This is a great telescope and accessory kit for kids interested in astronomy and space. The Orion Observer 60mm AZ refractor telescope is a wonderful starter telescope well-equipped for visual adventures under starry skies. The Observer 60mm is a full-fledged refractor telescope complete with everything you need to start enjoying the night sky like never before. The extra goodies included with the Observer 60mm Altazimuth Refractor & 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!
A classic refractor telescope with precision glass optics and great portability, the Orion Observer 60 is a complete backyard telescope package that includes the refractor optical tube, a host of accessories, and an adjustable aluminum tripod. It is especially popular with junior astronomy enthusiasts, thanks to its simple operation and traditional appearance. The Observer 60 Altazimuth refractor telescope weighs just 5.8 lbs. total when assembled, including the mount and tripod, making it very easy for anyone in the family to transport from the house to the backyard for a night full of stargazing adventure.
The Orion Observer 60 Refractor Telescope offers higher quality and more reliable performance than any telescope you'd find in a department store. Featuring an aluminum telescope optical tube and all-glass optics, including a fully antireflection-coated 60mm achromatic objective lens, the Observer 60 yields crisp, bright images of the night sky. The altazimuth mount provides smooth motion in both altitude (up/down) and azimuth (left/right) axes of motion, and the sturdy yet lightweight aluminum tripod is adjustable for crowd-pleasing performance and comfort. There's even a handy accessory tray included that attaches to the tripod so you have a convenient spot to place your eyepieces and other astronomy accessories.
Outfitted with a great set of accessories, the Observer 60mm Altazimuth Refractor & 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 great astronomy accessories that you'll get with this awesome 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 included eyepiece has a 1.25" barrel, which are better and more versatile than smaller .965" barrels you might find with department store telescopes. The included telescope eyepieces will provide two different magnification options right out of the box. You'll enjoy wide-field 28x views with the 25mm eyepiece, and then you can boost the power all the way up to 70x by using the 10mm telescope eyepiece.
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 Observer 60mm 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 it's there!
A 90° mirror diagonal is included for comfortable nighttime viewing.
A diagonal bends the light path of a telescope so you can view the sky comfortably. Without a diagonal, you'd have to look straight-through the telescope, which can be tricky and downright uncomfortable when looking at certain areas of the sky. Bending the light collected by the Observer 60mm telescope at a 90° angle lets you look down into the eyepiece so you can relax and enjoy the view.
The versatile Observer 60 refractor's 1.25" rack and pinion focuser adjusts smoothly and can also accept a 1.25" correct-image diagonal (sold separately) if you wish to use the telescope for daytime terrestrial viewing of wildlife, landscapes, and more.
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. This detailed map 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 Observer 60mm telescope, 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 Observer 60mm refractor, 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.
You'll be pleasantly surprised at the sharp celestial sights you can see with an Orion Observer 60 Altazimuth refractor telescope. For starters, Saturn and its rings, Jupiter and its dancing moons, and the changing phases of Venus all display nicely in the Observer 60. Close-up views of the Moon's rocky, cratered surface will give you and your family a new way of looking at our planet's nearest neighbor in the night sky. Even the contrasting blue and gold gems of the double star Albireo can be detected with the Observer 60 Altazimuth refractor, not to mention dozens of "deep-sky" gems, including the magnificent Orion Nebula and the glittering Pleiades and Beehive star clusters.
With the Observer 60mm refractor telescope, two eyepieces, EZ Finder II sight, 90° diagonal, and the included MoonMap 260, Astronomy book, and Star Target planisphere, your little astronomer will love exploring the skies and learning about astronomy. Help support and encourage your child's interest in the stars and space with the Observer 60 AZ and Starter Kit. We have a feeling the whole family will want to join in the fun - just don't let them know it's educational too!
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 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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