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Orion Telescopes
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Orion StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
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Expected Ship Date: 12/14/2022

  • Compact, grab-and-go "Mak-Cass" telescope provides powerful views of the Moon and bright planets such as Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars
  • 90mm aperture Maksutov-Cassegrain optics boast high magnifications of 62.5x and 125x with the included 20mm and 10mm 4-element eyepieces, to reveal awesome detail
  • Smooth-gliding tabletop base provides a stable viewing platform that you can set on a table, the hood of a car, or even on an optional field tripod equipped
  • Includes an EZ Finder II reflex sight for easy aiming, 90-degree mirror diagonal for comfortable night sky viewing, glare-cutting Moon filter, and Orion's MoonMap 260
  • Weighs just 6.2 lbs fully assembled, with an optical tube length of 11.1"


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Whoever coined the phrase "big things come in small packages" would love the Orion StarMax 90 TableTop Mak-Cass telescope. This pint-sized powerhouse provides surprisingly big views, making it a fantastic first telescope or a pleasantly portable grab-and-go second telescope when you don't want to lug out the "big rig."

The long, 1250mm focal length (f/13.9) Mak-Cass optics give the StarMax 90 some serious magnifying power — much more-so than reflector or refractor telescopes of similar aperture. And all in a tube that's just 11" long, including the accessory collar on the back end. The included 20mm and 10mm 4-element eyepieces yield powers of 62.5x and 125x magnification, respectively, to get in tight on your targets. Also, the StarMax's 90mm diameter aperture collects 225% more light than a traditional beginner's 60mm refractor telescope, so you'll see more celestial goodies. You'll be able to enjoy bright, detailed views of the battered lunar landscape, Saturn's picturesque rings, and Jupiter's meandering moons. As you scan the Milky Way, you'll also be wowed by the sights of well-resolved open and globular star clusters as well as brighter Messier nebulas. Focusing the telescope is easy by simply turning the large focusing knob on the back end of the telescope.

The optical tube assembly of the Orion StarMax 90mm TableTop Mak-Cass Telescope attaches to the stable, rotating base via a quick-release dovetail mount with adjustable altitude tension. Set the compact StarMax 90mm on the ground, on a table in the back yard, or even on the hood of your car in the backcountry, and comfortably view the heavens to your heart's content. And if there isn't a table nearby, you can easily attach the StarMax 90's altazimuth base to a field tripod. A threaded 3/8"-16 socket on the bottom of the base can be coupled to any field tripod equipped with a standard 3/8" threaded post.

The StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain comes with an array of great accessories to help you make the most out of each evening under the stars:

The included Orion EZ Finder II red-dot scope makes it "EZ" to aim the telescope.

Following a simple alignment procedure, use the EZ Finder II "red dot scope" to accurately aim the StarMax 90mm at objects in the sky like the Moon and bright planets. Just peer through the EZ Finder's viewing window and move the telescope until the red dot is positioned on the object you want to observe. And voila! — the object will appear right in the telescope's eyepiece, ready to view.

You get quality 20mm and 10mm 4-element eyepieces with the StarMax 90mm.

A cut above standard 3-element Kellner eyepieces, the oculars included with the StarMax 90 have four elements and are multi-coated to deliver crisp, contrasty views. Start with the 20mm eyepiece to study your target at 62.5x magnification. Then, if seeing conditions allow, swap in the 10mm eyepiece to boost the magnification to a whopping 125x. Both eyepieces have threaded barrels to allow use of Orion filters, including the glare-reducing Moon filter that comes with the telescope.

The included 90 star diagonal provides comfortable viewing of objects overhead.

The star diagonal deflects the light path of the StarMax 90mm 90 so you can enjoy the view without having to contort yourself into awkward positions to peer into the eyepiece.

Cut the Moon's glare to see more detail on its surface with the Orion E-Series Moon Filter.

The Orion E-Series 1.25" 13% Transmission Moon Filter reduces glare and boosts contrast so you can see enjoy more detailed views of lunar surface features. It blocks excessively bright glare to provide a more comfortable view of the Moon's surface, the neutral density filter will not alter the natural color of the Moon and the eyepiece filter transmits only 13% of the incoming light, improving contrast and detail.

Explore the Moon and identify its craters, spacecraft landing sites, and more with your telescope!

With locations and names of over 260 features on the Moon such as craters, mountains, valleys, and "seas", the Orion MoonMap 260 is a wonderful tool for all amateur astronomers. Keep it handy while you look through the telescope to help identify lunar features as you observe them. "Wow, that bright crater is named Tycho!"

One other feature of the StarMax 90mm that is worth noting: Its optics never need adjusting, unlike with reflector telescopes, for example. The StarMax's Maksutov-Cassegrain optics are precisely aligned at the factory and fixed in place to insure maximum image sharpness, without need for the user to make any further tweaks.

So if the idea of an ultra-portable yet very powerful, take-anywhere telescope seems kinda cool to you, we've got just the ticket: the Orion StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegain telescope. Get yours today and share the fun of space exploration with your family and friends.

NOTE: The StarMax 90mm can be used for daytime terrestrial observing, but you will want to purchase a "correct-image" 1.25" diagonal so that the image seen in the eyepiece is oriented "normally." With the included star diagonal, views will be "mirror reversed." This is not an issue when observing objects in space, but for terrestrial viewing we recommend picking up a correct-image diagonal.

Meets or exceeds all California State Environmental Quality & Safety Regulations (CARB 93120 Phase 2 Compliant).

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 800-447-1001.

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
    Maksutov-Cassegrain
  • Optical diameter
    90mm
  • Focal length
    1250mm
  • Focal ratio
    f/13.9
  • Optics type
    Spherical
  • Eyepieces
    3-Element 25.0mm,10.0mm (1.25")
  • Magnification with included eyepieces
    62x, 125x
  • Resolving power
    1.29arc*sec
  • Lowest useful magnification
    13x
  • Highest useful magnification
    180x
  • Highest theoretical magnification
    212x
  • Limiting stellar magnitude
    12.5
  • Optical quality
    Diffraction limited
  • Finder scope
    EZ Finder II
  • Focuser
    Internal
  • Diagonal degrees
    1.25" 90° Mirror Star
  • Secondary mirror obstruction
    30mm
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter
    33%
  • Secondary mirror obstruction by area
    11%
  • Mount type
    Altazimuth
  • Polar-axis scope
    Not available
  • Tube material
    Aluminum
  • Tripod material
    Wood
  • Length of optical tube
    11.1 in.
  • Weight, optical tube
    3.3 lbs.
  • Weight, mount/tripod
    2.9 lbs.
  • Weight, fully assembled
    6.2 lbs.
  • Additional included accessories
    Orion MoonMap 260 reference map, Orion 1.25" Moon filter
  • Other features
    Altitude tension knobs, Dovetail saddle for easy attach/remove of OTA, Tripod adapter with 3/8"-16 threaded socket
  • Warranty
    One year

StarMax 90 optical tube
Base
90 mirror star diagonal
20mm 4-element eyepiece
10mm 4-element eyepiece
EZ Finder II reflex sight
3/8"-to-1/4"-20 thread adapter
Orion E-Series Moon Filter
Orion MoonMap 260

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3 Day Delivery: $32.00
2 Day Delivery: $32.00
Next Day Delivery: $44.00

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