A Guide to the Sky, Telescopes, and Telescope Programs
Scopes: an Orion Starblast 6i & a Celestron SkyProdigy 130
The Starblast (aka "Marie)
The Starblast 6i is a Newtonian reflector telescope with a 6-inch mirror. Six inches is a large enough mirror to see faint objects such as galaxies and nebulas under dark skies.
Detailed use instructions are here.
Under our bright San Diego skies, it performs respectably compared to larger scopes (the underlying secret is that under bright skies, faint objects are hard to see, even with large scopes).
If you want to read the full Owner's Guide, click here for a PDF file
We'll include a custom User's Guide with the scope. The online guide is here.
The Starblast 6i isn't particularly heavy, but it is large and awkward.
Celestron Sky Prodigy 130 (aka "Einstein")
Full instructions for the Sky Prodigy are here.
We have a zoom lens eyepiece on the scope which allows low-power centering of an object and then simply twisting the eyepiece to zoom in. This eliminates the need to change eyepieces and lose sight of the target. The zoom lens is 8mm-24mm, which provides a magnification range from 31x to 94x.
Transport Case and Dolly
We have a padded canvas case and a small dolly to transport it. When placing it in your car, be sure to secure it, as sudden stops and quick turns could knock it over.
Planimeter - shows what constellations are visible at any time and date
Full Sky Map - The Orion DeepMap 600, which shows the location of 600 of the best deep sky objects)
Red light flashlight - so you can see the map and equipment without ruining your night vision
Lunar filter - screws into the bottom of the eyepiece so that a bright moon doesn't ruin your night vision (it's necessary for looking at any moon other than a crescent moon).
Questions or comments? Email:Jeff Martin