Orion Observer 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope Kit
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Optimized for close-up views of the Moon, planets, and bright deep-sky objects, this scope proves why refractors are so coveted among astronomers. Value-packed Kit includes extra must-have items: MoonMap, Moon filter, planisphere, and filter set.
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    • Sharp 90mm (3.5") lens optics and high-power views make this equatorial refractor telescope the perfect instrument for viewing the Moon, planets, and bright deep-space objects
    • Two quality 1.25" Plossl eyepieces are included: a 25mm for 36x magnification, and a 10mm for getting in tight at 90x. Barrels are threaded to accept Orion filters
    • The sturdy equatorial mount lets you manually track celestial objects effortlessly as they move across the sky
    • This value-packed kit includes essential extras like Orion's MoonMap 260, Star Target Planisphere, and Color Filter Set
    • Highly portable: the optical tube can be removed from the mount quickly via the dovetail mounting system and carried separately

    Beginning skywatchers looking for a 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 Telescope. Refractor telescopes are coveted for their crisp, sharp images and their lack of needed maintenance by the owner compared to, say, reflector telescopes whose optics must be regularly re-aligned, or collimated.

    This family friendly telescope boasts a 90mm-diameter (3.5"), fully antireflection coated achromatic lens of 900mm focal length. That means that with the 25mm and 10mm 1.25" Plossl telescope eyepieces included — a cut way above the cheapie eyepieces many beginner telescope come with — you'll enjoy views at 36x and 90x, respectively. When aimed at our nearest neighbor in space, the Moon, the Observer 90 EQ telescope yields tack-sharp views of the rocky lunar surface with craters and mountainous regions visible in crisp, high-contrast detail. Also included is a 2x Shorty Barlow lens, which doubles the magnification of each eyepiece for incredibly high resolution of the moon and planets! 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. This telescope is also equipped with a 6x30 finder scope to help you find and center your celestial target for viewing.

    The Observer 90mm EQ telescope includes a sturdy equatorial mount designed specifically for astronomical viewing. With its dovetail mounting saddle, you can pop the optical tube on or off quickly for easy setup and transport. Dual slow-motion cables let you track objects manually to keep them centered in the eyepiece. The aluminum telescope tripod adjusts to a comfortable height and has a handy accessory tray for convenient storage of gear while you're probing the starry skies. The assembled telescope weighs just under 17 lbs.

    This Orion Observer 90mm EQ Refractor Telescope Kit includes an exciting collection of essential items that will help you get the most out of your new telescope.

    star target

    Learn "What's Up" on any night with the Orion Star Target Planisphere

    This handy star wheel makes it easy to see "what's up" in the night sky any night of the year. Dial in your local date and time and it shows you the locations of the constellations and deep-sky objects in the night sky. Use it to plan a stargazing session, or see what time of year your favorite constellation will be visible. Designed for use in 30-50 latitudes.

    Explore the Moon's cratered surface with the help of the MoonMap 260

    The included Orion MoonMap 260 will help the whole family learn the names and locations of more than 260 craters, mountains, valleys, "seas" and other interesting lunar features you can explore with your telescope. Use the MoonMap 260 to identify craters you've observed, or use it before you go out with a telescope to plan a night full of Moon-watching family fun.

    Moon Filter

    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. It's a neutral density filter that will not alter the natural color of the Moon, either.

    Reveal subtle markings and features with the included Color Filter Set

    The set of four color eyepiece filters that come in this kit will help enhance subtle details of the planets and the Moon by selectively increasing the contrast between markings of different hues. The included Set of Four Color Filters includes our most popular color planetary telescope eyepiece filters: #15 Deep Yellow, #25 Red, #58 Green, and #80A Medium Blue. These filters are vat-dyed for even color coating and then anti-reflection coated for maximum transmission.

    With all these must-have extras, the Orion Observer 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope Kit is just too good a deal to pass 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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  • 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:
      .965"/1.25" Rack-and-pinion
    • Diagonal degrees:
      1.25" 90° Mirror Star
    • Secondary mirror obstruction:
    • Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter:
    • Secondary mirror obstruction by area:
    • Mirror coatings/over-coatings:
      Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
    • Mount type:
    • Astro-imaging capability:
      Simple moon shots
    • Dovetail bar system:
    • Motor drive compatibility:
      Clock drive sold separately
    • 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:
      2x Shorty Barlow, Moon filter, Set of Four Color Filters, Orion MoonMap 260 and Star Target Planisphere
    • 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" Orion Basic Set of Four Color Filters
    Orion MoonMap 260
    Orion Star Target Planisphere, 30-50 degree
    1.25" Orion E-Series 13% Transmission Moon Filter
    1.25" Shorty 2x Barlow Lens
    Star diagonal, 1.25"
    Counterweight shaft
    Slow-motion cables (x2)
    Tube ring and dovetail mounting bar assembly

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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.

    Standard Delivery: $0.00
    Standard Delivery to Canada: $25.00
    3 Day Delivery: $25.00
    2 Day Delivery: $25.00
    Next Day Delivery: $25.00

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