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    Default Re: Newbie with an Orion StarBlast 6



    Quote Originally Posted by gabisdaddi View Post
    Hi,

    My eight year old daughter was gifted an Orion StarBlast 6, brand new. It came with a 10mm and 25mm viewer, an Orion EXFinder II Reflex Sight, some random looking hardware in small bags, and an Azimuth Encoder Kit which looks like two small circuit boards.

    She got it in March and tonight was truly the first night we've been able to use it, with taking into account the weather and school nights.

    I've never used a telescope, or if I have it's been more than forty years since the last time.

    It's Saturday, it's a clear night, and Venus was literally front and center in front of our front porch. I brought out a snack table for the Orion and a step ladder for the eight year old. I got Venus in sight using the 25mm viewer will little trouble.

    I'm not sure what I was expecting but all it looked like in the telescope was a larger blip of light rather than the tiny blip of light without the telescope. Obviously we shouldn't be seeing the surface of the planet , but is that all we should have seen?

    The eight year old was excited, which was great, but I was ... not.

    Maybe we'll get more 'wow' looking at the moon?

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    Sounds like you got the Intelliscope version of the Starblast 6... the Starblast 6i, whic has a nice "push to" system which can help you locate objects. Venus can show some cloud detail with certain filters so I hear, but I never saw any myself. It does show phases, my favorite being the crescent phase which is pretty to see.

    Don't under estimate the Moon either, it can be an interesting object with mountains and craters showing defining shadows near the "terminator" of the Moon when the Moon isn't full.

    You can probably see some DSOs or deep sky objects with that scope also, and the push-to handheld will tell you how to find them.
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    Default Re: Newbie with an Orion StarBlast 6

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    Sounds like you got the Intelliscope version of the Starblast 6... the Starblast 6i, whic has a nice "push to" system which can help you locate objects.
    Hi, I'm not sure why you think so, but no, I don't have the computer guided system with the scope. Just the scope itself.

    As for the moon, I just made a post last night about it!
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    Default Re: Newbie with an Orion StarBlast 6

    Quote Originally Posted by gabisdaddi View Post
    Hi, I'm not sure why you think so, but no, I don't have the computer guided system with the scope. Just the scope itself.
    Probably because in an earlier post you state that you received an "azimuth encoder kit which looks like two small circuit boards" with the scope which does NOT come with the standard non assisted scope. Perhaps those were included by mistake as you would also need the hand control to utilize it, who can tell?

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    Default Re: Newbie with an Orion StarBlast 6

    I've been wondering about those. I haven't had there wherewithal to look into it yet. So those little boards somehow are for connecting the scope to the computer guidance system? In hindsight that makes sense.

    ...just one more thing sitting in a box collecting dust now. (the encoder kit, not the scope)
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