Orion ShortTube Telescope
Have you ever looked through a good telescope on a clear night? It’s friggin awesome. After spending a weekend up at my buddy’s cottage this summer (his dad has a beauty ‘scope), I’m dying to pick one up. If you are in the market for one of these, the Orion AC 80/400 ShortTube (pictured above) has a wide field of view and amazingly sharp visibility. On a good night, you can see star clusters, details on planets, and even other galaxies if you know where to look. It is extremely simple to use without any complex technical details making it the ideal telescope for beginners. It is perfect to take with you for a weekend camping or as it is only about 40cm long and weighs just 1.8kg. The EQ-1 mount that comes with it is extremely light and compact and sets up in seconds. Just don’t let the girls catch you using it during the day while they’re tanning. They won’t be pleased. Don’t ask me how I know, just trust me.