If you’ve spent more than 30 seconds checking out different types of telescopes online then you’ll have come across at least a few Orion telescopes. In fact when it comes to telescopes Orion are known for producing some of the very best in the world, with a nice balance of innovation and reliability built into each one. Orion also isn’t a newcomer to the game of producing telescopes for amateur astronomers and have been in the telescope business since 1975, when the company was first founded by Tim Gieseler. Orion as a company has built a successful brand name on a foundation of high-quality optical products, such as telescopes, and also making sure their customers are happy with their purchase at all times.
Orion understands that astronomers come in all shapes and sizes so they specifically manufacture a range of telescopes which can be easily classified as “Beginner”, “Intermediate” and “Advanced” models, in both their manual and computerized range of telescopes. You’ll also find that Orion telescopes are very diverse in the type of optics they use and their product range includes reflectors, Maksutov-Cassegrain, Schmidt-Cassegrain, refractor and Dobsonian telescopes; they do also manufacture their own range of computerized telescopes. In addition to all of the usual telescope accessories, you might need Orion to also supply a range of astrophotography accessories so you can capture those breathtaking images forever.
The company remained under the control of Tim Gieseler until 2005 when the brand was sold to the US company Imaginova, although the Orion brand name still exists as an independent company. Basically, you can rest assured that any Orion telescope you buy today will perform just as well as those manufactured under the Orion brand name in the past.
- 1 Best telescope under 200
- 1.1 Orion StarBlast 4.5 EQ Reflector
- 1.2 Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Telescope / Orion XT 6″ Classic
- 1.3 Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector
- 1.4 Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Telescope
- 1.5 Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic
- 1.6 Orion 9851 SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector Telescope Review
- 1.7 Orion 8944 SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Review
- 1.8 Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope Review
- 1.9 Pros and Cons
- 1.10 Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Review
- 1.11 Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope
- 2 In A Nutshell
Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most popular Orion telescopes you can purchase right now:
Orion StarBlast 4.5 EQ Reflector
Orion StarBlast 4.5This telescope is a reflector/Newtonian model with a 4.5-inch aperture, so it has a very respectable level of light grasp from the very start. The EQ mount makes accurate tracking of celestial objects very easy and the slow-motion controls work very well. In terms of magnification the supplied eyepieces provide a realistic magnification level of 30x – 75x, although the theoretical maximum is around 220x. One of the best, and most affordable, telescopes in the Orion range – you get an awful lot for your money with the StarBlast 4.5.
Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Telescope / Orion XT 6″ Classic
Orion XT6If you’ve always wanted to own a Dobsonian mount telescope then the SkyQuest XT6 can provide you with a very cost-effective way to do just that. The 6-inch reflector on this telescope provides for plenty of light gathering ability and the 25mm Plossl eyepiece supplied with it provides crisp and clear images up to a 48x level of magnification. Dobsonian telescopes are ideal family telescopes because they’re so stable and so easy to use almost regardless of what age you are.
Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector
Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector TelescopeThe SpaceProbe is another in the Orion range of reflecting telescopes and has a pretty large 5.1-inch aperture, so you’ll be treated to some very clear images due to the amount of light being focused into the Kellner eyepieces. A major benefit of this telescope is that it performs very well in areas even where there are very high levels of light pollution, meaning the performance in areas without light pollution is literally stellar – no pun intended.
Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Telescope
Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector TelescopeIf you’re looking for a reflecting telescope with a very accurate and easy-to-use equatorial mount then the SpaceProbe 130ST probably deserves a spot on your shopping or wish list. This is another of the Orion telescopes with a 5.1-inch aperture, so you’ll have a lot of fun checking out both local solar and deep-sky objects too. The SpaceProbe gives you a view of the planets in our solar system which you always wanted but just never got with cheaper telescopes.
Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic
Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Dobsonian Reflector TelescopeThis is another of the Dobsonians in the extensive range of Orion telescopes but, by Dobsonian standards, is pretty small. With an aperture of just 4.5-inches, you might think you’re going to get shortchanged on what you can see with this telescope but you won’t be disappointed. The smaller aperture also means this particular Dobsonian is far more portable and is a great telescope for anyone just starting off in the exciting world of astronomy.
