Orion 09798 StarBlast 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope Review

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The Orion 09789 StarBlast 4.5 is one of the most popular telescope designs currently available. The telescope offers excellent general purpose viewing of the Moon, stars, and local galaxies. The device comes with everything that an amateur astronomer will need to view all of their favorite celestial bodies, without spending an arm and a leg on professional-level gear.

Specs

  • Reflector telescope
  • Parabolic optics
  • 100 – 150 mm aperture
  • 450 mm focal length
  • Minimum magnification of 16x
  • Weighs 20.7 lbs fully assembled
  • 1-year limited manufacturer’s warranty

Features and Benefits

The Orion 09789 StarBlast 4.5 is great for indoor viewing and semi-outdoor viewing on calm nights. On a clear night, you’ll be able to see all the way to the Andromeda galaxy and everything in between. If you train your telescope on a full Moon, you’ll get a very detailed view of the Moon’s surface, and you’ll be able to pick out landmark craters and other prominent features easily.

The device comes with the Orion EZ Finder II red-dot sight, which makes aiming and calibrating the telescope much easier. Instead calculating the exact location of the celestial object relative location to you, you can simply point the red dot sight at the star and it will be in view.

Along with the red-dot sight and standard accessories, the telescope comes with an advanced selection of high-power magnification lenses. With the add-on lenses, you can get anywhere from 15x magnification all the way up to 75x magnification. This makes the telescope an excellent choice for viewing local planets, as well as stars outside of our galaxy.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble and fun to use
  • Comes with fast f/4 optics that make it easy to find celestial bodies
  • Expanse telescopic eyepiece has a very wide 66-degree apparent field of view
  • Includes Starry Night Special Addition software, which will help you to locate planets and stars

Cons

  • Some customers have had difficulty mounting and adjusting the balance correctly

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Final Word

The Orion 09789 StarBlast 4.5 is one of the most popular telescopes made by Orion. Users of all skill levels enjoy using the StarBlast and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get into astronomy. Over 85 percent of all reviewers give the telescope a rating of at least 4 stars, and 56 percent give it a rating of 5 stars. Whether you’re just getting into astronomy, or you’re a seasoned stargazer, the Orion 09798 StarBlast offers a host of features that will keep users occupied for a long time.

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