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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
I wanted a telescope that was reasonably light, easy to transport, and quick to set up. The Starblast 6i turned out to be the ideal scope for me. The telescope is a f5 scope which makes it great for wide field views. The 10mm and 25mm Orion Sirius plossl eyepieces that came with the scope are good eyepieces, but have a limited 52 degree field of view. I recommend replacing them with at least three high quality “wide field” eyepieces to cover low, medium and high magnification to get the most enjoyment out of this scope. After spending weeks researching eyepieces for the Starblast 6i based on the scope’s aperture size and focal length, I bought three eyepieces from Explore Scientific: the 6.7mm and 14mm eyepieces from their 82 degree series and a 24mm eyepiece from their 68 degree series. The 6.7mm seems to be the optimal high magnification for this scope. With higher magnification eyepieces 5mm or lower, you lose image resolution due to atmospheric effects on most nights. The 14mm is great for spotting nebulas and other faint distant objects. The 24mm (my favorite eyepiece) provides the widest field of view for the scope’s 1.25 inch focuser. It’s field of view is equivalent to a standard 32mm plossl, but with higher magnification and smaller exit pupil. The Explore Scientific eyepieces gives you the most bang for the buck on really excellent optics. If money is no object and you want the very best, then get Televue eyepieces. I recommend the Nagler 7mm, Nagler 13mm and Panoptic 24mm, but you will be paying twice as much for eyepieces that are roughly 5% better.
I had a hard time figuring out what telescope I wanted. I didn’t want to view just the moon and planets. I wanted to see deep space objects too. However deep space objects are difficult to find, so a GoTo mount would be best. However the price goes up significantly. Equatorial mounts can be difficult to setup. More than my wife would be interested in doing. So, this telescope came to the top of a short list.
I bought this telescope and set it up.. and the first night I had a chance to use it... I was blown away at my view of Jupiter and it's 3 brightest moons. It looks like a bright circle at first when focused, but after a few seconds I could see the lines in it. The moons looked like diamonds and you could tell the larger from the smaller moons. I viewed it through the 10mm eyepiece they sent.
Bought the Orion 6/6i telescope for a Christmas present. Arrived quickly. Unpacked it and found a u-tube video on assembly of the telescope. Piece of cake (easy). Then I went to installing the Orion IntelliScope feature which I should have done first. To do this step you have to the stand apart. Not just to the way it arrived be almost total disassembly of the stand. Instructions in the Orion IntelliScope manual are for a different stand. Found different directions in the Telescope manual for this stand. Followed the directions. Several frustrating attempts and the part that hold the scope to the stand was loose. Could not see what I was doing wrong.... Phoned Orion customer service and nobody was available. Shot the Orion Technical Support team a couple emails and only received a rcvd will get back to message. After a couple days of this I decided to returned product. Believe the product might be good but the description should better explain the amount of disassembly and reassembly required to get the Orion IntelliScope feature installed. If I had known the extent of assembly up front I would not have purchased this product.
Big, but relatively light. Good value, wood base is the heaviest part. Honestly, I'd prefer tripod for portability... But heavy base makes it stable, less vibration. Haven't used location system yet, but it does work...
My first reflector telescope. Fits my expection. Took a little time to put it together. Saw moon craters real for the first time. Love it.
Excellent telescope and excellent service. Very happy with the purchase.
I've been meaning to write a review about this fab bigger sibling to the Starblast 4.5 for ages. I don't have time right now to write exactly all my reasons to love it but my review will be similar in tone to the one I wrote about the 4.5, which I still own until I can get the time to sell it (reluctantly, but...how many scopes can I persuade my wife I need?)
Good solid product and seems sturdy, the one aspect or feature if they could work on is that they may find a way to increase the height of the base stand or include a adjustable height component.. Haven't used it to view the heavenly bodies as the sky is not clear as of now...