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Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope
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- A fun, capable, and simple point-and-view tabletop reflector telescope popular among both beginners and seasoned astronomers thanks to its ease of use and versatile performance
- Substantial 6" aperture reflector optics reveal good detail on the planets and Moon, as well as bright deep-sky objects such as nebulas, galaxies, and star clusters
- Compact tabletop design gives the StarBlast 6 reflector great grab-and-go portability - weighs just 23.5 lbs.
- The sturdy StarBlast 6 reflector base arrives pre-assembled in the box for hassle-free set-up. No GPS included
- Includes 25mm and 10mm Sirius Plossl 1.25" telescope eyepieces, EZ Finder II aiming device, eyepiece rack, Starry Night software, and more!
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We've done our popular Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Beginner Telescope one better. The Orion-designed StarBlast 6 Astro Telescope takes the same compact, wide-field, user-friendly concept and expands on it, literally. The StarBlast 6 boasts fully 73% more light-gathering area than its smaller counterpart. Yet the scope is still highly portable, weighing only 23.5 lbs., and comes with the base fully assembled in the box! The StarBlast 6's 150mm (5.9") f/5.0 parabolic mirror provides ample aperture to reveal the planets and deep-sky gems in wonderful detail. Its wide field of view makes finding and tracking objects easier than with longer focal-length telescopes, which makes it a superb beginner telescope -- for all ages. It also would make a terrific grab-and-go second telescope for more experienced stargazers. Non-stick (PTFE) bearings and adjustable altitude tension on the base ensure smooth maneuvering of the StarBlast 6. Keep the included Sirius Plossl eyepieces at the ready in the convenient three-hole eyepiece rack. Two handle cutouts in the base allow easy lifting and transporting of the telescope. Set it on the ground or even on a small table or the hood of your car, and enjoy the view! The Orion StarBlast 6 isn't just a masterfully engineered, uncomplicated, and affordable telescope for the whole family - it's also a blast! One-year limited warranty.
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A fun, capable, and simple point-and-view tabletop reflector telescope popular among both beginners and seasoned astronomers thanks to its ease of use and versatile performance. Substantial 6" aperture reflector optics reveal good detail on the planets and Moon, as well as bright deep-sky objects such as nebulas, galaxies, and star clusters. Compact tabletop design gives the StarBlast 6 reflector great grab-and-go portability - weighs just 23.5 lbs. The sturdy StarBlast 6 reflector base arrives pre-assembled in the box for hassle-free set-up. Includes 25mm and 10mm Sirius Plossl 1.25" telescope eyepieces, EZ Finder II aiming device, eyepiece rack, Starry Night software, and more!
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Cons (But personally, I can live with):
- Although not very heavy (around 24 pounds) it is a bit awkward to grab.
- You need a 2mm Hex (Allen) key to rotate and tilt the secondary mirror, but none is provided in the package.
- This is a fast F/5 telescope, so a careful and constant collimation is a MUST if you want sharp images.
- It is short even pointing upwards (around 80-90 cm), so you need to place it on a table, or crawl around the floor.
- The base is a simple alt-az mount, so pointing to objects near the azimuth is tricky.
- Its short focal lenght makes that achieving higher magnifications (more than 75x) requires more equipment.
But personally, I think that its good things weight more than the bad ones.
- It has a parabollic mirror, so it does not suffer from spherical aberrations. And obviusly (but if you are new to this, you may not know) as it is a Reflector, it neither suffers from chromatic aberrations as Refractos do!
- The base bearings are soft and provide little inertia for small adjustments, but is sturdy enough to not move when you are watching at the eyepiece.
- As a fast F/5 telescope, it provides wide fields of view (at the expense of magnification, of course).
- The primary mirror is marked at its center, so collimation is easy.
- The included red dot finder makes it easy to point to stars and planets.
- It includes two decent Plossl eyepieces with focal lenghts of 25mm and 10. They provide 30x and 75x magnifications respectively. Acording to Orion, they both have an apparent field of view of 50 degrees, so that gives them 1.66 degrees of true field of view for the 25mm eyepiece (around three full moons in width) and 0.66 degrees of true field of view for the 10mm eyepiece (a bit more than a full moon in width). It is WIDE!
- As it is short, it is easy to store and carry around in a car's trunk.
- Comparing its price to a Reflector or a Catadioptric telescope of equivalent aperture, this one costs as less than a half! And you won't find a F/5 Catadioptric anyway.
