Orion Observer 114mm Equatorial Reflector Motor Drive Kit
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With big 4.5" -diameter optics and a sturdy EQ mount with a motor drive included to track your target objects, this telescope will reveal impossibly cool celestial wonders every night out. Includes two Plossl eyepieces and a "red dot" finder scope.
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    • This wonderfully capable equatorial reflector telescope gives serious beginning and intermediate stargazers an exciting look at the many wonders of the night sky
    • Its 114mm (4.5") parabolic mirror and 500mm focal length provide sharp, wide-field views of the lunar surface, Saturn's rings, and deep-sky all-stars like the Lagoon and Orion nebulas and the Andromeda galaxy
    • The sturdy EQ3-class equatorial mount and aluminum tripod provide solid support and allow slow-motion manual tracking of celestial objects as they move across the night sky
    • Two quality 1.25" Plossl eyepieces are included: a 25mm for low-power views at 20x, and a 10mm for getting in tight at 50x. You also get a "red dot finder scope.
    • Nicely portable: the optical tube can be removed from the mount quickly via the dovetail mounting system and carried separately.

    Things that can end up discouraging first-time telescope users: small aperture severely limits what you can see, a wimpy telescope mount makes the image shaky, and cheap eyepieces make the image blurry. Well lucky for you, none of those problems apply to the Orion Observer 114mm EQ Reflector telescope. Quite the opposite, in fact.

    This family friendly telescope boasts a big 114mm (4.5") parabolic primary mirror, which collects some two and a half times more light than a 60mm refractor, the most ubiquitous "starter" telescope. That means you'll see more celestial objects and in greater detail. The mirror's 500mm focal length serves up a wide field of view, delivering bright, sharp images of the lunar surface, Saturn's rings, and deep-sky denizens like the Lagoon and Orion nebulas and the Andromeda galaxy.

    Unlike most similarly sized telescopes on the market, the Observer 114mm EQ Reflector telescope includes a beefy EQ3-class equatorial mount rather than the less robust EQ1 mount. This means you'll enjoy steadier images. With its dovetail mounting saddle, you can pop the optical tube on or off quickly, for easy setup and transport. The optical tube is held in a pair of tube rings, which can be quickly loosened to allow you to rotate the tube for comfortable focuser orientation. Dual slow-motion cables let you track objects manually to keep them centered in the eyepiece.

    Speaking of eyepieces, two quality 1.25" Plossl eyepieces are included-another upgrade from the typical eyepieces supplied with most starter telescopes. A 25mm Plossl provides low-power views at 20x, and a 10mm gets in tight at 50x. Both telescope eyepieces feature multi-coatings for great light transmission and are threaded for optional Orion filters. The 1.25" rack and pinion focuser lets you dial in the perfect focus. A non-magnifying "red dot" finder scope is also included to help you locate your target object.

    Get the most out of your observing session with these handy accessories that add value and functionality to the Observer 114mm Equatorial Reflector Motor Drive Kit.

    The included motor drive keeps your target object centered automatically.

    This special combo includes the Orion Electronic DC Tracking Drive to pair with the Observer EQ mount allowing you to keep your target object centered in the telescope eyepiece. The drive's precision motor provides sidereal-rate tracking in right ascension, which is the rate that stars and deep-sky objects move across the sky. Even as different family members take their turn viewing your object remains on target. This means you can relax and enjoy the view as long as you wish without the object drifting out of view. Push button controls with 2x, 4x, and pause mode allows for easy centering of your object. A clutch release allows use of the mount's manual controls when desired. Runs on four 1.5 volt D batteries (not included). Works in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

    OTOG book

    Detailed Observer's Guide highlights over 60 celestial objects to observe in a small telescope.

    Packed with helpful hints and tips for exploring star clusters, multiple stars, nebulas, and even the Andromeda Galaxy. Useful resources for each object include a map, finder scope view, depiction of what you can expect to see in your telescope eyepiece, and more. A thorough guide to the night sky for stargazers of all skill levels from beginners to more experienced amateur astronomers. Softbound, 174 pages.

    The telescope weighs under 17 lbs. total, including the easily removable counterweight, so it's easy to take outside for impromptu observing sessions.

    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.

    Product Support

    Visit our product support section for instruction manuals and more

  • Specs
    • Best for viewing:
      Brighter deep sky
    • User level:
      Beginner
    • Optical design:
      Reflector
    • Optical diameter:
      114mm
    • Focal length:
      500mm
    • Focal ratio:
      f/4.4
    • Optics type:
      Parabolic
    • Glass material:
      Soda-lime plate
    • Eyepieces:
      Plossl 25.0mm,10.0mm (1.25")
    • Magnification with included eyepieces:
      20x, 50x
    • Resolving power:
      1.02arc*sec
    • Lowest useful magnification:
      16x
    • Highest useful magnification:
      228x
    • Highest theoretical magnification:
      228x
    • Limiting stellar magnitude:
      13.0
    • Finder scope:
      Reflex sight
    • Focuser:
      1.25" Rack-and-pinion
    • Secondary mirror obstruction:
      37mm
    • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter:
      32%
    • Secondary mirror obstruction by area:
      11%
    • Mirror coatings/over-coatings:
      Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
    • Mount type:
      Equatorial
    • Dovetail bar system:
      Yes
    • Motor drive compatibility:
      Clock drive included
    • Tracking rates:
      Sidereal
    • Motor speeds:
      Sidereal, 2x, 4x Pause mode
    • Setting circles:
      Yes
    • Polar-axis scope:
      Not available
    • Tube material:
      Steel
    • Tripod material:
      Aluminum
    • Counterweight bar length:
      8 in.
    • Diameter of counterweight shaft:
      13mm
    • Height range of mount:
      37.50 in. - 69.50 in.
    • Length of optical tube:
      18.4 in.
    • Weight, optical tube:
      4.7 lbs.
    • Weight, mount/tripod:
      11.4 lbs.
    • Weight, fully assembled:
      16.1 lbs.
    • Additional included accessories:
      Electronic DC Drive System
    • Other features:
      Dual slow-motion cables, Dovetail saddle for easy attach/detach of OTA, Center-marked primary mirror for collimation
    • Warranty:
      One year
    • Lithium Battery Weight:
      0.10 grams
  • In The Box

    Optical tube assembly
    EQ mount
    Aluminum tripod
    Accessory tray
    Red dot finder scope
    25mm Plossl eyepiece, 1.25"
    10mm Plossl eyepiece, 1.25"
    Counterweight
    Counterweight shaft
    Slow-motion cables (x2)
    Tube ring and dovetail mounting bar assembly
    Observer's Guide
    Motor Drive System

  • Important Shipping Information

    Orders received by 1pm Eastern Standard Time for in-stock items ship the same business day. Order received after noon will ship the next business day. When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available. You have the option in check out to request that your order ship complete, if you'd prefer.

    A per-item shipping charge (in addition to the standard shipping and handling charge) applies to this product due to its size and weight. This charge varies based on the shipping method.

    Standard Delivery: $0.00
    Standard Delivery to Canada: $30.00
    3 Day Delivery: $45.00
    2 Day Delivery: $45.00
    Next Day Delivery: $50.00

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