Orion 9851 SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector Telescope Review
Most people find it difficult to not be fascinated by the stars at least once in their lifetime, after all, they’re sitting there over your head almost every single night. Although the vast majority of people don’t stop to think about it the reality is that those tiny points of light in the sky are planets and stars located millions of miles, or even light-years, from where you’re standing right now. So if you want to take the first step to understand more about the universe around you then investing in a high-quality telescope is a step in the right direction.
In terms of telescopes suitable for hobbyists, and professionals, Orion has been manufacturing telescopes for well over 3 decades now. The nice thing about investing in an Orion is that they have something in their product range to suit almost every budget, although they’re not in the business of manufacturing those cheap telescopes you’ll find in malls. Instead of an Orion, you’re getting a real telescope and in today’s review, we’re going to look at the 9851 Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector Telescope featuring an equatorial mount.
Reflector Telescope: You’ll hear people refer to this type of telescope as a Newtonian reflector telescope, name after the physicist Isaac Newtown, and it works by using a pair of mirrors to reflect light to an eyepiece located at the side of the telescope. This is very different to a standard refractor telescope where the light is focused through a lens instead. A reflector telescope actually gives you far better views of the skies above you and it’s only when you’ve used one for the first time that you realize just what a difference a large aperture reflector ‘scope can make to your enjoyment of astronomy as a whole. Although it can take a little while to get used to the unique viewing angle you have from the side of this reflector telescope.
5.1-inch Aperture: The bigger the aperture any telescope has then the lighter it can capture from the night sky – something called light grasp. The 130mm optics on this telescope literally swallow all the light it captures and provides you with some incredible views of not only our own Moon but other planets in our solar system like Mars and of course the cloud bands of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. Under the right conditions (as little light pollution as possible) you can even enjoy the awesome sight of the moons of Jupiter passing in front of that gas giant, although you’ll probably be using a 10mm eyepiece to enjoy that level of detail – the Orion SpaceProbe 130 comes with one of those of course.
Eyepieces: In as much as the aperture of a telescope is important you’ll also need a variety of eyepieces to make the most of your stargazing experience. With the Orion Reflector telescope, you get a pair of Kellner eyepieces in 10mm and 25mm focal lengths. The 25mm eyepiece will give you a broad and general view of what you’re looking at but if you want to examine any particular celestial object in more detail then you’re better of swapping over to the 10mm eyepiece instead. The beauty of eyepieces is that you can always swap them out for different types and if you want to upgrade your eyepieces for the Orion SpaceProbe 130 then the obvious choice is to go for 10mm and 25mm Plossl models instead.
Equatorial Mount: The EQ-2 mount which comes with the Orion telescope is an ideal equatorial mount for somebody who is just starting out using a reflector telescope like this. Basically unlike a refractor telescope where you tend to have to do a lot of manual adjustment, which is frustrating at the best of times, an equatorial mount has two separate control knows which allow your telescope to slowly track any object across the night sky by making minor adjustments to the ascension or declination of the scope itself. So instead of having to adjust the entire telescope when the object moves you’ll only need to make the most minor of adjustments with the control knobs instead.
Color Choices: The Orion SpaceProbe 130 is only available in the same gloss black finish as featured in our review today.
Dimensions: Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector This Orion telescope has the following features and dimensions:
- Focal length: 900mm
- Focal ratio: f/6.9
- Optical diameter: 130mm
- Magnification: 36x/90x
- Maximum magnification: 260x
- Weight: 26.5 pounds when fully assembled
Included Accessories: One of the other great things about buying an Orion reflector telescope is that you get everything you need in the box and in the case of the Orion SpaceProbe 130 you get a pair of Kellner eyepieces in 10mm and 25mm focal lengths, a 6 x 30 finder scope, a collimation cap, accessory tray, dust caps and of course the standard “Starry Night” software which ships with most Orion ‘scopes in this price range.
- The Orion SpaceProbe 130 is an extremely affordable reflector telescope
- The 5.1-inch aperture provides you with more than enough light grasp to view all but the most distant of celestial bodies
- This telescope also tends to work pretty well in areas where there’s a lot of light pollution, obviously the view is far better without any light pollution
- You get everything you need to get started in the box
- The Kellner eyepieces are an odd choice for a reflector telescope considering that pretty much every other Orion is supplied with the far better Plossl eyepieces
Verdict of the Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector Telescope: You’re going to have to try very hard to find a telescope that offers so much for the same amount of money. The Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector is an ideal reflector telescope to start out with and you’ll find that it adds a new level of enjoyment to stargazing, although you might find the equatorial mount a little fiddly to work with for the first few hours.
