If you're looking for an affordable gift to kick-start the curiosity of your child or grandchild, look no further! This telescope and accessory bundle is ideal for young backyard astronomers who are just starting to explore the wonders of the night sky. Not only does this inexpensive bundle include the popular Orion SpaceProbe 3 AZ Reflector Telescope, it also comes with essential accessories for beginners. The extra goodies included with the Starter Kit are ideal for beginning backyard astronomers. This value-packed telescope and accessory kit will make a great gift for any child interested in exploring starry skies. The SpaceProbe 3 telescope lets you explore the treasures of the night sky right from the comfort of your own backyard.
The petite SpaceProbe 3" AZ Reflector Telescope is a great choice for kids who are curious about space and the stars. The telescope's 3" aperture (or diameter) gathers a good amount of light from the night sky, for impressively bright and detailed views of celestial wonders. The rest of the family will want to join in the fun for great views of the Moon, bright planets, and star clusters seen through the SpaceProbe 3. Even though this telescope is great for kids, it's a full-fledged reflector telescope that will help foster a lifetime of appreciation for science and astronomy.
Outfitted with a great set of accessories, the SpaceProbe 3 AZ Reflector Telescope & Starter Kit comes with everything you need to enjoy great views of the night sky right out of the box. Let's take a closer look at all the value-packed astronomy accessories that you'll get with this beginner telescope:
Includes two quality telescope eyepieces: a 25mm Kellner eyepiece for 28x views and a 10mm Kellner eyepiece for higher magnification, 70x views.
Each Orion SpaceProbe 3 AZ Reflector includes two interchangeable 1.25" Explorer II telescope eyepieces, a 25mm and a 10mm, for two different magnification options right out of the box. The 25mm eyepiece will yield 28x power magnification in the SpaceProbe 3 while the 10mm eyepiece boosts the magnification up to 70x power for closer looks. These 1.25" barrel eyepieces are better and more versatile than smaller .965" eyepieces you might find with department store telescopes.
The included Orion EZ Finder II red-dot sight makes aiming the telescope nice and easy.
Following a simple alignment procedure that parents can help with, you can use the EZ Finder II sight to accurately aim the SpaceProbe 3 telescope at objects in the sky like the Moon and bright planets. Once aligned with the telescope, just turn on the EZ Finder II and peer through the sight's small circular viewing window so you see the red dot, and move the telescope until the red dot is on the object you want to see. Look in the telescope, and there it is!
The included Astronomy book is a wonderful introduction to enjoying the night sky.
This fun book is loaded with beautiful pictures and astounding educational facts about astronomy. The whole family will enjoy browsing pictures of objects in space and reading about interesting planets, stars, and more. This great introduction book to the hobby of astronomy is the perfect way to keep the kids interested during cloudy nights when the Moon and stars aren't visible.
The Orion MoonMap 260 makes it easy to learn about the Moon's craters, spacecraft landing sites, and more!
With locations and names of over 260 features on the Moon such as craters, mountains, valleys, "seas" and more, the Orion MoonMap 260 included with the Starter Kit is a great tool for beginning astronomers. It will even show you where various spacecraft have landed on the Moon's surface! The whole family will enjoy looking at the Moon with the SpaceProbe 3 Reflector, then discovering the names of the craters and other features you've seen in the telescope.
The Orion Star Target planisphere is a useful star chart wheel for any day of the year.
This circular star map lets you dial-in the month and day you're observing the sky, so you can see exactly which constellations and stars will be visible if skies are clear. Using the Orion Star Target is a great way for starters to plan their first stargazing sessions with the SpaceProbe 3, since you'll know just where to point the telescope!
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 FREE Special Edition Starry Night software that comes with the telescope. 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 Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth Reflector Telescope comes with an altazimuth mount which allows simple up/down and left/right motion. The altazimuth mount is lightweight and easy to use for anyone in the family. (Like all reflector telescopes, the SpaceProbe 3 is not recommended for terrestrial viewing on land as the images will not be right-side up.)
This inexpensive reflector telescope will amaze you with revealing views of Saturn's picturesque rings, Jupiter's moons, and the beautifully cratered terrain of our own Moon's surface. Built around a 3" (76mm) diameter primary mirror, the Orion SpaceProbe 3 Reflector Telescope also gathers enough light to snare the faint glows of some very exotic star clusters and distant nebulas! The SpaceProbe 3's focal length of 700mm (f/9.2) provides sharp views of cosmic curiosities the whole family can enjoy.
Great for all-around astronomical observing, this highly portable, uncomplicated telescope is just the right size and weight for all family members and just the right price for parents. For the novice keen to discover what's "out there," the affordable Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth Reflector Telescope & Starter Kit is a great choice!
Sky & Telescope Magazine - December 2005
"If getting the most scope for the least money is the primary goal, the Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth reflector has much to recommend it. Simply put, this is a nice telescope. It provided sharp images and was a joy to use."
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Please note the telescope in this product kit 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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