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Orion Telescopes

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Beginner
Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth Reflector Telescope
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  • A fantastic beginner telescope that's lightweight, easy to set up, and has a very affordable price tag!
  • 76mm (3") aperture reflector telescope is large enough for wonderful views of the Moon, rings of Saturn, moons orbiting Jupiter, and even some brighter nebulas
  • Stable altazimuth mount and tripod provides smooth motion in both altitude (up/down) and azimuth (left/right) axes of motion
  • The included EZ Finder II reflex sight makes finding celestial objects a breeze - once aligned, just place the red-dot on the object, and you're ready to view!
  • Includes two 1.25" telescope eyepieces, EZ Finder II reflex sight, smooth rack and pinion focuser, reflector collimation cap, and Starry Night astronomy software


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Item #  09883

Beginning astronomy enthusiasts seeking an affordable entry to astronomical adventure will get it in spades with an Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth Reflector Telescope. 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.

The SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth Reflector Telescope makes the night sky's treasures accessible right from the comfort of your own backyard. 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 Altazimuth 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.

The aluminum Newtonian reflector optical tube features a 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser to ensure sharp images in the telescope eyepiece. Speaking of which, each Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth Reflector includes  two interchangeable 1.25" Explorer II telescope eyepieces, a 25mm and a 10mm. The 25mm eyepiece will yield 28x power magnification in the SpaceProbe 3 while the 10mm eyepiece boosts the magnification up to 70x power. A wide-field EZ Finder II reflex sight is also included to aid in locating objects and aiming the telescope. An adjustable-height tripod with accessory tray and aluminum legs is also included with the SpaceProbe 3.

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 on 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.)

For the novice keen to discover what's "out there," the affordable Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth reflector Telescope provides a wonderful opportunity!

Media Buzz

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."

Warranty

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.

Warning

Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

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  • Best for viewing
    Lunar & planetary
  • Best for imaging
    Lunar & planetary
  • User level
    Beginner
  • Optical design
    Reflector
  • Optical diameter
    76mm
  • Focal length
    700mm
  • Focal ratio
    f/9.2
  • Optics type
    Spherical
  • Glass material
    Soda-lime plate
  • Eyepieces
    Explorer II 25.0mm, 10.0mm
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
    28x, 70x
  • Resolving power
    1.52arc*sec
  • Lowest useful magnification
    18x
  • Highest useful magnification
    95x
  • Highest theoretical magnification
    152x
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
    12.1
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    EZ Finder II
  • Focuser
    1.25" Rack-and-pinion
  • Secondary mirror obstruction
    20mm
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter
    26%
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by area
    7%
  • Mirror coatings/over-coatings
    Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
  • Mount type
    Altazimuth
  • Astro-imaging capability
    Simple moon shots
  • Computerized compatibility
    Not compatible
  • Bearing material
    Friction bearings
  • Setting circles
    Yes
  • Tube material
    Steel
  • Tripod material
    Aluminum
  • Length of optical tube
    27.0 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    4.0 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    4.4 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    8.4 lbs.
  • Additional included accessories
    Collimation cap, Altitude fine adjustment
  • Warranty
    One year
Orion Reflector optical tube assembly
25mm Orion Explorer II telescope eyepiece (1.25")
10mm Oriion Explorer II telescope eyepiece (1.25")
Tripod legs
Altazimuth yoke telescope mount
EZ Finder II finder scope
Finder scope bracket
Collimation cap
Tripod accessory tray
Dust cap
Altitude micro-motion control rod and thumbwheel
Tripod attachment screws
Wing nuts
Washers
Accessory tray attachment wing screws
Leg lock knobs
Yoke knobs
Starry Night special edition software

Orders received by noon Pacific Time for in-stock items ship the same business day. Orders received after noon will ship the next business day. When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available. You have the option in check out to request that your order ship complete, if you'd prefer.

A per-item shipping charge (in addition to the standard shipping and handling charge) applies to this product due to its size and weight. This charge varies based on the shipping method.

Standard Delivery: 0.00
3 Day Delivery: 15.00
2 Day Delivery: 15.00
Next Day Delivery: $21.00

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