Orion 8944 SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Review
Like most things in life you need to start as you intend to finish and this is also true of astronomy as a hobby, and maybe even as a potential career. The first step you can and should take is investing in a high-quality telescope from a company like Orion, because you know you’re getting a telescope that will actually deliver results. Remember this US-based company has been in business since 1975 and the creator of the company, Tim Gieseler, knew a thing or two about telescopes – to say the least. Orion is currently owned by another US company called Imaginova, but the telescopes they manufacture are still some of the very best on the planet and still sold directly under the Orion brand name.
The Orion ‘scope we’re going to review today is the Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope.
6-inch Dobsonian Reflector: There’s a lot of astronomy terminology wrapped up in the name and features of this Orion telescope, so if you’re completely new to the field of astronomy then don’t panic. Firstly a Dobsonian telescope is a standard reflector telescope set on a Dobsonian mount, but usually with a slight larger aperture than most standard reflectors. When you hear people talking about Newtonian telescopes they’re actually talking about a reflector – they’re the exact same thing.
Now the 6-inch aperture of the Orion SkyQuest XT6 means that your telescope can absorb large amounts of light (called light grasp), which means that you get to see clearer images of our moon, other planets in our solar system and of course the various galaxies, nebula and Messier Objects dotted all over our sky. In fact the 150mm parabolic primary mirror used in the Orion XT6 has 80% more light grasp than a 4.5-inch reflector (which is a pretty big jump), but is still small enough so that it’s portable and can be carried around, without the use of a flatbed truck.
Reflex Sight: The EZ Finder II sight makes the whole process of aiming your Orion XT6 telescope where you want it very straightforward. This sight projects a small red dot onto a non-magnifying element so you can aim your telescope at the exact part of the sky you want to view. The lack of a computerized motor system on Dobsonian means that an accurate aiming sight like the EZ Finder II is very, very important to have.
Stability: Thanks to the Dobsonian mount used for this reflector you have an incredibly stable platform to work from. If you’ve only ever had a chance to gaze at our moon through a refractor telescope you’ll know that you wind up having to squint, hold your breath and stay very still or run the risk of knocking the telescope out of alignment. The CorrecTension system used in the Orion XT6 ensures that you can enjoy trouble-free stargazing thanks to the innovative system of springs it uses to keep everything stationary. This stability also means that a ‘scope like the SkyQuest XT6 is very easy for any almost member of your family to use.
Cost Effective: For less than $500 you’re getting what can be described as a “semi pro” type of telescope for staring up at the stars. It’s not a top of the range telescope but it does have the exact same features as many of the other more expensive (FAR more expensive) telescopes in the Orion product range. We’ve found that a lot of people are either told or assume that you can’t get a high-quality reflector telescope for less than $500 but the Orion SkyQuest XT6 is very clear proof that you can get a great telescope for a whole lot less than $500 folks. This Orion Dobsonian telescope is more than capable of giving you those wonderful moments of staring at a deep-sky object and experiencing that very weird feeling of knowing that you’re looking at something which is several light years from you. It’s only when you use a proper telescope like an Orion XT6 that you start to understand our place in the vastness of our universe.
Cool: There’s something very mad professor-ish about using a Dobsonian telescope, they constantly remind us of the kind of thing you’d see in a Flash Gordon cartoon when you were a kid. When you mention that you have a telescope most people will expect it to be a standard refractor but when they see that you have a very cool looking Dobsonian telescope they’ll instantly want to know more about it. These types of telescopes just look and feel more “grown up”, and they also deliver far more clarity when it comes to checking out the natural display of light on show every night.
Color Choices: The Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic is available in a gloss black finish, as featured in our review today.
Dimensions: This Dobsonian telescope has the following measurements and features:
- Orion SkyQuest XT6Focal length: 1200
- Optical diameter: 150mm
- Focal ration: f/8.0
- Magnification: 48x
- Maximum useful magnification: 300x
- Weight: 34 lbs
Additional Features: You’ll also be pleased to hear that the Orion SkyQuest XT6 comes with a limited one-year warranty.
