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Bushnell Voyager 100x4.5" Compact Reflector Telescope 782010 $130 OFF
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Most Helpful Positive Review Very portable, good for low power, wide-field use
This little telescope serves as a sort of replacement for 80-100mm binoculars. It delivers a nice wide view of the heavens in an extremely portable p...
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Good Low power rich field scope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on July 16, 2009
Bought this telescope for low power wide field which this scope is good for with the 27mm eyepiece which delivers 18x. At this magnification images are sharp . However at anything over 30x the optics begin to break down. At 100x with the included 5mm eyepiece it is completely worthless delivering only a dim blurred mess. However , as a low power portable sky scanning scope it performs well , although even at 18x it needs a finder. I solved that problem by mounting a small 90 degree finder on mine.
Pros: Handy portability with decent aperture for light gathering
Cons: Optics good only at low power (15-25X) Included 5mm eyepiece worthless. Image breaks down over 30X...
Would recommend: Yes
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Very portable, good for low power, wide-field use

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, CA Written on June 2, 2008
This little telescope serves as a sort of replacement for 80-100mm binoculars. It delivers a nice wide view of the heavens in an extremely portable package.

At low power, the stars focus nicely and the view is pleasing (especially if you have a moderate-quality plossl of your own). The spherical (as opposed to parabolic) shape of the primary mirror does not become a significant factor at low magnifications.

I've never bothered with higher powers because that would defeat the purpose of a telescope like this one. You want a telescope like this to scan the Milky Way and view things like M31 or (in 2007-2008) Comet Holmes last year.

Besides, if you boost the power the view gets narrower. And finding objects is already going to be difficult. Because of the shape of the telescope, it's hard to sight down the tube as you would with a traditional refractor. Some people end up attaching a red dot finder to aid with the pointing.

(I should say, in defense of this telescope, that I've used other cheap, entry-level Newtonians that were even harder to point accurately--their fields of view were much narrower).

Even at the lowest power, you should be able to make out Jupiter's moons and Saturn's rings. Nothing earth-shattering, but you'll still be able to see them for yourself.

The view is improved if you have a modest-quality plossl of your own (something with a focal length around 26-32mm). But don't use anything long or heavy. If you do, the tube will start t...
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good traveler

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, PA Written on November 26, 2007
I totally agree, this is a wonderful companion scope. A serious enthusiast will definitely want to upgrade the eyepieces, but once done this is a wonderful and convenient addition to your collection....
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Ultra Portable Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on November 6, 2007
This has got to be one of the greatest companions to any large telescope. This scope is ultra portable for those nights that you don't want to set up you 12" Schmidt-Cass or other computerized scope. Just throw it over your shoulder and you're ready to go. As with any other telescope, the first thing you need to do is upgrade the eyepieces. This is an excellent scope for anyone who knows the night sky and already has a high end scope with a more professional mount....
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Bushnell 100x4.5 Voyager Reflector Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on July 24, 2007
Easy to use "grab and go" telescope. I get more use out of this scope on those nights when I don't have time to set up the ETX or the large refractor that I own. The eyepieces that come with the scope are not good quality, however, with good eyepieces this unit performs quite well....
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