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Beginner
Orion SpaceProbe 3 EQ Telescope & Beginner Barlow Kit
$199.99
If purchased separately $226.45
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  • 3" aperture and 700mm focal length telescope provides wonderful views of the Moon, planets, and even some bright nebulas and star clusters
  • Includes sturdy adjustable aluminum tripod and equatorial (EQ) mount for easy manual slow-motion tracking of celestial objects with included slow-motion controls
  • Comes with a Shorty 2x Barlow that doubles the magnification of both included eyepieces
  • Use the included Star Target Planisphere and MoonMap 260 to plan stargazing sessions
  • The included Discover the Stars book is a wonderful guidebook for beginning amateur astronomers


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Item #  27299

Great for all-around astronomical observing, the highly portable, uncomplicated Orion SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector telescope is just the right size and price for beginning astronomers and their families. Weighing just 16lbs. total, the SpaceProbe 3 boasts features and viewing capabilities usually reserved for much more expensive instruments.

The Orion SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector Telescope lets the whole family enjoy beautiful night sky treasures from the backyard. With this telescope and its 700mm focal length (f/9.2) you can view the cratered surface of the Moon, breathtaking rings of Saturn, and gigantic Jupiter along with its brightest moons. The SpaceProbe 3 Reflector's 3" diameter optics gathers enough light to view all of these things and more! You can even catch faint glows of some very exotic star clusters and nebulas of deep-space!

The aluminum Newtonian reflector telescope tube features a smooth-adjusting 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser to ensure precise focus adjustments and sharp views in the eyepiece. Speaking of which, the Orion SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector comes with two interchangeable 1.25" Explorer II eyepieces - 25mm (28x) and 10mm (70x) as well as an Orion EZ Finder II Reflex Sight to aid in locating objects and aiming the telescope. The included EQ-1 mount mimics our planets rotational axes, and allows easy manual "tracking" of celestial objects with included slow-motion control cables. An adjustable-height tripod with accessory tray and aluminum legs is also included with this feature-packed telescope.

The included Beginner Barlow Kit is a great combination of accessories for anyone beginning a hobby of amateur astronomy and includes the powerful Orion Shorty 2x Barlow Lens, as well as the useful Orion Beginning Stargazers Toolkit.

Use the included Orion Shorty 2x Barlow Lens to double the magnifying power of included eyepieces.

A 2-power (2x) Barlow lens is an extremely versatile telescope accessory that doubles the magnification of any eyepiece installed. Using the included Shorty 2x Barlow with the 10mm eyepiece in the SpaceProbe 3 EQ bumps its viewing power from 70x to 140x, and boosts the 25mm eyepiece's magnification from 28x to 56x when used with the 3" reflector. What's more, you can use the compact Shorty 2x Barlow with any other 1.25" eyepieces you already have, or any you purchase in the future.

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 included Orion MoonMap 260 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 SpaceProbe 3 EQ 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 SpaceProbe 3 EQ reflector, since you'll know just where to point the telescope!

The useful Discover the Stars guidebook will introduce you to the wonders of the night sky.

This gets our vote as the best guidebook for beginning stargazers. The heart of the book is two sections of big, two-color sky charts. The first section features 12 charts that show the entire visible sky each month, accompanied by text that points out each month's sky attractions and constellation mythology. The second section comprises 23 charts of smaller regions of the sky, which highlight objects observable with small instruments. Softbound, 119 pages.

Use the included RedBeam Mini LED flashlight to see in the dark without disrupting your dark-adapted vision.

You don't need a big flashlight to read star maps or see inside your accessory case at night. The included 2.5"-long Orion RedBeam Mini Flashlight does the job perfectly, emitting night-vision friendly red LED light. Red light won't disrupt your eyes' dark-adapted vision, so this flashlight lets you check charts and accessories while keeping your eyes primed for viewing celestial gems through the SpaceProbe 3 EQ telescope. Includes batteries and a handy key-ring.

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.

Product Support
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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
    152x
  • 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
    Equatorial
  • Astro-imaging capability
    Lunar & planetary
  • Dovetail bar system
    No
  • Motor drive compatibility
    Clock drive sold separately
  • Computerized compatibility
    Not compatible
  • Bearing material
    Friction bearings
  • Latitude range
    14-70
  • Setting circles
    Yes
  • Polar-axis scope
    Not available
  • Counterweights
    One 4.8 lb.
  • Tube material
    Steel
  • Tripod material
    Aluminum
  • Counterweight bar length
    8 in.
  • Diameter of counterweight shaft
    12mm
  • Height range of mount
    32.50 in. - 54.75 in.
  • Length of optical tube
    27.0 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    4.0 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    7.5 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    16.6 lbs.
  • Additional included accessories
    Collimation cap, Shorty 1.25" 2x Barlow Lens, Star Target Planisphere, Discover The Stars Book, MoonMap 260, RedBeam Mini LED Flashlight
  • Warranty
    One year

Orion 3" f/9.2 Reflector telescope optical tube assembly
25mm Orion Explorer II telescope eyepiece (1.25")
10mm Orion Explorer II telescope eyepiece (1.25")
Tripod legs
Orion equatorial telescope mount
EZ Finder II finder scope
Orion finder scope bracket
Collimation cap
Counterweight
Counterweight shaft
Tripod accessory tray
Slow-motion control knobs
Dust cap
Tripod attachment screws
Wing nuts
Washers
Leg lock knobs
Starry Night special edition software
Orion Shorty 1.25" 2x Barlow Lens
Orion MoonMap 260
Orion Star Target Planisphere
Discover The Stars Beginner's Astronomy Guidebook
Orion RedBeam Mini LED Flashlight

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