Included Accessories: You get the usual comprehensive selection of accessories with your SkyQuest XT6 including a 25mm Plossl eyepiece, a collimation cap and of course the 2″ Crayford focuser and the EZ Finder II reflex sight.
- The 6-inch aperture provides more than enough light grasp for the vast majority of stargazing needs
- The 25mm Plossl eyepiece provides plenty of magnification (up to 48x)
- A Dobsonian mount means you have a very, very stable viewing platform
- There are a lot of features in this Orion XT6 telescope which would make it a great telescope for the vast majority of amateur astronomers of any age
- None that we can think of
Verdict of the Orion SkyQuest XT6 Telescope: If you’re looking for a telescope to introduce your whole family to the wonders of astronomy then the Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope is ideal for that purpose. It’s small and light enough to be portable but the 6-inch aperture means that the heavens become your entertainment every clear evening, instead of some dumb reality TV show. This telescope might look complex from the outside but you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is for everyone in your family to use.
Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope Review
The Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro is a capable, fun and simple point-and-view tabletop reflector telescope that has become popular among seasoned astronomers and beginners due to its versatile performance and ease of use. Its 6-inch aperture optics provides good detail on the Moon, planets and bright deep-sky celestial formations, such as star clusters, galaxies and nebulas. Its compact design and light weight tabletop design gives the StarBlast 6 Astro a great grab-and-go portability.
Features: The StarBlast 6 Astro Telescope takes being a user-friendly, wide-field and compact telescope to another level, literally. It boasts of more light-gathering area than its smaller counterparts, yet its scope, which weighs only 23.5 lbs, is still highly portable and comes with a fully assembled base. It uses the StarBlast 6 150mm f/5.0 parabolic mirror, which provides ample aperture to reveal in wonderful detail the planets and other deep-sky gems, and a wide field of view that makes tracking and finding objects easier compared with longer focal-length telescopes, which means that this telescope is perfect for beginners, though it would also make a terrific portable second telescope for experienced stargazers. You can set it on the ground or even on the hood of your car to enjoy the sky view. Other great features include adjustable altitude tension on the base and non-stick PTFE bearings that ensure smooth manoeuvring; Sirius Plossl eyepieces at the convenient 3-hole eyepiece rack; and 2 handle cutouts in the base that allows easy transport.
Pros and Cons
This telescope from Orion nicely combines decent aperture and portability, where you can easily lift its scope up and then walk distances with it. It offers comfortable viewing in the most uncomfortable places. Its short-length scope, realized by having a fast primary mirror, provides a very nice field of view that can almost compare with larger binoculars. Also, the short tube allows for very easy collimation of the optics, where you can easily reach the collimation bolts at the primary mirror when looking through the collimation eyepiece. The ring mounting of its optical tube allows the component to rotate around its axis, which makes the eyepiece position effectively adjustable for more comfortable viewing.
However, this telescope also has its own set of drawbacks. Although it is not that heavy, it can be quite awkward to grab. It also requires a 2mm Allen key to tilt and rotate its secondary mirror, yet the toll is not provided in the box. As it is a fast F/5 telescope, it needs constant and careful collimation to get sharp images. Considering that its base is a simple alt-AZ mount, it could be tricky to point to objects near the azimuth. Moreover, its short focal length will make achieving higher magnifications requiring more equipment.
Conclusion: All-in-all, the Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope is an easy-to-use telescope that yields great views, ranging from stunning wide views to decent planet views, which means that it is perfect for backyard astronomers. It is not just masterfully engineered and uncomplicated, but is also an affordable option for the whole family!
Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Review
If you’ve always wanted to get involved in the whole hobby of astronomy but you didn’t know where to start or what equipment to buy then we think that you’ll find that the Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope is a great place to start. After all Orion have been manufacturing telescopes in the United States since 1975 and are widely recognized as being one of the better (if not best) hobbyist telescopes you can find in their price range. The man behind Orion, Tim Gieseler, handed over control of the Orion brand to Imaginova in 2005, but the company continues to produce a range of highly affordable, easy-to-use and accurate telescopes.
The model we’re going to take a look at today, as you’ve probably guessed, is the Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic – a Dobsonian telescope kit.
