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Bushnell 612 x 3" Go To Reflector Telescope

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Bushnell 612 x 3" Go To Reflector Telescope

Postby YBB on Wed Dec 01, 2004 9:16 pm

I am in the market for a telescope for my daughter and I for Christmas. I had a friend of mine who is familiar with telescope technology check out your site and make a recommendation for me for a telescope under $150. He recommended the Bushnell 612 x 3" Go To Reflector Telescope, indicating the features for the price and ease of use based on the go to technology for a beginner. I wanted to get an expert opinion on whether or not this would be a good beginner telescope to grow into. Keep in mind that we know nothing about telescopes and we live in a fairly populated suburban development with quite a bit of "city light." We do have a large house however with many windows.

thank you,

Postby on Thu Dec 02, 2004 8:54 am


If you are looking for GOTO technology under $150, the Bushnell is one of your few choices. However, keep in mind that you will sacrifice some telescope quality to get the GOTO feature and keep the price that low.

An alternative would be to invest in a better quality telescope without GOTO. Some telescopes to consider here are

LOMO 60zm with table top tripod, This little spotting scope is also a great telescope to use by day as well.

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