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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|
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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
Was everything we expected and more, Last couple of weeks were cloudy but got spectacular views of Orion's belt and nebula the other night.Wife thought it was extraordinary. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Garry
The telescope itself is very good with very clear viewing. the only draw back is trying to use the X axis and declination axis to find objects in the sky and when I call the help... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lawrence J Mellon
Works very well. I wish that I could get more magnification out of this, but it's by far the best price of anything I looked at, and you can easily see Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.Published 2 months ago by Gabe V. Appleton
I am a beginner and this telescope is excellent for beginners. Assembly took longer and I had to watch some YouTube videos as I am just a beginner, but then it was easy to use.Published 3 months ago by Shopper
Have to give it an over all bad grade. The EZ Finder II is garbage. The one that came with the telescope didn't work and the replacement stopped working since. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Timothy R Colburn
Quite nice at this price. It provides a good starting point for you to explore the sky. But I need more accessories and some modification to get a more stable view.Published 3 months ago by iroxlee