Orion StarBlast 80mm AutoTracker Refractor Telescope
SKU ID #484287
This portable 80mm refractor telescope is ideal for astronomy buffs on-the-go, or for those looking for a compact telescope setup with precise automatic tracking abilities. Its 80mm (3.1") aperture and 350mm focal length (f/4.3) will provide nicely detailed views of brighter objects in the night sky, such as the Moon, bright planets, and a few distant deep space objects like sparkling star clusters and brighter nebulas. Once you've manually aimed the telescope at any celestial object, you'll be able to observe it for extended periods of time as the StarBlast AutoTracker Mount automatically tracks its apparent motion across the night sky.
The included 90° star diagonal provides a comfortable nighttime viewing angle, and two included 1.25" eyepieces (10mm and 25mm) let you survey the sky with two different magnifications (35x and 14x respectively). An Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight is included to help you easily aim the 80mm telescope. This tracking tabletop refractor tips the scales at just 11.4 lbs. when assembled, so it's easy to bring along on road-trips, camping adventures, and other outings.
After completing a simple alignment procedure, the Orion StarBlast AutoTracker Altazimuth Mount's internally housed motors rotate the mount and attached 80mm refractor telescope so the object you're observing will stay centered in the telescope eyepiece (astronomers call this "tracking"). This allows you to enjoy lengthy views of objects in the night sky without having to hassle with moving the telescope manually to keep the object centered. While the StarBlast 80mm AutoTracker Refractor Telescope will not locate objects for you (without the optional Orion Atlas/Sirius Computerized GoTo Hand Controller), it will precisely track any celestial object that has been manually located and centered in the eyepiece. With the luxury of precise automatic tracking, you can concentrate on observing night sky objects, instead of constantly reorienting your telescope as the target object drifts out of your telescope eyepiece's field-of-view. You'll be able to discern more subtle features and details of celestial objects as you relax at the eyepiece without having to worry about manually repositioning the telescope to keep the object in sight.
It's easy to align the StarBlast 80mm AutoTracker. All you have to do is level the mount using the built-in bubble-level and threaded risers on two of the mount feet, set your local latitude, and align the telescope to North. Once these simple steps have been completed, all you have to do is turn on the AutoTracker's power switch, and you'll be tracking the heavens automatically! Thanks to an adjustable dual-encoder clutch mechanism, you can aim the telescope manually without the tracking system losing its alignment.
In addition to automated tracking, the StarBlast 80mm AutoTracker Telescope also features camera cruising functionality. This allows you to attach a Canon DSLR camera to the Mount using an included L-bracket so you can easily take time-lapse photos, panoramic photos, and even capture snapshots at select positions as the AutoTracker moves the attached Canon DSLR camera. A Canon shutter-release cable is also included for added convenience.
Eight AA batteries are required for motorized operation of the StarBlast 80mm AutoTracker Refractor Telescope; or you can use an optional 12V, 2 amp power supply or AC Adapter (batteries and optional power supplies sold separately).
You can upgrade the StarBlast 80mm AutoTracker Refractor easily to add GoTo object location and pointing abilities by plugging in an optional Orion Atlas/Sirius Computerized GoTo Hand Controller (sold separately). The optional computerized handset converts the StarBlast 80mm AutoTracker Refractor into a full GoTo telescope that can automatically find objects in the sky for you!