars. I also viewed many of the brighter objects such as M81, M82 and M101. You will be pleasantly surprised at this little telescope’s performance.
The Moon showed a great amount of detail such as the craters, mountains, and valleys. Surprisingly this is quite a powerful Orion telescope for the money and would give any child or adult a great deal of pleasure for years to come. The testing I have done has been surprisingly good and I found no problems with the 4.5″ SkyQuest.
- Orion telescope aperture – 4.5″ or 114 mm
- f/8 Dobsonian
- 6×26 Achromatic correct-image finder
- Eyepieces – 25mm 10mm Plossl.
You’re going to get your money’s worth with this little Dobsonian telescope. In fact it would still be good value at $300. I can highly recommend the Orion telescope.
You will find the Dobsonian at Catalog City for a very good price along with a very large selection of other Orion telescopes.