Takahashi Starbase 6mm 1.25" Ortho Eyepiece


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Orthoscopic eyepieces have been a gem of astronomy for decades.  See what the fuss is all about with the Takahashi Starbase series.

Our Product #: SBP08020
Takahashi Product #: SBP08020

Product Description

Orthoscopics have been a hidden gem in the astronomy field.  While their field of view isn't as wow factor as the newer 82° or 100°, their field of view is 45°, well made Orthos shine when it comes to sharpness and contrast.  The 4 element design requires a great polish to work at its highest capabilities.  That being said, one would expect nothing less from the fabled Takahashi name.  It should come as no surprise that the eyepiece has very low distortion, however the amount of eye relief (4mm) starts to get a little tight.  The real surprise is that Takahashi brought out an Ortho that is so reasonably priced.  Their new Starbase series will fit right at home in your eyepiece collection, and your bank account will approve as well.

Tech Details

Barrel Size 1.25"
Eye Relief 4mm
Field of view 45°
Focal Length 6mm
Number of optical elements 4
Weight 1.7 ounces


Review by:
The short of the long of it is that you will be hard-pressed to find a better 6mm performer at >$60 price mark. It's of solid design and materials! It provides sharper visuals than a red or gold-band EPs of equivalent magnification. When it comes to achromatic aberration, it blows away a Meade 6.4mm Super Plossl (white or yellow lettering). It's brighter than a TMB 6mm clone, or a 5mm and a 7mm Celestron X-Cel LX. The only >$60 product that appears to give it a run for its money in current EPs is the Celestron Omni Series 6mm Plossl. They are pretty equivalent in optical performance. The Celestron 6mm appears to have more focus play, whereas the Takahashi is tighter. The Takahashi may have slightly less achromatic aberration, and the image may be a tad less bright. I'm of the understanding the Baader 6mm Ortho is pretty equivalent but costs around $30 more. My next acquisition will be a Vixen 39202 NPL 6mm EP to satisfy my curiosity if there is anything out the than can outclass this mighty minimalist might! (Posted on 9/23/2020)
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