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Orion 10012 SkyScanner 100mm – Review

Last Updated: 29.11.21


Main technical features


The 100mm mirror optics is the most outstanding feature of this telescope that proves, at a glance, that specialized optical devices can offer excellent performance at a convenient price.

You will receive two eyepieces with your purchase, to add some variety in the magnification power of your device.

One of the features that expand the usefulness of this particular model is the Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight that is capable of helping you bring forward the area you want to explore with great ease.

Because it is a compact version of a telescope, it is a good recommendation for beginners; stargazers will also appreciate that it is a tabletop model.

Along with your purchase, you will gain access to the Starry Night software that will enable you to enhance your experience while scouting the night sky.


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In-depth information


Given the low price, you might expect this telescope to be similar to a toy, but once you start using it, you will discover that is not the case. The most important features that we must talk about are its 100mm mirror optics and the 400mm focal length that will provide you with the necessary power to observe the planets and other objects in the night sky. While it may be advertised as a choice for beginners, more advanced users will still find it to provide excellent value for the price, and, as long as they bear in mind the limitations of such a compact model, they will be more than pleased with its overall performance.

Exploring the night sky is easy, seeing the vast capabilities of this telescope. You will get some exciting features that explore the possibilities of this product to the maximum. For instance, you will be able to use the telescope even when you face less than ideal light conditions. With the help of the Orion EZ Finder II reflex sight, you will be able to focus on the areas that you want to explore with great ease. It must be mentioned that this model is delivered together with the Starry Night software that will only make your explorations of the night sky even more enjoyable.

One thing that we cannot neglect talking about when reviewing this model is its portability. It is compact enough to be manipulated with ease, and it is a tabletop model that you will like to have close to you. However, you must bear in mind that the manufacturer doesn’t supply a tripod, for instance, so if you intend to have the telescope with you on a trip, make sure that you have all the extras needed already purchased.


Known Issues

When you want to focus on celestial bodies, expect the telescope to take some time to focus, as it is not particularly quick to do so.

You will need to spend extra for some facilities, such as a tripod, or additional filters, but, all in all, the vast majority of the customers seem to be quite pleased with their purchase.


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Ioana Moldovan

Ioana’s professional experience in the optics field has helped her understand the value of passing her knowledge forward. Her curious personality helps her gather useful information for her readers and her goal is to make technical information fun and accessible to everyone.

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Subhendu Banerjee
Subhendu Banerjee
2 years ago

Really I appreciate your view. I am a little bit ammeter Astronomer and it is really good one. Protection Status