Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Telescopes as Promised

Hello my fellow stargazers!

A special good evening to readers who have been waiting to see which telescopes have made it to the top lists rated by both amateur and professional astronomers.

To begin I will say it was difficult to find telescopes that are both high quality and user friendly. But I realized all of them had something in commonly: Their brand.

Orion is the top quality scope with both power and ease that goes beyond their price.

They have a year warranty included, which also makes it a very adjuring and dependable brand. Not to mention they now offer Installment billing so you don’t have to pay for your scope all at once!

I was also considering the cost when approaching these ocular devices. The idea I kept in mind was: What would anyone be able to afford?

When it comes to letting money go in today’s economy, I as a consumer would rather get what I’m looking for at an affordable price and at top quality.

Now On to my List:

For: Beginners
The Orion Space Probe 3 Alt azimuth Reflector Telescope
great for all-around astronomical observing, this is a great beginner's telescope and it is at a great price! $158.
What’s included: adjustable-height equatorial mount, and parabolic optics,
Things you can see: Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons, and the cratered terrain of the Moon's surface.

For the: Family
The Orion Scope 70 Backpack refract or telescope
This is an excellent starter telescope from one person to a family.
Price: $149.00
What’s included: The eye piece is quite wide so it gives the viewer a wider view of the sky and includes a sturdy tripod to be positioned in all kinds of terrain.
Things you can see: Good for scenic long-distance viewing, and best for seeing beyond the horizon after sunset for some casual nighttime stargazing and Moon-watching.

For the: Professional
The Orion Star blast 4.5 and it is an Equatorial reflector telescope
Price: $199.95
What’s included: The scope's short focal length serves up a generous chunk of sky in the eyepiece, with newly upgraded eyepieces that include two from the Expanse series — 15mm (30x) and 6mm (75x) — which have a 66° apparent field of view.
Things you can see: Everything from the Moon to the Messier objects appear exceptionally sharp and contrasty.


  1. I was watching the History channel this weekend and there was a special on how Einstein needed to use a telescope to photograph a Solar Eclipse to prove his Theory of Relativity. Basically the moon would block out the sun allowing the starts to shine brighter and you would see the ones behind proving light bends.

  2. you have to check out this telescope.


    This is the Hale telescope from the Palomar observatory in Palomar, CA. This was the world's largest telescope till about 1993 with a 200 inch lens. This picture does it no justice.

    By the way Saturn is looking better than ever.

  3. Hey John!
    Interesting episode you might of watched, it inspired me to check out the history channel website.
    One the website there’s a section called “The Universe”, and it deals with Einstein’s theory or relativity exploring the link between space and time and I thought you would enjoy watching the video found on there so here is the link :) http://link.history.com/services/link/bcpid1398218663/bclid1475274665/bctid1475165839

    Why thank you for sharing that tid bit on the telescope, I’m’ actually stunned at its dimensions, it would be nice if I got to check it out sometime.
    We have one over here in Miami, FL at our local planetarium; it is available each first Friday of every month, free to the public. Some of the things they do are set the scope in angles that allow everyone to see what's the brightest in the sky for that particular month. Have ya gone to one near by you? Are you an astronomy enthusiast yourself?

  4. Actually i have been to several observatories but the only one i brought my camera to was for the palomar observatory. i enjoy star gazzing myself. not as often as i'd like but sometimes me and the pops go camping in the woods over in one of the many california state parks and just stare in the sky. i've run into the southern california astronomer alliance on the camp ground and those guys are serious. computer controlled orions are crazy.

    so what can i be expecting in the western skies for the next week?

  5. Hey there Cheezypoofs!
    Its great to hear there are star gazing enthusiasts out there just like me!
    The Southern California Astronomer's Alliance sound a bit intimidating, I bet they have the most advanced telescopes, which cracks me up the way you said "computer controlled orions".
    Now as for what you may be expecting for the western skies next week is a great question, in honor of that my next post will be all about the western skies, so hang on buddy I will get ya in on the forecast for your neck of the woods.
    Thanks again for your input and stay tuned.