Orion SpaceProbe Series

Orion SpaceProbe

The Orion SpaceProbe range of reflector telescopes make a great starting point for beginning your amateur astronomy hobby. These easy to use scopes are great for all the family and represent great value for money. There are four models in the SpaceProbe range with the 3 inch reflector coming with either an altazimuth or equatorial mount and the 130 EQ ans 130 ST rounding out the series.

The smaller models come with a great lightweight mount, ideal for observing sessions away from home, whilst the 130 models have the strong EQ-2 mount and tripod which come with an optional electronic drive for tracking those deep-sky objects.

All the models have soda-lime plate glass and Explorer II 10 and 25mm eyepieces apart from the 130ST which comes with 10mm and 25mm Plossl eyepieces. The 130EQ and 130ST models will allow magnification of up to 260x.

The Orion SpaceProbe range of telescopes represent a great way to start your hobby and even greater value for money.

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Orion SpaceProbe Telescope Information

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  • Affordable and Simple
  • Reflector Design
  • Lightweight Aluminum Tripod
  • Ideal for lunar and plnetary viewing
Specifications 3 Altazimuth 3 Equatorial 130 EQ 130 ST
Price $99.95 $149.95 $249.95 $299.95
User Level Beginner Beginner Beginner Beginner
Best Viewing Lunar & planetary Lunar & planetary Brighter deep sky Brighter deep sky
Best Imaging Lunar & planetary Lunar & planetary Lunar & planetary Lunar & planetary
Optical Design Reflector
Optical diameter 76mm 76mm 130mm 130mm
Focal length 700mm 700mm 900mm 650mm
Focal ratio f/9.2 f/9.2 f/6.9 f/5.0
Optics Type Spherical Spherical Spherical Parabolic
Glass material Soda-lime plate
Eyepieces Explorer II 25.0mm, 10.0mm Plossl 25.0mm, 10.0mm
Magnification with included eyepieces 28x, 70x 36x, 90x 26x, 65x
Resolving Power 1.52arc*sec 0.89arc*sec
Highest useful magnification 95x 152x 260x 260x
Limiting stellar magnitude 12.1 13.2
Optical quality Diffraction limited
Finder scope EZ Finder II 6x30
Focuser 1.25 inch rack-and-pinion
Mirror coatings Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
Mount Type Altazimuth Equatorial
Motor drive compatibility None Clock drive sold separately
Tube material Steel Aluminum
Tripod material Aluminum
Length of optical tube 27.0 inch 27.0 inch 32.5 inch 24.0 inch
Weight, fully assembled 8.4 lbs 16.6 lbs 26.5 lbs 23.0 lbs
Warranty One year

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