As others have noted, assembly is easy and just requires a small adjustment in collimation. I was able to watch the conjunction between Venus and Mercury at Jan 10, 2015 and it fitted nicely in the 25mm eyepiece, simply beautiful! The Pleiades look a bit crowded on the 25mm eyepiece for my taste, I prefer a 32mm one (23.4x magnification, 2.1 degrees of true FOV) for viewing them, and they look great. The Double Cluster in Perseus looks gorgeous in the 25mm eyepiece. The Moon looks nice in both the 25mm and 10mm eyepieces; its craters look sharp and very detailed but with this aperture you may need a moon filter or there will be too much glare in your eye; I use a 13% transition one. The Orion Nebula looks like a glowing cloud with both eyepieces (I prefer the wider view of the 25mm one). The Trapezium Cluster at the Nebula's center is resolved only in the 10mm eyepiece. Unfortunately I live in a Red light pollution Zone, so I may not have great views of nebulas but nevertheless Orion's Nebula looks great! More detail is shown if you have a broadband filter. You may see "cloudyness" in the nebula with the filter, not just a "glow". It is beautyful! Everyone who I have shown it has loved it! Open clusters in general look like packs of diamonds, very detailed and with six inches of aperture, you should be able to detect even 11 magnitude stars fairly easy, so clusters look rich in stars.
On middle Jan 2015, comet Lovejoy Q2 achieved maximun brightness, around 3.8 magnitude. It was hard to find, as every nigth it moved across the stars and it's not visible to the naked eye in a polluted sky, but it was obvius when you find it though the telescope, it looked like a round smudge, quite bright but no trail was visible from my home. On a dark sky it might have been visible.
For planetary detail you need a Barlow lens or shorter focal lenght eyepieces. With the 25mm eyepiece, Jupiter appears round in shape and not star-like and you notice its moons if they are around 5-10 arcseconds away from the planet's disk; no detail is visible in Juputer's atmosphere. With the 10mm eyepiece, Jupiter now seems a ball and you are able to distinct (quite hardly) it's equatorial zone (white band at the center) and it's two equatorial belts (brown bands around the equatorial zone), no more detail is visible beyond the belts, it just looks white. Its moons are visible if they are not in front of or behind the planet's disk. No moon shadows are distinctable at this zoom level (When they pass in front of the planet, they cast they shadow on it). This is unfortunate because we are using 75x magnifications at these levels and that's as much as this telescope provides with the included accesories; but I prefer a telescope that can provide a wider field of view rather than high magnifications (you cannot have both!) because you can always buy a Barlow lens or buy shorter focal lenght eyepieces and get higher magnifications, but with a telescope that provides you higher magnifications it is harder to improve the field of view without generating vignetting or spherical aberrations or expensive eyepieces. The Pleiades for example, look awful in high magnifications. Now with a 2x Barlow lens and the 10mm eyepiece you get 150x magnifications. At this level Jupiter looks big enough that you can see the equatorial zone and belts, the temperate zones and belts and if the air is steady, you may see some detail in its polar region. You can see the moons shadow transits (In fact, I was able to see the triple shadow transit on Jan 23, 2015, really nice!) and you may able to see moon transits also (the moon passing in front of the planet, I've seen Callisto transit in front of Jupiter!) and even better, you can see the great red spot when it transits! Simply, AMAZING!
In the end, this scope has provided me with lots of hours of fun and learning. I love it and I don't regret buying it. And just imagine what kind of impressive views you may get from a true dark sky!
Buyers should keep in mind that there is no mount supplied (E.g. tripod). One is expected to supply a table or the hood of your car. This is a feature. Please don't review this scope and complain about something that Orion has stated quite clearly in the specifications and the documentation.
One negative: It comes with the "EZ Finder II" finder-scope which is highly unstable to the point of being useless (maybe it's mine?). At the moment, I use my eyes for locating and lining up as best as I can. I will replace the EZ Finder ASAP.
Set for the StarBlaster 6 (not the 6i) is a breeze. The base is already assembled. You only have to attach the rings that hold the optical tube to the base and then slide the scope into them. The finder was simple to slide into place in the already mounted holder. (scope came with a bunch of parts, bearings, etc for conversion to a 6i that I am Very happy I didn't need.)
For accessories I bought a nice eyepiece that I'm using 95% of the time. A 32mm Orion Sirius Plossl Telescope Eyepiece Orion 8728 32mm Sirius Plossl Telescope Eyepiece I have other eyepieces but for a scope this size a nice wide-field eyepiece is perfect.