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Orion 09798 StarBlast 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope, Metallic Green
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- A wide-field reflector telescope with enough aperture to get great views of the Moon, planets, and many bright deep-sky objects
- A fantastic general-purpose astronomical telescope - great for the beginner to test the waters with mirror optics large enough to keep you and your family busy viewing for years to come
- Works amazingly well with the included Expanse telescope eyepieces which yield a very wide 66 degree apparent field of view - your first look at the Andromeda galaxy will knock your socks off!
- Fast f/4 optics and a short focal length provide a very wide field of view, making it easy to locate celestial objects without having to hunt around
- The EQ-1 equatorial telescope mount makes tracking night-sky objects extremely easy using the included slow-motion controls.
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|Item Dimensions||44 x 12 x 20 inches|
|Magnification Minimum||16 x|
|Shipping Weight||20.65 pounds|
Package Type: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
The equatorial mount is a bit complicated to use but I got used to it pretty quickly. I'd recommend the original Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro with the simpler dobsonian mount for younger kids or people who need a lot of portability.
Got this in the mail Thursday after ordering Tuesday on standard shipping. Orion ships quick. The box on the outside got ruined by rain, but it's double-packed so no harm to the inner box or it's contents.
The disassembled scope is quite overwhelming at first, but I got it together in about an hour or so. Forgoing the included instructions, I instead used the Internet age to its full advantage. Orion has a very nice assembly video on Youtube as well as one for collimation of the telescope and there are some good ones by David Fuller about how to align and use the equatorial mount. The included screwdriver was very poorly deburred, so be careful of the sharp edges or use your own.
Collimation (aligning the mirrors) is very simple; however, one of the tools required is not included (a 2mm allen wrench). Fortunately, the secondary mirror which requires it was already collimated, so it just took a bit of fiddling with some knobs on the back and I was done in about a minute.
One of the first things you notice about the telescope is the sheer quality of the optics. They're absolutely stunning. The mirrors look like they've been sterilized by surgeons or something, it's almost unbelievable. The mirrors are almost sci-fi shiny, and the coated lenses included are very nice.
The telescope is reasonably portable and after complete assembly can be readily dismantled to about 5 components: the tripod, the scope, the two slow-motion knobs, and the counterweight. It's heavy, about 20 to 25 pounds, almost all located in the sturdy steel tripod mount and the counterweight.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very complicated wording of the instructions, but I'm not a professional;)) it's an excellent telescope!Published 15 days ago by wonderzoozoo
This telescope is THE best one you will get in this price range. I bought a cheap one years ago for my kids and I, and it was nothing but junk and a disappointment. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kelly N. Payne
The telescope arrived in perfect condition, double boxed so it is not harmed, and with good time. The instructions to set it up can be a little confusing if you do not know what... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aldo
Let me start with the bad. There are three bad things wrong with this of this telescope - the legs, the elevation control, and the lack of documentation included. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ACE
A great beginner scope that can serve for many years even beyond beginner stages. Orion has a very good high quality optic here for the price.Published 1 month ago by Cobra
very good beginner scope , powerful , accurate , requires your attention when assembling ,but not overly difficultPublished 2 months ago by ronald dickey
It hurts my brain to think people had a hard time assembling this. Using the picture and reading zero words this telescope takes 10-20 minutes to assemble. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PJ
As a disclaimer, this is my first telescope, so I can't really compare it to other telescopes. I will say that I did a lot of research, and for my needs and price range this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eli Briscoe