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. This complete telescope will make a great gift for any child interested in exploring the treasures of the night sky right in the 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.
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. Its 3" (76mm) primary mirror gathers enough light to snare the faint glows of some very exotic star clusters and distant nebulas too. The SpaceProbe 3's focal length of 700mm (f/9.2) provides sharp views of cosmic curiosities the whole family can enjoy.
Let's take a closer look at the useful accessories included with the SpaceProbe 3 Reflector 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!
Includes FREE Special Edition of Starry Night Astronomy Software ($69.90 value!)
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. The SkyTheater DVD turns your TV into a virtual spaceship for a 104-minute voyage through our solar system.
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.)
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 is a great first telescope.
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."
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 this product 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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