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Far - out Gift: Bushnell 4.5" Reflector Alt Az Telescope. Clearly see distant planets, stars, the Moon and much more! This Telescope is Captain James T. Kirk approved for long distance discovery. Excess means 500 mm focal length; Large 4.5" primary mirror; Red dot finder scope. Simply look through the sight tube and move the Scope until the red dot merges with the object; 2X Barlow and 1.5X erecting eyepieces; 120X max. magnification; Altitude slow motion control; Sturdy all-aluminum tripod; Includes Moon map and astronomy CD. Requires Windows PC software. Measures 16 x 7 3/4 x 26 3/4"h., weighs 12 1/2 lbs. Focus on ordering this heavenly gift! Bushnell Reflector Telescope. Your top of the line Bushnell telescope can bring the wonders of the universe to your eye. It is recommended you get a very simple star chart and a flashlight with a red bulb or red cellophane over the end. For objects other than stars and constellations, a basic guide to astronomy is a must. Also on our website will be current events in the sky for suggested viewing. But, some of the standbys that you can see are:

Where Do I start?
A wonderful view of our lunar neighbor can be enjoyed with any magnification. Try viewing at different phases of the moon with your bushnell Telescope. Lunar highlands, lunar maria (lowlands called "seas" for their dark coloration), craters, ridges and mountains will astound you.
Even at the lowest power you should be able to see Saturn's rings and moons. This is one of the most satisfying objects in the sky to see simply because it looks like it does in pictures. Imagine seeing what you've seen in textbooks or NASA images from your backyard!
The largest planet in our solar system is spectacular. Most noted features are its dark stripes or bands both above and below its equator. These are the north and south equatorial belts. Also interesting are Jupiter's four major moons. Pay close attention to their positions from night to night. They appear to be lined up on either side of Jupiter. Which can be seen with a simple sky map.
The Great Red Planet appears as a reddish-orange disk. Look at different times of the year and try to catch a glimpse of the white polar ice caps.
Just like the moon, Venus changes phases from month to month. At times Venus appears brilliantly in the night sky, just as if you were looking at a distant crescent moon.
The Great Orion Nebula is a very well known night sky object. This and many others are brought to you by this telescope.
Star Clusters
View millions of stars densely packed in a cluster that resembles a ball.
One of the greatest and most interesting galaxies is our neighbor the Andromeda Galaxy. Enjoy this and many others.
To Use The Finderscope

The finderscope is a small wide field of view telescope mounted alongside the main bushnell 4.5 telescope and is used to search for the target and aim the main telescope at it. But before you can use the finderscope, you will need to line it up with the telescope. This procedure will become easier with practice.

