Orion’s StarBlast II 4.5 telescope is just $179.99 this Black Friday
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The Orion StarBlast II 4.5 is the perfect telescope for getting crystal clear views of the night sky and, this Black Friday, you can snap it up for just $179.99 — that’s 10% off the usual retail price. Thrown into the bargain is Orion’s Moon Map 260, a must-have chart for backyard skywatchers wanting to explore and find their way around the surface of the moon.

Suitable for beginners and skywatchers looking for a telescope that’s easy to set up and use, the Orion StarBlast II 4.5 comes fully equipped, supplying the astronomer with everything they need for a rewarding night of observations: an equatorial mount, a sturdy aluminum tripod, two Plössl eyepieces (10 mm and 25 mm) and an EZ Finder II.   

With its aperture of 114 mm (4.5 inches), the Orion StarBlast II is an all-arounder, offering high-definition views of the rugged lunar surface, planets as well as bright deep-sky targets such as galaxies and nebulas. The Orion Nebula (Messier 42), the rings of Saturn and Jupiter’s stunning atmospheric bands and Galilean moons are our personal favorites, standing out in breathtaking clarity with no optical defects.

Weighing in at 20.72 lbs. (9.4 kilograms), the Orion StarBlast II 4.5 telescope is portable, making it the perfect grab-and-go instrument that’s easy to set up within minutes from your backyard or after travelling to your dark-sky destination.

Being an all-arounder, the Orion StarBlast II 4.5 is perfect for those wanting to dabble in astrophotography thanks to the telescope’s focal ratio of f/4 — skywatchers can enjoy shooting stunning images of the universe and, with the telescope’s equatorial mount, this telescope creates a sturdy setup that’s capable of supporting a DSLR or CCD camera without tipping over. 

Be sure to check out more of Space.com’s Black Friday deals on telescopes and binoculars from Orion, Celestron, Meade Instruments, Sky-Watcher and Vixen.

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