Orion AstroView 120ST Equatorial Refractor Telescope
Current Price: $569.99
Our Verdict of the Orion AstroView 120ST
With its shortened focal length the Orion AstroView 120ST is a great tool for the deep space enthusiasts. It does give you very pleasing views of the moon and the planets but thanks to its shortened focal length and generous aperture it is deep space where this telescope excels. With the included 25mm Plossl eyepiece you get a wide enough view of the sky to display the entire Double Cluster of Perseus.
The accessories with the Orion AstroView 120ST are also generous making this a fabulous package for the intermediate astronomer.
The 40 reviewers (Aug 2013) at Telescope.com have also delivered their verdict and it has an overall of 4.7 out of 5 stars.
The Orion AstroView 120ST is a wonderful wide-field compact refractor for viewing deep-sky objects like nebular clouds, star clusters and galaxies with sharp views and crisp resolution. It has a multi-coated achromatic objective lens with 120mm (4.7″) clear aperture with a focal length of just 600mm (f/5). Compared to a standard 120mm AstroView (f/8.3) this gives it a 66% wider field of view for any given eyepiece. The Orion AstroView 120ST telescope provides pleasing views of bright planets and the moon but it is the shortened focal length and generous aperture that make this telescope excel at deep space observation. The fast f/5 optical system also makes the Orion AstroView 120ST an excellent refractor telescope for wide-field astrophotography.
This Equatorial Refractor comes with a sturdy adjustable-height aluminium tripod and the popular Orion AstroView equatorial (EQ) mount for stability and smoothness of motion. Also included with the Orion AstroView 120ST are two Sirius Plossl 1.25″ eyepieces (10mm and 25mm), 6×30 finder scope, smooth cast-metal 2″ rack & pinion focuser, 90-degree mirror star diagonal, accessory tray and Starry Night astronomy software. An included polar-axis scope will allow you to achieve polar-alignment of the equatorial mount quickly and accurately, and manual slow-motion controls let you center objects and track them with minimal effort. The Orion AstroView 120ST telescope also scores highly on the portability front as the optical tube measures just 26″ long including the dew shield.
Features of the Orion AstroView 120ST
- 120mm (4.7″) aperture and 600mm (f/5) focal length refractor
- Multi-coated achromatic objective lens
- Sturdy adjustable-height aluminium tripod
- Orion AstroView equatorial (EQ) mount
- Two Sirius Plossl 1.25″ eyepieces (10mm and 25mm)
- 6×30 finder scope
- Rack & pinion focuser
- 90-degree mirror star diagonal
- Starry Night astronomy software
- Accessory tray
Orion AstroView 120 ST EQ Refractor Telescope
5 out of 5 stars.
“This telescope has to be the “Paragon of Values” in astronomical equipment! It has been a pleasure from the time we removed it from it’s well packaged box, to first light. Well done Orion. The first night, we went for the Moon, and the view was as sharp as my Maksutov- Cassegrain, and actually had more contrast. We next went to Mars, and were just able to make out the polar cap, on the now receding planet. But, the main feature of this scope is it’s performance on deep sky objects. Double stars split easily, and M44 was a fabulous sight. The mount is very well made, and the tripod, if kept at lower heights, is more than capable of handling this beefy instrument. I would advise anyone getting this telescope to also order the 6X30 right angle finder scope. This upgrade is not particular to this scope, but right angle finder scopes should be standard on all scopes! Much easier to use! I recommend also, that after you have enjoyed using this telescope for awhile, that you purchase the 2″ dielectric diagonal. Now you can use both 1.25″ and 2.0″ eyepieces! TIP: With the Orion Q70 38mm lens, you will have a very bright 4.4 degree TFOV. Very few other telescopes can offer this to you. Again, well done Orion!”
More reviews for the Orion AstroView 120ST are available at Telescope.com.
Orion AstroView 120ST Review by Geoff Highcliffe