Orion 27191 StarBlast 6i IntelliScope Reflector Telescope
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|Objective Lens Diameter||150 Millimeters|
|Item Weight||23.5 Pounds|
|Lens Coating Description||Aluminum;Silicon Dioxide|
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- Clever tabletop reflector telescope can lead beginners and experienced amateurs to more than 14,000 celestial objects with its easy to use push-to IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator
- Substantial 6" aperture optics reveal sharp views of the Moon and bright planets like Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn
- 750mm focal length (f/5.0) optics provide contrast-rich views of brighter deep sky objects like nebulas, galaxies, and sparkling star clusters
- Compact design gives the Orion StarBlast 6i great grab-and-go portability - weighs just 23.5 lbs. Age Range-13 years
- Includes IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator, 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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Intelligent, user-friendly telescope design lets beginning astronomers and seasoned hobbyists navigate the night sky with ease. Included IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator shows you the way to over 14,000 celestial objects. Big 150mm parabolic mirror optics reveal the moon, planets and deep-sky objects in rich detail. Sturdy swivel base comes pre-assembled in the box for no-hassle set-up
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On the negative side, I wish the IntelliScope system had a built in GPS so you can skip the two-Star alignment process every time you use it, but it does the job. On the fence about the red dot spotting scope right now. May eventually replace it with an optical finder scope. Overall though, it’s a really fun scope to use and I highly recommend it!
BTW The stand that the scope and mount sit on in the photo is a Orion Dob Pod and is a separate item that you can buy on Amazon. I prefer sitting on a outdoor folding stool when using this scope instead of standing and using a table.
I purchased this as an open box item. I was concerned that I was making a mistake, but it arrived in excellent condition with nothing missing. Assembly was pretty easy. The PushTo electronics work well.
I like this telescope. It really needs a stand to put it on though. There are plans available to make one. The stand needs to be 18” high to put it as the correct height to use. I like the PushTo function. However, to get it calibrated properly. You need to make sure it is placed on a level surface. There is not a level spot on my yard, so it makes it challenging. The only real problem I have. When you get an object in the viewfinder you have to push/pull the telescope to keep it in the viewfinder. Planets move really fast. This alone makes a GoTo mount a desirable option.
As for Astrophotography. I don’t see a DSLR camera attached to it. It would really make severely out of balance. A dedicated ccd camera might work. I just haven’t looked to see how much they weigh. They can be very costly.
So, if I were to do it all over again. This is a good choice. What I really want costs $1500.
The assembly tooks some time but it is well made and the instructions are relatively clear. I am a as amateur as they come at this. But I was quite blown away at how amazing the view was. I just ordered the barlow in hopes of getting a more zoomed look. But this thing is really impressive!
Great Job Orion... I really enjoyed that.
Get it, you won't be sorry
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As a temporary review, let me just say that the 6i has been a dream thus far - the Intelliscope function can be a real help in light-polluted skies and the ability to tell you what you're lookin' at ( let's assume you're lost, happens to all of us at times!) is just the beesbizness. Helped me find Uranus and without it I doubt I'd have known quite so quickly in my London skies....Good optics, works well with better glass as you upgrade ( cough,TeleVue, cough... :) but other makes are available!) BUT the included eyepieces are just fine for quite awhile. Easy to collimate, quick to cool down, sturdy as all-getout.
Lovely looking beast too in its charcoal/granite livery and the - not included, sadly - custom carry case
( should you be lucky enough to source one in Europe) makes transporting the 6i a doddle - the case tho is only added luxury, the scope is easy to move without it.
Weakest point? The focuser. Basic - but still very usable with a teeny bit of easy fettling with silicon grease replacing the gunk it comes with.
Even were I at some point to (be still, my beating wallet...) go onto bigger apertures, the 6i would still keep its welcome place in my clammy little heart and hearth. I'm a fan....