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Planetary Oppositions

Jupiter and Saturn both reach opposition one week apart this year, making July the perfect month for planetary viewing!

Opposition is when the Earth passes directly between a planet and the Sun. This coincides with the planets closest approach to Earth, providing an excellent opportunity for great views in a telescope.

Both planets are easy to find in the Southern sky, about 7 degrees apart from each other. Jupiter reaches opposition on July 14th, and Saturn about a week later on the 20th. During opposition Saturn's rings will be inclined at 21 degrees towards Earth, close to their maximum angle of 27 degrees. Combined with the planet's close approach to Earth, this means it's an excellent time to observe Saturn and its rings!

We've selected some telescopes and accessories ideal for observing Jupiter, and Saturn:

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Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
4.8 / 5.0
The SkyQuest XT8 Classic has features for both beginners and experienced stargazers. Its large aperture will help you see more. Its stable base glides easily and gives you total control to point at any celestial object. All for an affordable price.
$399.99
3 easy payments of $133.33
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Orion StarSeeker IV 102mm GoTo Mak-Cass without Controller
4.3 / 5.0
Brainy, high-power GoTo Mak-Cass telescope is Wi-Fi enabled to let you control it wirelessly from your smartphone with the FREE SynScan Pro app! Comes with great accessories including two eyepieces, Moon map, and Orion's DeepMap 600 star chart.
$549.99
3 easy payments of $183.33
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Orion StarSeeker IV 127mm GoTo Mak-Cass without Controller
Brainy, high-power GoTo Mak-Cass telescope is Wi-Fi enabled to let you control it wirelessly from your smartphone with the FREE SynScan Pro app! Comes with great accessories including two eyepieces, Moon map, and Orion's DeepMap 600 star chart.
$649.99
3 easy payments of $216.66
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Orion AstroView 90mm EQ Refractor Telescope Kit
4.7 / 5.0
Get more gear at an amazing price with this 90mm Refractor Telescope Kit. Includes the AstroView 90mm EQ Refractor, Moon Filter, Set of Four Color Planetary Filters, MoonMap 260, and Star Target planisphere.
$299.99
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$370.95
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Orion StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
4.6 / 5.0
This table top 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain is a lightweight and compact telescope for the beginning viewer that you can take anywhere. The red dot finder scope makes it easy to find objects in the sky. The mount can also be attached to a photo tripod.
$199.99
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Orion CC8 8" f/12 Classical Cassegrain Telescope
4.5 / 5.0
Orion's 8" f/12 Classical Cassegrain excels for high-resolution lunar and planetary viewing and imaging. It offers serious magnifying capability in a 25" tube. Quartz mirrors, 2" dual-speed linear bearing Crayford, and D- and V-style mounting bars.
$949.99
3 easy payments of $316.66
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Orion 150mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Optical Tube
4.9 / 5.0
The compact Orion 150mm Mak-Cass Telescope Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) opens up new vistas of the celestial landscape for your viewing pleasure, putting superior resolving power at your disposal. Sold as OTA only, without accessories.
$599.99
3 easy payments of $200.00
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Orion 180mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Optical Tube
5.0 / 5.0
Superb high-power performance, compact lightweight design, sharp high-contrast view, and clearly defined astrophotography capabilities make the Orion 180mm Maksutov-Cassegrain perfect for the advanced planetary observer or astrophotographer.
$999.99
3 easy payments of $333.33
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1.25" Orion Jupiter Observation Eyepiece Filter
4.3 / 5.0
This useful and affordable blue Orion Jupiter Observation filter for 1.25" telescope eyepieces will significantly increase contrast of the main cloud belts of Jupiter in any telescope.
$19.99

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Orion Tri-Mag 1.25" 3x Barlow Lens
4.7 / 5.0
The 3x Orion Tri-Mag Barlow Lens delivers a 3x magnification boost to your eyepiece. It is great for lunar and planetary observing and perfect for extracting higher powers from short-focal-length telescopes which can be hard to magnify high enough.
$49.99
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Orion Shorty 1.25" 2x Barlow Lens
4.7 / 5.0
The Orion Shorty Barlow Lens doubles the power of any telescope eyepiece. It has a multi-coated lens that lets in more light and allows you to enjoy higher-power, sharper images without eye strain.
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5mm Orion Edge On Planetary Eyepiece
3.7 / 5.0
The 5mm Orion Edge-On Planetary telescope eyepiece is a great high powered eyepiece perfect for viewing details of the moon or planets. The flat field design ensures sharp focus out to the edge and the long eye relief is great, even with eyeglasses.
$99.99
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6.0mm Orion Edge-On Planetary Eyepiece
4.6 / 5.0
The 6mm Orion Edge-On Planetary Eyepiece is perfect for viewing the moon and planets. The flat field design gives you sharp focus all the way to the edge of the field of view and with long eye relief, even eyeglass wearers can view comfortably.
$99.99
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9mm Orion Edge On Planetary Eyepiece
4.9 / 5.0
The 9mm Orion Edge-On Planetary Eyepiece is designed for exceptional planetary and lunar viewing. The flat field design ensures sharp focus out to the edge of the field and the long eye relief makes viewing comfortable even with eyeglasses on.
$99.99
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Orion StarShoot Mini 6.3mp Color Imaging Camera
The StarShoot Mini 6.3mp Color CMOS camera packs a lot of speed and sensitivity into a small package. USB 3.0 for super-fast video frame rates, and a wide range of exposures for both planetary and deep-sky imaging capability.
$379.99
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Orion StarShoot 1.3mp Solar System V Imaging Camera
The Orion StarShoot 1.3mp Solar System V Imaging Camera is a great entry point into astrophotography of the moon and planets. The camera's 1.3mp color CMOS chip provides the resolution necessary to capture the rings of Saturn and bands on Jupiter.
$99.99
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Orion StarShoot 3mp Solar System V Imaging Camera
4.5 / 5.0
The Orion StarShoot 3mp Solar System V Imaging Camera is a great entry point into astrophotography of the moon and planets. The camera's 3mp color CMOS chip provides the resolution to capture the rings of Saturn and bands on Jupiter.
$149.99
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