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    Default How big is the Orion starblast 6 intelliscope?



    I posted recently looking for a scope for a friend who wanted to travel with it. The skymax 127 was discussed and seemed a really good option. I have an orion xt8i and love it and have recently spotted that they do the starblast 6 with the intelliscope. I was wondering whether this is small enough to take on a plane as hand luggage? Or is the base just too big? I can't find a picture with a person in to gauge the size!

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    The StarBlast 6 (with OTA positioned straight up) just fits in a car seat. That makes it too big to take with you as hand luggage. If you search for 'StarBlast 6' on YouTube, you will find some videos of this scope that give you an idea of its size.

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    Look at Orion's online catalog. They show shillouettes of their scopes in relative size to an average person.
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    Send an email to Orion and ask for the tube dimensions, base dimensions, & assembled dimensions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Look at Orion's online catalog. They show shillouettes of their scopes in relative size to an average person.
    Thanks for the tip on the Orion website.
    As a beginner, I wanted to ask exactly the same question!
    Just why the sellers of telescopes seem to want to hide any information on the actual sizes and weights of the products, is totally beyond me!
    I have a 5.1" Skywatcher as a first scope, now I'm thinking 8" Dob.
    I might spend even more money and go to a 10"...if only I knew how big it was!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alec in France View Post
    I'm thinking 8" Dob.
    I might spend even more money and go to a 10"...if only I knew how big it was!!
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    For what it's worth to you, Telescope.com has dimensions and weights on all their telescopes, as well as a lot of other useful information.

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    I don't think a 10" is really that much longer than an 8". It is larger around and heavier. It feels bulkier and causes more problem lugging it in and out of a car. For me, the most important thing is that I always feel like it is more fragile, because of the weight. When I haul my 10" around a lot I have to keep tightening the bolts. It is just enough different that, while being easy to transport, I find myself not using it as much. That's why I always keep it set up on wheels.
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