Orion StarBlast II 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope
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|Model Name||StarBlast II 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope|
|Objective Lens Diameter||114 Millimeters|
|Telescope Mount Description||Equatorial Mount|
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- The whole family will enjoy the StarBlast II 4.5 EQ thanks to its great optics, convenient portability, and easy-to-use operation
- Views of everything from the Moon and planets to distant objects like star clusters and galaxies appear bright and clear through this petite telescope
- A fantastic wide-field astronomy telescope with reflecting optics large enough to keep you and your family busy viewing for years to come
- The included EQ-1 mount makes it easy to keep moving objects centered in the eyepiece with its handy slow-motion controls
- Included 25mm and 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepieces provide 18-power and 45-power views right out of the box! Also includes a MoonMap 260, EZ Finder II reflex sight, adjustable-height tripod and more
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A telescope is a great gift for families and beginners interested in space and the stars. Especially a telescope like the Orion StarBlast II 4.5 EQ. It's a genuine, real reflector telescope with sophisticated features to help inspire stargazers night after night.
With its 4.5 inch-diameter reflector tube and sturdy equatorial (EQ) mount with slow-motion controls, this telescope goes beyond the capabilities of smaller beginner models to support families as their interest in space grows into a lifelong appreciation of stargazing and science. The compact Orion StarBlast II 4.5 EQ is a favorite of both beginners and expert astronomers alike, thanks to its great optics, convenient portability, and easy-to-use operation.
The StarBlast II 4.5 EQ will amaze the whole family with bright views thanks to its big, 4.5 inch-aperture telescope tube, which collects a lot of light from the night sky to send bright, clear images of objects in space to the telescope eyepiece for viewing. The telescope's combination of short 450mm focal length and sizable 4.5 inch aperture means the StarBlast II 4.5 EQ will provide brighter views at any magnification compared to longer focal length telescopes, which makes it easier for everyone, and especially beginners, to locate interesting sights in the night sky. Using a telescope allows curious families to explore the sparkling night sky and search out interesting objects to observe. Use the StarBlast II 4.5 EQ to look at fascinating craters, valleys and mountains on the Moon; and bright planets like Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Even distant objects like star clusters, brighter nebulas and galaxies can be seen in this petite reflector telescope.
Along with the complete telescope, mount and tripod, the Orion Starblast II 4.5 Equatorial Reflector also includes 25mm and 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepieces (18x and 45x respectively), EZ Finder II sight, MoonMap 260 and more.
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Most cheap (less than $200) scopes are not even good toys, but this one is capable of satsifying visual astronomy. With a better mount and a camera, it can also be used for lunar, planetary, and deep-sky astrophotography--even a smartphone can be used to take pictures of the moon. For terrestrial observing, you'll also need an erecting prism, otherwise what you see will be upside down.
The tripod is inadequate for anything other than casual stargazing and for smartphone snapshots of the moon because it is unstable and imprecise. That said, if you hang a heavy object (such a jug of window cleaner or laundry soap) from it, it will be much more stable. Point the mount at the North Star (Polaris), and you'll be able to track objects by turning just one knob with occasional tweaks using the other knob. A small box with an electric motor is available as an add-on but don't waste your money.
The two included Plössl eyepieces are much better than those usually included with inexpensive scopes. I thought the moon map would be a throw-away, but I've used it several times to quickly find the name of lunar features.
Views of the moon are impressive, you can see Jupiter and its moons, and Saturn's rings (barely). The Great Nebula in Orion (M42) is beautiful, but other deep sky objects and galaxies will be little more than faint fuzzy blobs if you can see them at all. With a camera--smartphone, DSLR, or CMOS astrophotography camera--the excellent mirrors in this scope can produce decent images of brighter nebula, galaxies, and globular clusters.
This mount does not have a GOTO capability, but for first-time astronomers, that's a plus for two reasons: 1) you'll have to learn to identify major celestial landmarks so you can find your way around the sky which will always be useful, and 2) GOTO mounts are not easy to set up because they require accurate (fiddly) alignment and precise (expensive) tracking equipment. Nevertheless, if you're hooked, your next purchase ($600-$800) should be a good GOTO mount.
In short, this is a great "first" scope with excellent optics that you'll enjoy using to look at and photograph the moon. With other equipment such as a camera, and a good mount and tripod, it can be used for astrophotography, too.
Con: The mount is flimsier than I expected. Also the secondary mirror was miscollimated. I think the target audience for this scope (younger people) may collimate the primary but I doubt they will touch or even know about secondary. It's not like it came loose during shipping as it was stiff. Anyway as long the user uses for solar system objects they would be ok. That the focal ratio being f/4 , little miscollimation degrades the view of galaxies and nebulae.
Be careful with the screws on the knobs because they strip very easily! The company will make you jump through 100 different hoops to get replacement parts(and that's only if they feel like you qualify). Dont waste your time with the company just contact amazon and they will send you a new one once you return the old one. (That's what we did)
(Picture is of the blood wolf moon in 2019)
I highly recommend this scope to anyone wanting to go outside every now and then and see the skies without spending a car payment.
Well packed with all its components.
Asemble was pretty easy, but instructions on the box are not useful at all. But Orion has an incredible video on YouTube on how to put it together, easy, breazy.
This is my fiesta telescope so the EQ1 is a challenge for me. Align the view finder was hard for me personally, because where I live is a small yard with houses and trees all around so finding Polaris was tough but I put it on a general direction and worked ok, not perfect but ok.
I could watch some random stars and even got a glimpse of Jupiter, but with faulty alignment couldn't track it.
So for now is all the stars simply because, it came early, all attachments and features were in the box, well packed, delivered what it promise on terms of performance and the price was right.
I will update if I have to.
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Every time I go out there is something new to see!
One downside is the focuser I found it had a lot of slop and play in it so you would get it all collimated nicely then find as you focused the alignment would change. I found purchasing some 0.80mm Teflon sheet and replacing the original thin shims in the focuser tube with my own ones has made a world of difference. And I might find it can hold my dslr for photos.
Photographing the moon with my phone was easy and the detail is spectacular.