Want to get the kids off the couch doing something besides staring at the TV, computer or smartphone? Get youngsters and the whole family outside for astronomical adventures from the comfort of your own backyard with this great starter telescope! The kid-friendly Orion StarBlast 70mm Travel Refractor is a powerful, yet compact telescope that is perfect for budding astronomers and their families.
This no-nonsense refractor telescope is easy to use, and the spectacular views it provides of the Moon's cratered surface and amazing sights like Saturn's rings and Jupiter's moons will amaze the whole family night after night. You can also use the StarBlast 70mm during the day to look at scenery and wildlife thanks to its upright, correct-image. The StarBlast 70mm AZ Refractor comes with a sturdy, yet lightweight, altazimuth mount that provides stable up/down (altitude) and left/right (azimuth) motion.
You also get a lot of great accessories with the StarBlast 70mm. Let's check out each one:
A 45° correct-image diagonal provides a bright, correctly oriented view.
The StarBlast 70mm Travel Refractor includes a 45° correct-image diagonal that provides views correctly oriented left-to-right and right-side-up so it's easy to aim at objects both at night and during the day. This convenient diagonal makes it easy to track moving birds and wildlife during the day, and also track planets and the Moon at night since it gives you a view that matches your regular vision.
Two included eyepieces provide a variety of magnifications right out of the box.
An included 25mm eyepiece provides a 20-power image in the StarBlast 70mm, and a shorter 10mm focal length eyepiece is also included for more powerful 50x views. Using both eyepieces is a great way to learn about magnification, and helps you enjoy interesting sights in the sky. Kids can start observing with the lower-power eyepiece to scan the skies easily, and then boost power up to 50x with the 10mm eyepiece for closer looks.
A 5x24 finder scope makes it easy to aim the StarBlast 70mm Travel Refractor.
The 5x24 finder scope has a 24mm lens in the front that collects light, and it has 5-power magnification so you can aim the telescope easily. After following a simple alignment procedure that parents can help with, kids can use the 5x24 finder scope to aim the StarBlast 70mm telescope at interesting objects like the Moon and stars at night, and at daytime targets like birds, boats on water, and scenery.
Included MoonMap 260 lets you learn the names of craters and other features on the Moon.
With locations and names of over 260 features on the Moon such as craters, mountains, valleys, "seas" and more, the included Orion MoonMap 260 ($12.99 value) is a great tool for beginning astronomers. It will even show you where various spacecraft have landed on the Moon's surface! Try a fun family activity of looking at the Moon through the StarBlast 70mm Travel Refractor, then find the areas you see through the telescope on the MoonMap 260 to discover their official names.
A power-boosting 2x Barlow lens is included to double your magnification options.
The well-equipped StarBlast 70mm Travel Refractor Telescope also includes a 2x Barlow lens to double the power of each included eyepiece and any other 1.25" eyepieces you get down the road. Insert the 25mm eyepiece into the 2x Barlow to achieve 40-power magnification compared to 20-power, and use the Barlow with the 10mm eyepiece to boost magnification from 50x all the way to 100x for close-up views of starry skies.
Learn about the night sky with the included Starry Night Special Edition software.
Budding backyard astronomers and families starting out in the hobby of stargazing can learn a ton of useful information with the included Special Edition Starry Night software ($69.90 value). You can use the software to see what stars, constellations, planets, and other cosmic objects will be visible on any day and at any time. This makes it fun and easy to plan family stargazing sessions since you'll know ahead of time which objects will be visible. Requires PC running Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8. Requires Macintosh running OS X 10.4 or higher.
The pleasantly portable StarBlast 70mm is just over 2 feet long and weighs just 7 lbs., so it's easy for the junior astronomer of the family to setup for backyard astronomical adventures. Get one today and start exploring the night sky!
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-676-1343.
Please note this product is compliant with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and is intended for children 9 years of age and older.
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Orion StarBlast 70mm Travel Refractor Telescope
Altazimuth mount with adjustable aluminum tripod
10mm telescope eyepiece, 1.25"
25mm telescope eyepiece, 1.25"
2x Barlow lens, 1.25"
5x24 Finder scope
45° Correct-image diagonal
Orion MoonMap 260
Starry Night SE astronomy software digital download insert