This review, “Orion’s StarBlast,” appeared in the January 2004 issue of Astronomy magazine.
“You kids today have it too good.” Did you ever hear that when you were growing up? I sure did. I try not to fall into the same generational trap, but when it comes to telescopes, kids do have it good today. Back in 1969, my first telescope was a 4-inch reflector that had appalling optics and a wobbly mount. It sold for $29.95.
According to the United States Department of Labor, inflation has made that $29.95 worth $150 today. Would I spend that much on a similar telescope for a child who was just getting interested in astronomy? Absolutely not, especially when I could purchase the StarBlast from Orion Telescopes & Binoculars for the same $150. The StarBlast is a great telescope for both young observers as well as those who are young at heart.
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