The StarBlast 114mm AutoTracker Reflector makes it easy for the whole family to enjoy night after night of stargazing fun with its combination of great telescope optics and an easy-to-use motorized tracking mount. The 114mm (4.5") aperture reflector telescope tube gathers a substantial amount of light, but remains nicely compact and portable. With its moderate focal length of 500mm and f/4.4 focal ratio, the StarBlast 114mm reflector will display detailed views of the Moon and planets like Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Brighter galaxies, nebulas and star clusters of deep space are also well within reach of this wide-field reflector telescope. The included StarBlast AutoTracker Mount will automatically track any of these objects once you've aimed the telescope at them, so you can enjoy the view for as long as you wish without having to hassle with re-aiming the telescope as the object appears to migrate across the night sky.
An EZ Finder II reflex sight is included to help aim the telescope, and two included 1.25" eyepieces (10mm and 25mm) provide two different magnifications (50x and 20x) right out of the box. A collimation cap is also included to help periodically align the telescope's reflecting optics. Easily manageable at just 12.4 lbs. when assembled, the StarBlast 114mm AutoTracker Reflector can be taken almost anywhere you want to enjoy views of starry skies with the luxury of automatic tracking.
After completing a simple alignment procedure, the Orion StarBlast AutoTracker Altazimuth Mount's internally housed motors rotate the mount and attached 114mm reflector telescope so the object you're observing will stay centered in the telescope eyepiece (astronomers call this "tracking"). This allows you to enjoy lengthy views of objects in the night sky without having to hassle with moving the telescope manually to keep the object centered. With the luxury of precise automatic tracking, you can concentrate on observing night sky objects, instead of constantly reorienting your telescope as the target object drifts out of your telescope eyepiece's field-of-view. You'll be able to discern more subtle features and details of celestial objects as you relax at the eyepiece without having to worry about manually repositioning the telescope to keep the object in sight.
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 StarBlast 114mm AutoTracker bumps its viewing power from 50x to 100x, and boosts the 25mm eyepiece's magnification from 20x to 40x when used with the 114mm 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 StarBlast 114mm AutoTracker 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 StarBlast 114mm AutoTracker 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 StarBlast 114mm AutoTracker telescope. Includes batteries and a handy key-ring.
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.