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Bushnell 4.5" Reflector Altazimuth Short Tube Telescope - 786114
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Most Helpful Positive Review Great Telescope for Budding Astonomers!
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Most Helpful Negative Review except for telescope sight adjustment, well built
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Good beginner telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on 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. It allows terrific images of the moon, and Jupiter and its moons can be seen fairly well. I have not been able to see any nebula's, or anything incredible with it, but to learn the skys for a beginner, Its a great scope. Im saving up to get a Orion XT Classic in a few months, thats gonna be fun!
Pros: lets in quite a bit of light for clear viewing
Cons: Sights are difficult to set up, the telescope is cheaply made...
Would recommend: Yes
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Awesome!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, VA Written on 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 certainly got an excellent piece of equipment for what we paid. Also, I ordered just a few days before Christmas, and received my purchase on time without paying extra shipping. Thanks.
Pros: value for money, easy to use
Cons: none that I can see...
Would recommend: Yes
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very disappointed

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on 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's windy! The locks do not hold it still, there is too much play. What a waste of money.
Pros: easy assembly
Cons: cheap, won't focus well, slight movement takes object out of view...
Would recommend: No
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Nothing to get excited.

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on 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 struggle we found the eyepieces were missing. Called OpticsPlanet after the holidays and the CSR was not helpful at all. (They sold the product, they are also responsible for the customer satisfaction). Asked me to contact the company manufacturer. The company CSR sends the eye piece but only one of them (20mm). They do not have 4mm in stock and I have wait till they get in stock. Totally a very bad experience and disappointing Christmas for my Son.

Pros: Yet to find One.
Cons: Instructions are pathetic, No Parts List, Eyepiece Missing....
Would recommend: No
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Don't Bother

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on January 4, 2009
The instructions weren't that great, but we put it together. But on Christmas morning, we couldn't get an image on anything. What a waste of money.
Pros: Cheap
Cons: Doesn't Work...
Would recommend: No
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Great gift for whole family

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, MN Written on December 29, 2008
The thing looks cool, works good so far but no moon yet to look at. Once you have the viewfinder lined up, it works much better to find what you're looking for. Haven't seen any stars yet because the first night the viewfinder was not set up and the next night was cloudy. My 10 y.o. loved it as a present. I am confident that once we get the moon focused we will have more fun with it.

The screws for the tripod are cheap. The wing nuts strip very easily. Tripod is not foldable which makes it a pain to store away.
Pros: Great price and good quality
Cons: cheap hardware...
Would recommend: Yes
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Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on May 19, 2008
Although easy to set-up, the red dot targeting device does not alow for precice targeting. The red dot washes out any stars that you try to see. Also there is no side to side slow adjustment, big problem when trying to follow something even as big as the moon, not to mention stars and planets.
Pros: Cheap
Cons: No slow side-to-side adjustment...
Would recommend: No
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except for telescope sight adjustment, well built

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on 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 primary interest! I am still working with this problem, not happy about it at all!!
Pros: well built (except for sight), easy to assemble, quality hardware
Cons: Sight made of cheap plastic, does not fit telescope...
Would recommend: No
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Good Scope for general stargazing

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AL Written on March 10, 2008
This scope meets my expectations as a novice star-gazer. It was a bit difficult to put together, the instructions could stand to be a bit clearer and have better pictures. (use the picture on the website for some clues.) The lighted site finder was mostly undocumented and I missed the light for a day or two. This really helps to get a good aim at your gazing spot.
For the price this is better than I expected.
Pros: good optics
Cons: poorly written instruction/assembly manual...
Would recommend: Yes
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Bushnell 3" Reflector Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, PA Written on March 4, 2008
This is my first telescope - and in my opinion it is a great way to get started at a very manageable price point. I have seen some other far more expensive models - but like the both the ease and challenge of the manual focus device. I think that this model is perfect for beginnings on a budget and has provided some fantastic viewing so far. The rings of Saturn blew me away!
Pros: Light weight and easy to operate for beginners
Cons: Rack and pinion focus device can come loose at steeper viewing angles...
Would recommend: Yes
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