Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope

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Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope – A Comprehensive Review

 

The Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro is a capable, fun and simple point-and-view tabletop reflector telescope that has become popular among seasoned astronomers and beginners due to its versatile performance and ease of use. Its 6-inch aperture optics provides good detail on the Moon, planets and bright deep-sky celestial formations, such as star clusters, galaxies and nebulas. Its compact design and light weight tabletop design gives the StarBlast 6 Astro a great grab-and-go portability.

 

Features

 

The StarBlast 6 Astro Telescope takes being a user-friendly, wide-field and compact telescope to another level, literally. It boasts of more light-gathering area than its smaller counterparts, yet its scope, which weighs only 23.5 lbs, is still highly portable and comes with a fully assembled base. It uses the StarBlast 6 150mm f/5.0 parabolic mirror, which provides ample aperture to reveal in wonderful detail the planets and other deep-sky gems, and a wide field of view that makes tracking and finding objects easier compared with longer focal-length telescopes, which means that this telescope is perfect for beginners, though it would also make a terrific portable second telescope for experienced stargazers. You can set it on the ground or even on the hood of your car to enjoy the sky view. Other great features include: adjustable altitude tension on the base and non-stick PTFE bearings that ensure smooth maneuvering; Sirius Plossl eyepieces at the convenient 3-hole eyepiece rack; and 2 handle cutouts in the base that allows easy transport.

 

Pros and Cons

 

This telescope from Orion nicely combines decent aperture and portability, where you can easily lift its scope up and then walk distances with it. It offers comfortable viewing in the most uncomfortable places. Its short-length scope, realized by having a fast primary mirror, provides a very nice field of view that can almost compare with larger binoculars. Also, the short tube allows for very easy collimation of the optics, where you can easily reach the collimation bolts at the primary mirror when looking through the collimation eyepiece. The ring mounting of its optical tube allows the component to rotate around its axis, which makes the eyepiece position effectively adjustable for more comfortable viewing.

 

However, this telescope also has its own set of drawbacks. Although it is not that heavy, it can be quite awkward to grab. It also requires a 2mm Allen key to tilt and rotate its secondary mirror, yet the toll is not provided in the box. As it is a fast F/5 telescope, it needs constant and careful collimation to get sharp images. Considering that its base is a simple alt-AZ mount, it could be tricky to point to objects near the azimuth. Moreover, its short focal length will make achieving higher magnifications requiring more equipment.

 

Conclusion

 

All-in-all, the Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope is an easy-to-use telescope that yields great views, ranging from stunning wide views to decent planet views, which means that it is perfect for backyard astronomers. It is not just masterfully engineered and uncomplicated, but is also an affordable option for the whole family!

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