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Bushnell ARES 5 inch Compact Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope OpticsPlanet Edition has been discontinued by Bushnell and is no longer available. Our product experts have helped us select these available replacements below. You can also explore other items in the Telescopes category yourself to try and find the perfect replacement for you!

Bushnell ARES 5 inch Compact Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope OpticsPlanet Edition Product Info

Bushnell ARES 5" Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope 785000 is available exclusively from our online store - OpticsPlanet.com! The Bushnell Compact ARES 5 Dobsonian Telescope is a simple, easy to imageuse, non-technical telescope that is still large enough to provide real performance. The 130mm reflector, 650mm focal length is large enough to take this telescope out of the toy category, and is rapidly becoming the standard for a beginner's telescope in terms of size. Bushnell DOB5 Compact Telescope features a true parabolic mirror design that allows the telescope's optics to be collimated with a standard collimating eyepiece. The circle on the center of the mirror also allows the use of a laser collimator.

The Bushnell ARES Telescope series is named for NASA's Ares rocket. The ARES rocket, itself named for the Greek god associated with the planet Mars, will some day return humans to the moon and eventually take them to Mars and further on into the solar system.

Truss tube design of this Bushnell telescope keeps the overall size super portable and provides features only found on high end, expensive Dobsonian telescope models. The truss-support concept allows the optical tube's front and back cells to collapse together, while aligning on the truss support rods, and can be locked down for an easier and more secure way to transport the telescope. This one piece, low hassle OTA design is mechanically simple and results in a telescope that can be handled with ease and transported by just one individual.

The Bushnell DOB 5 130mm Dobsonian mount features friction bearings on the altitude and the azimuth, that make for a more user friendly telescope mount than the ball bearing setups used on many other Dobsonian telescopes. The telescope stops dead in its tracks when you remove your hand and does not continue moving as happens with ball bearing designs. The carry handle is convenient in keeping with the portable design of this Bushnell telescope.

Bushnell DOB-5 Dobsonian Telescope 130 mm Newtonian Reflector 78-5000 comes with two 1.25" telescope eyepieces: 10mm SPL10 and 25mm SPL25, and includes a red dot finder scope. Please visit our Telescope Accessories section for more accessories for your telescope: telescope eye pieces, Barlow lenses, finderscopes, tripods, telescope mounts, and more! For more Bushnell telescopes and telescopes by other brands please visit our Telescopes page.

Available options of Bushnell ARES 5 inch Compact Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope OpticsPlanet Edition:

  • 785000: Bushnell DOB ARES 5in Dobsonian Telescope, Exclusive Edition

Specifications for Bushnell DOB5" Compact Dobsonian Telescope 78-5000:

Model: DOB5
Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector
Clear Aperture: 130mm
Focal Length; F/Ratio: 650mm
Maximum Practical Power: 260X
Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 12.7
Resolving Power: 0.92 arc sec
Eyepiece Holder Diameter: 1.25"
Eyepieces included: SPL10 and SPL25
Finder Scope: red dot finder
Mount: Dob130

Features of Bushnell ARES5 Newtonian Reflector Telescope 785000:

  • Simple, easy to use - perfect telescope for beginners
  • Truss Tube Design - make the telescope compact and portable
  • True parabolic mirror design
  • Conventional mirror mounting allows the telescope's optics to be collimated with a standard collimating eyepiece
  • Dobsonian mount w/ friction bearings - the telescope stops dead in its tracks when you remove your hand

Package Contents:

  • Bushnell ARES DOB5 130mm Newtonian Reflector Telescope w/ Dobsonian Mount - Optics Planet edition
  • 10mm SPL10 1.25" Telescope Eyepiece
  • 25mm SPL25 1.25" Telescope Eyepiece
  • Red Dot Finder Scope

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Bushnell ARES 5 inch Compact Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope OpticsPlanet Edition Comments

Customer Reviews
Helpful Positive Review Bushnell Ares 5in Compact Truss-tube Dobsonian by Legacy Reviewer, February 24, 2012
As an experienced amateur astronomer who has owned more than 100 telescopes, I've finally found an entry-level scope that won't disappoint. This Bushnell 5in. "flex-tube" design has amazed me with the quality of its optics and elegant mechanical desi...
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Most Recent Review Best Telescope For the Money by Legacy Reviewer, August 24, 2012
I am extremely happy with this telescope.It has a good 5" mirror so it will collect alot of light for its size. This thing is ultra portable and easy to use, just set up and you are on your way. It comes with two eyepieces that are very good quality ...
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Most Recent Review Great Portable or Beginner Scope for the Money by Legacy Reviewer, July 7, 2012
Used it first time last nite. Two things to warn you about. !)The trusses are oiled and if you touch them do not touch your eyepieces. You will be oily too. 2)Watch closing the scope down. Mine slammed down to the base. you could damage the mirro...
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Most Recent Review Bushnell Ares 5 a Big Hit by Legacy Reviewer, June 26, 2012
I bought this scope originally just to get the mount as I had a 127 Mak that I wanted to use on a table top mount. I saw that the mount would accept a standard vixen/orion style dovetail, so I bought it. What I didn't expect, was to find that opt...
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Most Recent Review Big Bang for the Bucks by Legacy Reviewer, June 23, 2012
really pleased with this item . we live ouot abit where its dark when the sun goes down .. works well in the den grand daughters looking through glass doors at the moon ..gave it 4 on overall & usability because of the tension knob ..needs work..ok ...
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