If you want to move up from an entry-level telescope to one that can see objects in deep space, or you want to view terrestrial objects in a larger field of view, the Orion 09007 is an excellent choice. It has a big aperture to collect a lot of light, but its short barrel makes it easy to set up and enjoy wide-field performance.
- Bright, deep sky Newtonian reflector telescope
- 130 mm optical lens
- 650 mm focal length
- 26x or 65x magnification with two supplied lenses
- 260x maximum useful magnification
- 19x lowest practical magnification
- German equatorial mount
- 4.8 pound counterweight included
- Adjusts from 35-55.5 inches high
- Weighs 24.2 pounds when assembled
- 1-year limited manufacturers warranty
Features and Benefits
If you’re willing to pay more for an introductory telescope for someone just getting into astronomy, the Orion 09007 is a great choice. It’s much easier to use than many cut-priced scopes, which can avoid frustration from new users that might become discouraged by fussy operation and low magnification. It also allows you to see many more things in the night sky than less powerful scopes, so there’s less of a chance of immediately outgrowing the telescope. The Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST can pick out many more objects in space than an entry-level scope, including the moons around faraway planets like Jupiter and Saturn.
The Orion has a German Equatorial Mount, which makes it easier to follow the progress of any object across the night sky. Once you set one axis to correspond to the axis of the Earth, you can simply turn one knob to track a planet or star as it moves across the horizon.
- German equatorial mount allows you to set one axis and then follow an object across the night sky by turning on adjustment knob
- Short optical tube makes it easy to pack up and move from place to place
- Big aperture collects a lot of light, allowing viewing of distant objects like galaxies and star clusters
- Built-in accessory tray keeps extra lenses close at hand and organized
- Adjustable tripod is sturdy for steadier viewing
- Some users report that tightening the elevation screws can affect the aiming
It’s difficult to find anyone that gives the Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector telescope a bad review. Users are amazed at how much better this scope is compared to entry level telescopes, and say they are excited to see objects in deep space that were invisible on their starter scopes. Over 90 percent of users rate the Orion at 4 stars or more, with over 70 percent rating it 5 stars. Those are remarkable numbers for any telescope on the market, and make the Orion 09007 a best buy in its price range.