  1. Install the lowest power eyepiece (25mm) into the eyepiece tube. Pick out an easily recognized, unmoving object no closer than a thousand yards away. Aim your bushnell reflector telescope toward your object until its image is centered in the eyepiece. Lock all the knobs on the mount so the reflector telescope will not move.
  2. Look through the finderscope. If the object you lined up in the Altaz Short Tube Telescope is not visible, adjust the two adjustment screws and move the finderscope around until you see it.
  3. Recheck your reflector telescope to make certain it is still on target. If it moved, realign it and adjust your finderscope. If it hasn't, you're all set. Your finderscope is now operational.
Finding Objects
  1. Loosen the altitude locks on the sides of the bushnell 4.5" telescope tube and the silver azimuth lock on the base of the altazimuth mount, then move the telescope in the desired direction.
  2. Look through the finderscope and pan the telescope until the object appears in the field of view. Once it's in the field of view, tighten the altitude and azimuth locks.
  1. Once you have found an object in the bushnell 4 .5 inch telescope, turn the focus knob until the image is sharp.
  2. To focus on an object that is nearer than your current target, turn the focusing knob toward the eyepiece (i.e., so that the focus tube moves away from the front of the telescope). For more distant objects, turn the focus knob in the opposite direction.
  3. To achieve a truly sharp focus, never look through glass windows or across objects that produce heat waves, such as asphalt parking lots.
  1. The magnification (or power) of a bushnell 4 telescope varies depending upon the focal length of the eyepiece being used and the focal length of the telescope.
  2. To calculate magnification, use the following formula, in which FL = focal length.
Enjoying Your New Telescope
  1. First determine your targeted object. Any bright object in the night sky is a good starting point One of the favorite starting points in astronomy is the moon. This is an object sure to please any budding astronomer or experienced veteran. When you have developed proficiency at this level, other objects become good targets. Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus are good second steps to take.
  2. The first thing you need to do after assembling the bushnell 120 x telescope as planned is center the desired object in the finderscope. Provided you did a reasonable job aligning the finderscope, a quick look through the main Alt Az telescope tube at low power should reveal the same image. With the lowest power eyepiece (the one with the largest number printed on it) you should be able to focus the same image that you saw through the finderscope. Avoid the temptation to move directly to the highest power. The low power eyepiece will give you a wider field of view, and brighter image thus making it very easy to find your target object. At this point with a focused image in both scopes, you've passed the first obstacle. If you don't see an image after attempting to focus it in, you might consider aligning your finderscope again. Once you pass this step, you'll will enjoy the time spent ensuring a good alignment. Every object you center in the finderscope with this bushnell will be easily found in the main telescope tube, which is important for continuing your exploration of the night sky.
  3. The low power eyepieces are perfect for viewing the full moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and even constellations. These should build your foundation. However, for more detail, try bumping up in magnification to higher power eyepieces on some of these objects. During calm and crisp nights, the light/dark separation line on the moon (called the "Terminator") is marvelous at high power. You can see mountains, ridges and craters jump out at you due to the highlights. Similarly, you can move up to higher magnifications on the planets and nebulae. Star clusters and individual stars are best viewed through the low power no matter what.
  4. The recurring astronomical theater we call the night sky is an ever-changing billboard. In other words, the same movie does not play all the time. Rather, the positions of the stars change not only hourly as they seem to rise and set, but also throughout the year. As the earth orbits the sun, our perspective on the stars changes on a yearly cycle about that orbit. The reason the sky seems to move daily just as the sun and the moon "move across our sky is that the earth is rotating about its axis. As a result you may notice that after a few minutes or a few seconds depending on what power your are viewing at, the objects in your telescope will move. At higher magnifications especially, you will notice that the moon or Jupiter will :race: right out of the field of view. To compensate, just move your telescope to "track" it in the necessary path.

Specifications for Bushnell 786114 4.5" Reflector Altaz Short Tube Telescope:

Optical Design:   4.5" (76mm) Newtonian Reflector
Focal Length:   500mm
Finderscope:   Red dot
Optical tube:   Aluminum
Mount:   Alt-az with fine adjustment for altitude
Warranty:   Limited Lifetime from Bushnell

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Customer Reviews
Helpful Positive Review Awesome! by Legacy Reviewer, February 4, 2009
This is the first time I purchased a decent telescope, and it was for my daughter for Christmas. The whole family loves it! We've seen craters on the moon, and a planetary nebula so far. With six kids, we have a set budget for Christmas, and we cer...
Helpful Negative Review except for telescope sight adjustment, well built by Legacy Reviewer, March 10, 2008
The Bushnell 3" Reflector appears to be a marvelous scope BUT the sight is SO hard to set...wobbly, doesn't arc well onto the arc of the scope (poor fit)that I have not gotten much use out of this scope for small object - star/planet - gazing, my pri...
3/3 found this helpful
Most Recent Review Good beginner telescope by Legacy Reviewer, September 1, 2009
I got this telescope as a gift for christmas and used it off and on for the past 2 years. Since this summer I have had enough time to actually take it out at night at start exploring. It comes with a decent scope variety, but nothing to spectacular....
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Most Recent Review very disappointed by Legacy Reviewer, January 9, 2009
I am very disappointed in this product. I knew it would be a starter telescope for my daughter, but it is very poor to say the least. We cannot get it to focus well and the slightest movement, you loose what your looking at. Forget using it when it...
1/1 found this helpful
Most Recent Review Nothing to get excited. by Legacy Reviewer, January 6, 2009
I bought this for my son. Opened during Christmas. The instruction manual is not clear at all what to do. Just threw the manual and fixed on our own. There is no part list indicating what all needs to be there in the packaging. After quite a struggl...
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