Orion StarBlast II 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Review

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Check out our full review of the PowerSeeker 70eq here.

The PowerSeeker is lower priced than the StarBlast, and it's much more of a true beginner scope in its specs. Because it's a refractor without any internal light folding, the PowerSeeker is also a bit longer and more cumbersome to transport. It does come with a full German equatorial mount, but can also demonstrate some stability issues. The PowerSeeker is an all-around good beginner scope, but doesn't have the capabilities of the StarBlast.

For more on the StarMax 90mm, check out our full review.

The StarMax 90mm offers greater stability because of its tabletop mount. The trade-off is that it doesn't offer some of the flexibility of the StarBlast. Because of its Mak-Cass design, which "folds" light within the tube, the StarMax also offers a smaller package, which is a boon for those looking for a grab-and-go scope, or for one that they can travel with.

The 114eq has a smaller aperture, which results in a slightly smaller field of view and brighter images. The StarBlast also offers more stability, which means it's a much better option for those looking for a scope they can use for astrophotography.

Check out our review of the GoScope 80mm here.

The GoScope, just like other the other tabletop scope on this list, offers good stability and supremely easy setup. The trade-off is the flexibility it lacks because it doesn't have a full mount and tripod. The 127eq might appeal more to you if you're looking for that flexibility, or if you're looking to do some astrophotography. In the final analysis, it's hard for the beginner astronomer to beat the GoScope's optics at such a good price.