Orion Telescope and Binoculars is making available a lineup Orion Observer Refractor Sun and Moon Kit telescope combinations. These equatorial refractors come in 90mm, 114mm and 134mm configurations.
For solar observing, each kit includes a full aperture film solar filter that fits over the front of the telescope. This Orion white-light solar filter is designed to see sunspots and granulation around the sunspots on the solar disk. The solar filter rejects all harmful light from the Sun, while allowing a very small fraction of light to pass through, so you can safely enjoy daytime solar astronomy.
For lunar viewing, the kit also includes a glare-reducing and contrast boosting moon filter to better observe the details of the Moon. The filter blocks 87% of the Moon’s brightness to provide a more comfortable view and reveal subtle details. It’s a neutral density filter that will not alter the natural color of the Moon.
Each kit comes with an equatorial mount and tripod. The kit also includes 25mm and 10mm 1.25″ Plossl eyepieces as well as a 2x Shorty Barlow lens, which doubles the magnification of each eyepiece. The packages are rounded out with a rack and pinion focuser and 6×30 finder scope.
You can learn more about the Orion Observer Refractor Sun and Moon Kit here.
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