Orion StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope
- A fun, capable, and simple point-and-view tabletop reflector telescope popular among both beginners and seasoned astronomers thanks to its ease of use and versatile performance
- Substantial 6" aperture reflector optics reveal good detail on the planets and Moon, as well as bright deep-sky objects such as nebulas, galaxies, and star clusters
- Compact tabletop design gives the StarBlast 6 reflector great grab-and-go portability - weighs just 23.5 lbs.
- The sturdy StarBlast 6 reflector base arrives pre-assembled in the box for hassle-free set-up
- Includes 25mm and 10mm Sirius Plossl 1.25" telescope eyepieces, EZ Finder II aiming device, eyepiece rack, Starry Night software, and more!
The Orion StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope exemplifies the perfect combination of well-rounded performance and convenient portability. Whether you're looking for a versatile introductory instrument to begin a long-term love affair with the heavens; or feel the need for a compact, wide-field, user-friendly reflector telescope, the StarBlast 6 will not disappoint.
It doesn't take a rocket-scientist to appreciate the amazing value of the StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector. Any amateur astronomer will tell you that reflector design telescopes provide the best performance for your investment, or best "bang for your buck". Since the StarBlast 6 doesn't employ the use of a complicated and heavy equatorial mount and tripod, the value looks better and better upon further inspection, much like the view through the telescope's ample 6" aperture.
Speaking of views, with a StarBlast 6 you'll soon telling friends and family about gorgeous lunar explorations of the Moon, jaw-dropping sights of (relatively) nearby Mars, giant Jupiter, and the always impressive Saturn with its stupendous rings. But the fun doesn't stop there. The StarBlast 6 Astro Telescope's substantial 5.9" (150mm) aperture parabolic reflector optics gathers oodles of light from objects well beyond our own solar system. Bright galaxies, mind-boggling globular and picturesque open star clusters, ethereal glowing nebulas, and other celestial denizens are well within reach. With a wide-field focal ratio of f/5.0, finding and tracking objects is easier than with longer focal-length telescopes, which makes stargazing nice and easy for beginners. More advanced hobbyists will welcome the intuitive simplicity of this "grab-and-go" astronomical workhorse.
Non-stick (PTFE) bearings and easily adjustable altitude tension on the base ensure smooth maneuvering of the Orion StarBlast 6. You just sight through the included EZ Finder II reflex aiming device to locate the object you want to view, and then grip the convenient navigation knob on the tube to take aim. Pop the 25mm (for 30x power magnification) or 10mm (for a boost up to 75x power magnification) Sirius Plossl telescope eyepiece into the 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser and you're ready to enjoy the wonders of the night sky. Keep the other telescope eyepiece at the ready in the convenient three-hole eyepiece rack. Two handle cutouts in the base allow easy lifting and transporting of the telescope. Set the StarBlast 6 reflector on the ground, or even on a small table or the hood of your car, then prepare to be stunned by the view!
Weighing in at a modest 23.5lbs., the assembled StarBlast 6 is portable enough to take along on the next family campout or friend-filled road-trip, without wasting valuable space for the rest of your gear. The StarBlast base arrives pre-assembled in the box providing a truly satisfying "out of box" experience.
The StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector telescope can now be upgraded to include an Orion IntelliScope "push-to" computerized object location system with the optional StarBlast 6 IntelliScope Upgrade Kit (sold separately). With the optional IntelliScope Upgrade Kit, the StarBlast 6 becomes a StarBlast 6i IntelliScope and can lead you to over 14,000 celestial objects!
The Orion StarBlast 6 Astro Telescope isn't just a masterfully engineered, uncomplicated, and affordable telescope for all ages, it's also a blast! (C'mon, we couldn't help ourselves!)
Meets or exceeds all California State Environmental Quality & Safety Regulations (CARB 93120 Phase 2 Compliant).
Media BuzzAstronomy Magazine - January 2009
"Taking a fun-to-use scope like the StarBlast 6 for a test drive quickly evolved into a cosmic joy ride.[...] For the past five years, kids have been having fun with the original StarBlast. With the StarBlast 6, we grown-ups can have our turn."
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only.
Best for viewing Brighter deep sky
Best for imaging Lunar & planetary
Low thermal expansion borosilicate glass
Eyepieces Sirius Plossl 25.0mm,10.0mm (1.25")
Magnification with included eyepieces 30x, 75x
Lowest useful magnification
Highest useful magnification
Highest theoretical magnification 300x
Limiting stellar magnitude
Finder scope EZ Finder II
Focuser 1.25" Rack-and-pinion
Secondary mirror obstruction 47mm
Secondary mirror obstruction by diameter 31%
Secondary mirror obstruction by area 9%
Mirror coatings/over-coatings Aluminum & Silicon Dioxide
Mount type Dobsonian
Bearing material PTFE bearings
Tube material Steel
Tripod material Wood
Length of optical tube 28.0 in.
Weight, optical tube 12.0 lbs.
Weight, mount/tripod 11.5 lbs.
Weight, fully assembled 23.5 lbs.
Additional included accessories 3 eyepiece rack
Other features Navigation knob, pre-assembled base