Wide Aperture: With an aperture of 4.5-inches (114mm) this Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 is at the lower end of the scale in terms of sheer size, but that means you can mount it on a table more easily. The aperture is still more than adequate for checking out the craters on our Moon, the color bands on Jupiter and of course the always stunning rings of Saturn. If you’ve never used a “real” telescope before you’ll find that the Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic will blow any of your standard store trashscopes right out of the water – there’s absolutely no comparison in terms of the images you’ll be able to see. To make the most of this telescope you’re also provided with a 10mm and 25mm Plossl eyepiece.
Ideal Beginner Telescope: The simple fact is that the Orion SkyQuest has tons more light grasp than a refractor telescope with a comparable aperture – up to 200% more. Without digging into the technical details of what this all means (and possibly boring you to sleep) the more light that can be reflected around inside a telescope means that you get brighter and larger images. Although any telescope with a Dobsonian mount might seem a little bit intimidating or complex at first they’re actually the ideal platform for a beginner. It can take a while to get used to an equatorial mount whereas a Dobsonian mount just lets you point your scope at what you want to view and then just enjoy the experience.
The supplied eyepieces, matched with the 114m aperture, give you a maximum magnification of either 36x or 91x – depending on what eyepiece you actually wind up using. With this level of magnification you should have no problem enjoying the light show presented both by celestial objects in our solar system and extra-solar bodies too! Using a Dobsonian reflector telescope does require a small amount of skill, which is why so many people chose a computerized telescope instead, we’re just a bit old school at times when it comes to the ‘scopes we use here is all. That being said we do love some of the better computerized telescopes on the market.
Award-Winning Telescope: Now there’s a lot we can say about the Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic but let’s just have a look at some of the accolades it’s received so far. In 2005 Sky & Telescope Magazine announced that the Orion Dobsonian was a “hands-down winner” when it came to the detail and brightness it provided. In 2003 Astronomy Magazine said that the XT4.5 was an ideal telescope for somebody just starting out in astronomy. Then in 2001 Sky & Telescope Magazine also said that the SkyQuest XT 4.5 was very tough and displayed an incredible amount of detail including the “Great Red Spot” of Jupter, which all astronomers dream of seeing.
Portable: As we mentioned a bit earlier the Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic is small by Dobsonian telescope standards but that actually provides you with the rare advantage of having a telescope of this type which is actually portable. So instead of being stuck stargazing in your yard and struggling with light pollution, you can simply take this Orion telescope wherever you want. Orion Dobsonians all feature something called “CorrecTension Friction Optimization”, which is a set of springs used to keep the telescope balanced and properly attached to the Dobsonian base. This system also helps prevent the mirrors from getting out of alignment, although collimation will be required from time to time. The additional bonus is in terms of the weight of the telescope itself – it’s just 19lbs in total! That’s at least 10lbs less than the bigger Orion Dobsonians.
Color Choices: The Orion SkyQuest is available in a classic gloss black finish.
Dimensions: This reflector telescope has the following dimensions and/or features:
- Focal length: 910mm
- Aperture: 114mm
- Focal ratio: f/7.9
- Lowest magnification: 17x
- Highest magnification: 228x
You get a one-year limited warranty when you purchase this Orion SkyQuest telescope.
Included Accessories: This telescope comes with plenty of accessories, including the 2 Plossl eyepieces, a finder scope and a free copy of the Starry Night astronomy software package.
- A highly portable design means you can take this telescope with you to areas not soaked in light pollution
- The 4.5-inch aperture means you get excellent levels of light grasp
- The pricing and configuration of the Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic makes it an ideal telescope for beginners
- The aperture is small by Dobsonian standards but still more than enough for the needs of any amateur astronomer
Verdict of the Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Telescope: A telescope like the Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope makes stargazing easy, fun and accessible to almost every single member of your family. It’s portable and extremely easy to use but still provides excellent views of everything the skies have to offer you.
Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope
There are a lot of different brands of telescopes available on the market today but there are some names which stand out more than others and Orion is one of the best known brands in the world of telescopes right now. Orion first went into the telescope business in 1975 when Tim Gieseler released the first of what was to become an internationally recognized brand of telescopes. Tim remained as the CEO and owner of the company until 2005 when a company called Imaginova bought out Orion, but the telescopes are still being marketed, sold and supported under the Orion brand name. Basically you can rest assured that these telescopes are still as good as they ever were.
