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    Default Orion StarBlast 6 Astro or Orion SpaceProbe 130ST EQ Reflector Telescope



    hi, i was debating on getting one of these 2. can anyone give me more info on which is better? the starblast does have a bigger aperture, but it seems like.... the 130ST has really good reviews too. thanks!

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    The difference in aperture will probably be not that noticeable. The biggest difference is that the 130ST can follow objects on their paths, although still manual. The Starblast is a dobsonian with a basic alt/az mount that you must push around to follow objects. The Starblast 6 will also require a table to put it on.

    If this is your first scope I would recommend the XT6, which is the same price as the Starblast 6, but has a longer length so you can set it on the ground and not need a table.

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    Both telescopes have good optics. However, in my opinion, the Orion StarBlast 6 is clearly the best buy of the two telescopes.

    Why?

    1. First the StarBlast 6 has an aperture of 6 inches which is generally accepted as the smallest aperture capable of showing significant details of deep space objects. In fact a 6 inch telescope is as large as some people ever get and not in the too distant past was the typical size telescope used by amateurs. True the difference between a 5 and 6 inch telescope is not that much but the difference is there.

    2. The StarBlast 6 is much easier to use. It is on an azimuth mount while the 130ST is on a German equatorial mount. Both scopes are Newtonians and have excellent optics. However, a Newtonian on a German equatorial mount is a bear to use. The eyepiece ends up in some very difficult to use positions. Also unlike movements of an azimuth mount which are intutitive, pointing a telescope on an equatorial mount is not .... while not difficult to learn the movements of an equatorial mount, it is just one more skill to master before you can even use the telescope.

    3. The StarBlast 6 is much easier to setup. An equatorial mount with its counter weight and telescope attached is clumbersom to pickup and move in one piece. With an equatorial mount you will need to polar align it before use ... not difficult but just another thing to do. With the azimuth mount on the StarBlast 6 you will not need to polar align and the telescope with mount attached is much easier to pick up and move about. The advantage of the equatorial

    3. The StarBlast 6 has a much more sturdy mount that will not be near as subject to vibration. This will make focusing the StarBlast much easier. A shaky mount can easily rob one inch of aperture by making a fine focus difficult to impossible.

    4. The StarBlast 6 is the lowest cost of the two giving you a far better value for your money ... more aperature and a sturdier mount.
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    oh i see. kool, thank you guys for the replies = )

    since the aperture and the dobsonian type of telescopes seem to be the better. i think i might get the Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope instead. it seems to be like the starblast, but bigger.

    would that be a bad telescope if i plan on taking with me to dark places as opposed to just leaving in my backyard? the city of san diego is kinda bright. is it bad to keep assembling and disassembling it?

    thank you guys = )

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    I think the skyquest xt6 is a better choice if you will be traveling. I used a table top telescope for years. Finding a sturdy surface to sit it on is easy around the house but often difficult when away from the house ... park rangers tend to put park tables under trees and in any case tables are difficult to find. The SkyQuest xt6 will not have this issue.

    I don't know if your budget can stand it but a XT6i would be ideal for you. It has a system orion calls a computer object locater. This system is not a goto system but a system where you tell the hand held computer what you want to see then the computer guides you to the target. Such a system will allow you to view from your light polluted backyard. As far as I know, it is not something that you can upgrade to later.

    As far as transporting the telescopes. Yes, you can can transport them. Countless numbers of amateurs do that all the time. Like any high precision instrument, you need to take some care but nothing that is difficult or expensive.
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    oh cool. thank you guys for the replies. i think i will get the XT6 just because its already pushing my budget.

    but then i realized i also needed to get a bag to carry it around. do any of you guys know a good one thats also cheap? the ones from orion cost about 75 dollars. i didnt realize a bag would be so much. any suggestions? im just a college student = (

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    I have an Orion SpaceProbe 130ST EQ Reflector, it was given to me by my daughter. I picked up the drive motor for it and when the telescope is properly setup you can take pictures with exposures of less than 60 seconds, share some of what you see with family.
    It's currently my grab and go scope, I haven't taken it totally down since I got it a couple of years ago.
    In my opinion, the Dob's may be bigger but the 130ST is more versital.
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    I have a BAG for my XT10i but I do not use it! Instead I put it on the backseat of the car as padding and then set the tube on top of the bag, and put a seat belt around it.

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