f/12.1, 6×26 Correct-image Viewfinder, Eyepiece 25mm Plossl, Carry Case.
This is a well constructed and solid telescope with no plastic in sight. It is lightweight and perfect for field work or backyard viewing. Cool down time is about 45 minutes. They pack up neatly into a carry bag, making it perfect for traveling or for anyone who does not have the space in their home for a large telescope.
These Orion telescopes are good planetary scope’s. I have viewed Saturn and her rings which were crisp and clear and you can see detail in the ring system.
I then viewed Jupiter and could clearly see 2 cloud bands and five of Jupiter’s moons which show up as bright stars. And there is good detail on our moons surface.
Mars was a small orange ball due to the planet wide dust storm. You will also see the brighter objects in our Milky way.
These orion telescopes are not recommended for anyone serious about deep sky viewing. You can see very faint nebulae and star clusters but if deep sky is your interest you need to go for a telescope with more powerful or larger aperture.
Go to my page on Telescopes – Myths and Misconceptions. There you will find pictures of the planets viewed from different size telescopes so you will know what to expect from a telescope.
These Orion telescopes come with a viewfinder that has quick release bracket for disassembly so that the telescope fits snugly into a padded carry case. You may wish to buy a barlow lens to give the 25mm eyepiece more power, saving you from having to buy more expensive eyepieces.
Orion Telescopes Recommendation
If you’re on a budget and are looking for a planetary telescope these orion telescopes may be what you’re looking for. It is compact and portable.
These orion telescopes were $399 but are now selling for $269 with a free carry case at CatalogCity