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Orion AstroView 6 EQ

Joe Caggiano
Summary: Excellent scope for the money
May 30th, 2006

The Orion Astroview 6 EQ is a scope you don't hear too much about. This is an excellent scope for the money. It has enough aperature to do nice planetary observing as well as some fainter DSI observing (like M1). When I bought it 2 years ago it was $369.00 USD. Since then Orion advertises it for $399.00. It is simple enough to build (takes about 45 minutes) and is easily portable (full weight is less than 40 pounds). I never had to collimate it in 2 years and it cools down much more quickly than 10 or 12 inch models. It has enough brawn to show some excellent Messier objects, even in moderately polluted skies. The mount is solid and the controls are very smooth. The only bad thing is the spotter scope. It's a rather cheesy 6 x 30mm spotter that continually has to be realigned every session. This gets frustrating quickly. I have posted some shots on this website under the name Starwolf. These shots were taken with this scope and a Meade LPI and an Orion 2x Shorty Barlow so you can see actual shots with this scope. It is a shame that no one ever hears of this scope. For a few $ more than a 4.5" (114mm) you can reach magnitude 12+.

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Here are the images referred to above:

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Taken from the "Your Images" page

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