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Bushnell ARES 5 inch Compact Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope OpticsPlanet Edition
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Most Helpful Positive Review It's a lot of scope for $160
Hi: First let me say, this is a good telescope at a good price, I do recommend it as the best telescope one can buy in this price range. At $220, ...
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Best Telescope For the Money

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on 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 and the finder scope is OK but alittle tricky to use.The only con I found is that the collmination get out of whack every time you close the telescope but that's the price you pay for the portability. Overall the best deal you can get on a telescope for the first time astronomer or even the the more experienced looking for something more portable than a 12" Dob.
Pros: Ease of Use, Portability, Good Eyepieces, Good Mirror
Cons: Must collminate every time used, finder scope is OK but not good...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great Portable or Beginner Scope for the Money

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, PA Written on 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 mirror or knock it out of alignment and tus need to collminate the scope. Hopefully this scope doesn't need collimating to often.

It's a 300 dollar telescope for about half the price. It's nice. It's no toy.

I was looking at a double star with it last nite. Good Optics-Super Plossls.

To bad they don't sell filters for it. I'm suprised they don't send a collminator with it.

Colminating is easy to do once you know how. It's common for refector telescopes to do this just to check alignment.
Relax and enjoy the view It's nice.
Pros: Portable with Good Optics
Cons: tension knob...
Would recommend: Yes
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Big Bang for the Bucks

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TN Written on 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 for an adult .takes astong grip..
Pros: easy set up focused right out of the box takes up very little space
Cons: tension knob ...
Would recommend: Yes
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bushnell ares 5 in compact truss dobsonian

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on April 27, 2012
this is an easy setup,and also good optics for this size.well worth the money.it came with the optics out of
alignment.i used a celestron 2in 1
tool,and have clear crisp views.planet
or stars.
Pros: easy set up,good optics for the money.
Cons: had to be collimated,no big deal....
Would recommend: Yes
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good first scope for me

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, ME Written on April 12, 2012
This is my first scope. I considered buying a larger Dobsonian, but I don't have much storage space at the house. This worked out very well to whet my appetite.
Pros: size
Cons: none so far...
Would recommend: Yes
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Bushnell Ares 5in Compact Truss-tube Dobsonian

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NY Written on 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 design - all at a low price point. The 5-inch parabolic mirror star tests very well and delivers sharp, detailed images on all classes of celestial objects. Jupiter displays a good deal of belt and zone structure at 65x, and with the power boosted to the 125x range, shows irregularities in the equatorial belts, several minute details in the temperate and polar areas, clean satellite shadow transits, and the faded Great Red Spot. Double stars are resolved to Dawes'limit with nicely tight airy disks and well-defined first diffraction rings. Lunar detail is sharp and contrasty. Deep-sky objects such as the Great Orion Nebula show wonderful detail with a dark sky background, and open clusters such as M35 , M37, and the Pleiades sparkle with pinpoint stars.
Mechanically, the Bushnell moves smoothly in altitude and azimuth, and the tube assembly can be removed for mounting on any Vixen-style dovetail mount. The 2 eyepieces provided with the scope are of decent quality and don't detract from the mirror's performance. Two minor difficulties were easy to remedy: The scope arrived slightly out of collimation and was dialed in with about 90 seconds of adjustment. The helical focuser was a bit too tight, but a shot of silicone spray smoothed...
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Wow!! great telescope for the money!!

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AL Written on January 1, 2012
Got this for my son for Christmas, and he hasn't stopped using it!the quality of view's is awesome, now i'm looking in getting me one. :)
Pros: easy of use,clear views, and best of all,compact and easy to move around
Cons: none....
Would recommend: Yes
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Super Portable

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, WV Written on December 29, 2011
Great scope for the money, set up in minutes. The most portable scope for the money.
Pros: Super easy set up time, a lot of scope for the money
Cons: Would be great if they made a cover for exposed truss section...
Would recommend: Yes
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Awesome value !!

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NY Written on October 9, 2011
This recommended to me at Cloudy Nights forums, I'm glad I checked it out. I don't think there's a better value on the market for a first real telescope. The minor issue I have with the focuser doesn't detract from the value what so ever. I can probably lap the threads with some automotive valve lapping compound to resolve the issue. I highly recommend the ARES 5 as a first scope !
Pros: Great optics, great finder scope, very compact design.
Cons: The only thing I have a b**** about is the focuser, while it does work well, it gets a little tight in spots when the temps drop....
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Wonderful 1st scope!!

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on September 12, 2011
I ordered the Ares 5 as my 1st "real" telescope.I chose this as it was rated well & the price was what I could afford at this time.

Never owning a scope before & doing some reading while waiting for it to arrive,I made myself a collimating cap out of a 35mm film canister the morning of the day it arrived.

I found it needed a Very slight adjustment of the primary out of the box.I used it & adjusted the primary in no time,was so easy "a caveman could do it".

It got dark & I took her out to look around as the moon was rising behind some trees.Viewed around the sky just scanning with the 25mm lens provided & had a blast just looking with no particular object in mind.

Moon came up above the trees giving a full view & WOW!! I was stunned!

Not the 1st item on my list to view intentionally but, I enjoyed it so much I switched to the 10mm & regardless of how bright it was,I observed it for a good while using both EP's.

Went back to scanning the sky to give my poor eye a break,& a satellite came into view.I followed it & was not difficult to track manually (I have never owned a scope before tonite!).

Went out back to a darker spot,& just scanned around as before.I got to see/track another satellite!

Got serious trying to observe Albireo as I have heard it is a beautiful double star.

Took me a while(still trying to figure out RDF),but I found it by scanning!

Viewed it with both EP"s & looked great with the 10mm.Even grabbed the wife to show her!She enjoyed...
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