Anytime you find a scope under $300, you have about the same quality among any brand. That is when you want to watch the numbers. The advantage to the Bushnell is the large objective, 4.5", or 114mm. Many of the others in the price range are only 3", or 70mm.
The Celestron 130GT, http://www.opticsplanet.com/ci-nextstar-130gt.html is an excellent scope with a 5" diameter lens. However, is a little more expensive than you were originally looking to spend.
The Meade ETX-90, http://www.opticsplanet.com/meade-etx90ec.html is a rare occasion when they pack a top quality telescope with the best optics in a small package. This scope will keep the optical quality of a larger scope in a much smaller unit.
I hope this has been helpful. Please let us know if there is anything else I can do for you.
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