Orion 10022 StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Review

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The Orion 10022 StarMax is one of the best compact telescopes available. Even though the device is very small, you can use it to clearly view terrestrial and celestial bodies. If you travel often and want a powerful telescope that you can take with you, the Orion 10022 StarMax is an excellent option. The telescope is lightweight, sturdily built, and very easy to set up. It can be mounted to a tripod, but many people prefer to use it on a table or other flat surface. Overall, the Orion 10022 StarMax is one of the most versatile telescopes made by Orion.


  • Spherical optics
  • 90 mm aperture
  • 25 mm and 10 mm focal lengths
  • 50x and 125x magnification
  • Weighs 6.5 pounds when fully assembled
  • Focal ratio of f/13.9
  • One-year limited manufacturer’s warranty

Features and Benefits

The Orion 10022 StarMax can view a variety of celestial bodies, including the Moon, Mars, Saturn, nebulas, and a host of bright galaxies. The device comes with two 1.25-inch eyepieces, which are easy to change in and out. Along with the eyepieces, the telescope comes with the Orion EZ Finer II reflex sight. This makes aiming easier and more intuitive.

The optical tube is attached to the bottom mount via a dovetail joint. With the push of a button, you can disconnect the optical tube from the mount and reattach it to an aftermarket bottom mount of your choice. It’s recommended that you disassemble the telescope when you transport it, so easy assembly is a welcome benefit. The telescope comes with a flat base, which adds extra stability when the Orion is used on a table.

Along with the standard accessories, the telescope also comes with Starry Night Special Edition astronomy software. The software offers 3D models of our solar system, along with information about how to use your telescope.


  • It has a large focal length and powerful magnification for its size
  • Tube is made from lightweight aluminum
  • Can be attached to a tripod or mounted to a table top
  • Compact design makes it very easy to transport


  • The device can be difficult for inexperienced users to focus because the controls require minute adjustments


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Final Word

The Orion 10022 StarMax 90 mm TableTop telescope offers powerful telescopic technology in a compact package. The telescope is very popular with users everywhere. Over 95 percent of customers give the device a rating of at least 4 stars, and close to 70 percent give it 5 stars.

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