Orion Observer 90mm Equatorial Refractor Motor Drive Kit
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Set your sights on the Moon, planets, and beyond with the Observer 90 EQ. Optics provide low-power 36x and high-power 90x views with the two included Plossl eyepieces. The sturdy equatorial mount and bonus drive system lets you track objects easily.
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  • More Info
    • This wonderfully capable equatorial refractor telescope gives beginning stargazers an exciting look at solar system favorites and beyond
    • Its 90mm (3.5") lens optics and 900mm focal length excel for stunning views of the lunar surface, Saturn's rings, and bright deep-sky gems like Great Hercules Cluster
    • The sturdy EQ3-class equatorial mount and aluminum tripod is a big upgrade from the mounts that comparable telescopes on the market come with
    • The included Electronic DC Motor Drive tracks objects as they drift through the sky keeping your viewing target centered in the eyepiece
    • The soft-bound 174 page Telescope Observer's Guide provides helpful tips and tricks to enhance your observing experience

    Beginning skywatchers looking for a low maintenance telescope that can serve up vivid, sharp images of the Moon, planets, and brighter deep-space objects need look no further than the Orion Observer 90mm Equatorial Refractor Motor Drive Kit. A great telescope for the whole family, the Observer 90 EQ's fully antireflection coated 90mm-diameter (3.5") front lens boasts strong magnifying power. With the included 25mm and 10mm Plossl telescope eyepieces you will view distant worlds in high-contrast detail at 36x and 90x! Jupiter's cloud bands are easily discerned, as are all four of its major moons. Saturn's rings, sharp and dazzling. And the lunar surface teems with craters and mountains in rugged relief.

    While the Observer 90 EQ telescope excels at lunar and planetary observing, it can also provide great views of many more-distant objects. At 36x the Orion Nebula exhibits the four Trapezium stars as perfect blue pinpoints surrounded by greenish gas. Pop in the 10mm telescope eyepiece to boost the power to 90x and — wow! — the nebulosity spans nearly the entire eyepiece field of view! In the summer sky the Great Hercules Star Cluster (M13) starts to resolve into tiny stellar pinpoints. Also included is a 2x Shorty Barlow lens, which doubles the magnification of each eyepiece for incredibly high resolution of the moon and planets!

    The Observer 90 EQ telescope features a 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser for dialing in the sharpest view. A 90-degree star diagonal inserted in the focuser provides a comfortable viewing angle. The 6x30 crosshair finder scope helps you locate your targets.

    The Observer's sturdy equatorial mount can be quickly polar-aligned to allow easy "tracking" of celestial objects as they move slowly across the sky, using just one of the two slow-motion knobs. Use both to center objects in the telescope's field of view. The extendable aluminum telescope tripod provides solid support, and has an accessory tray to keep your extra eyepiece and Barlow within easy reach.

    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 telescope 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.


    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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  • Specs
    • Best for viewing:
      Lunar & planetary
    • User level:
    • Optical design:
    • Optical diameter:
    • Focal length:
    • Focal ratio:
    • Coatings:
      Fully coated
    • Optics type:
      Air-spaced doublet
    • Glass material:
    • Eyepieces:
      Plossl 25.0mm,10.0mm (1.25")
    • Magnification with included eyepieces:
      36x, 90x
    • Resolving power:
    • Lowest useful magnification:
    • Highest useful magnification:
    • Highest theoretical magnification:
    • Limiting stellar magnitude:
    • Optical quality:
      Diffraction limited
    • Finder scope:
    • Focuser:
      1.25" Rack-and-pinion
    • Diagonal degrees:
      1.25" 90° Mirror Star
    • Mirror coatings/over-coatings:
      Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
    • Mount type:
    • Dovetail bar system:
    • Motor drive compatibility:
      Clock drive included
    • Tracking rates:
    • Motor speeds:
      Sidereal, 2x, 4x, Pause Mode
    • Setting circles:
    • Polar-axis scope:
      Not available
    • Counterweights:
      One 4 lb.
    • Tube material:
    • Tripod material:
    • Counterweight bar length:
      8 in.
    • Diameter of counterweight shaft:
    • Height range of mount:
      37.50 in. - 69.50 in.
    • Length of optical tube:
      34.0 in.
    • Weight, optical tube:
      4.7 lbs.
    • Weight, mount/tripod:
      11.4 lbs.
    • Weight, fully assembled:
      16.1 lbs.
    • Additional included accessories:
      Electronic DC Motor Drive, 1.25" Shorty 2x Barlow
    • Other features:
      Dual slow-motion cables, Dovetail saddle for easy attach/detach of OTA, Dew shield reduces off-axis glare and dew on lens
    • Warranty:
      One year
  • In The Box

    Optical tube assembly
    EQ mount
    Aluminum tripod
    Accessory tray
    6x30 finder scope with bracket
    25mm Plossl eyepiece, 1.25"
    10mm Plossl eyepiece, 1.25"
    1.25" Shorty 2x Barlow Lens
    Star diagonal, 1.25"
    Counterweight shaft
    Slow-motion cables (x2)
    Tube ring and dovetail mounting bar assembly
    Telescope Observer's Guide
    Tracking Drive System

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    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.

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    Standard Delivery to Canada: $35.00
    3 Day Delivery: $45.00
    2 Day Delivery: $45.00
    Next Day Delivery: $50.00