Orion 27191 StarBlast 6i IntelliScope Reflector Telescope

$499.99


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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


Product information Product Packaging:Standard Packaging Package Dimensions 32 x 21 x 19.5 inches Item Weight 23.5 pounds ASIN B002JNUAVU Item model number 27191

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.
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 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 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.

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.

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

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?)

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....

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...