So let’s go ahead and take a look at the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope and see what makes this telescope so special.
Newtonian Telescope: The Orion SpaceProbe 130ST is what’s called a Newtonian reflector which is named after the famous apple-on-the-head English physicist who invented this way of gazing at the stars. If you’re confused about what a Newtonian telescope is then don’t worry because it’s the exact same as a reflector telescope – it uses parabolic mirrors in the exact same way, it’s just a different name being used. When most people either buy or are bought their first telescope it’s usually a refractor scope, which uses lenses to focus the light from stars, planets etc. Refractors are fine but they tend to lack the accuracy and clarity of reflector or compound models, so a reflector actually makes far more sense as your first scope.
Compact Design: One of the many perks for owning a reflector telescope is they tend to be a lot more compact than a refractor and they have a much, much wider aperture too. The ST in the name of this telescope actually stands for “Short Tube” and this is basically a compact version of the standard SpaceProbe 130. The optical tube is 24-inches long, 9-inches less than the standard 130 model and it also has a focal length of 5.1-inches, which produces a pretty wide field of view for both beginner and more expert astronomers alike.
130mm Aperture: As you’ve probably guessed by now the “130 ST” has a 130mm (5.1-inch) aperture which means that this reflector can capture and focus a whole heap of light. If you’ve never used a reflector (Newtonian) scope before you’ll probably still find it strange that even with the light bounced around at different angles these Types of Telescopes still give such amazing results…but then again they were invented by a genius physicist who basically defined gravity and then proved that it existed. Anyways the aperture of the SpaceProbe 130ST is more than enough to produce amazing results even when you’re dealing with the growing problem of light pollution. Basically, with this telescope, you’ll be able to use it in an urban setting and get good results. However, once you get it away from the mess of neon, halogen lights and sodium street lights the images are going to blow your socks off. Well not literally. Obviously. That would cost you a fortune in socks.
Magnification Maximum and Minimum: As with most things in life it’s going to come down to size and with the SpaceProbe 130ST we’re not talking physical size but the level of magnification you can get when using it. The good news is that with the supplied Plossl 25mm and 10mm eyepieces you can enjoy magnification of celestial bodies and events from 26x – 65x. The upper limit for this scope is 260x but that’s just a blur and you lose all definition when using the theoretical maximum of any telescope.
Precise Equatorial Mount: The EQ-2 equatorial mount for this telescope is ideal and you have dual setting circles and the obligatory slow-motion controls also. As with most reflector telescopes it’ll need to be Pole Aligned (aligned to Polaris, Ursae Minoris or the North Star) but once you’ve done that you can get busy enjoying your star gazing from a very stable and easy to use mount. There is an optional electronic drive assembly available for the SpaceProbe 130ST to if you want. Oh and the tripod is obviously height adjustable too.
Color Choices: The SpaceProbe 130ST comes in our preferred color for telescopes – black. Some people might disagree but we like telescopes in black. Simple as that.
- Focal length: 650mm
- Optical diameter: 130mm
- Focal ratio: f/5.0
- Weight: 24 lbs
Included Accessories: You get two Plossl eyepieces, a finder scope, a rack and pinion focuser, an accessory tray for your tripod, a collimation cap and the Starry Night software, among many other additional bits and pieces in the box. If you can say nothing else about Orion telescopes it’s that they never, ever skimp on the accessories – you get what you need in the box and then some!
- With a 5.1-inch aperture you’ll get great views of the Moon and other planets in our solar system
- You’re not just limited to our solar system, however – you’ll also be able to see distant galaxies and star clusters
- This telescope is very competitively priced for everything that you get
- The equatorial mount is a pleasure to use every single time – smooth and accurate
- We’re kinda struggling to find fault here because Orion scopes are just so danged good. The only possible downside with this scope is it might take a refractor scope user a while longer to get used to it.
Verdict of the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Telescope: The Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope is a great telescope for both casual and more experienced astronomers because it’s light, highly accurate, easy to use and at just 24-pounds fully assembled you don’t need to be Kevin Sorbo to lunk it around with you.
In A Nutshell
When you invest in Orion telescopes you’re investing in a brand name that cares about not only the quality of their products but the customers who buy them too. You can read more Best telescopes for beginners