This Orion telescope is attractive with its large shiny black tube. There is some plastic such as the view finder, but overall it is a solid built scope. The SkyView is portable and very easy to set up.
The optics on this Orion telescope are quite good, better than I would have expected from a scope in this price range. When viewing the planets, I found that the views were clear and crisp but they do lack the high contrast you can find with the Meade telescopes in this price range.
Deep sky viewing (with dark sky) produced a large amount of detail. I could clearly see the dark lanes in the Andromeda Galaxy, I also viewed the Orion Nebulae with good results. You will find some coma but nothing to be too concerned about. I found no problems with this telescope, it has been well built.
The telescope comes with the 25mm eyepiece which is pretty decent, but you may wish to buy a barlow lens. This Orion telescope comes complete with all the accessories you will need to start viewing straight away. But if you’re new to astronomy, I would recommend you buy Starry Night Software.
This software will help you locate any object in the night sky, which can be very difficult when you’re just starting out. The software will provide you with information on the object you are viewing as well as a picture taken by the Hubble telescope. It can also help you plan a night’s viewing by showing you where an object will be at any given time.
- Orion telescope aperture – 150mm (6″)
- f/5 Newtonian Reflector
- 6×30 Viewfinder
- Eyepieces – 25mm(30x), 10mm (75x) Plossl
- EQ-3 equatorial mount with adjustable tripod features manual slow-motion controls
- Optional – single-or dual-axis electronic drives for hands-free tracking.
This Orion telescope is perfect for the beginner on a budget or a child. It is light which makes it portable and will give you many nights of good viewing. The price on this Orion telescope has dropped from $499. You will find them at Catalog City