The Orion AstroView 102mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope will delight new and even intermediate-level stargazers with its sharp optics, sturdy equatorial mount, and classical, low-maintenance design.
With an intermediate focal length of 700mm (f/6.9), the AstroView 102mm EQ has more magnifying power than "short tube" refractors but a wider field of view (1.9° with the included 25mm Plossl) than "long tube", longer focal length telescopes. The 102mm diameter (4.0") fully multi-coated achromatic objective lens excels at revealing mountains and craters on the Moon in vivid relief. It also provides enough light grasp to resolve brighter deep space curiosities like star clusters and nebular clouds. And because the Astroview 102 EQ is a refractor, its optics are precision aligned at the factory and never have to be adjusted by you! That's a nice benefit of a refractor telescope compared to, say, a reflector telescope, which requires periodic collimation by the user.
As a bonus, this special kit also includes a full aperture film solar filter that fits over the front of your telescope. This Orion white-light solar filter is designed to see sunspots and granulation around the sunspots on the solar disk. It is not a Hydrogen-alpha filter which shows prominence and solar flare detail. For that type of solar viewing, consider upgrading to a Coronado Solar Telescope. Also included is a glare-reducing Moon filter to better observe the myriad details of the Moon.
Orion assures that all solar filters are tested at specialized labs that are accredited to verify compliance with the ISO 12312-2 safety specifications for solar viewing.
Explore the fun of daytime astronomy with the included Safety Film Solar Filter.
Our Safety Film Solar Filter lets you safely observe sunspots as they march across the surface of our nearest star. It rejects all harmful light from the Sun, allowing a very small fraction to pass through, so you can safely enjoy the fun of daytime solar astronomy and solar eclipses. This solar filter is designed and manufactured in the USA.
Cut the Moon's glare and see more detail on its surface with the Orion 13% Transmission Moon Filter
This popular accessory reduces glare and boosts contrast so you can enjoy more-detailed views of lunar surface features. It blocks 87% of the Moon's brightness to provide a more comfortable view and reveal subtle details. Housed in a metal cell, it's a neutral density glass filter that will not alter the natural color of the Moon.
At the back end of the AstroView 102 EQ's aluminum optical tube is a 2" aluminum rack and pinion focuser. It includes a step-down adapter to accommodate the included 1.25" 90-degree mirror diagonal and 25mm and 10mm Plossl eyepieces. These quality eyepieces provide magnifications of 28x and 70x respectively, and have barrels threaded for optional Orion 1.25" filters. The 2" focuser allows use of an optional 2" diagonal and 2" eyepieces, if desired, for breathtaking wider-field views. The included EZ Finder II red dot scope makes it easy to aim the AstroView 102 EQ precisely to your target.
The sturdy EQ-13 equatorial mount boasts smooth tracking capabilities, whether utilized manually with the slow-motion control cables provided or with an optional electronic drive for hands-free tracking. The adjustable-height stainless steel tripod features a twist-on accessory tray so you can keep any additional eyepieces and accessories within arm's reach. What's more, the mount is equipped with a Vixen-style dovetail saddle that allows you to quickly attach or remove the optical tube — which has a compatible dovetail mounting bar — without tools.
Also included with this telescope is our MoonMap 260 to help you identify and view some 260 craters, mountains, "seas" — even spacecraft landing sites — on the lunar surface. It's a super helpful reference the whole family will enjoy using any night the Moon is up.
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.
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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