A lot of folks shopping for their first telescope tell us that they have always had a fascination with the stars. They've been wanting to get a telescope for a long time, they say. We understand very well the lure of the night sky. It has intrigued mankind for millennia with its beauty and mysteriousness. And still does. So it's only natural to want to know more about it, to get a closer look.
If you share this fascination, and are ready finally to spring for that telescope, then consider the affordable but very capable Orion SpaceProbe 130mm EQ Reflector Telescope.
Sporting the classic long-tube Newtonian design, the Orion SpaceProbe 130mm provides great all-around viewing performance. One minute you can be studying lunar crater formations at high power; the next, the ethereal glow of a nebular star factory. A few minutes later, the ringed visage of Saturn. All served in crisp detail by way of the SpaceProbe's light-gathering 130mm (5.1") primary mirror of 900mm focal length (f/6.9).
The mirror lies at the base of the rolled-steel optical tube, which is outfitted with a smooth rack-and-pinion focuser. It accepts 1.25" telescope eyepieces, including the two fully coated Explorer II telescope eyepieces that come standard with the Orion SpaceProbe 130mm: a 25mm for low-power viewing at 36x and a 10mm for higher-power looks at 90x. Also standard is a 6x30 achromatic finder scope to help home in on celestial targets.
The mount is our sturdy EQ-2 equatorial model, with adjustable aluminum legs and accessory tray. Slow-motion controls allow fine manual pointing of the telescope and easy star tracking. Addition of an optional EQ-2M AstroTrack electronic drive enables the telescope to track objects automatically.
You can buy that telescope you've always wanted today, without going overboard on price. The Orion SpaceProbe 130mm EQ Reflector Telescope is a great value! Weights 14.0 kgs.