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Posts Made By: James Phelps

February 10, 2018 09:37 AM Forum: After Dark

druthers; ES AR102 refractor vs orion Starblast 6i?

Posted By James Phelps

I've had many kinds of telescopes over the last 40 years and I'm currently torn between 2 for my next. I still own an Orion 10" intelliscope dob reflector but my back yard has a number of trees that prevent my use of a goto or DSC alignment. I'm looking for a convenient grab&go that I can set up in my back yard to take advantage of what little areas of sky I can use. Currently I'm considering the ES AR102 with twilight mount, two speed focuser , 2" star diagonal, or the Orion Starblast 6" F5 intelliscope. I already have plenty of 1.25" eyepieces and a number of 2" eyepieces. I believe both scopes are light and portable enough to easily move around my property. The intelliscope feature means I could use it at viewing locations with plenty of access to alignment stars. A friend made me a mount composed of Celestron tripod wooden platform that would elevate the scope finder/eyepiece height for comfortable viewing and of course, it has the dobsonian ability to move (push-to) around while viewing. the AR102 has been reviewed as having very good lenses with little chromatic aberration, it has a wonderful 2 speed 2" focuser and diagonal, and, I'm told the twilight 1 mount handles the OTA (10.4 lb weight) well enough for most magnification except possibly high power. The AR102 & mount currently can be got for $600, while the 6i Starblast can be had for $429.00. I find myself going back & forth trying to decide between the two but I'm open to other opinions based upon experience. I am also getting away from equatorial mounts as I just sold an Omni 6" reflector, CG4 package . The cables on the Twilight 1 altaz mount appeal to me, as does the push to character of the Starblast dob. Over the years I've had and liked using 6" F5 reflectors, (I had a Discovery 6" F5 dob that was great, and the omni 6" F5 ota was very good I used it on a pipe mount. I'd like to pull the trigger before spring which doesn't seem to care to show itself any time soon. I'd appreciate any advice.
Jim Phelps

February 11, 2018 06:11 PM Forum: Refractors

Expl sci AR102 refractor Vs orion starblast 6i

Posted By James Phelps

I posted my dilemma probably inappropriately in the after dark forum. I currently own an Orion 10" intelliscope dob and have sold off an omni 6"F5 reflector w/CG4 mount and an orion 4.5" starblast I want a grab & go scope that I caN USE to view through the spaces between my trees in the backyard. The AR102 refractor with dual speed ocuser and 2" diagonal at $600 is very tempting but so is the orion starblast 6" intelliscope dob. at $430 I have many 1.25" eyepieces and about 10 2" eyepieces. I would like to read opinions based on experience as to which would be preferable. The refractor comes with a Twilight mount which I am told can handle the 10.4lb ota easily for low to medium views but might have problems with high magnifications. The Starblast at 23.5lbs would be easy to move around and I would put it on a celestron tripod with wood base on top to elevate the focuser. Any advice and opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Jim Phelps

April 26, 2018 11:50 PM Forum: Reflectors

reviews on Orion Starblast 6i intelliscope

Posted By James Phelps

I'm looking to possibly buy a Starblast 6i intelliscope and would like to read experiences of people that use them and any recommendations.
JPhelps

April 26, 2018 11:50 PM Forum: Reflectors

reviews on Orion Starblast 6i intelliscope

Posted By James Phelps

I'm looking to possibly buy a Starblast 6i intelliscope and would like to read experiences of people that use them and any recommendations.
JPhelps

April 26, 2018 11:50 PM Forum: Reflectors

reviews on Orion Starblast 6i intelliscope

Posted By James Phelps

I'm looking to possibly buy a Starblast 6i intelliscope and would like to read experiences of people that use them and any recommendations.
JPhelps

April 26, 2018 11:50 PM Forum: Reflectors

reviews on Orion Starblast 6i intelliscope

Posted By James Phelps

I'm looking to possibly buy a Starblast 6i intelliscope and would like to read experiences of people that use them and any recommendations.
JPhelps

April 26, 2018 11:50 PM Forum: Reflectors

reviews on Orion Starblast 6i intelliscope

Posted By James Phelps

I'm looking to possibly buy a Starblast 6i intelliscope and would like to read experiences of people that use them and any recommendations.
JPhelps

April 26, 2018 11:50 PM Forum: Reflectors

reviews on Orion Starblast 6i intelliscope

Posted By James Phelps

I'm looking to possibly buy a Starblast 6i intelliscope and would like to read experiences of people that use them and any recommendations.
JPhelps

April 26, 2018 11:50 PM Forum: Reflectors

reviews on Orion Starblast 6i intelliscope

Posted By James Phelps

I'm looking to possibly buy a Starblast 6i intelliscope and would like to read experiences of people that use them and any recommendations.
JPhelps

April 26, 2018 11:51 PM Forum: Reflectors

reviews on Orion Starblast 6i intelliscope

Posted By James Phelps

I'm looking to possibly buy a Starblast 6i intelliscope and would like to read experiences of people that use them and any recommendations.
JPhelps