Orion StarBlast 6i IntelliScope Telescope
|Substantial 6" aperture optics reveal sharp views of the Moon and bright planets like Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. |
Our popular tabletop StarBlast 6 Astro Telescope is now available with Orion's exclusive IntelliScope computerized object-location system! The "push-to" Orion StarBlast 6i IntelliScope Reflector Telescope can guide you and your family to vivid views of over 14,000 celestial objects for night after night of astronomical adventure.
This portable 6" f/5.0 reflector telescope comes with Orion's exclusive IntelliScope computerized object location system, allowing night sky newbies to pinpoint hundreds, even thousands of astronomical objects with pushbutton ease. The StarBlast 6i is the most compact and portable computerized 6" reflector telescope on the market. Even beginners can quickly locate any of 14,000+ celestial objects with the easy-to-use handheld locator. You'll see more celestial delights in one evening than you ever imagined!
There's more to Orion's IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator than meets the eye. What makes the COL so COOL? For starters, after a simple star alignment process, the COL works in tandem with two high-resolution digital encoders on the StarBlast 6i's base mount to help you locate and identify objects in the night sky. By manually slewing the telescope in response to simple directional arrows on the Computerized Object Locator's backlit display, you can pinpoint objects in space and place them smack-dab in the telescope eyepiece's field of view, in seconds! This so-called "push-to" type of object location technology saves you the time of painstakingly poring over star charts, planisphere wheels, or astronomy software programs when deciding what to look at with the StarBlast 6 reflector. The "push-to" StarBlast 6i also saves you power and expense compared to pricier motorized GoTo systems.
Intuitive illuminated menu buttons on the handheld IntelliScope controller allow selection of target objects by type (e.g. Planet, Nebula, Cluster, Galaxy) or catalog number (e.g. M57, NGC 253). Not sure what to look for with the StarBlast 6i? No problem! Just press the Tour button to select one of 12 tours of the best objects visible during any given month. Suppose you stumble across something that you can't identify? IntelliScope knows! Press the ID button to find out. The COL provides detailed information about what you see, including object type, common name (if any), magnitude, constellation, and a brief visual description. Best of all, the StarBlast 6i IntelliScope reflector telescope is just plain fun for the whole family to use.
Featuring the same great optics and compact design as its non-computerized predecessor, the StarBlast 6i is an excellent first telescope for beginning stargazers and a superb "grab-and-go" second telescope for more experienced hobbyists. The StarBlast 6i's 150mm diameter parabolic primary mirror gathers plenty of light to reveal the planets and deep-sky gems in amazing detail. The Moon shines bright in the StarBlast 6i, revealing crisp details of lunar craters, mountains and valleys.
Weighing nearly 40% less than our comparable SkyQuest XT6 IntelliScope Dobsonian reflector, the StarBlast 6i IntelliScope ships with a fully assembled base and weighs just 23.5 lbs. The small, lightweight form allows the telescope to be used on a sturdy table, the hood of a car, the landing of an outdoor stairway, or any other suitable flat surface. Robust construction including non-stick PTFE bearings and adjustable altitude tension on the base ensures smooth maneuvering of the StarBlast 6i.
The Orion StarBlast 6i IntelliScope reflector comes equipped with a host of great accessories, so you'll be ready to view in style as soon as the telescope reaches your doorstep. The included EZ Finder II reflex sight provides a simple way to line up objects in the telescope's field of view. The EZ Finder II will help make aligning the IntelliScope system nice and easy, or is that "EZ"? Using the included 25mm and 10mm Sirius Plossl 1.25" telescope eyepieces, you can begin to enjoy the marvelous wonders of the night sky. The included 25mm Sirius Plossl will yield 30x power magnification with the StarBlast 6i reflector, while the stronger 10mm telescope eyepiece will boost your views up to 75x power for closer looks. An included eyepiece rack will hold your oculars securely within reach right on the StarBlast 6i base, for easy switching between magnifications during family observing sessions. Integrated carry handles on the base allow for convenient lifting or transport of the reflector telescope.
Masterfully engineered for reliable performance and easy point-and-view maneuverability, the StarBlast 6i IntelliScope Astro Telescope truly is a high-tech telescope with a low-tech, non-intimidating feel. You and your family will have a blast using it!
NOTE: The StarBlast 6i IntelliScope Reflector base arrives pre-assembled in its shipping box. Partial disassembly and reassembly of the base is required for installation of the IntelliScope encoders and components. Complete instructions are included.
Meets or exceeds all California State Environmental Quality & Safety Regulations (CARB 93120 Phase 2 Compliant).