The Orion Observer 60 Altaz Refractor is an splendid starter scope for beginning astro enthusiasts. With it is 60mm glass lens and red dot finder scope, the quality is effortlessly observed. The Observer 60 Altaz Orion Telescopes integrate both the 25mm and 10mm Kellner oculars with 1.25″ barrels as well as a 90 mirror diagonal. li>Ships to the U.S. including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Orion Observer 60mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope The Orion Observer 60 Altaz Refractor is a perfective gift for the novice, and offers jaw-dropping views of lunar craters, Saturn’s rings, Jupiter’s moons and more.60mm glass lens with two totally coated 1.25″eyepiecesRed dot finder scopeSturdy aluminum tripodSpecial “Starry Night” software,(alone valued at $69.) “…I propose great things for inspection and contemplation by each explorer of Nature,” wrote the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei in 1610 after probing the heavens with his crude, self-made telescope. Those “great things” he noted are still up there, ready for today’s budding astronomers of all ages to inspect and contemplate. You may see them for yourself with an Orion Observer 60 Altazimuth Refractor Telescope, which, believe it or not, is a far more capable telescope than Galileo ever had! The Orion Telescopes Observer 60 is a classic refractor telescope with precision glass optics and great portability. It’s a finish backyard telescope package that includes the optical tube, all accessories, and an aluminum tripod. The Orion Observer is in particular popular with junior astronomy enthusiasts. The Sights You’ll See You’ll be amazed at the celestial sights you may see with an Orion Observer 60 Altazimuth Refractor Telescope. Saturn and it is rings, Jupiter and it is dancing moons, and the altering phases of Venus, for starters. Close-up views of the Moon’s rocky, cratered surface. The Orion Observer 60 Altaz Refractor will show you the contrasting blue and gold gems of the double star Albireo. And dozens of “dee
- Amazon Sales Rank: #12084 in Camera & Photo
- Brand: Orion
- Model: 09854
- Dimensions: .0 pounds
- The perfective gift for the beginner astronomy enthusiast, the Oberver 60mm refractor offers jaw-dropping views of the Moon’s craters, Saturn’s rings, Jupiter and it’s moons, and more!
- Utilizes a 60mm glass lens (not plastic) and includes two fully-coated 1.25″ telescope eyepieces for two dissimilar observing exposure options
- Includes a red-dot EZ Finder II reflex sight to make aiming the telescope at celestial objects easy
- The aluminum telescope tripod is sturdy yet lightweight, making the Observer 60 a very portable refractor
- With the included Starry Night software, you may print out elaborate maps of the sky to make locating objects to view even easier
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
There are better scopes
By Doug Rice
This is not really the best way to get started in astronomy.
To their credit, the marketer has avoided the ridiculous magnification claims that plague so many similarly sized scopes on the market.
Also to their credit, the marketer has provided a reflex “red dot” finder in place of the useless 5×24 finders that plague so many similar scopes.
Even so, what you can expect to see in a scope of this size is rather limited. Some star clusters will be visible, but galaxies and nebulae will be very dim. You can see about as much with a pair of 10×50 binoculars.
In a way, it is hard to fault Orion for marketing this scope. Their upper-tier instruments are quite good, but the big money appears to be made on low-end scopes like this. In one sense the sale of these scopes subsidizes their good models.
Understand that using an astronomical telescope is not like playing an MP3 file and but rather like playing a guitar. It is a learned skill. You must do a lot of homework before you buy a telescope. Buying without prior experience is like buying a car without knowing anything about driving. If you want to see the wonders of the sky, contact your local astronomy club and attend one of their star parties. The members love sharing their hobby and can set you straight as to how to get started. The best way is to learn the sky with the unaided eye and 10×50 binoculars (decent ones are available on Amazon), then graduate to something along the lines of a 150-200mm (6-8″) Dobsonian; good ones can be found on Amazon starting under $290.
For more information on buying telescopes, see my encyclopedic guide on Amazon: “So you want to buy a telescope.”
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Basic scope for lunar and planetary viewing
By R. Wiegand
Lets face it, telescopes of this type are really only useful for observing the moon, Jupiter and Saturn…and a few of the brighter deep space objects like the Orion Nebula.
My son and I had a good time looking at Saturn last night. You can definately see the ring!
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