Orion StarBlast 6 telescope

This grab-and-go telescope offers 6 inches of light-gathering in a compact design.
By | Published: May 19, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Orion’s StarBlast 6
Orion’s StarBlast 6 combines good optics with easy portability. The optical tube attaches to an alt-azimuth mount. The EZ Finder II sits next to the focuser.
Astronomy: William Zuback

This review, “Orion’s StarBlast 6 makes a great first scope,” appeared in the January 2009 issue of Astronomy magazine

In 2003, California-based Orion Telescopes and Binoculars introduced the StarBlast, a 4.5-inch Newtonian reflector designed mainly for kids. The StarBlast caught on with adults as well, from novices looking for a user friendly first scope to veterans wanting something portable. (See “Orion’s StarBlast” in the January 2004 issue of Astronomy.) The “Little Scope That Could” proved to be such a success that Orion decided to give it a big brother. Enter the new StarBlast 6.

In creating this telescope, Orion didn’t have to invest a lot in development. The company took the tube assembly from its Astroview 6, a 5.9-inch (150 millimeters) f/5 rich-field reflector, and placed it on a scaled-up version of the original StarBlast mount. Orion replaced the Astroview’s 6×30 optical finder with a less costly red dot reflex sight and added a navigation knob to the tube’s front. Too bad Orion didn’t go with the eye-pleasing teal color found on the original StarBlast tube. That would allow for a family to have a matching pair of parent and child StarBlasts.

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