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Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope (Teal)
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- A great compact grab-and-go telescope designed for entry-level and intermediate astronomy enthusiasts
- Substantial 4.5 inch aperture and fast f/4 focal ratio provides bright, detailed views of solar system targets like the Moon and planets, as well as wide-field celestial objects like nebulas and star clusters
- Ships pre-assembled so you can go from the box to your backyard in minutes
- Stable tabletop base provides smooth altazimuth motion for easy manual tracking of celestial objects
- Includes two Explorer II 1.25 inch Kellner telescope eyepieces (17mm and 6mm), EZ Finder II reflex sight for easy aiming, eyepiece rack, collimation cap, Starry Night astronomy software, and more!
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|Item Dimensions||25 x 18.5 x 23.5 inches|
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|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase.|
|Shipping Weight||18.35 pounds|
|Viewfinder Type||EZ Finder II|
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This is the same fast optics formula as the Edmund AstroScan and Bushnell Voyager bowling ball. The StarBlast is far and away the best of the three, but as with the others, the high power views are soft. That feature is not a problem for those of us primarily interested in deep sky. Planetary views could be more detailed, and my own StarBlast won't split the double double in suburban skies. (Orion's somewhat longer 4.5" f 8 dobsonian is more suited to these subjects.) In addition, most globular clusters present as unresolved fuzzy balls, as they will in any instrument of this aperture.
For the price, though, you can't really beat the StarBlast. It works well as a family telescope, or as a casual scope for someone interested but not obsessed by astronomy. It is small, inexpensive, and intuitive enough to be handled by children. It also works nicely for crusty old guys like me who have bigger hardware, but just don't feel like moving it every night.
This is a great telescope for a beginner.
First, let me share my credentials: I'm an advanced amateur astronomer, having been in the hobby for over 15 years. I have a 16" diameter telescope that I made myself, and I worked for a telescope company (not Orion!) for 4 years, designing telescopes for them. I think I know a little bit about telescopes...
I bought this scope (my 5th!) because it received a very positive review in Sky & Telescope magazine, and it fit my needs: something portable, easy, of good quality, and inexpensive. I bought it with the intention of using it only for quick sessions when someone asks me to look at something. I've ended up using it for much more than that!
In talking with my students, I see that choosing a telescope becomes very complicated if you try to learn about the features and specifications and try to make a choice that way. Frankly, don't bother. Just buy this one and most likely you'll be satisfied. It certainly beats other telescopes in its price range.
It has only 2 drawbacks. First, the eyepiece ends up very low, so you need to place the scope on a table, crate, etc. The option is to observe on your knees, which is fine for most, but might not be what you expect.
The second drawback is that views of the planets will be small. But they WILL be decently SHARP. I would recommend buying a 2x Barlow lens, to increase power. This is an inherent tradeoff in wide-field telescopes like this one, and a tradeoff I would take ANY day because finding objects is much easier if you've got a wide field of view. Just buy the Barlow and you're all set.
Some other reviewers mention a "jerky" motion in either axis. You can adjust that!Read more ›
There is a saying that the best telescope is the one you use the most. This relatively cheap and functional scope arrives already assembled and ready to go. It can be taken outside for a few minutes viewing with no preparation or effort required.
The only caveats with the Starblast are:
(1) it is a reflecting scope and does not invert the image to the right way up. This is unimportant for astronomy but makes it not useful for terrestrial viewing.
(2) it needs to be placed on a table or other object as the sturdy stand is very short.
(3) although the scope is not heavy and is easy to carry outside, the mount does not fold away like a tripod in a case and so the scope is not really designed to travel.
(4) it has a short focal length. A consequence of this is that, although with 4.5 inches of aperture you have enough light to get x200 magnification, to get these higher magnification views you would need to use an eyepiece with very limited eye relief i.e. a small opening making it less comfortable to use.
(5) I didn't find the supplied software easy to use compared to other programs. However this is not required to enjoy the scope and there are a wealth of websites that provide information on what's observable in the night sky.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic for grabbing off the shelf and setting up quick. The construction is stable and sturdy. I've been using it for a few months now, and Im always looking for a new reason to... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
i just bought this scope .. i was able to see saturn and jupiter yesterday .. if that's how it looks like without shorty barlow .. then i can't wait to buy it as soon as posible !! Read morePublished 19 days ago by valeri shermazanashvili
Fantastic little telescope! The only telescope I had used before this was a refractor and this beat it hands down! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kyle B
I haven't used it very much yet, it works really well, I love it very much.Published 2 months ago by Douglas Ostler
Purchased after we had a motor go bad on a Celestron 6se. It's a real telescope (not a toy) and the portability is very nice.Published 4 months ago by GMoneyPhx
My husband bought this for himself hint the name on the account. He loves looking at the star's and watches any show on TV he can. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jake
Nice table scope. Waiting for Spring to come, to try it out !Published 5 months ago by VincentCarlini